As finals approach and the 2018-2019 academic year comes to a close, we at the Loyolan take this time to reflect on the past, as well as look toward the future. While we hope the summer is a time for continuing students to relax, we urge you all to take LMU with you wherever you go.

Some of us will travel far across the world, while others will enjoy a staycation at home. But no matter where you are, there are a few things you can do to bring your education with you on your break.

Our university teaches us to engage with the world around us and be a critical recipient of information. Even when we’re not in school, we can use what we have learned to positively engage in society. And we should.

Being at a school engrossed in social justice can sometimes cause us to take our engagement for granted. In other places—especially when you are on break—your engagement can fade away. As members of the LMU community, it is our responsibility to take the social justice we learn here and bring it elsewhere.

We also need to accept change, just as we have done at LMU over the last year.

This semester, for example, the Loyolan has seen many changes in staff, with a new editor-in-chief and executive board. In addition, the University has changed by updating its logos, beginning new housing projects and working to improve its communication with students.

Sometimes changes come naturally; others, however, come from adversity — such as LMU’s need to communicate better, especially with the ongoing conversations pertaining to the new logos. Change can be difficult, but by embracing it, we become stronger.

Most importantly, this University offers community. Over break, it is easy to lose contact with friends (outside of the occasional memes sent back-and-forth on Instagram). However, the relationships we form here will not fade, even though sometimes we are far apart.

Actively seek out your friends from school. Share your stories with them and listen to theirs. Though continuing students will see them in just a few months, your best friends don’t need to only be your best friends at school. Graduation does not mean the end of friendships cultivated at LMU.

As the year comes to a close, we thank everyone within the LMU community who has supported us and continues to engage with our content. We take our responsibility here at the Loyolan very seriously, and it is our privilege to serve our community through each and every story we report on. We hope to continue challenging ourselves to serve our community through accurate and responsible journalism.

With all the new and exciting opportunities coming to campus in the fall, this also means we have to say goodbye to a group of inspiring individuals who have done a lot for our campus in their four years here. The Loyolan wishes the best to our senior staff members who have contributed so much of their time, effort and passion into making the newspaper what it is today.

We wish the best to the graduating class of 2019. We reflected on the class motto by Jim Burnstein: “The choices we make dictate the life we lead.” We hope LMU has provided you all with the knowledge and opportunities to thrive out in the world beyond the Bluff.

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