The 2016 presidential election has exposed a widespread and alarming weakness of character among today’s youth.
Donald Trump’s popularity has spurred a wave of “fear” among liberal students who are now acting like his election is a sign of imminent Armageddon.
To help these students cope, colleges and universities across the nation are offering post-election “therapy” including comfort food, Play-Doh, coloring books, and bubbles.
A professor at Yale University even decided to let concerned students skip their midterms:
“I am getting many heartfelt notes from students who are in shock over the election results,” wrote the anonymous professor. “The ones I find most upsetting are those who fear, rightly or wrongly, for their own families. These students are requesting that the exam be postponed. On the other hand, I am sure that many students have sacrificed to prepare for the test … Therefore, I am making the exam optional.”
Massachusetts’ Tufts University is offering arts and crafts for anxious students, while the University of Kansas urges students to take advantage of the therapy dogs available on Wednesdays.
At the University of Michigan, multi-ethnic student affairs director Trey Boynton gave students coloring books and Play-Doh to keep their minds away from reality (although someone who was really that shocked by Trump’s victory is already living in a bubble).
Perhaps the most pathetic example comes from Cornell University, where staff hosted a “cry-in” complete with hot chocolate and tissues.
And these students wonder why they aren’t taken seriously…