Continue The Campus Lifestyle Or Face Online Classes Back At Your Parents Home
While others have posted or reacted to social media photos and videos in extremely critical ways, I have been a staunch supporter of college students being, well, college students.
I have rolled my eyes at others going ballistic when you were going to the beaches of Florida on Spring Break, of gathering for a pool party or while doing other fun things. I know that a lot of social media posts don’t tell the real story and many people who post or comment on them are out for a personal agenda, that they want to use the shock affect to bring attention to themselves.
And the salivating media, anxious for click-bate headlines and “shocking” reports for their news programs, love to fan the flames of alleged irresponsibility.
But as you return to college campuses across the USA, I have one message for you: please wear a mask when you are out in public. This is not the time to ignore what is obviously a way to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
It is especially important for these reasons. Your health and the health of others is obviously at the top of the list but it’s also critical so you can enjoy the lifestyle of college life.
One is to keep you on campus. If the virus spreads, then officials will shut down the schools, sending you away to take online classes. Sure, you may go back to your parents house do to laundry on occasion, but do you want to be there all the time? No, you want to be on campus with other students. A big part of the college lifestyle is to be on the campus.
If that doesn’t provide you with ample motivation to wear a mask, then I have another one: college football.
Football season has already been “postponed” in the Big 10 and Pac-12, as well as in other smaller conferences, but if it to take place in the ACC, Big 12 and SEC, then the students need to remain disciplined and wear masks in public.
Photos of students in lines at campus bars has drawn criticism from school presidents, athletic officials, athletes and of course citizen journalists and the media. Even tho masks are being worn inside and bars are at less than 50% capacity. One Tuscaloosa bar owner even went to his own Facebook page to post that his bar, Gallettes, is adhering to the city policies and stating that what you see outside is not what is happening inside.
But perception is reality to many and by not wearing a mask, you are fanning the flames of those who want to shut down everything.
So if you want to remain on campus and if you want your school to play college football this fall, then please wear a mask in public. Even at schools which have “postponed” football, do it to show your school presidents that you can be responsible.
As well as safe, of course.