Fiona O'Brien


UP's class of 2021 graduates in less than two weeks. To honor their contributions to the community and prepare them for the road ahead, The Beacon asked six professors to give their best advice to the soon to be graduates. Collage by Molly Lowney. Images courtesy of Unsplash and Pexels.

So you’re graduating, now what? 

When we committed to UP four years ago, we had it all planned out. We were ready to walk through the academic quad with the cherry blossoms in full bloom around us. We were ready to wait in the astonishingly long line at Mack's market, and even sit through the occasional brutally boring lecture. But this, this we were not ready for.

Fiona O'brien is a reporter for The Beacon.

STAFF OPINION: Reminder: politicians are here to serve our needs, not for their sense of style

Americans elect representatives into office so they can serve our needs. If politicians are over-idolized, the elected officials can lose sight of what actually needs to get done. They will think that their constituents will vote for them, sheerly because they are good-looking or relatable on Twitter. The idolization of politicians is something we need to nip in the bud now.