The Reality of Having Your First Pet

When a young adult grows up without a pet, this can lead them to start yearning for that comfort and playfulness pets provide, and once they first start living on their own, they may decide to get their first pet to find exactly that. Seeing someone walking their dog puts a smile on their face and makes them daydream of having their own. But how realistic is this? There is a lot more to consider than many young adults may realize. Continue reading The Reality of Having Your First Pet

Real Talk: UF Graduating Seniors’ Thoughts on New Commencement Ceremony

This September, the University of Florida announced a change in its graduation ceremony for the fall and spring. The change comes after controversy regarding the spring 2018 UF graduation ceremony where an usher physically forced multiple graduating students off the stage who were dancing. Now, undergraduates will have two ceremonies.
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Travel Hacks: Real Tips on How to Pack Light

This past summer I spent two months in Europe. Before I left, I couldn’t decide on what to bring or how much to bring. Then I checked the prices of checking luggage for each of my 13 flight. I decided I would challenge myself. I would bring everything I needed in a carry-on suitcase and a small backpack. This made day trips, boarding flights and getting my luggage from point A to point B so much easier. Continue reading Travel Hacks: Real Tips on How to Pack Light

The “Non-Traditional” Student

Your average college student is anywhere from 18 to 24 years old, lives in a dorm on campus and goes to school full time. Some of these students have part-time jobs or participate in extracurricular activities, but rarely do they have responsibilities outside of schoolwork. The “non-traditional” student in contrast is the complete opposite.
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Building Bridges After Prison

In the back of her mind, Jhody Polk still finds herself wishing she was back in prison. “So I can be safe,” Polk said. Jhody grew up in a part of Gainesville where she says there weren’t many dreams to be had. She didn’t learn to love herself until she turned herself in to serve her time – seven years for felony convictions involving theft home invasion. Continue reading Building Bridges After Prison

Salzburg Beyond “The Sound of Music”

Though the hills and mountaintops of Salzburg, Austria, captivate the hearts of its people and the millions of tourists who visit them, those hills are not alive with the sound of music with which most Americans are familiar. Yes, some external scenes of “The Sound of Music” were shot on location in Salzburg. No, the townspeople do no recreate the movie’s infamous songs while biking around the city doing day-to-day activities. Continue reading Salzburg Beyond “The Sound of Music”