20 Things That Make America Great No Matter The Shit Storm Our Country Is In

20 Things That Make America Great No Matter The Shit Storm Our Country Is In

'Merica, Yee Yee!

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Let's just take a hot minute to stop and think about the place we call home: the good ole' USA. I feel like lately there has been a lot of shade thrown on the United States. The media is always pointing out what is bad about this country. Though everything has it's pros and cons, I think we should all take some time and think and be thankful about this beautiful country we call home, and what great things lie within it.

1. We have almost every type of ecosystem here.

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We have the Rocky Mountains, Appellation Mountains, east coast and west coast beaches, and deserts just to name a few. What other country in the world can say that they have all of that?

2. We are very road trip friendly.

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People from other countries are just fascinated that in the United States you can just get in the car and drive. We don't have to worry about checkpoints when going from state to state, all we do is pass a sign on the highway! We can go anywhere in the country in a car. Its a lot cheaper than paying for a plane ticket too.

3. We have football season.

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Football season is very unique to the United States. It brings us something to look forward to on the weekends, and we can route for our home teams. Plus, we are basically the only country in the world that has (American) football season. Other countries may look at us in confusion, but we don't care, because this is 'merica. (Go Packers)

4. Everyone wants to come to America at least once in their life, and we get to live here.

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When I have met people from other countries and I tell them that I am from America, they are always a little struck that we are. I've always been those people that "I've always wanted to go to America". Want to know why? Because it's awesome here! We love life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

5. We have access to education.

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Though public school is free up to 12th grade, we still have access to higher education afterwards, and much of the world doesn't have that kind of opportunity.

6. We have SO MUCH SPACE.

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You may not feel like this if you live in the city, but my goodness, the USA is one big chunk of land. If you go to places especially out west, you will know what I mean. It can take hours to get from one town to another, and there is nothing in between. Think of the population density in China. Its jam-packed there. Here, we really have room to stretch out our wings without touching the person next to us.

7. Not only do we have national pride, but we have state pride too.

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"When you say Wisconsin, you've said it all!" Also, there can be state rivalries too (like Illinois vs. Wisconsin, but we all know which state is better).

8. We invented some of the greatest foods you will ever eat.

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Donut holes, mac n cheese, ranch, meatloaf, and of course, we love our burgers.

9. We are back to back World War Champions.

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What other country can say that they have done that?

10. We invented things that have changed the world forever.

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Electricity, lightbulbs, cars, airplanes, microwaves, and those are only just a few.

11. We drive the film industry.

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Yes, the rest of the world does make movies in their own countries (Like Bollywood) but blockbusters come only from Hollywood, California, USA.

12. The concept of the 'American Dream' is aspired everywhere.

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You don't have to live in America, or be American to have the American Dream mentality. It is what drives an individual to be successful no matter where you are from. The mentality has inspired millions around the world.

13. We love to party.

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No matter what day of the week it is, what holiday or special event it is, we always find an excuse to party.

14. We have clean water!

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This seems like such an odd thing to be recognizing, but a lot of the world is going thirsty, and we are lucky enough to have clean water right at our finger tips. Let's raise a glass, shall we?

15. We are loud, but we embrace it.

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A lot of other countries may think that Americans are annoying, but who cares? We are here for a good time, and us being loud is just part of who we are.

16. We are free.

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Thanks to our founding fathers, we can really do whatever we want here. Want to build a castle? Sure. Want to be a race car driver? Go ahead. Follow your American Dream.

17. We have a rich history.

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America as a whole really isn't that old compared to the rest of the world, and considering how young we are as a nation, and what has happened over that course of time, makes us full of some awesome history.

18. We were the first to have walked on the frickin' moon.

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Just awesome.

19. American flag everything.

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American flag shirts, pants, hats, cars, notebooks, buildings, you name it. We take pride in our flag.

20. We are all a little redneck.

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Who doesn't love a good bonfire, cookout, hunting, big trucks, and shotgunning beers? We might make fun of it but we all deep down secretly love it.

Least can I say, America is awesome, and we are proud to be Americans no matter what is going on in the world.

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8 Reasons Florida Is Actually Great And Not The Crazy Citrus Farm You Probably Think It Is

Yes, I may be a native, but Florida really is the best!

