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It has been proven that people catch the flu and colds more easily in the winter because more people spend time together indoors. This provides the perfect opportunity for germs to spread so watch out! With so many students at UC Berkeley (36,204 last fall, and the number continues to rise) the common cold becomes exactly that: common. Ways to prepare include:

Getting the flu shot. The Tang Center offers the flu shot for $30 tostudents without SHIP, and the shotis free for students with SHIP. It protects against four different viruses and is preservative free. Tangisoffering drop in hours no appointment needed onNov. 12, Nov. 21 and Dec. 8.

Take your vitamins! Omega 3 is a fish oil that helps boost your immune system. Astragalus is a Chinese rootknown to help fight infection. Vitamin D helps produce a protein that fights viruses. One great store in which to look at vitamin supplements is Pharmaca,located on Solano Avenue. You can always go to common retail stores, such as Trader Joe and Whole Foods Market, to seeif they are selling any vitamins.

2. Be prepared to go to class in the cold.

If getting up for class ishard for you now, try going in the cold. Our best advice is to have the right mindset. Push through the cold, and remember it almost the end of the semester. Let us huddle like penguins touse each other warmth while we goto lecture. Ways to prepare include:

Using your bus pass. If you haven already gotten it, you can get your bus pass from 180 Cesar Chavez Center in Lower Sproul Plaza: the same place you pick up your Cal 1 Card. Every student gets one at no cost, and it lets you ride all the AC Transit bus lines and UC Berkeley shuttles for free. Taking the warm bus to class instead of walking in the cold can help keep your spirits up in the morning. We definitely recommend this for anyone living far from campus, such asthose living in Clark Kerr.

Taking a shower at night. There is almost nothing rougher than going out in the cold with wet hair.

Taking a warm drink to go. Buy a UC Berkeley canister and fillit up at one of your favorite coffee shops near campus. Whether your coffeeis from Starbucks, Pete Coffee or one of the many other coffee shops in Berkeley, a warm drink in the morning will help you fight the cold.

3. Be prepared to belabeledbasic.

Staying warm and being fashionable can belike having your cake and eating it, too, but we at the Clog believe you can have both. Butthe sweaters, beanies, Uggs, scarves, layering and Starbucks may lead to you to becomelabeled as Don let the haters preventyou from staying warm and flu free. Prepare to belabeled basic if you wear:

Uggs. For those with a pair of Uggs, people may throw some fierce judgment your way, but have they ever felt how comfortable they are? How theycan keep your feet in a warm blanket of pure comfort? We believe such peoplehave yet to experience the magic behind the Uggs, and we should share the gift. Let them try on your shoes. Open their eyes. Maybe even buy them a pair, if you feeling generous. For those who will hate no matter what you do, we recommend you strut away on Sproul and remainproud of your shoes.

Scarves. Don be afraid to wear these bad boys. They keep your neck warm and are stylish accessories. If your grandma knit that scarf for you, we think that even more amazing. Scarves make a great gift,
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and some people receive handmade ones. Before you go insulting someone scarf, realize it may be a gift that holds a lot of meaning and is far from basic.

North Face jackets. Yes, a lot of people may own one of these jackets, and for good reason. They are top quality and keep you warm. We once again recommend allowing haters to try on your jacket so their eyes may be opened. Maybe try letting a skepticalfriend borrow your jacket for a day, but be careful, because you may not get it back!

Starbucks or any kind of coffee and mug. Hold up that mug high, because if someone calls you due to your drink, he or sheprobably just wants some of it. If you feel generous, go ahead and share. Butfor those people who seem to always throw judgment, we recommend taking a sip, letting the drink warm you up and just giving them a big smile. Their freezing butts will wish they were smart enough to grab a mug.

Getting a boyfriend/girlfriend/pet/stuffed animal. Sometimes, it just too difficult to get through the cold alone. This may be the perfect time to ask your crush out. If you get rejected, a pet can always make things better. If you can get or don want a pet, try getting a stuffed animal or a knit blanket whatever it takes to getyou through the loneliness of the holidays and cuddle weather.

Getting a couple of really good books and going to a coffee shop, because what is more romantic than sitting in a coffee shop on a cold day drinking warm tea or coffee? We guarantee you look like you straight out of a movie, and maybe you even have that romantic movie moment when that guy or girl comes over to talk to you. Some of our favorite coffee shops includeBrewed Awakening,NorthsideCafe,Philz CoffeeandJulie’s Cafe.

Going on dates with friends or your boyfriend/girlfriend. If you looking for cheap date ideas, check outBerkeley Date Ideas That Won Break the Bank.

It may not snow here, but it can rain. Actually, we hope it rains, because we need it curse this drought! If it does rain, things you will need include:

Rain boots or waterproof shoes. Has anyone walked throughSproul with cold feet and wet socks? It is NOT fun. You can grab a pair at the REI on1338 San Pablo Ave. or buy a pair online here. What better then a UC Berkeley themed umbrella? You can go to the store on 2480 Bancroft Way or buy it online under Gear in the Apparel sectionhere.

6. Be prepared for fun activities!

Just because it getting colder doesn preventus UC Berkeley students from having fun. We suggest being prepared for awesome activities such as:

The Union Square Holiday Ice Rink in San Francisco. It is open from Nov. 5 toJan. 19. This gives you plenty of time to plan a trip there this winter. 90 minute skating sessions start on every even hour. It costs $11 for general admission and $7 for children eight and under. It costs $6 to rent skates. Lookhere for information about special upcoming events related to the ice rink, such as Single in the City: A Single Event, Drag Queens on Ice: Glitz Glamour and Polar Bear Skate: The San Francisco Edition.

Spoke Art Gallery. For anyone who is a Wes Anderson fan, wants to get to know more about this famous director or has a passion for art,
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there is the Bad Dads: Wes Anderson Tribute. There arepaintings and sculptures from more than 100 different artists tributing Wes Anderson. It started Nov. 2 and will run until the end of the month.