I think it’s safe to say that most of us (all of us?) are tired of wearing masks, social distancing, washing our hands until they’re raw. But I have to say that I think compared to many other colleges and universities, we did pretty well last fall. This isn’t to say we were perfect but look up north to SUNY Oswego or south to SUNY Cortland and other schools in the area, I think we can say, “Hey . . . not bad.”
But as we head into the spring semester, lots of people have taken their foot off the gas and slipped into old habits. Or should I say, going to back to pre-covid times when we could, you know, go to a restaurant, hug a friend, have your smile be seen without a mask.
And as many of our students come from all over the country, those of us who live here, the faculty and staff at Syracuse University, just speaking for myself now, I’m a little nervous. I have aging parents I have to attend to as does my wife. I can’t take any chances with them and I’m not alone. I would go so far as to say the majority of faculty and staff here at SU have some connections to a population that are high risk.
I know, you’ve heard this and heard this and heard this and we’re all tired and want normal back asap. So just one more time, let’s be that school that did so well in August, September, October and most of November. If not for you, than for us.