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Sunday, May 16, 2021

It's outrageous to hear people who go to this university talking about shutting the door on those who haven't had the chance to experience it yet.

First, the Bright Futures program has allowed people who would otherwise either leave Florida or not go to college at all to stay in our state and do great things with their lives. It is one thing to complain about a scholarship being too generous to others if you pay your own tuition, but if you receive aid and then complain because your good scholarship makes your free school less exclusive, you're a hypocrite.

Second, we should remember that our school benefits from its size. Because of its large scale, UF can support the broad range of organizations and activities available to its students. The reason UF can offer such a range of courses is that it has so many students to offer them to.

Instead of trying to shut students out of UF so people can feel like they're "more than just a number," people dissatisfied with Florida's scholarships and UF's size should just go somewhere else that focuses on paid tuition and small class sizes, and let the rest of us appreciate the benefits about 40,000 diverse students bring to this university from across the state and around the world.

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