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The ABCs of Michigan

Four out of five Great Lakes prefer Michigan, and you should too.

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Here's an alphabetic guide to the greatest parts of the nation's number one state.

A- Ann Arbor.

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Home of the Big House, the University of Michigan, Washtenaw Dairy, and Zingerman's Deli. Also home to some of the worst traffic, stay away from State Street on gameday.

B- Bronner's CHRISTtmas Wonderland.

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The world's largest Christmas store. Open 361 days a year. Ornaments. Trees. Santa. Happiness. A Christmas Emporium that even Buddy the Elf could take notes on.

Other notable B's: Battle Creek, Big House

C- Coney Island

Also known as God's gift to the world. Coney dogs. Gyros. Chili Fries. Breakfast all day. The greatest restaurant of all time, a TRUE Michigan staple.

Other notable C's: Construction, corn on the cob, cherries, Craig's Cruisers, Central Michigan University

D- Detroit.

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Detroit vs. Everybody. The hub of sports, food, culture, bakeries, Greek restaurants, and the true heart of Michigan. It's on the comeback. Don't count the Motor City out.

E- Euchre

Giving a whole new definition to trump. Always remember, if you turn down a bauer, you'll lose for an hour.

Other notable E's: Eastern Michigan University

F- Frankenmuth

A Bavarian Paradise. Home of the greatest chicken in all of America, classic German food and entertainment, craft breweries, museums, and of course, The Cheese Haus.

Other notable F's: Ford, Faygo

G- Grand Rapids

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Also known as Beer City, USA. One of the most up-and-coming cities in the Great Lakes State, filled with universities and colleges, semi-professional sports teams, zoos, museums, and river side breweries.

Other notable G's: Grand Haven, Gordie Howe

H- Hell

Hell, Michigan. Literal Hell on earth. No fire or demons in this city, just peaceful canoe and kayak rentals and some of the best campgrounds in Southeast Michigan.

Other notable H's: Huron (the lake and the county), hand maps, Holland

I- I-94

Trips to Chicago are impossible without this Michigan highway. Even though it runs through all the Midwest, we claim it as our own. 94 hits all the major southern cities in Michigan, from New Buffalo to Kalamazoo to everyone's favorite exit, Paw Paw (yes, that's a real place). Just keep an eye out for the construction/lack of construction.

Other notable I's: Illich Family

J- Joe Louis Arena.

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Or "The Joe." One of the most historically claimed ice rinks in all of America. Home of "Fight Night at the Joe" and four legendary Stanley Cup teams. RIP, Joe. Little Caesars Arena might have all the bells and whistles, but my heart still lies under the Gordie Howe Entrance.

K- Kid Rock.

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Who else would schedule five consecutive concert dates in Detroit? Let us also never forget the iconic picture of the Metro-Detroit native supporting his favorite sports team.

Other notable K's: Kroger, Kalamazoo.

L- Little Caesars

You'll probably find more LC's in Michigan than McDonald's. Everybody loves a five dollar pizza and the legendary crazy bread. Pizza Pizza!

Other notable L's: Lakes, limestone, lighthouses, Lions

M- Mackinac Island

Not Mack-in-ac. Mack-in-AWWWW. Only the greatest vacation place of all time. Not just in Michigan, but the entire country. Horse-drawn buggies, fudge, bicycles, The Pink Pony, The Grand Hotel, more fudge, the Mighty Mac, and miles of Pure Michigan shoreline.

Other notable M's: Meijer, Michigan left, Motown, Michigan State University

N- Northern Michigan.

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Where Michiganders go to vacation. Nothing like a family caravan to the cottage up north. Also featured lyrics to the second anthem of Michigan native, "All Summer Long" (the first obviously being Journey's Don't Stop Believin').

O- Ohio

O-H-I-O? More like O-H-N-O. Every Michigander can agree that Ohio is the armpit of the United States.

Other notable O's: Ontario (Lake, not the province), octopus tossing, "Ope"

P- Potholes

Michigan potholes will have you apologizing to your car almost every day. They will literally eat your car. Swallow it whole.

Other notable P's: pasties, party stores, Petoskey, Paczki Day, Pure Michigan

Q- Quicken Loans

Headquartered in Detroit, MI. Also, the only commercial that you'll see on the Speedway gas station TVs (and the only thing in Michigan that starts with a Q).

R- Rivalry

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Go Green? Go Blue? There's a civil war brewing between the Wolverines and the Spartans. The one thing everyone can agree on? Ohio State is the worst.

Other notable R's: Red Wings

S- Superior

The name the coldest Great Lake and what Michigan natives call Michigan when comparing it to Ohio.

Other notable S's: superman ice cream, Spartans, Speedway, Saginaw, Steve Yzerman

T- Telegraph

Where you go to find just about the worst traffic in the state. Also probably holds the record for most Michigan lefts in a row.

Other notable T's: trolls, Tim Allen, Traverse City, traffic, Tigers

U- Upper Peninsula

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Known for its snow, universities, and the great cities of Marquette and Sault Ste. Marie. Other than that, there's just about nothing but miles and miles of beautiful, untainted, Pure Michigan land.

Other notable U's: up north, U-turn, University of Michigan

V- Vernors

Signature Michigan pop (not soda, only pop). You can find one in every grandma's house or conveniently in the fridge when you're sick.

W- Winter

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One of the two seasons of Michigan; the other being construction.

Other notable W's: Wolverines, Western Michigan University

X- Xing

Deer crossing to be specific. Just wait for November 15th and the start of Deer Hunting Season and you'll have nothing other than potholes to worry about on the road.

Y- Ypsilanti

Ann Arbor's ugly cousin. Michiganders pride themselves on the ability to say Ypsilanti 12 times fast and laugh in the faces of those who pronounce it incorrectly.

Other notable Y's: Yoopers, Yost Ice Arena

Z- Zoo

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As in the Detroit Zoo. Have you seen the Polar Bear Tunnel? Yes, you're reading this right. Polar. Bear. Tunnel.

Other notable Z's: Zingerman's, Zehnder's chicken dinners.

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I Am A College Student, And I Think Free Tuition Is Unfair To Everyone Who's Already Paid For It

Stop expecting others to pay for you.

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I attend Fordham University, a private university in the Bronx.

I commute to school because I can't afford to take out more loans than I already do.

Granted, I've received scholarships because of my grades, but they don't cover my whole tuition. I am nineteen years old and I have already amassed the debt of a 40-year-old. I work part-time and the money I make covers the bills I have to pay. I come from a middle-class family, but my dad can't afford to pay off my college loans.

I'm not complaining because I want my dad to pay my loans off for me; rather I am complaining because while my dad can't pay my loans off (which, believe me, he wants too), he's about to start paying off someone else's.

During the election, Bernie frequently advocated for free college.

Now, if he knew enough about economics he would know it simply isn't feasible. Luckily for him, he is seeing his plan enacted by Cuomo in NY. Cuomo has just announced that in NY, state public college will be free.

Before we go any further, it's important to understand what 'free' means.

Nothing is free; every single government program is paid for by the taxpayers. If you don't make enough to have to pay taxes, then something like this doesn't bother you. If you live off welfare and don't pay taxes, then something like this doesn't bother you. When someone offers someone something free, it's easy to take it, like it, and advocate for it, simply because you are not the one paying for it.

Cuomo's free college plan will cost $163,000,000 in the first year (Did that take your breath away too?). Now, in order to pay for this, NY state will increase their spending on higher education to cover these costs. Putting two and two together, if the state decides to raise their budget, they need money. If they need money they look to the taxpayers. The taxpayers are now forced to foot the bill for this program.

I think education is extremely important and useful.

However, my feelings on the importance of education does not mean that I think it should be free. Is college expensive? Yes -- but more so for private universities. Public universities like SUNY Cortland cost around $6,470 per year for in-state residents. That is still significantly less than one of my loans for one semester.

I've been told that maybe I shouldn't have picked a private university, but like I said, I believe education is important. I want to take advantage of the education this country offers, and so I am going to choose the best university I could, which is how I ended up at Fordham. I am not knocking public universities, they are fine institutions, they are just not for me.

My problems with this new legislation lie in the following: Nowhere are there any provisions that force the student receiving aid to have a part-time job.

I work part-time, my sister works part-time, and plenty of my friends work part-time. Working and going to school is stressful, but I do it because I need money. I need money to pay my loans off and buy my textbooks, among other things. The reason I need money is because my parents can't afford to pay off my loans and textbooks as well as both of my sisters'. There is absolutely no reason why every student who will be receiving aid is not forced to have a part-time job, whether it be working in the school library or waitressing.

We are setting up these young adults up for failure, allowing them to think someone else will always be there to foot their bills. It's ridiculous. What bothers me the most, though, is that my dad has to pay for this. Not only my dad, but plenty of senior citizens who don't even have kids, among everyone else.

The cost of living is only going up, yet paychecks rarely do the same. Further taxation is not a solution. The point of free college is to help young adults join the workforce and better our economy; however, people my parents' age are also needed to help better our economy. How are they supposed to do so when they can't spend their money because they are too busy paying taxes?

Free college is not free, the same way free healthcare isn't free.

There is only so much more the taxpayers can take. So to all the students about to get free college: get a part-time job, take personal responsibility, and take out a loan — just like the rest of us do. The world isn't going to coddle you much longer, so start acting like an adult.

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Writing Saved My Sanity

Write it all down when you can't talk to anyone.

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I love writing.

I have since elementary school, and I've dreamed of becoming a published author. I started off writing stupid plays in elementary school, then it grew it almost writing a full-blown novel in middle school. I have no idea where that thing went to. It was all notebook paper and bad writing. In high school, my writing was kinda pushed to the side so I could focus on school. When I entered college, I started writing small poems about my now ex-boyfriend.

I was scared to express myself to him sometimes, the intensity of my feelings for him scared me. So instead of telling him, I wrote them down. When I tried to share them with him, he hated it. He thought writing down feelings was weird and creepy. So I didn't share anything else with him. When we finally broke up for good, everything just poured out of me. What I couldn't express verbally, I wrote or typed out.

I always have ideas flowing through my head. They never cease and I wouldn't want them to. Writing gives me an escape, from stress, work, school, or fights. It gives me a place to vent and to be open with everything. This is a reason I love writing for Odyssey, not only has this place brought me amazing friends but revived my love for writing. I'm never without my notebook anymore, I'd get distracted in class by an idea and have to write I think then and there.

I love sharing my more personal writing with close friends, especially my poems as of late. I found that I have a voice for young women who find themselves in a toxic relationship much like mine was. I want to speak out and show them that you can grow from the bullshit. It may take some time, but you will be better.

Writing saved my sanity. It allows me to express myself without having to use my actual voice. Anyone who knows me, knows I hate public speaking. I tend to psych myself out leading up to it. My current projects include writing for Odyssey every week, I'm in the process of trying to continue my short stories, and I'm excited to announce that I'm currently working on my very first poetry book!

Writing has given me so much, and I'm so looking forward to making a career out of something I love so much.

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