Diversity Of Cultures In A College Environment Is So Important, Emory Understands That

Diversity Of Cultures In A College Environment Is So Important, Emory Understands That

Emory is thriving based on its importance to diversity.
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Coming from a homogeneous high school, I truly valued the importance of diversity when I came to college. Diversity and acceptance of other cultures is important for a university to thrive, where you are exposed to a myriad of different perspectives and beliefs. I have truly found a newfound love for going to different cultural events in college because this is one of the very few times in life that we will be around such different people from all backgrounds and all parts of the world in one setting.

I remember one day going to a Hillel service with my friend and even though we didn't understand the prayers in Hebrew, we were able to follow along in English and find things that were meaningful to us, even though they are part of different religions. Afterwards, the dinner was a way to mix Indian culture with Jewish culture because my friend was able to enjoy traditional indian food.

This upcoming weekend, Emory's Indian Cultural Exchange is hosting Holi, an Indian festival that celebrates goodness over evil through colors. Everyone is known to participate and learn more about the festival as well as participate in a wonderful celebration full of throwing colored powder on each other! It makes me so appreciative that people are so willing to engage in participation of other cultural activities and truly become aware of other backgrounds.

Recently, we planned a Chinese New Year event and residents of different halls were so eager to eat traditional Chinese food and play ancient Chinese games. At Emory, there are places for everyone to find their cultural niche and each place is open for others to experience. I still remember the first day that I arrived on to campus, and there were signs in each language that said "Welcome to Emory. We welcome you no matter where you are from."

This weekend many people are also going to a women's empowerment play to learn more about issues in Pakistan. My roommate is in the cast, and everyone from all different backgrounds are going to support this event to both learn more about issues in other parts of the world as well as to enjoy a good show!

Emory also has different organizations such as LatinX, Black Student Union, Hindu Student Association, Hillel, Chinese Student Association, etc to encourage diversity on campus!

I believe now more than ever, that it is important to be accepting and understanding of people of all backgrounds so as to become more culturally aware as well as to get a more well-rounded perspective on different issues by associating onself to different viewpoints from people of various backgrounds and walks of life.

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To The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.

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To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

With love,

A girl who isn't graduating on time

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17 Phrases That Gen Z Kids MUST Stop Saying, It's Getting Ridiculous

If you need a translator, try Urban Dictionary.

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Let's be real, there are so many new words and phrases that my generation says that make absolutely no sense to adults. I am not sure who comes up with some of them or how they become trendy, but there have been some really interesting terms in the past couple of years. Honestly, it is hard for me to keep up with the meanings of all of them. I am not sure I even use them correctly. Will the world start speaking in Gen Z? The future will only tell us.

1. "Lets get this bread"

Lets get this bread

Honestly this one just makes me hungry.

2. "Weird flex but ok"

Weird flex but ok

I think the reason I don't like this one is because "flex" reminds me of working out and working out is hard.

3. "It's lit"

It's lit

"Yeah man, this party is soooooo lit!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Just stop. Like please, stop.

4. "Gucci"

Gucci

We probably just say it because we wish we could afford it.

5. "Yeet"

Yeet

At a certain point autocorrect is going to correct "yet" to "yeet."

6. "That ain't it"

That ain't it

Who is chief though???

7. "Finna"

Dab

"Finna" followed by "imma" makes me cringe the most.

8. "Low key"

Low key

"Yeah, low key it may be high key" - Only by Nicki Minaj

9. "It be like that"

It be like that

It really do be like that though!

10. "Eskit"

Eskit

I don't even get what this one means but that doesn't stop me from saying it!

11. "Bet"

Bet on it

Don't you mean bet on it? #HSM2

12. "No balls"

No balls

Maybe we should stop talking like pre-teen boys?

13. "That's rad"

Rad

I feel like Brandy Melville would slap this on a plain white t-shirt and call it a day.

14. "Salty"

Salty

What about pepper...?

15. "Goals"

Goals

"Omfg you guys are such goals."

16. "Spill the tea"

Spill the tea

Tbh that would really hurt if someone took this literally...

17. "Pics or it didn't happen"

Pics

"Guys! Let's take hella pics tn."

Cringing yet? I will admit I am guilty in saying a lot of these terms. For those of you who get annoyed with any of these terms, I agree and think they are getting repetitive. Honestly, it may be crushing our vocabulary. For real, imagine walking into your first job and saying to your boss "Let's get this bread!" Enough said, let's go back to talking real English.

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