February 8, 2023
  • 12:08 pm Fall Convocation 2022: “The State of this University is Strong”
  • 9:37 pm Ogrin Brings the Thunder in Toros 12-3 rout; team plays for playoff championship tomorrow
  • 7:00 am Outstanding Professor Award Recipient’s Mic Drop Moment at Last Month’s Virtual Ceremony
  • 9:10 am Bookworms of the World Unite!
  • 7:46 pm Breaking News: All Students Living in Campus Housing Required to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine
  • 9:00 am CSUDH Esports Creates International Competition
  • 9:35 am Spring Commencement Ceremonies Get Brighter
  • 3:46 pm Breaking News: Spring Commencement Ceremonies Recieve Stadium Upgrade
  • 8:00 am Testing the Teachers (and All the Educators)
  • 9:30 am CSUDH Educators and School Employees, Vaccinated Next
  • 10:30 am For White People Only: Anti-Racism Workshop Addresses Racial Bias and Unity
  • 2:43 pm Greatness Personified: Remembering Kobe Bryant
  • 10:02 am Straight Down the Chimney and Into Your (Digital) Hands: Special Holiday Edition of The Bulletin!
  • 2:44 pm Did You Wake up Looking this Beautiful?
  • 11:43 am A Long History for University’s Newest Major
  • 5:15 pm Issue 5 of Bulletin Live! Collector’s Item! Worth its Weight in Digital Paper!
  • 4:06 pm Special Election Issue
  • 4:03 pm Three best Latinx Halloween & Horror Short Films available now on HBO Max
  • 9:49 am Issue 3 of CSUDH Bulletin Live if You Want It
  • 3:24 pm Hispanic Heritage Month Update
  • 2:00 pm South Bay Economic Forecast Goes Virtual
  • 3:52 pm BREAKING NEWS: Classes for Spring to be Online, CSU Chancellor Announces
  • 9:39 am “Strikes” and Solidarity
  • 8:30 am March Into History: Just 5 in 1970, CSUDH Growth Shaped by Historic Event
  • 8:30 am Will the Bulletin Make Today Tomorrow?
  • 9:04 am Different Neighborhoods Warrant Rubber Bullets or Traffic Control For Protesters
  • 5:07 pm STAFF EDITORIAL: Even Socially Distant, We All Have to Work Together
  • 5:47 pm Transcript of CSUDH President Parham’s Coronavirus Announcement
  • 10:46 am Cal State Long Beach Suspends Face-to-Face Classes; CSUDH Discussing Contingency Plans
  • 5:26 pm Things Black People Should be Able to Get Away with This Month
  • 10:25 am Latinx Students Need a Place to Call Home
  • 2:35 pm Will Time Run Out Before Funds for PEGS? [UPDATED]
  • 8:41 am Year of the Rat? What’s That?
  • 6:20 am Artist Who Gave Life to Death and Inspired Countless Others Gets His Due at Dominguez Hills
  • 5:16 pm Why I’m Rooting for Dr. Cornel West
  • 5:00 pm Under Fire from the Feds, Vaping’s Future is Cloudy
  • 3:28 pm We’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat; Tsunami 3.0 Hits Campus, Enrollment Swells
  • 4:48 pm University Weathering a Wave of New Students
  • 9:21 pm The Bulletin’s Public Records Request Offers Springboard to Launch Gender Equity Discussion at CSUDH
  • 4:27 pm Black is the New Black: Raising the Capital on the “B” Word
  • 10:53 am Guns Up for Arrest: Student advocacy group pushes for CSU No Gun Zones–Including the Police
  • 4:09 pm Staff Editorial: Words on the First
  • 8:42 pm Carson Mayor Blasts Media, Landmark Libel Case in Keynote Address
  • 9:27 am Free Speech Week Calendar of Events Update
  • 6:02 am Food for Thought: 40% of Students are Food Insecure
  • 3:12 pm Academic Senate Rejects CSU GE Task Force & Report
  • 3:06 pm Work To Be Done
  • 5:56 pm ASI Elections: What You Need to Know
  • 8:02 pm CSUDH President Parham Announces Cancer Diagnosis
  • 9:47 am CSUDH Art Professor’s 20-Year Journey Results in First Local Showing of Film
  • 9:13 pm Free Speech or Free Hate area?
  • 9:08 pm CSUDH’s Best & Brightest Shine at Student Research Day
  • 9:05 pm Academic Senate Approves Gender Equity Task Force
  • 12:37 pm When Dr. Davis speaks, Toros Pay Close Attention
  • 3:38 pm Investing in the Future: Dr. Thomas A. Parham Reflects on the Past Eight Months and Contemplates​ the University’s Future
  • 3:24 pm Green Olive to Open By End of Feb; Starbucks Not Until Fall
  • 3:20 pm Gov. Newsom’s Proposed Budget Hailed for Extensive Funding Increases
  • 3:08 pm Out of the Classroom: Labor and Community Organizing Course Aims to Teach Students How to Organize for Social Justice
  • 2:54 pm The Other Route in Professional Sports
  • 9:02 am Hail to the New Chief, CSUDH President Thomas Parham
  • 3:36 pm Career Center Holds Major/Minor Fair
  • 5:34 pm After Unexpected Delay, Undocumented Becomes More Intimate Theatrical Production
  • 1:30 pm What to Expect When You’re Expecting New Buildings
  • 4:00 pm The Struggles and Highlights of a Small Business Owner
  • 4:00 pm All In and Ballin’
  • 4:00 pm Toros Coming Down To The Wire On 22-23 Season
  • 4:00 pm Wright and The Boys Are Gearing Up For Their Shot At The CCAA Crown
  • 4:00 pm The NFL’s top two teams face off in the Super Bowl

