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The Independent Student Newspaper of St. John's University

The Torch

School is Over: Now What?

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Today marks my 67th day of quarantine. It’s been two months, six days and just about 12 hours since I shoved what little essential things I could fit from my dorm room into the trunk of my car and started what I thought was going to be an extended spring break. On my first day of quarantine, I was happy — I was back in the comfort of my own home, enjoying the extended reprieve from the stressors of campus life. I spent those first two weeks sleeping in, binging new movies and shows on Netflix and soaking up the glory of having free time.

But by day 14, I was getting a bit restless. Lying in bed with my constantly closed blackout curtains creating a cave-like atmosphere within my room, got pretty old, pretty fast. I spent the next seven days getting my life together — I rearranged my entire room, decluttered and color-coded my closet and rolled every single item of clothing that I own into neat little rolls that would make any Pinterest-lover envious. I went to sleep on day 21 feeling accomplished, only to wake up on day 22 with one question plaguing my mind: Now what?   

Today not only marks my 67th day holed up in my house, it is also the last day of my junior year at St. John’s — I’m all out of work to force myself to do. Now it’s official: the academic school year is over and summer has just begun. The question I asked myself on Day 22 still remains: I’ve got a clean(ish – I won’t lie … it’s not nearly as clean as it was before) workspace … now what? 

I spent an hour today after submitting my last final trying to find the answer to that recurring question: What do I want this summer — one that will more than likely be spent in quarantine — to look like? I found my “answer” in creating a list of goals that I want to spend my time stuck in this summer quarantine completing. I’ve decided to spend time paying attention to the one person I always forget to check on — me! I want to master a TikTok trend or two, start a Depop store and much, much more, solely because I know doing these things will make me happy. Use this summer in quarantine to cater to yourself!

 

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Dana Livingston, Chief Copy Editor
Dana, a senior English major, joined the Torch during her sophomore year. She previously held the title of Assistant Outreach Manager (which is now our Humans Resources position) and she is serving as the Chief Copy Editor this year. Her goal is to create a larger and more productive copy editing network for the publication. Dana also knows every single word of every song released by “The 1975,” the English pop rock band!   You can reach Dana at [email protected].  

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