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Sunday, April 21, 2024

Opinion | Columns

Lauren Whiddon was the Fall 2023 multimedia editor at The Independent Florida Alligator.

Thank you, I love you

Before I joined The Alligator, I always heard people say that the best thing you get out of working here is the people you meet. This is corny but true, like most things. 

Topher Adams was the Fall 2023 assistant sports editor at The Independent Florida Alligator.

A second chance

A year later, I’m writing this goodbye column after serious deliberation and consternation on whether this was actually the end. There was a real thought to come back for one last ride with an organization that means so much to my life.

Emma Behrmann was the Fall 2023 Digital Managing Editor at The Independent Florida Alligator.

Exactly where I’m meant to be

This newsroom made me feel like I was exactly where I needed to be, and I can confidently say I am. I’m saying goodbye to a lot right now — to everything I’ve known for the last three and a half years — and I’m grateful and a little sad. 

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Running the rat race

These days it feels like I’m hardly doing enough. School, work, extracurriculars, internships, even juggling friends, family and romantic interests — no matter how much I add to my plate, I can’t shake the feeling of needing to do more. 

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My body, my power

Physical strength was a gendered concept in a traditional household, even a societal one. I never thought I could pursue bodybuilding or weightlifting because muscles, I was taught, belong to men.

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