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'Our Unmatched Student Section' And 10 Other Things I Love About The University of Kentucky

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When I was in high school trying to decide where I was going to college, I started with an overwhelmingly long list that was slowly narrowed down to one school. Now that I have been attending the University of Kentucky for almost a full year, I could not be happier with my decision and am wholeheartedly convinced that UK offers one of the best college experiences ever. I have come to love so many things about this university, and if I could go back and do it all over again, I would definitely pick this school time and time again, for so many different reasons.

1. The campus is amazing

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I love walking around UK's campus because it is so pretty all year round, especially in the fall when the leaves are changing. There are lots of green areas and you can always find people hanging out outside on hammocks or colorful chairs when the weather is warm. In addition to the exterior of campus, many of the buildings are relatively new, making for an ideal learning environment and atmosphere for students. The University is constantly updating and renovating the buildings on campus, with new projects happening frequently to give the campus a modern and comfortable feel for everyone who visits.

2. Dorms at other schools don't even compare to dorms here

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Private bedrooms, granite countertops, Tempur-Pedic mattresses, community kitchens, and study rooms on every floor are a few of the many benefits of living in the residence halls on campus that enhances the dorm experience for everyone living on campus.

3. The library is actually an enjoyable place to be

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Willy T. Library is one of the most beautiful buildings I've ever been in, situated in the center of campus. It is 5 stories with a variety of places to study for people with many different study preferences and noise levels. It also offers student services such as a media room and a tutoring center for help for presentations and writing. For early morning and late night caffeine cravings, the library conveniently has a Starbucks located on the first floor for all of the coffee lovers out there.

4. Lexington is so much more than just a college town

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In addition to being a college town, Lexington is a city with plenty to offer, filled with lots of things to do, places to shop, and local restaurants to enjoy. It has a very diverse landscape, one of my favorite parts being the downtown area, which gives the town a city-feel. Just a few miles away from downtown, you can find the characteristic beautiful horse-land of the bluegrass.

5. This is the only place that you can watch horse racing at Keeneland

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As someone from out-of-state, I didn't realize that horse racing truly is a very big deal here. Everyone gets all dressed up to go watch the horse races on the weekends of October and April, an experience that you can only get here in Kentucky. Keeneland has an incredible atmosphere and is a perfect place to spend the day with friends and family.

6. My academic experience has been of high quality

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With countless majors and minors offered, it is very unlikely that you will find yourself limited with options here. From my personal experiences, academic life here, in general, has been very positive. Classes are interesting and professors seem to enjoy their jobs and make themselves available to students.

7. Kentucky sports are unmatched

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When I was looking at colleges, athletic programs were a very big deal for me, coming from a sports-loving family. I wanted to be able to get excited about my school's teams, and Kentucky has made it very easy to do that. SEC football, big-time basketball, and so many other sporting events make for an incredible experience. Tailgating football games in the fall on "Caturdays" is one of the best times of the year and it only gets better for basketball season at Rupp Arena. The atmosphere at the games is unlike anything I have ever experienced and I made sure to claim my season pass!

8. BBN is arguably the best fanbase in college sports

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When walking around campus or Kentucky in general, you will always be finding people repping Kentucky blue. On game days, the campus is filled with energy and excitement, which is one of my favorite parts about going to school here as a sports fan.

9. There are dogs EVERYWHERE

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I'm not entirely sure why, but there are adorable pups... EVERYWHERE.

10. The majority of the people here are very friendly and helpful

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Southern hospitality is alive and well in Lexington and is definitely one of the benefits of going to school here. The overwhelming majority of the people here are extremely nice and willing to help you, especially when you're lost on campus during your first semester.

11. There is a strong sense of community

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Even though UK is a big campus, the University goes to great lengths to make every student feel included and involved. The wide range of clubs and different communities that you can join make the big campus seem a little smaller. Just about anyone can find something to join that aligns with their interests. There are countless ways to get involved here and it is strongly encouraged and promoted by the University.

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To The Nursing Major During The Hardest Week Of The Year

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

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To the Nursing Major During Finals Week,

I know you're tired, I know you're stressed, and I know you feel like you can't go on. I know that no part of this seems fair, and I know you are by far the biggest critic of yourself. I know that you've thought about giving up. I know that you feel alone. I know that you wonder why in the world you chose one of the hardest college majors, especially on the days it leaves you feeling empty and broken.

