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Evacuating a Hurricane During the First Week of Class

A few weeks ago, I evacuated my home in Lake Charles, Louisiana, due to Hurricane Laura. Amid a pandemic and the start of school, the past two weeks since evacuating feel almost like a complete blur.  After a few days of tracking the tropical depression, turned hurricane, my father abruptly decided it would be crucial…

10 Best Ways to Celebrate a COVID-Safe Halloween

As one of college’s biggest party nights of the year, Halloween usually never disappoints even the wildest of students. During a pandemic, it will look a little different, but that doesn’t mean we need to cancel everyone’s favorite spooky holiday completely. Believe it or not, you can still throw an unforgettable celebration, either in the…

The Worst Dorm Room Gave Me My Best Memories

The summer before I started college, I put all my free time towards one thing: my future dorm room. I had lived in the same house, in the same room, for 18 years of my life. I was eager to move into a new space to spend my days in throughout my first year at…

10 LGBTQ+ Friendly Cities to Consider Calling Home

We can all agree that transitioning from high school to college can be quite the stressor. Not only are you growing in independence by leaving the “nest,” paying for your own bills or managing your time with your new-found freedom, but you also look for your own persona and your own circle of identification and…

Foreign Languages Open Doors: Personal Tips to Learning Another Language

Have you ever daydreamed about traveling the world? Of ordering a coffee in Paris with perfect French? There is something so rewarding about learning new languages, and knowing multiple languages can open up many opportunities. Many businesses seek employees that are multilingual. You become more hirable if you can communicate in different languages. Ever since…

Getting Into My Dream University With A 2.1 GPA

At just 14 years old, I considered dropping out of high school. Like many teens, I hated going to school. I despised waking up, throwing on a uniform, and spending eight hours of my day in a classroom full of people I didn’t get along with. Freshman year, I began self-publishing my own paper magazine,…

10 Ways to Jumpstart Your Political Career

Every woman leader had to start from somewhere. AOC didn’t just appear out of nowhere. Kamala Harris had a long journey to her presidential campaign. Now, it’s time to start planning your journey. Climbing the ladder to your political career is far from impossible. Check out these 10 ways to kickstart your political career. 1.…

Studying Abroad: The Education of Experience

“What shaped you?” This particular question often spurs a myriad of answers. Throughout our lives, we face challenges and experiences that mold us into different, smarter—and sometimes better—versions of ourselves. College symbolizes one of those life milestones that marks our progress and shapes us into individuals with distinguishing and definable sets of characteristics. The things…

Not Everyone Tasted A Bar of Soap Growing Up and That’s...

I grew up behaviorally repressed by Christian and Hispanic standards. Through personal experiences—I sort of reveled rebellion as a teenager—influenced my character, my upbringing significantly shaped my values. When I left Miami to go to college in Gainesville, I confronted many unusual attitudes and behavior of other people. I spent much of my freshman year…

Top 10 Universities for Students with Disabilities 2020

The majority of college students don’t worry about how they navigate campus, if the professor is lenient with attendance or if the university will deny accommodation. Students with disabilities face additional challenges when transitioning to college. Students with disabilities face additional challenges like those when transitioning to college. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,…

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