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Sydney Van Dreason

Safe spaces on campus are a required resource

We live in a world where in order to be considered a well-developed or fully educated person, you have to try new things and step out of your comfort zone. While venturing out does have benefits, it’s not as essential as society makes it out to be. A comfort zone is a place where a person can feel safe and secure to be themselves and learn. If someone feels comfortable in an environment and with certain people, then it seems counterproductive to tell them to do something completely different, just so they have the possibility of developing new attitudes...

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Put down your phone, and focus

Today’s day and age is embodied by the hopeless devotion to trends and technology, promoting a brilliantly self-indulged society that, consequently, focuses on the wrong issues the world faces. When the iPhone 7 was released on Sept. 7, lines and crowds sprouted up across the country. Some consumers allegedly spent up to seven hours waiting for a new phone. Teenagers across the globe strive to replicate the trending fashions of the season, desiring nothing more than to get their hands on the latest clothing styles and shoes. Every day, there seems to be a commercial for a new car...

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Society’s rules on remembering mistakes

The word “mistake” is defined in the dictionary as being “an action or judgement that is misguided or wrong.” You’ve made mistakes, and I’ve made many mistakes. If mistakes are so common and expected in life, then why do we as a society judge people on their mistakes and use them as labels? One of the most common “mistakes” I hear about, via TV shows or social media, among other outlets, is teen pregnancy. People are labeled for being teen parents, but we don’t always know the circumstances behind it. We don’t know the whole story, and yet we...

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Whistle while you work: Students should take the initiative to volunteer

When you think of volunteering, usually a common synonym that links to that term is “helping.” And sure enough, we help others by donating our time and efforts to certain organizations and causes, but there’s someone else we help who we don’t really think about at times: ourselves. I recently had the opportunity to travel with a group of FGCU students to the Animal Refuge Center. When I signed up for the event over the summer, my main thought was that, as a freshman, I wanted to get a head start on fulfilling the 80 service learning hours I...

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Beauty is not skin deep

Think of a Disney princess, any Disney princess. Picture her in your mind. Chances are she’s physically beautiful. On the outside, Disney princesses look flawless, but it’s their kindness, outlook and personality, among other traits, that make them so attractive to children and adults alike. Being physically attractive does not automatically make someone beautiful. Inner beauty counts more than people seem to realize. In today’s society though, inner beauty seems to be riding shotgun to outward beauty. Physical beauty has power in today’s world, and people judge others and formulate opinions without even getting to know them. We live...

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Shyness: It doesn’t have to be debilitating

Who has ever hidden behind their mother’s leg or hung out near the snack table the entire time at a social function because interacting with other people seemed to be the worst thing to ever exist in the world? Who’s ever had their heart pound for 10 minutes after delivering a presentation or speech in front of a group? And, finally, who has found that one of the questions on their personal list of Top Five Most Annoying Questions is, “why don’t you talk more?” If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, you are most...

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From high school to college: the struggle is real

It’s the day after move-in – your family is gone and your room is all set up and decorated. As you lay in bed that morning, you are faced with the daunting task of trying to convince yourself to leave your dorm room and go mingle so that you can make some new friends. So far, you know next to no one, the polar opposite of your social life back in high school. Before you know it, the first day of classes are here and you’re running late because Mom wasn’t there to wake you up after you intentionally...

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Why it’s important to express yourself

Art is a form of expression. It can be used as a way to connect to the world around us, to show who we really are and what we can do as individuals and as a team. When you first think of the word “art,” you may default and start picturing paintings and portraits, but it is so much more than that. Any performer will argue with you that dancing, singing or acting is an art, and they’re absolutely right. The same goes for writers, designers, chefs, animators and countless others. Art is anything that can be used to...

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