Junior Year Comes to a Close

With a Rainbow Sunset

Time and time again I’m amazed by how beautiful this campus, and the world itself, really is. I was walking back to my dorm today and had a happy accident; as the sun once again set on Appleton, I had the pleasure of seeing the light reflecting off the Nipple of Knowledge as a rainbow arched in the background. As a part of my paganism, I feel specially connected to the sun, and it never disappoints me.

But this happenstance event brought my mind elsewhere, as well. For the past two days we’ve had storms of high wind speeds and much rain, a phenomenon that just so happens to coincide with the end of our term. What a term it has been, too. Collectively we’ve all experienced the pandemic in some shape or form, meanwhile the 2020 election cycle has gone to shit; while it may seem like the recent deaths of Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, as well as more that I’m probably forgetting (#SayTheirNames) seem like the perfect storm, that is only the case for those of us with the privilege to be so shocked. For Black folks across the world, this is as commonplace as the sunset I’ve showcased in these photos. That’s the reality of police brutality and systemic racism, there’s no doubt about it.

Yet I can’t help but think that, with such a rare moment of beauty as this post-tempest vista, on the very last day of classes, that just maybe we have a bright future ahead of us. Storms are tough when you’re in the thick of it, but have a sort of tranquility afterwards. However naive or idealistic this sounds, I think, I hope that after we’ve weathered this collective storm our generation will emerge stronger and, importantly, as beautiful human beings.

With that said, I hope y’all have an amazing summer. Take this rainbow sunset as an omen of good fortune; we all need it, that’s for sure. I can’t wait to see all my friends once again in 2021 when we’re all grown up as the seniors we now are. To the class of 2020, y’all got this. I believe in you.

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