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We all chose IUP as our school, and we need to respect that choice in each other. 


 With summer vibes now filling the Indiana air in the form of muggy heat, students are preparing to leave for summer break or for post-grad plans. 

At this point, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by assignments or all the changes as fast as they are happening around us, but it’s always good to take a moment to relax and reflect on this year at IUP. 

Even though the stress of finals can bring an uncelebratory tone to the end of the year, don’t forget to appreciate everything you have accomplished this year. The fun memories or the hard times all contributed to your college experience, and each one should be cherished. Think about how much you grew this year and with whom you spent all that time. 

Even though this year has had the same amount of drama and controversy to be an entire chapter in IUP’s book, it doesn’t have to be a negative thing. 

The inappropriate social media posts, the professor and student disputes and the political quarrels all contributed to a whirlwind of a year. 

But would it be the “IUP Way” without all of that? 

For many, IUP is a place to find themselves. For some, IUP is a place where people prepare for their futures. For others, it’s about chilling out and finding those friendships that will last forever. 

No matter who you are, no matter what you’re doing here, the one thing that brings us all together is this institution. We all chose the same college from which to earn our degrees. 

Black or white, young or old, a stoner or a scholar, a Philly jawn or a Pittsburgh buhl, we’re all here for the same reason. 

And we should embrace that. 

We need to focus less on our dividing facotrs and more on the sense of togetherness for which we were all searching when we chose to come to IUP. No matter how rough the week or year, this place is our home, and so many of us find our family here. 

That’s something truly special. 

For those who will be leaving IUP in one short week, we will miss you all. 

For those who will be returning in the fall, let’s take the summer to refresh and get our heads back on straight. 

Let’s choose to do this together. 

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