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Growing up, I never understood why my parents decided to move to Florida. Everywhere else seemed to have cooler things like... well... snow. But since I've moved away, I have grown to love my home state and all it has to offer — aside from those crazy news headlines.

Sure, we might not have seasons and mosquitoes make up the majority of our population, but I'm here to tell you that the "Sunshine State" is a great place to be!

1. Sunshine!

Sunset on Captiva Island, FL

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It isn't called the Sunshine State for nothing. The tropical air really is the selling point for most everyone living on the peninsula. When I was a kid, I wanted nothing more than a white snowy winter, but now that I have lived through one, I can safely say I prefer the warmth to the tundra of winter.

2. Beaches

Sunset on Captiva Island, FL

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Going hand in hand with sunshine are the beaches of Florida. Now, I am partial to the gulf coast, but truthfully, both coasts offer some incredible beaches with shells and surf galore.

Although I love a day in the sand, I would have to say that my favorite beach activity is watching the sunset. I don't know if it's just me and my own Floridian bias, but I have never seen sunsets quite like the ones back home. Every night it's different, and regardless of the weather, the sun always seems to find a way to peak past the clouds in the most beautiful way.

3. Outdoor Activities

My best bud Tanner and I kayaking down the Estero River.

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We might not have mountains, but have you ever walked through a cypress slough?

Although FL is deemed as the pancake state because of its lack of mountain ranges, I still find great joy in being outdoors and connecting with nature.

Florida truly is a tropical wonderland with birds and plants that you just can't find elsewhere. When I moved to North Carolina, I was so surprised by the lack of birds. Then silly me remembered that birds migrate south for winter, meaning Florida really is just a sanctuary for birds year round!

Whether it be walking through a marsh or kayaking down a river, I love experiencing the unique flora and fauna that Florida has to offer.

4. Disney!

Steven, Caitlin, and I at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World!

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This article would not be complete if I did not mention my favorite place... Disney World!

Yes, I am the Floridian who is obsessed with Disney, and I am PROUD! Growing up, my family's annual trip to Disney was the most exciting time of the year for my sister and I. As we have grown older, we still love going and have learned to enjoy it in a whole new way!

I truly feel that there is something at Disney for everyone. They are not just theme parks for children. There are so many amazing things to do between the four theme parks (Epcot being the best one), Disney Springs, mini golf, water-parks, and more. Disney World is truly the happiest place on earth in my eyes, and Florida just wouldn't be the same without it!

5. Day Trips!

My sister and I at the famous Colombia Restaurant in Ybor City, FL! They have THE BEST Cuban sandwiches in the world, hands down.

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Branching off from Disney, traveling around Florida, in general, is so easy and fun! For such a big state, there are so many places to visit within mere hours of each other.

Some of my favorite cities to visit are Tampa (which is 2 hours away from my hometown of Fort Myers) and Jacksonville (which is the exact midpoint between Fort Myers and Chapel Hill!) There is so much history and culture embedded in the cities of Florida, and the accessibility makes it that much more fun to explore!

6. Diversity

One of the many historical sites in my hometown that pay homage to our history and cultural diversity.

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As I mentioned above, Florida's culture is rich and diverse. The population is made up many different groups, including a strong Latinx population, temporary retired residents (snowbirds as we call them), and tourists from around the world. The nature of our state makes it a melting pot of diversity and culture.

I feel as though my upbringing in Florida inspired my love for global culture and influenced my choice in major and career path here at UNC.

7. Oranges

Sun Harvest Citrus in Fort Myers FL! It's got the best ice orange juice and ice cream around.

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Changing gears a bit, Florida has some of the best food offerings in the country. Due to our location, we are able to provide the country with produce throughout the year, and you guessed it, oranges are our most popular export!

One of the best touristy spots in Fort Myers is a place called Sun Harvest Citrus. Pictured above, they sell the freshest Florida oranges around and sell varieties of juice and (the best) ice cream. If you have never had fresh-squeezed Florida orange juice, I am so sorry and will send you some immediately.

8. Fam!

My mom, sister, and I at sunset at Barefoot Beach in Bonita Springs, FL.

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This may sound cheesy, but the best part about Florida by far is that it's home to my family!

My family is my lifeline, and without them, I would not be the woman I am today.

All perks aside, Florida will always be the most special place to me because of the childhood it gave me and the loved ones I have there.

There it is folks! A full list of why Florida rocks, and why it should not be deemed the crazy state down south.

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