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5 Reasons Why I'm Glad I Go To UGA

I can't imagine myself going anywhere else for school.

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During the beginning of my senior year of high school, you would have caught me saying, "I don't want to go to a big school." The thought of leaving my small suburban town in south Georgia to go to a giant college terrified me. I was afraid of going somewhere so big, and barely knowing anymore. But then, I got into the University of Georgia, and I thought "Maybe I'll give this a shot." There are a lot of dawg fans in my family, including my grandparents, dad, and aunt, and they all encouraged me to try out the big college lifestyle.

Fast forward three years: I'm so glad that I choose to go to the University of Georgia. I can't imagine myself going anywhere else for school. Sure, sometimes the classes are hard (and finding a seat in the MLC can be a struggle sometimes), but overall, my experience at UGA has been a good one. Here is a list of why I am thankful I choose UGA.

1. The wonderful people

I know it's cheesy to say, but I have met so many incredible friends at UGA. For upcoming freshmen, I would recommend doing FreshCo, which was where freshmen come early in the summer to take summer classes. Not only did I get ahead of my classes, but I also got to meet some of my best friends. I am still friends with some of those people that I met that summer. Every year, I continue to meet more and more people, and this has led me to feel more at home at UGA. The college may seem big at first, but with time, it will seem smaller because of all the people you meet. Also, I have made so many valuable friendships in college that I will value forever. My roommate and I are rooming together for the fourth year in a row next year, and I feel so lucky to have so many great and strong friendships at UGA.

2. The endless opportunities 

I have been given so many opportunities at UGA to expand my job experiences in the field of journalism. For example, I wrote for the Red & Black, an off-campus newspaper, for two years, and I was an editor for them last summer. I also have been able to learn many valuable writing and technology skills through my classes with UGA's Grady School of Journalism and Mass Communications (the second best journalism school in the nation, I must add!!). UGA has given me so many needed skills that I will be able to take with me after I graduate.

3. The great experiences 

Not only have I been able to make a lot of countless memories with my friends (spring break beach trips, a trip to New York, UGA club cross country meets to North Carolina, date nights, formal, semi-formal, etc.), but I also have been able to travel on my own some. I was able to study abroad in Costa Rica last May, and it was one of the best experiences of college. I loved the beautiful country, and I was able to improve my Spanish while learning more about the Costa Rican culture. It was an experience that I will treasure forever.

4. The endless things to do 

To be honest, my social life was kind of limited in high school. I went to school, then went to cross country practice or track practice, and then I went home. That was pretty much it. However, in college, there are so many social activities to do. You can either go eat at some diverse array of restaurants with your friends, or you can jam out at a concert in the Georgia Theatre or 40 Watt Club. Also, Greek Life is not for everyone, but I have found some of my closest friends in my sorority, and I have been able to go on lots of fun socializing adventures with my sorority, including a trip to the South Carolina Aquarium for our formal. There are also so many different clubs that one can get involved with, and these can lead to you meeting your best friends. Being bored at UGA is not an option.

5. The Football 

Okay, the Dawgs might not have done the best during the last season (rip that Alabama game), BUT it's still great to be a Georgia Bulldawg. I don't care if we win or we lose, I will always rather wear red and black over any other football color. Being a dawg fan is not something that ends when you graduate, it stays with you forever.

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Growing Up Catholic And How It Shaped Me

"I like being able to believe there is more to life than our time on Earth."

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Ever since I can remember, I have attended church every Sunday morning. Not always at the same church, but always at the same time with all the same people. I've never known anything different.

Both of my parents are Catholic and so are their parents and so on and so forth. I attended religious education classes my whole childhood and when I was 15, I chose to get confirmed which basically says you are choosing to continue your faith.

As a kid, I didn't really understand why we went to church every Sunday and there were some Sundays where I just didn't want to get out of bed to go. When I'm on the verge of not going to mass I tell myself that it is just 1 hour of my time, 1 hour each week and that is all I have to give. Everyone has 1 hour to spare.

Now that I am older, I'm grateful my parents have introduced me to the Catholic Church. I like having something to believe in and being able to have faith. I'm a huge optimist in my daily life and a big part of that is because I trust God's plan for me, whatever happens is with his best intentions for me. I like being able to believe there is more to life than our time on Earth.

It seems that the word "Catholic" has a negative connotation nowadays and that makes me extremely sad. No one should be judged or profiled based on their religion.

Being Catholic to me means always striving to better myself and bring myself closer to God. Being Catholic might mean something else to another person and that's what is great about religion and faith, they affect everyone differently and it is up to you to decide what to do with these 2 things.

At the end of the day, I am grateful for being brought up in the Catholic family I was because it gave me my morals and made me the person I am today, whom I am proud of.

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Bulldogs Get Their Shot At Professional Baseball

Four Georgia Baseball players were selected through the first two days of the MLB draft. The Bulldogs garnered national attention in the 2019 season after an impressive 46-17 record.

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Georgia baseball has been steadily improving ever since a string of sub-.500 finishes over the past decade. Consecutive appearances in the NCAA Regional Tournament shows the nation that Athens is once again a powerhouse. Even Major League Baseball is starting to take notice.

1. Aaron Schunk - 62nd pick, Colorado Rockies

Schunk was considered a two-way prospect going into the draft. He split his time between third base and closing pitcher. A winner of the Triple Crown award, Schunk had 15 home runs and 58 RBIs with a batting average of .339 as the Bulldog third baseman. As the closer, he had 12 saves with a 2.49 ERA. The position assigned to him by the Rockies was third base but he is likely to still get an opportunity to pitch in the minor league system.

2. Tony Locey - 96th pick, St. Louis Cardinals

A semifinalist for the 2019 pitcher of the year, Locey had a season ERA of 2.53 accompanied by an 11-2 record. His season was somewhat of a surprise after having a 3.92 career ERA at the collegiate level. MLB teams typically look at a number under 3.00 as being impressive. The Cardinals expect Locey to continue his upward trajectory.

3. Tim Elliott - 126th pick, Seattle Mariners

Another Bulldog pitcher comes off the board on the draft's second day. Elliott posted impressive numbers during his junior campaign with a 2.38 ERA and a 7-3 record. One of those seven wins came by way of the complete game which is becoming ever more rare in today's game. Originally coming to Georgia as a reliever, Elliott transitioned to a starter while posting a 3.10 career ERA across 41 appearances.

4. LJ Talley - 207th pick, Toronto Blue Jays

The best fielder on the team has shown yearly improvement with the bat which was the most crucial area needed for him to be on the MLB's radar. His fielding is solid with an appearance on the 2019 SEC All-Defensive team. Talley finished his senior season with a batting average of .332 accompanied by 8 home runs and 41 RBIs.

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