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My Big Fat Senior Semester

By Chloé Margulis
Staff Writer

With the start of the spring semester, seniors are buckling down and getting ready to embark into the world beyond LIU Post. So what do these seniors have to say about their experiences at college?

Music major Amanda Kloos is hoping that her last semester will never end, even though she will be doing a six-month internship at Walt Disney World after graduation. “I am [more sad] and stressed than anything,” she said.

Post graduates cross the Great Lawn for one last time. Photo by Tia-Moná Greene
Post graduates cross the Great Lawn for one last time. Photo by Tia-Moná Greene

Fine Arts major Susie Kelly, on the other hand, is excited. “I feel good about my last semester—like I finally did it,” Kelly said.

Dillon Idone, a Film major, agreed with Kloos and Kelly. “It’s one big bag of emotions,” he explained, “I can’t see the future, so it’s taking a leap of faith into the real world and hoping something sticks.”

Even Business Administration major Darnell Davy agreed, “It is bittersweet. However I am ready to move on with the next part of my life,” he said, excited to turn his internship as a financial representative at Northwestern Mutual into a full-time career upon graduation.

The individual experiences of these seniors at Post differed greatly. Idone, who is working on a thesis film in the vain of “American Psycho,” pegs his favorite class to be Production Lab. This course offered an abundance of creative freedom, which was combined with the opportunity to produce films in small groups of students.

On the other hand, Kelly said, “I don’t know if I have a favorite class, but more like a favorite place to be.” She noted that the printmaking studio is always full of art and creative energy, seeping from the walls. She felt at home in the studio, where, “for the first time in my life,” she said, “I felt like an artist.”

What did these seniors take away from their college experiences? “College is a time to better yourself as a whole, and take the moments to explore how your personality really works in the world,” Kloos said.

Others say they appreciated being treated as an individual. Kelly was given the opportunity to attend Post after her father worked here for many years. “I can finally thank him properly for all the things he has done for me…I came to create and explore…[and] I gained experience I wouldn’t get anywhere else, and memories I wouldn’t trade for anything,” she said. Idone agreed that, “having some fantastic experiences with [good friends] is my favorite part of going here, and I wouldn’t give it up for anything.”

For Davy, attending the recent Midnight Madness was one of his favorite experiences — especially since he won a TV. But overall, “whether it was students, administrators, or professors, everyone was helpful and easy to talk to,” Davy said.

Film major Ian Boswell held a similar opinion. “There were sleepless nights,” he admitted, “but there was a list of things I wanted to do and I accomplished all of that. So long as I was willing to put in the hours and the work, I was never met with a ‘no.’ ”

Kelly also had some advice for current and incoming students: “I would tell my younger self, ‘If you’re afraid to look stupid, then nothing good will ever happen to you.’ ” This is what pushed Kelly, and undoubtedly many other Post seniors, towards a future she is looking forward to upon graduation. Davy sheds other words of wisdom about the convenience of college life. “Enjoy the convenience and don’t rush to grow up,” he said. “You can only get older from today on.”

And finally, Boswell would leave you with some simple advice: if people try to pull you into their drama, simply look at them and say, “Not my circus, not my monkeys!”

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