Olympic Games serve as opportunity to come together

When the Olympics start, I put all other television programs and movies aside. For two weeks, the games are my only true form of entertainment. I love the competition, seeing people make their dreams come true and watching underdogs become victors. Mostly, though, I love watching the opening ceremony and seeing athletes from countries around the world come together. 

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Why the 2018 Winter Olympics are significant for LGBT athletes

The fanfare surrounding the Olympics is nothing new. Every two years, either the summer or winter games provide a perfect setting for the world to come together. Perhaps more importantly, the Olympics allow people from different races, religions and identities to truly connect. The focus of each Olympic cycle is always different, but this year, the winter games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, are highlighting something particularly important: LGBT athletes.

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The Dumbledore problem

As the shrinking group of people who are still deeply invested in "Harry Potter" probably already knows, there’s a new movie written by J.K. Rowling coming out this November called "The Crimes of Grindelwald." Despite being named for an entirely different character, the film will apparently be giving a lot of focus to everyone’s favorite absentminded headmaster, exploring “how Dumbledore becomes Dumbledore.” 

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We need to stop judging athletes on their appearance

When I was little, I looked up to strong female athletes. I idolized Mia Hamm, Abby Wambach and Serena Williams. They were everything I wanted to be: strong, powerful, graceful and passionate. As I grew up, I played a lot of sports and surrounded myself with athletes who pushed me and inspired me. I pushed myself not only to play as well as others, but to look as good as them, too. I wanted to be an athlete, and I wanted to look like an athlete.   But what does it mean to look like an athlete? 

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Making the best of failure in college

Failure in college, as in life, is inevitable. The truth is that college is hard, and with so much information to learn, memorize and deliver, sometimes we fall short of our expectations. In a place where it seems like the only thing that matters is a good GPA, failure can feel like the end of the world. However, I think that failure might be one of the most important aspects of college. It allows us to learn and to grow not only as intellectuals, but as humans. 

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The significance of Trump's rhetoric

On both sides of the aisle, journalists, politicians and their supporters are immersed in the use of rhetoric. Without written speech and verbal communication the flow of information would be non-existent, so it isn’t surprising that the political realm has found a way to wield this power. Even people who don’t consider themselves to be "normal" politicians, like our current President Donald Trump, have found a way to manipulate words to suit themselves. In the continued wake of this year’s State of the Union, it is important to understand just what we’re hearing and seeing from our president.  

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