Opinion: Bringing drugs to college

When preparing for life at Mercyhurst, there is an endless list of must-haves.

First and foremost, I hope that every incoming freshman has a copious winter wardrobe that includes thermal underwear, the thickest socks available and extremely durable winter boots.

But besides the clothes, school supplies, dormitory decorations and late-night snack foods that are needed, it’s important to think about which medicines to bring.

Through my years at school, my years at home and my few weeks abroad in London, I have discovered that the most important thing to bring anywhere is sinus medicine.

This medicine can make or break a night of sleep, study habits and just the basic taste of food. With the sinus medicine, the day is easier to endure; without it the day is miserable.

Make sure daily prescriptions are arranged with CVS or another nearby pharmacy in Erie. The best thing about the CVS pharmacy is that it is open 24 hours so prescriptions can be filled or picked up at any hour night or day.

Motrin, Tylenol and/or aspirin are needed for the treacherous finals week headache, an unfortunate burn, an ear infection or for a Sunday morning after a long weekend out with friends. Honestly, I always carry Tums in my purse or book bag and it seems to cure any meal from the cafeteria that just does not sit right.

Also, it is a great idea to invest in a daily vitamin to keep up the energy—especially when it comes to mid-terms and finals week.

The secret is asking a parent and guardian for help when packing the first aid kit. It may seem that every corner is covered until suddenly you cut your leg shaving in the shower and are wrapping it with an outrageous amount of toilet paper while applying pressure to try to stop the bleeding.

College is an amazing experience and freshman year is full of stories of survival. These are just my personal tips on how I made it happy and healthy to my senior year.

Take my advice and keep the health center’s number saved in your cell phone. Never be afraid to ask for help, get a check up and when all else fails—call Mom.