Glory, Glory to the Return of Georgia Football

Glory, Glory to the Return of Georgia Football

"There is no tradition more worth of envy, no institution worthy of such loyalty, as the University of Georgia."
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My freshman year football season was breathtaking. I thought I had loved UGA, but I had no idea how special that school was to me/how excited it made me until I stepped foot in Sanford for the first home game of the year. You spend your whole life watching college football on TV and attending games with your family, but you never truly experience a college gameday until you're standing in the student section, student ID in pocket, cheering as loud as can be.

Picture yourself in your bright red jersey, sweat dripping down your face, with 92,000 of your closest friends. You're dancing your heart out between the hedges, singing "Saturday! Saturday!" as you soak up the most exciting day of the week: Saturday in Athens. And as you call the Dawgs for the 3rd time in 45 minutes, you still can't get over how perfect that moment in time is.

Despite the incredible atmosphere Georgia Football brings, I would like to argue that it isn't the hype videos, Dawg calls, or marching band songs that make Georgia football what it is. It's not the singing of the Alma Mater, the "Georgia" vs. "Bulldogs" scream-off, or the sea of red jerseys throughout the stands: it's the people.

The UGA family is hard to beat. Together, we've mourned the letting go of an incredible coach and excitedly welcomed the start of a new chapter in the Georgia Football story. We celebrated the return of Kirby Smart and experienced the most unexpected of tragedies and have only come out stronger and closer than we were before. And no matter how many ups and downs the UGA family faces, we're still just that: a family.

To most, these facts have nothing to do with football. They're simply a description of the UGA family. However, isn't it the fans that make football season what it is? Yes, a good team helps, and yes, we adore our players and appreciate all of the work they put in. But the Georgia family is special. The Georgia spirit is shown every day of the week, and the anticipation for the next gameday starts the second each game ends.

UGA is special, no one can deny that. And while I would like to say that this experience is this special for every college student in the country, I'd like to argue that the UGA college football experience is different. I'd like to argue that the amount of passion, energy, and heart that the students, alumni, and fans have for this school is unparalleled. And while you may call me "bias," I think you'd completely agree with me if you were to attend a game.As our first home game approaches, I think we can all agree that the Georgia spirit is as high as ever. As we anxiously wait for kickoff, I think we should all take a moment and appreciate how lucky we are to be able to call ourselves Georgia Bulldogs. Football season is back, and I can't imagine being able to cheer for any other team than my boys in Red and Black.

"There is no tradition more worth of envy, no institution worthy of such loyalty, as the University of Georgia." -Larry Munson

Cover Image Credit: UGA Football Live

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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10 NFL Football Players Who Give Everyone A Reason To Watch Football

If these men don't convince you, nothing will.

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1. JJ Watt

I mean, look at those arms!

2. Luke Kuechly

I mean, look at that hair!

3. Randall Cobb

He's good with kids!

4. Julian Edelman

Again with the hair!

5. Corey Clement

He's got style!

6. Saquon Barkley

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7. Christian McCaffrey

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