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Are Colleges Reopening Just To Close?

The University of North Carolina open for fall only to close after new cases of COVID-19 were detected on campus.

I knew this was coming.

Let’s be clear here, it will be a while before everything goes back to normal, if it even does. During this whole pandemic that still continues to infect and kill person after person—though still not being taken seriously enough—the world basically stood at a standstill.

We’ve been on what feels like the longest spring break ever, but recently school systems and colleges have moved too fast to return back to classes, failing to keep the teachers, professors, and students’ best interests in mind.

According to ABC World News,  “more than 220 students tested positive at the University of Notre Dame,” which made for a 20 percent jump in cases. With more and more situations like this popping up, some colleges are choosing to follow the University of North Carolina Chapel-Hill and opt out of in-person learning for remote learning. On the other hand, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is planning to stay open this fall and will require saliva testing for on-campus students, staff, and athletes, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

After abruptly opening with the public’s disapproval, many southern grade and high schools have decided to close, also settling for remote learning after seeing a sudden increase in COVID cases. I mean, who could blame them. ABC World News recently reported that a 6-year-old in Florida just passed away from COVID, making her the youngest in the state of Florida! No particular number of people wearing masks, taking tests, and using plenty of hand sanitizer can contain this virus because there are the careless and ignorant students that have decided that socializing irresponsibly is much more important than a life. If cases keep increasing as they are experts predict an estimated death toll of 200,000 by mid-September.

I don’t know about you guys, but seeing this gives me anxiety. I know deep down, I’m only going back to my college next week, not because the school cares so much about my education or my college experience, but because of the never ending game of capitalism. My small, private, liberal arts college cannot afford to have students attend school remotely, so they risk having more outbreaks by letting my volleyball team and other sports practice. They are also letting us move into dorms where the virus and mother bacteria lingers in the community bathrooms.

Don’t get me wrong, I want to go back to school (and yes, I’m still going back… ya girl needs her degree) because I enjoy my independence, seeing my friends, and simply living my best life–but not when it’s gonna cost my fellow peers, professors, and myself our health.

How are you guys feeling about going back to campus or school? How are you attending school this fall? Hit me up and let me know. REMEMBER, WEAR YOUR MASK BECAUSE COVID-19 DOESN’T DISCRIMINATE.

 

By Jada Daniel, Sophomore, Beloit College

Twitter: @tgijadaaaa

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