“I won’t grow up!” sang Peter Pan.
But everyone else, sadly, will.
Growing up — the mystery of it, the inevitability, the I-don’t-wanna-but-I-know-I-gotta that looms over anyone facing a transition from collegiate Neverland into the so-called real world — is the theme of our second annual Intern Issue, as chosen by this year’s CL summer interns. Under the leadership of co-editors Amy Daire (Florida State) and Zebrina Edgerton-Maloy (Washington and Lee), the five interns worked on almost everything you’ll read this week — and also gamely agreed to dress up like 2014 versions of Mr. Pan for the cover shoot. (Thanks to Amy for finding a deal on feathered green hats.)
In the special section that opens the issue, you’ll find reporting on student loan debt by Cody Smith (University of Florida); tips on job-seeking and interviews with young entrepreneurs by Edgerton-Maloy; musings on whether college is worth it at all by Mario Baez (USF); and brief reflections from the interns’ significant elders about when they grew up. (As Daire puts it, her mother only felt fully grown up “when she started paying for all her own stuff.”)
Elsewhere in the book, you’ll find features by Jackie Braje (University of Tampa) on open mic nights and the a cappella craze; a look at sexual harassment policies on local campuses by Edgerton-Maloy; Smith’s roundup of local musicians made good; lists of cheap eats and student-discount destinations; and collaborations between the interns and our regular restaurant and style critics.
I’m very proud of this summer’s interns. They’ve displayed impressive initiative, a serious work ethic, and some very promising writing chops. If you ask me, they’re growing up real good.—David Warner