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Ever wonder whether you might have been happier at Harvard University? A lot of students think they settled by going to a state school. Some believe the only way to reach the upper echelon of American society is to shoot for an Ivy League school, network like mad and rub elbows with the “elite.” From what I’ve seen of UF and what I’ve seen of the Ivy League, to UF students I say: You made the wise financial choice. First, Ivies are not all equally forgiving to low-income students. Second, state schools do more for the American dream.

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On Wednesday, I came across a viral tweet from a Twitter user in the United Kingdom named James Gleave. 

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Sometimes the events of my week seem to have a common theme. This week, the theme is receiving criticism from strangers and trying to figure out what to do about it. I’ve always been told to disregard bullying and ignore negative comments. But what if this is another one of those faulty things we were all told as millennial children? It feeds into our belief that we’re good at everything and anyone who says otherwise has the issue. Manners and politeness are virtues to be upheld, but did all the participation trophies make our skin too thin?

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Walking down the breakfast aisle of the grocery store, a rainbow of boxes scrolls past. Mascots like Tony the Tiger and Lucky the Leprechaun jump out from each rectangle. The obvious conclusion is that a lot of these cereals are aimed at kids. Turn those boxes over, and you’ll find most of them are high in sugar, and, for some, extremely high. Improving public health isn’t a simple topic, but one common sense move is obvious: We should stop marketing sugary cereals to children.

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Americans have recently discovered the harm of plastic straws to the environment and the animals that inhabit it. Overnight, it seems that many young people have begun urging each other to stop using the thin drinking tubes. When I first heard about this movement, I didn’t understand why straws were any worse than other plastic pollution. I figured all plastic was bad. Why are we singling out straws? This week I set out to find the reason so many environmentalists were warning us about these seemingly innocent tools.

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Darts and Laurels

Graduation is a mere few weeks away, and you find yourself thinking, more often than usual, “How the heck did I get here?” You think back to unloading your parent’s car in the front of Broward Hall in the sweltering August heat, and you remember the nerves you felt as you walked into your first college lecture hall. It feels like just yesterday, right?

You’ve been refreshing your email inbox every five minutes since you woke up at 8 a.m., patiently (or not so patiently) waiting to hear back from the company you hope to intern for this summer. You’ve gotten other offers, but this one is really it — the one you’ve wanted since freshman year that you’re finally qualified enough for.

As you speed walk to your 12:50 p.m. class because you woke up late, you finally reach the corner of West University and 13th Street. You’re sweaty and 20 minutes late when the Hub comes into sight. Will being five minutes late to lecture actually make a difference? You did bring a reusable traveling mug, after all. You go to the Starbucks counter, give them your typical order — a grande French vanilla iced latte, double the syrup with caramel drizzle and an extra shot of espresso — and they stick on the label.

As you drown in stress and scramble to finish a paper you should have started a month ago, you become eternally grateful for the large sum of Easter candy your mom sent you in a care package earlier this week. It’s chocolate bunnies and jelly beans galore: It’s absolutely everything your stressed out self is craving.