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From the Editor’s Desk: Counting Down the Days to Entering the ‘Real World’

Lukas Keapproth | Loyola University ChicagoAfter Commencement Week was carried out virtually in 2020 and 2021, the university announced the events will return to campus this spring.

It’s April 6, which means we’re just about a month away from the final day of finals week, May 7. For seniors, it means we’re only a month out from the end of our undergraduate careers.

I wish I could offer some advice about how to spend the last month of college, but I’m in the same boat with the rest of my graduating class. The stress of having to find a post-grad job, finish up final projects and continue to carry on our already-existing college responsibilities makes it pretty impossible to stop and smell the roses.

But I think it is worth it to reflect on the parts of college we won’t have once we’re in the real world. I’m not saying to skip class, but Loyola doesn’t put a cap on your PTO days. 

Even though staying up until 2 a.m. to produce a paper can get a little exhausting, I’m also trying to take in my last few weeks as a staff member on The Phoenix. It’s weird to imagine a world where I’m not covering the university and all its quirks. 

I’m also taking time to appreciate being surrounded by my friends at all times — I’m lucky enough to live with my best friend and work with some of my closest pals, a reality that will probably go away once I’m in Zoom meetings with colleagues of all different ages. 

There’s probably things to look forward to as a real adult too, like a consistent paycheck and being able to live in a new place. But for now, I’m not ready to accept the reality of graduation. 

Until then, we still have all the coverage you need. In news, the union that represents Loyola’s dining workers released a report that claims they’re underpaid and unable to meet basic needs. In sports, info about the men’s basketball players entering the transfer portal. And in arts and entertainment, a story featuring students who have online art side hustles. 

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