The fear of being forced to socialize after nearly two years of at home learning is more frightening than the pandemic regardless of mitigating procedures.  Image by Halfpoint on iStock.

By Lloyd Bravo.

After nearly two years, the inevitable has happened–students are returning to the California State University, Dominguez Hills campus. This was not a day that I have been fully prepared for as I began to feel anxious and restless a week before our return to in-person learning. Although COVID-19 changed the structure of my education, being at home while attending classes virtually has been more beneficial to myself over the past two years. Regardless, I do understand that every student is different and we learn at different rates, but online courses gave me the opportunity to be less stressed and more attentive. 

I felt comfortable not having to commute, which gave me ample time to focus on other priorities within my life like taking care of my son. However, this temporary arrangement has now ended and, despite the fear of a very real pandemic that many are “over,” my new found sense of normalcy of an at home substitute has ended without the recognition of the beneficial effects it may have had on socially recluse individuals like myself.  

The continued surge in cases due to the Omicron variant in the past few months has kept my mental state fragile. The overwhelming anxiety and tension that I feel in my chest have not subsided, especially with the looming fear of contracting the disease and spreading it throughout my family. The rigors of a 40-hour work week, being a full-time student, becoming a parent, and the global pandemic have accumulated to a tremendous amount of pressure that has encapsulated into a stress conducive life. 

My solace comes from the ability to work from home and away from the chaotic conditions that have plagued our society. I have never been on campus, as I entered the last semester before earning my Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, but my success away from social interactions may not be typical. 

Students and colleagues have expressed their eagerness to return to in-person classes, however, I am not ready to assimilate and pretend that everything is okay. I would welcome an option to resume online courses for the benefit of my physical and mental health, but unfortunately, there is only one option available at CSUDH–try not to get sick. I can appreciate the effort CSUDH is taking to prevent mass infections throughout campus, but I have a hard time relying on other individuals to take the same precautions I have made during these trying times. 

During a seven-minute video addressing the issue, CSUDH President Thomas A. Parham speaks about the abundance of caution the university is making in order to keep students and faculty safe from the infectious disease by following the directives from science officials and hospitalization rates in the county. However, the presentation uploaded on the CSUDH YouTube account and CSUDH.com feels like a legal omission that the campus is taking in order to deflect blame in the case someone contracts the disease while participating in face-to-face mandated tutelage. 

As reported by The Bulletin, over 3,500 students have signed a petition to advocate the continuation of online courses for individuals who are uncomfortable with returning to campus during the pandemic. I wish to keep online classes as an alternative option, since I have family members and friends who are immunocompromised and I am still unwilling to risk the health of my loved-ones. 

Although there have been measures by the campus to mitigate the risk of contracting this contagious disease, I still feel weary of the precautions others may be taking in order to keep themselves safe, not only for myself but for my 6-month-old who can not be vaccinated. 

As a fully vaccinated and boosted individual, I know the potential risk of serious health conditions, including death, are minimal. But regardless of the less hazardous effects that I may encounter from the contagious Omicron variant, it does not guarantee that my 6-month-old son will encounter the same “mild” conditions I am afforded.  

I am expected to trust and hope that my peers, who may decide to participate in highly congested events like attending sports events, music festivals, or general parties, are utilizing the same precaution I have to keep my son and wife safe.

Even on the eve of the return, the melancholy feeling of seeing classmates in masks and attempting to social distance is not a sign of the impending return of the standard routine, but a consistent reminder that we are far away from our perceived goal.


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