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Seriously: 5 legitimate reasons to throw a party during a pandemic

Editor’s Note: This is a satire piece from The Collegian’s opinion section. Real names and the events surrounding them may be used in fictitious/semi-fictitious ways. Those who do not read the editor’s notes are subject to being offended.

FORT COLLINS — With the return to campus, many students are feeling disappointed that partying will not look the same as it has in previous semesters. With frat houses closed for parties and students isolated in their individual dorms, it is possible we might be faced with the grim reality that students will not be able to party this semester.

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As devastating and shocking as this news is, there might be hope after all. There are some real, legitimate reasons to continue partying while in a pandemic.

1. You want classes to be online again

Maybe you have enjoyed the flexibility of online classes, and you like logging onto 10 different Zoom links every day only to turn your camera and mic off and scroll through social media the entire time. This might genuinely be the best form of education for you, and you want to do what you can to return to a fully online course load. If so, consistently throwing parties is definitely one way to achieve this goal.

“You’re young. you’ll probably be just fine.”

 2. You didn’t party enough last year

You might feel like COVID-19 is taking away the full college experience you deserve. You might have slacked on partying last year and planned to have a full semester of going out every weekend this year; now you will not even have the opportunity.

It’s OK, partying in the middle of a pandemic is a perfectly acceptable way to blow off steam. While you may be endangering an entire campus community, you also shouldn’t be paying thousands of dollars in tuition if you’re not going to get absolutely plastered on the weekends. 

3. You have no other access to alcohol

Speaking of getting plastered, it is completely possible that partying is your only access to alcohol. If you are a freshman, your access to alcohol usually comes from a friend of a friend who knows someone who knows someone who has a fake ID or a frat guy who offers you a handle at a party only for you to disappear with it.

A pandemic makes these options very difficult to access, making throwing a party in hopes people will bring liquor quite literally your only solution to this predicament. Make sure you are sharing bottles with strangers as well to add to the risk!

4. You are careless with your own health

Maybe you want to test your body and see if it has the ability to fight off a virus like this. You might be thinking, “I haven’t gotten it yet, so is partying really going to be the difference?” As sound as that logic is, the chances of you getting COVID-19 are probably higher if you throw a rager with a bunch of other unmasked college students following the same logic.

But if you are careless with your health and feel no threat from the virus, by all means, go ahead. You’re young. You’ll probably be just fine. Plus, if you contract it and accidentally give it to a stranger, you will likely be guilt-free because you will have no idea! As long as you personally are not affected by the virus, you are perfectly fine to party.

5. You have adopted an existential outlook on life

You might be thinking, “At this point, 2020 is so bad I might as well do whatever I want.” Honestly, most of us are feeling this way completely. If you have adopted the outlook that things just are what they are and in the grand scheme of things, throwing a party is the least problematic thing to happen in 2020, you are definitely not alone.

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The feeling of wanting to just go buck wild because of how absolutely horrendous this year was is a completely legitimate reason to throw a rager. Make sure to go extra crazy on Halloween and create a shared alcoholic beverage. The risk of contracting a deadly virus will really add to the scariness. 

Katrina Leibee can be reached at letters@collegian.com or Twitter @KatrinaLeibee.

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Katrina Leibee
Katrina Leibee, Editor-in-Chief
Katrina Leibee is serving as The Rocky Mountain Collegian's editor in chief for the 2021-22 academic year. Leibee started at The Collegian during the fall of her freshman year writing for the opinion desk. She then moved up to assistant opinion editor and served as the opinion director for the 2020-21 academic year. Leibee is a journalism and political science double major, but her heart lies in journalism. She enjoys writing, editing and working with a team of people to create the paper more than anything. Ask anyone, Leibee loves her job at The Collegian and believes in the great privilege and opportunity that comes with holding a job like this. The biggest privilege is getting to work with a team of such smart, talented editors, writers, photographers and designers. The most important goal Leibee has for her time as editor in chief is to create change, and she hopes her and her staff will break the status quo for how The Collegian has previously done things and for what a college newspaper can be. From creating a desk dedicated entirely to cannabis coverage to transitioning the paper into an alt-weekly, Leibee hopes she can push the boundaries of The Collegian and make it a better paper for its readers and its staff. Leibee is not one to accept a broken system, sit comfortably inside the limits or repeat the words, "That's the way we've always done things." She is a forward thinker with a knack for leadership, and she has put together the best staff imaginable to bring The Collegian to new heights.

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