Colleges Might Not Be Handling The Pandemic The Right Way, But That's No Surprise To You

Colleges Might Not Be Handling The Pandemic The Right Way, But That's No Surprise To You

It's not like the "No Tobacco" rule is followed, so why would rules about social distancing be any different?

Colleges Might Not Be Handling The Pandemic The Right Way, But That's No Surprise To You

Recently, many universities have been releasing their plans for the 2020 fall semester as students are desperate to find out whether campus will be open or not. While Stony Brook hasn't officially released their plans, they sent a basic overview of what they are expecting to do if we were to come back fall semester and I have a couple of qualms with these plans.

While I know to try to figure out how to return back to campus during a pandemic is uncharted territory and could be quite difficult when you have to keep the safety of hundreds of staff and students in mind, I feel as if these proposed plans will fall through. On our campus, we have a "No Tobacco" rule in place, and in certain areas, there are signs that say that there is not tobacco allowed and yet, I never fail to see at least one person smoking a cigarette on my way to class, next to the sign. I just don't think students will follow the guidelines put in place unless they are actually enforced. What's stopping people from going to other people's dorms when there are several other entrances besides the main one. What's stopping students from going to bars with their friends or going to parties where there is no monitor?

It's "expected" of us to follow these rules, but what about the few kids who just don't care? I think us being allowed to come back on campus is a dangerous game, and the only reason why they're letting us back is because of the money Stony Brook would be loosing if the fall semester fully goes online. How safe is it really to make two kids from different states share one small room, or make a suite full of six people share one bathroom? What would happen if one of those kids got sick, where will the other kids in the suite live? How can kids safely use the library or the gym while maintaining social distancing guidelines? It feels as if we are going back just to be sent back in a month when cases start to rise again.

Since a majority of classes are going to be online, it would make sense that the tuition costs would be lowered as well, but, college is a business and I wouldn't put it past Stony Brook to tack on more fees for "COVID-19 preparedness" onto my bill. I hate that I have to spend my college career from home, but I'd rather that than go back to a coronavirus infested campus.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

119 People Reveal How The Pandemic Has Affected Their Love Lives, And Honestly... Relatable

"I haven't been able to get out of the 'talking phase' with anyone."

The reality is, there's no part of life the pandemic hasn't affected. Whether it's your work life, your home life, your social life, or your love life, coronavirus (COVID-19) is wreaking havoc on just about everything — not to mention people's health.

When it comes to romance, in particular, people are all handling things differently and there's no "right way" of making it through, regardless of your relationship status (single, taken, married, divorced, you name it). So, some of Swoon's creators sought out to hear from various individuals on how exactly their love lives have been affected since quarantine began.

Keep Reading... Show less

Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B just dropped the hottest summer single yet. It's called "WAP" and we're going to get into all the intoxicating lyrics.

This song empowers females and their sexuality. These women put the ridiculous music industry female beef to bed, and I mean tucked away in a coma.

Keep Reading... Show less

How To Write Down The Holy Grail Recipe Everyone Begs You To Make

Because everyone has a signature cocktail, cake, or pasta they bring to every potluck.


From back when I used to bring my mom's classic white chocolate chip cookies to preschool on my birthday to now stirring up my signature tequila cocktails at every friends' barbecue, I've always had a couple of standby recipes in my culinary rotation.

Keep Reading... Show less

Meet My Cat: Cheshire, The Stray Turned House Cat Who Lives in Michigan

I never considered myself a cat person, but Chess immediately stole my heart.

Madelyn Darbonne

In 2016, a stray cat gave birth to a litter of three grey kittens on my aunt and uncle's property. I had never considered myself to be much of a cat person, but these furballs immediately stole my heart. I got to watch them grow up until they were old enough to leave their mother's side.

Keep Reading... Show less

How To Binge-Watch A TV Show —And Then Write A Review About It

Writing your favorite and least favorite things about a show could not be more fun.

Photo by Mollie Sivaram on Unsplash

Looking for a new show to binge? Stop scrolling through your options and listen.

Sometimes a good show doesn't come down to the genre or the actors involved, it comes down to the fact that it is simply a GOOD show. If any of these things sound appealing to you, you should definitely watch.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

11 Reasons Why Getting A Cat Is The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Mental Health

Cats may mess up your puzzles but they'll always love you unconditionally — as long as you have some catnip, that is.

Scout Guarino

Alright, everyone, it's time to stop spreading the rumor that all cats are mean, aloof, and hate everyone. Like dogs, each cat has its own personality and tendencies. Some like a lot of attention, some like less — each person has to find the right cat for them. As for me, my cats Bienfu and Reptar have seen me at my worst, but they've also helped pull me out of it. They're a constant in my life and they give me the strength to get through the day in spite of my depression, and there's even scientific evidence to support it!

Keep Reading... Show less

I've been bleaching my hair since I was in seventh grade. Yes, you read that correctly, seventh grade. That's nearly 10 years of maintaining a very light shade of blonde that too-often brings about dryness and brittle strands.

Keep Reading... Show less

Chances are if you're here, you're probably interested in writing an open letter. Yay! We're excited to have you.

Of course, not all open letters are created equal. In fact, there's a recipe to writing one for Odyssey that'll get featured on one of our many verticals. When it comes to Swoon specifically (for those new around here, that's our dating and relationships vertical), we receive dozens of open letters each month, many of which are all very similar.

Keep Reading... Show less

With a new phone comes great responsibility: Do not break it! And the best way to do that is with a case. However, picking a case can be a challenge. No need to fret, I am here to help break down some of the best cases for the new iPhone SE 2020. Honestly, I think it's going to be impossible to choose!

Keep Reading... Show less

To some who have been out of the dating world for a while, it can be hard to get back into the swing of things after being single for some time. So, I asked 26 people what they think is important to know before looking for love again, here's what they had to say.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments