The Power of the Nerd: Being Smart is the New Cool

By Ashleigh Braun Gone are the days of traditional school stereotypes of “nerds” and “cool” kids. In today’s society, being smart is not only accepted, but also celebrated. People with intelligence and unique ideas are no longer the ones being bullied for studying or hanging out at the library. They are the ones getting into amazing schools, inventing cures to diseases, making incredible advances in … Continue reading The Power of the Nerd: Being Smart is the New Cool

What Being Yourself Actually Means

By Brooke Bajgrowicz “Don’t waste any time trying to be like anybody but yourself, because the things that make you strange are the things that make you powerful.” -Ben Platt “Just be yourself.” We hear this advice from the time we’re young. We’re told to not care what other people think and be comfortable in our own skin, yet we’re not even allowed to come … Continue reading What Being Yourself Actually Means

Swamp Talk: The Word of the Year

By Ben Paikowsky Each year, Oxford Dictionaries announces a word of the year. They choose the word based on pop culture and what people seem to be talking about most. This year’s word is one often heard (and seen in action) on the University of Florida’s campus and in the Gainesville community. The word: selfie. The online version of Oxford Dictionaries defines selfie as “a … Continue reading Swamp Talk: The Word of the Year

Swamp Talk: Adam Levine is People’s “Sexiest Man Alive”?

By Dana Burke Adam Levine is People’s “Sexiest Man Alive,” and everyone’s pissed. The Maroon 5 frontman was officially announced as the winner on Tuesday night’s episode of “The Voice.” But even days before the title was revealed, the Internet was already in an e-panic about the rumored victor. In a Jezebel article from Nov. 15 appropriately titled, “Adam Levine Is Not the Sexiest Man … Continue reading Swamp Talk: Adam Levine is People’s “Sexiest Man Alive”?

Swamp Talk: Things We Should Know by Now

By Meaghan Cloherty Somewhere along the line, I picked up this dangerous fondness for introducing all of my friends to each other. Afterwards, the “what do you think?” answers start to reveal blunders or habits that make other people unnecessarily uncomfortable. I am so grateful for my brutally honest friends who will let me know when I’ve done something that throws people off, but when … Continue reading Swamp Talk: Things We Should Know by Now

Swamp Talk: My Grades Don’t Define What I’ve Learned

By Sarah Loftus Every semester, I grow in ways I didn’t think possible, and this semester, I learned one of my most valuable lessons a few weeks ago. In elementary, middle and high school, I was constantly told how important grades were. I have a high-achieving older sister, educated grandparents and parents. My dad’s family puts an emphasis on never settling for anything less than … Continue reading Swamp Talk: My Grades Don’t Define What I’ve Learned

Swamp Talk: A New Perspective on Post-Grad Jobs

By Sarah Loftus I’ve consistently alternated between freaking out about getting a job and being excited about post-grad life and job perspectives since my first night in Broward Hall more than three years ago. Sometimes, my bouts of angst last an hour; other times, three weeks. Occasionally, I can go a few months without a major panic attack. As a journalism and English double major, … Continue reading Swamp Talk: A New Perspective on Post-Grad Jobs