First of all, the world we are living in is crazy. A global pandemic, divided country during an election year, Black Lives Matter protests and police brutality, and sex trafficking. It seems like these last couple months have been nothing but normal, but they might be a foreshadow into the new "normal". And to top that, the new school year is about to begin.
After having to abruptly leave campus in March, millions of college kids had to move home prematurely. Many were without jobs and stability. I thought it was a blessing in disguise at first. I am a family oriented person and it was nice to have a break from college. But then millions began to get sick, we were told to not leave home unless absolutely necessary and the government that we were suppose to lean on started blaming others. This pandemic is not a blessing. It should be a reset button, a wake-up call. After having everything that we took for granted for ripped from us, we should be learning from this. We should be caring about others, we should be trusting our government. News flash, we are not!
We are tired of having nothing but negativity on our news page. We are tired of having our beliefs questioned. We are tired of our government. We are just tired.
And now let's add the incoming stress of school on top of that. I am constantly being torn between having schools reopen and keeping them online. I want an in-person education. I want to take my labs and have hands-on training. But my number one concern is safety. On campus, we are required to wear masks inside and out. We have to carry sanitizing products and extra masks along with our school supplies. We have three chairs between us and smaller class sizes. We have more hybrid and online classes. We don't have fall sports, we don't have our social gatherings like normal college students. But what's stopping another spike? Thousands of students are about to be back on campus. We have kids living in dorms on campus still. What if one sick person comes on campus?
I am afraid and concerned. I bet we all are.
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