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So, this is going to be the first quarter at my University where we leave online learning behind and head back to the classroom. HOWEVER, Covid has not let up in the slightest, and as new variants developed, people seem to be less and less concerned about the health risks of everyday activities. While the campus states it is following strict rules to minimalize the spread of the virus, we all know there will be students and organizations that ignore the rules for the sake of a good time.

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to have fun again! I would love to go back to the days when I giant party was considered a hazard in the fun-college way and not the life-threatening-global-disease way, but just because we want it to be over doesn’t mean it is over.

“There were nearly 300% more new COVID cases on average this Labor Day than last year”

Li Cohen for CBS News

That being said, vaccination rates are also on the rise! Don’t let another outbreak shut us down, again! It took so much to get us safely back on campus. We can’t afford to be careless when it comes to saving the world. Wear a mask today to save a life tomorrow. Stay home instead of heading to a frat party, before the school board sends us home to our parents instead.

Over the past year and a half, scientists and doctors have discovered so much we can do to prevent the spread of Covid and keep our loved ones safe. Remember, no matter how healthy you are, anyone can get sick. We can still go to class while following CDC Covid guidelines. We can still hang out with friends without putting each other at risk. Take a step back (or six feet) and appreciate the progress we have made to come together! The more vaccinations received and masks are worn, the easier this gets. Be safe! Have fun! Enjoy the start of a brand new school year fighting Covid.

I'm a Junior Creative Writing major and Editor in Cheif for the Her Campus chapter at Louisiana Tech University, who hopes to be a professional writer/editor one day! I love to joke around, but also talk about critical moments in my life and those that surround me to hopefully offer entertainment and guidance to my readers!
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