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Corona-cation: The Way Young People View a Global Pandemic

Grace Rooney

Posted on March 16, 2020 16:31

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My own personal experience as a young person on a college campus with the outbreak of COVID-19.

A week ago today, my fellow students and I got an email that we had been looking forward to. It was the email from our university telling us to pack up and go home, we would have online classes for at least three weeks.

The student body rejoiced, and on the uncharacteristically warm March day, we celebrated on the lawn of the school we would be leaving in 24 hours. No one quite knew what we were truly in for. What followed was a bunch of postings declaring our "corona-cation" and celebrating what we thought would be a short break from school and a relaxing few weeks at home.

There was a lightheartedness about all of it. We were taking a break, we would be home, we would see all of our friends from home, and it would be great. The next few days proved that was not the case. 

A few short days later, everyone's attitude changed when we got another email, this one stating that we would not be back for the semester. Suddenly, the lightheartedness was gone, the fun was gone and the reality set in. New York City and America are in trouble. 

To see my peers and generation openly flaunting the advantages we have to be young in this time is so disappointing. As a high-risk patient myself, the ignorance of flaunting our health like it cannot be taken away is incredibly frustrating.

As this crisis has developed, we need young people to develop as well. As one of the largest groups in the American population, we face an unprecedented challenge. There is just one crucial step to take, we have to change the attitude of the crisis from a corona-cation to a serious quarantine and focus on protecting our neighbors who are not as lucky as us. 

Grace Rooney

Posted on March 16, 2020 16:31

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