We need the first amendment

Westboro Baptist Church, nails on chalkboards, Tomi Lahren and the guests of The Maury Povich Show. What do these things have in common? Ding, ding, what is... things that make my ears bleed when I hear them speak? Just like that you could win a Jeopardy category focused around my life. However, these things also have more in common than just the ability to annoy me, they are also entitled to free speech and protection under the first amendment.

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Don't be afraid of simplicity

Have you ever had a problem that you expected to have a very complicated solution only to find out it wasn’t as complex as you thought it was? Maybe you spent too much time trying to think of the perfect topic to write about in an essay. Or maybe you overreacted to changes in your body during your adolescence that you later found out were just a part of growing up. I know I like to complicate things way too much sometimes. But the thing is not everything has to be complicated. Sometimes, the best and only way to understand something that is complicated is to start on a much more simply level.

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Humans of Grand Valley reflection

This year, I had the chance to work on Humans of Grand Valley. Humans of Grand Valley is modeled after Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York. During my time with the project I’ve had the opportunity to meet incredible people, help tell their stories, and watch as others connect with and enjoy their stories. I’ve learned that telling stories can be a powerful way to build a community.

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Don’t shame, educate

Not even one week after student senate elections, one senator has already resigned due to provocative comments regarding the existence of rape culture. The former senator - in multiple posts on social media - claimed that rape culture does not exist. Their actions caused a wide backlash, and eventually prompted their resignation.

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When did relationships get so difficult for people?

Break-ups, we’ve all been there. They’re a dime a dozen for a lot people in fact, but is this really surprising? No. Nowadays divorce is the end result of half of all marriages, but the real question is why? Years and years ago, our grandparents were married and they managed to stay together this long so why can’t people our age?

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Be professional, not perfect

I’ve written about perfectionism in the past, how we shouldn’t set the bar so high for ourselves that we basically set ourselves up for failure. For someone who always worries too much about how they will perform, this is a common problem, but I there’s another part of perfectionism I feel needs to be addressed: how we appear to others.

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Missing Class in College

In high school, if you missed class it was the teacher’s responsibility to make sure you were able to make up the material you missed. On the other hand, missing class in college means that it’s your responsibility as an adult to deal with the consequences.

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Help out student athletes

A little while back I wrote an article explaining how important the NCAA basketball tournament is. I wrote about sneaking live streams during class because missing anything could mean missing everything. Well luckily for us, the biggest moment of the tournament came Saturday night when North Carolina beat Kentucky on a last- second shot.

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Reducing plastic straw pollution

In the rush of a college week, cooking may be replaced with eating out, which often times means a lot of plastic waste. The biggest offender seems to be the straw, as it seems to appear even when dining in. Then it appears again on campus, bus stations, woods and beaches. Clean up programs run by non-profit organizations such as Take 3 name these straws as one of the most commonly found items.

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