College and COVID

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently said young adults might be driving the increase in U.S. COVID-19 cases. The response of anyone who’s been paying even the slightest attention to the pandemic has to be: “Ya think?” Probably accompanied by a slapping of the forehead or eating an entire quart of ice cream.

But I don’t blame “those darn kids” for acting their age. That’s because I still remember what I was like in college. I mean, good gravy – do you remember being 18-22? For all the brilliance and creativity you might exude in classes, overall, you’re kind of dumb as a stump outside the classroom. Travel to Mexico for the weekend with people you just met yesterday? Sure! Camp out under the stars on the Quad/Mall/Campus crazy space with the plan to not sleep the night before your calculus final? Why not?

Nope, the people to blame for COVID outbreaks, at least at my local university, are the leaders of that august institution. They have acted as if they never studied Homo sapiens collegium in the wild. Because if they had, they’d know the species has nearly zero impulse control and translates the words “suggested” and “voluntary” as “not important.”

My latest column in the Arizona Daily Star explains it all here. 🙂

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