It’s the Most Germ-i-ful Time of The Year!

So if you’re like me, you probably know this already. Once the air starts to get cool and crisp, your body suddenly decides, “Hey, you know what I haven’t had in a while? A nasty cold!” and some sort of nasty, boogery illness creeps into your every particle. Grrrrrreat, right? I started off the school year battling one cold for a few weeks, only to recently be bombarded with another one. I tell ya, my immune system is probably ticked at me for not doing a better job at cold prevention. 

So, what can you do to avoid being sick during school this fall, or at least, get sick less often? Here are some of the top ways to kick the cold to the curb:

Get Your Annual Flu Shot

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You may have missed UMD’s free flu shots last week, but a ton of places in Duluth offer free or low-cost flu shots depending on your health insurance. Why should you get a flu shot though?! According to the CDC, “Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get the flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands or tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes every year. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others.”

Some places you can check out for your annual flu shot include any Walgreens, St. Luke Clinics, Essentia Health, CVS Minute Clinics, and many more. Also, St. Louis County public health nurses will be giving out free flu shots to people who are either uninsured or under insured, and are at least 6 months old. Dates and locations include:

  • Nov. 9, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at CHUM, 120 W. Second St.
  • Nov. 15, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the New San Marco Apartments, 230 W. Third St.
  • Nov. 16, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Damiano Center, 206 W. Fourth St.

Wash Your Hands & Use Hand Sanitizer Often

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This seems like a no-brainer, but we actually don’t wash our hands enough. Think about all the surfaces and people you come in contact throughout the day; it’s a LOT! And with all that contact with other things, you are touching all the germs they carry. Then, you likely will end up touching your face in some way or another, which is how you usually become sick. Not all germs are “bad” and you are likely resistant to the majority of them, but with cold season, you should especially give your hands a good washing here and there for at least 20 seconds in warm, soapy water. Carry around a small tube of hand sanitizer (which you can find at the school store) in your bag to use during or between classes. 

Wipe Down Your Phone

On the same note of avoiding germs, your phone tends to carry a ton! You are constantly touching it with your hands (that have been practically everywhere) and then putting it close or up to your face. Grab a sani-wipe of some sort and give a good cleaning once a week. Careful not to get it wet however!

Drink Plenty of Water Throughout the Day

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Instead of constantly sucking down pop, juice, or some fru-fru coffee drink, try to drink more WATER! We are almost chronically dehydrated in this day and age, and that is not a good thing for your immune system. Drinking more water everyone knows is important in feeling better, but we don’t think about it enough as a preventative measure for the common cold. Try to drink at least one big glass of water with each meal, and 2-3 big glasses or bottles between them.

Stay Away From Your Sick Friends

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This also seems like a “duh” moment, but I am guilty of this myself. You can still be empathetic and comforting to your sick family members and friends, BUT, know that it’s okay to keep your distance. You don’t need to isolate them like a germ prisoner, but just be aware the further you are, the better!

Incorporate Leafy Greens & Fresh Fruits Into Your Diet

When you eat well, you feel well! Avoiding crappy junk food with too much salt or sugar and eating more fresh produce is a fantastic preventative measure against colds. These foods are full of nutrients, antioxidants and minerals that are extremely beneficial to your immune system. On the flip side, junk food is not good for it. Try to eat at least one serving of each a vegetable and fruit with each meal. They also make for yummy, filling snacks!

Wash Your Sheets Regularly

Also something we put by the wayside besides our health; our BED SHEETS! Especially if you are sick or have been sick, wash your sheets! Sheets soak up all of the “stuff” your body sloughs off during sleep, such as dandruff, old skin, makeup, sweat, etc (won’t continue into gross detail). Nothing makes you feel a little bit healthier than a fresh, clean pair of covers when you go to bed at night. 

When To See A Doctor

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In case you do get a nasty bug of some sort, know when you should go to the doctor by identifying one or multiple of the following symptoms:

  • a temperature higher than 100.4° F
  • symptoms that last more than 10 days
  • symptoms that are severe or unusual

Do your best to avoid those icky micro-bugs and STAY HEALTHY FOLKS!
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Written by Hannah Garrett on 10/17/2017

 

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Countdown to Bulldog Welcome Week 2017: ONE. DAY. LEFT!

With only ONE day left until your adventure of Bulldog Welcome Week starts, here’s some things to keep in mind for the next few days:

KNOW THAT:

Bulldog welcome week is a fantastic opportunity to open yourself up to new people and the University as a whole.  The whole purpose of it all is to get you comfortable with UMD as a new home so you can focus on learning how to navigate college courses without being worried that you don’t know where to go or who to talk to. This week is about YOU and for YOU!

SAY WHAT YOU NEED:

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by an activity, find a RockStar and tell them! They can get you out of the situation for awhile. This week is again about YOU, so we want you to feel your absolute best. Everyone is different though, so if you’re just feeling off or not the best during something we want to help. If you want to talk about something too, learn to speak up in RockGroups and say what you need or want.

PUSH THROUGH THE AWKWARDNESS!

