Weather Changes

The recent fluctuations in the weather from week to week are starting to get on most Columbia, MO residents nerves, especially the students.  Although college students all over the world face the challenge of dragging themselves out of bed and walking to class, cold weather does not help the cause.  In the past two weeks, University of Missouri-Columbia students have faced several issues, because of the snow, such as three snow days and power outages.  While missing a couple days of school is a nice reprieve for both the students and faculty it starts to become a nuisance when tests, quizzes, projects, and homework have to be rescheduled along with other school related events.  However, changing the due dates on a course syllabus is not the only issue the weather fluctuations have caused.  Many students have caught sinus infections, the flu, strep throat and mono, including myself.   Therefore many people have found the student health center and local urgent cares to be their most recent “hang out” spot. 




Due to the amount of illnesses spreading around campus I did some quick research about what causes them, how/if they spread, and how to treat them. Some of the results include:




Sinus Infection:

  • Congestion and discharge
  • Caused by weather changes or allergic reaction
  • Symptoms: Bad breath, fever, headache, coughing, and sneezing
  • Treat with antibiotics and over the counter drugs such as Clairton and Advil Cold and sinus

Strep Throat:

  • Viral Infection
  • Contagious
  • Caused by person to person contact with fluids from the noise or saliva
  • Symptoms: loss of appetite, sore throat, headache and nausea
  • Treat with antibiotics and pain relievers such as cough drops


  • Viral Infection
  • Contagious
  • Caused by person to person contact
  • Symptoms: sore throat, congestion, coughing, discharge, sneezing and fatigue
  • Treat with antibiotics and other the counter drugs and pain reliefImage

            Although things will probably not change overnight, it is important to see a physician once you start to feel one of the above infections coming on.  A doctor can then write you a prescription to treat your symptoms instead of you further infecting yourself or someone else.  Also because we have already missed a couple days due to the weather you do not want to fall even further behind.   As we have heard the past couple weeks in lecture, Journalism is a hard degree.  Therefore, it is important to stay ahead in your workload, especially in this multimedia class! Since all of our projects are dependent upon other people schedules you have to be strategic in your weekly planning and time management.  One day out because of sickness could potentially conflict with an interview or editing your work.  Some tips on how to professionally set up and interview or manage your time include:


Time Management:

Setting up Interviews:


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