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The Beacon conducted Q&A’s with  6 UP seniors about the way they have changed over the past 4 years.Canva by Haviland Stewart

The class of 2022: Then and now 

While it might feel like eons away, in just 4 days, the class of 2022 will walk across the stage in Chiles center and become a college graduate. Over the past four years many have experienced their happiest moments, many have experienced some of their hardest struggles – perhaps even both. We have laughed, we have cried, and we have grown a lot in the process. 

Nia Moquino and Mikayla Muskett.

‘We’re still here’: Life as Native American at UP

"I didn’t know that Native people were still alive,” is a comment that many young Native Americans have been faced with many times throughout their lives. Attending a predominantly white institution  life as a Native American student has proven to be both lonely and empowering, with less than 1% of UP students identifying as Native American in 2021 — making them the least represented race/ethnicity on campus. This issue isn’t new — UP has seen limited to no change in Native enrollment percentage since at least 2012.

Managing homework, future plans, and social life can cause students to face mental health struggles. Not to mention a global pandemic, which has added to the college mental health crisis. Canva by Marek Corsello

Isolation, stress and trauma: A glimpse inside the college mental health crisis 

Between the endless homework and stress of planning every aspect of your future, paired with feelings of displacement from loved ones, college has always been a time where young adults can face an onset of mental health struggles.  Now add in a global pandemic, loss of social connection and the effects of extreme loneliness and grief, and it can push just about anyone to their breaking point — resulting in the college mental health crisis that we are now facing.

Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression that's related to changes in seasons — that begins and ends at about the same times every year.Photo illustration by Brennan Crowder

Combating SAD: A guide to surviving a Portland winter

The sun has ceased shining brightly overhead, leaving behind only a grayish sky that greets you in the morning, ushers you asleep at night and keeps you tucked away indoors during the few hours in between.  Its cold, its gray, and its rainy, and when paired with the stressful life of a college student, is a recipe for disaster. 

Tu doing a clean overhead at the Eastside Barbell Meet. Tu holds the record for snatch and clean and jerk in the 61kg weight class. Photo courtesy of Victor Tu

Meet Victor Tu: UP’s Oregon state weightlifting champion

Sitting in the corner of his parents' nail salon in Medford, Oregon, eight year-old Victor Tu heard the subtle squeak of the front door open. He looked up through the opening of the door, and across the shopping center parking lot, to a bright red sign that read, “ABK Karate.”  He got up, walked across the parking lot, and began a love for strength training that would captivate him for years to come.

Latinx Students (from top left to bottom right): Danile Perez Vargas, Diego Madrigal, and Jahayra Garcia-Sandoval. Photos by Marek CorselloImage courtesy of UnSplashCanva by Haviland Stewart

‘A piece of my heart is over there’: Life through the eyes of Latinx Students

When Daniela Perez Vargas was 17 years old, she watched her father get deported for the third time. When he attempted to reconnect with his family, he was given three years of prison time for re-entry under Trump's presidency.  “It's terrible, I hate it,” Perez Vargas said. “Because my whole life is over here, but a piece of my heart is over there.”

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Are you experiencing new or intensifying social anxiety? You are not alone.

As students sat in classes on the first day of school, there was a collective sense of both excitement and anxiousness — in no particular order. After spending almost two years cooped up in your home, only talking to your close friends and family, and (hopefully) attending limited social events, the rates of people experiencing new or intensifying social anxiety are increasing across the nation.