Pushing through the awkward or the uncomfortable is an important part of orientation to help you further step outside of your comfort zone. When you try new things and push past all that unfamiliar weirdness, you develop a new sense of confidence in yourself (whether you know it or not!) Sometimes it’s okay when things get quiet or are awkward…we’re ALL learning to navigate the new connections and experiences around us too!
We can’t wait to see you TOMORROW! Get excited for one of the best parts of your time here at UMD, and HAVE FUN!!!!

 

Written by Hannah Garrett on 8/21/2017

 

Meet the Rockstars: Marshal Quast

Written by Hannah Garrett on 8/20/2017

Meet the Rockstars: Megan Haller

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Meet the Rockstars: Kylee Pass

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Meet the Rockstars: Beka Lepak

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Meet the Rockstars: Emma Kaufman

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Meet the Rockstars: Tracy Asche

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  1. Name: Tracy Asche
  2. Hometown: Mantorville, MN
  3. Major(s) and Minor(s): Major – Criminology Minors – Biology and Psychology
  4. Year in School: Junior
  5. If money and practicality weren’t an issue, what would be your most interesting way to get around town? If money wasn’t an issue I would drive. I love road trips and would stop everywhere along the way to my destination to see everything.
  6. Your hands-down favorite place to eat in Duluth: Breakfast food: Uncle Louis; Regular food: Blackwoods
  7. One thing you absolutely need to do before you die: Scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef
  8. One piece of advice you have for an incoming student at UMD: It may be hard and challenging at first, but give it time and you’ll find your place

 

Written by Hannah Garrett 8/18/2017

Countdown to Bulldog Welcome Week 2017: 5 DAYS LEFT!!!

Woohoo!! Only FIVE days are left until Bulldog Welcome Week 2017 begins! Are you ready? Are you excited? Are you nervous? Whatever you’re feeling, just know that you are about to enter into a week of fun-filled activities that you (hopefully) will gain something awesome from.

Day 10 of the countdown series talked about how to stay organized for the week, such as what to wear, what to bring, and to download the mobile app. Today, for day 5 of the countdown, we’re going to talk about how to make the best connections with these complete strangers you’ll have as your “Rock Group”:

Make an Effort to Remember Everyone’s Names

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You’ll likely do a “name game” anyways to try to get to know everyone else in your Rock Group, but really try to remember them all. You may not befriend everyone in your group, but you may recognize one of them later on in one of your classes and become study buddies. Maybe you and another Rockie join the same club! Even if you just see them occasionally in the hallway, it’s nice to be able to say “Hi!” to someone during you first few weeks at UMD.

Actively Listen to One Another

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You’re going to have plenty of opportunities to talk about random things throughout the week, but try to pay attention if you’re talking more than you’re listening. Listening to others, especially strangers, is critical in order to make a solid connection. You will learn more about someone else by listening closely to what they are saying. Also, showing non-verbal cues such as nodding is an important indicator that you are paying attention to them. So basically, don’t be glued to your phone when someone else is speaking. (RUDE!) You’d want someone else to do the same for you!

Just Be YOURSELF!

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This seems obvious, but every now and then we may catch ourselves not paying attention to this phrase. Sometimes when we meet new people, we try to match our behavior and conversation to what we think they would like in another person. If you want a truly good connection with another person though, you have to drop the façade and just be whoever you already are. There’s no harm in being polite to strangers, but remember to stay true to YOU!

That’s all for today folks! Stay tuned for one more countdown series to BWW 2017 in a few days.

 

Written by Hannah Garrett on 8/16/2017

 

 

 

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Countdown to Bulldog Welcome Week 2017: TEN DAYS!!!

Can you believe there are only TEN days left until Bulldog Welcome Week 2017 begins?! Crazy right! Summer has flown by so dang fast, but now the real fun has begun. BWW 2017 is going to have some amazing things in store from you to help you transition into life at UMD. This blog series will give you three main posts to prepare you for your one and only Bulldog Welcome Week so that you get the absolute most out of it. Today we’re going to talk about how to stay organized (enough) for all that’ll be going on:

There’s a Mobile App – So Get It!

Look for the University of Minnesota Duluth Orientation 2017 app. It’s downloadable in Google Play and the App Store. When I had BWW back in 2015, I absolutely loved this app because it helped me remember what to do, where to go and when to do it. It has all the options for workshops you can take and their descriptions, the schedule each day right down to the minute, and it even has maps to help you out as you get used to the campus. The 2017 version is even better! So, if you haven’t already, check it out!

Dress Cool & Carry Light

You may think you need to be fashionable and carry absolutely everything during your “first” week at campus, but you’re wrong. Unless the weather suddenly turns bitterly cold, dress lightly in clothing that you can constantly be moving in. Expect to get a little sweaty too, so make sure you always have a water bottle with you to stay hydrated. Wear shoes that are mega-comfy for walking in all day and utilize a small, lightweight bag to store your phone, keys, and whatever else you need in.

Make Sure to Get Your Sleep

Each and every day is going so be jam-packed full of fun, and trust me, you will be absolutely exhausted from it. Know that you’re going to have to wake up a little earlier than you think, so don’t stay up as late as you normally do. You’ll want to be fully recharged for the next day!

Stay tuned for the next countdown series blog post when only FIVE days are left until Bulldog Welcome Week 2017. Until then, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to fill out a comment/question for me to answer by clicking here. Have a great weekend everyone!

 

Written by Hannah Garrett on 8/12/2017