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OP-ED: I Don’t Use Handshake Because It Spreads Germs


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I refuse to use Penn’s online career services platform Handshake. That’s because I’m done subjecting my immune system to this germ-filled environment. Handshake calls itself “the largest career community for students and recent grads.” Well, do you know where diseases spread? That’s right — communities. And do you know how they spread? Physical touch (i.e. Handshake). 

Career Services will tell you Handshake is the best resource to find opportunities and apply to jobs. Maybe that’s true. But at what cost? My own health? I don’t think so. I won’t subject myself to bacteria and viruses that thrive on people’s nasty little hands.

They’ll tell you it’s a time-honored greeting. To that I say, what about waving or even fist-bumping? Let’s erase the stigma around fist-bumping. No more Handshake. Will you join me in this fight? We can meet literally anytime because I am totally unemployed.