But, I also know that you love nursing school. I know your eyes light up when you're with patients, and I know your heart races when you think of graduation. I know that you love the people that you're in school with, like truly, we're-all-in-this-together, family type of love. I know that you look at the older nurses with admiration, just hoping and praying that you will remain that calm and composed one day. I know that every time someone asks what your college major is that you beam with pride as you tell them it's nursing, and I know that your heart skips a beat knowing that you are making a difference.

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that a failed class doesn't mean you aren't meant to do this. I know that a 'C' on a test that you studied so. dang. hard. for does not mean that you are not intelligent. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

I know that nursing school isn't fair. I know you wish it was easier. I know that some days you can't remember why it's worth it. I know you want to go out and have fun. I know that staying up until 1:00 A.M. doing paperwork, only to have to be up and at clinicals before the sun rises is not fair. I know that studying this much only to be failing the class is hard. I know you wish your friends and family understood. I know that this is difficult.

Nursing school isn't glamorous, with the white lab coat and stethoscope. Nursing school is crying, randomly and a lot. Nursing school is exhaustion. Nursing school is drinking so much coffee that you lose track. Nursing school is being so stressed that you can't eat. Nursing school is four cumulative finals jam-packed into one week that is enough to make you go insane.

But, nursing school is worth it. I know that when these assignments are turned in and finals are over, that you will find the motivation to keep going. I know that one good day of making a difference in a patient's life is worth a hundred bad days of nursing school.

Keep hanging in there, nursing majors. It'll all be worth it— this I know, for sure.

So, if you have a nursing major in your life, hug them and tell them that you're proud of them. Nursing school is tough, nursing school is scary, and nursing school is overwhelming; but a simple 'thank-you' from someone we love is all we need to keep going.

Sincerely,

A third-year nursing student who knows

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Why Fordham Should Have a Safe Space Policy

On a campus committed to it's student's safety, why is emotional safety left out?

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Last year college Republicans were asked to leave Rodrigue's coffee house for provoking members by wearing pro-Trump attire within the shop. The reason they were asked to leave was because Rodrigue's upholds a "safe space" policy, which can be boiled down to the simple phrase: "No racism. No sexism. No homophobia." In the eyes of the members and patrons of Rod's, Trump embodied all of these things. Regardless of the politics of this specific incident, the phrase and policy seems redundant because this rhetoric can't possibly be allowed anywhere else on campus. Right?

As this incident made campus as well as national news Father McShane addressed the events in an e-mail to all students in which he made it clear he did not condone the approach of the College Republicans, as well as stated that Fordham has no official Safe Space policy and insinuated if it did this would silence voices on campus.

Let's examine what a safe space policy means and why it's important to so many members of the Fordham community. It simply means homophobic, sexist, and racist imagery and speech are not allowed. On a campus with racial minority, female, and queer students who chose to be members of the Fordham community as well as study here, live here, and pay obscene amounts of money to be a student, it does not make sense for these individuals to be subjected to abuses related to their identity. How can you focus in class when your professor misgenders you, a student makes a disparaging comment about your religion, or you fear for your physical safety due to the way you present yourself? Bigoted rhetoric is oppositional to academia.

Fordham is a private university, not a public one, and could easily legislate a basic safe space guideline on campus. I understand many of us that a safe space policy would protect do not experience outward aggression often, if at all, as the University does take steps to ensure our safety. So why no official policy? The answer is simple to me: money. Fordham receives hefty donations from conservative alumni whose own political ideology is contrary to the safe space policy. The choice to not outwardly support minority students is a decidedly economic and political one, despite Father McShane's plea for political peace on campus.

And what is wrong with silencing hateful voices? Tolerance is an incredibly important value, but should tolerance really extend to the intolerant? I found the logic behind not installing the policy as it would politically oppress individuals, incredibly interesting and telling. This means your politics are fatally bigoted and I would take a critical look at that. It's intrinsic to our perception of our school to remember that colleges are businesses and it is sometimes their prerogative to meet economic needs above the needs of their student body. However, this is hopeful. As patrons of this business, we can demand more of them and the most effective way to do this is economical. Invest money in places such as Rodrigue's to expand their voice, have your parents write letters to the school, tell at-risk individuals to not apply, and encourage alumni to earmark their money for minority student initiatives or withhold it unless the school legislates a safe space policy.

We as a student body should care for one another and above all respect the personhood of everyone on and off campus. Consider honoring the policy in your own lives and social circles, and demand Fordham to officially do the same.

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