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10 Reasons Moving To SWFL To Attend FGCU Was The Right Move

I realized that a school that could make such a positive change in the surrounding environment could no doubt make that kind of change in my life, too!

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Florida Gulf Coast University may not have a D1 football team with a National Champ title, but I implore everyone considering this amazing school to not let that minor detail deter them. In fact, if you truly are a sports fanatic, FGCU prides itself in its D1 basketball team which has garnered as much success as any of the D1 football teams in the state of Florida. And that very fact is just one of many that made me choose to move to Southwest Florida and throw my WingsUp in the air with Eagle Pride.

1. The Size

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FGCU is a school that is not too big but not too small, either. It is just large enough to feel like a major university and immerse its students in a diversified environment, but, at the same time, students are able to get a tight-knit classroom experience that a lecture hall filled with three-hundred students probably wouldn't provide.

2. The Dorms

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OK, the dorms at FGCU are BEAUTIFUL! With your own private bedroom, there is plenty of privacy and time for studying while still being able to become besties with your roommate! Not to mention, the dorms are like a resort — the freshmen dorms are home to the SOVI pool while the upperclassman dorms are built on our very own campus beach!

3. The Campus

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FGCU is one of the most beautiful campuses I toured. Detached from the urban scene that houses many of the state's universities, FGCU is able to upkeep a gorgeous campus that quite literally glistens in the bright Florida sunshine!

4. The Honors College

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I think my invitation for membership in FGCU's Honors College sealed the deal for me! The number of opportunities for unique class experiences and travel and community service (and so much more!) made me realize that this was the best choice for my future. I love the direction The Honors College has already taken me in my few short months here, and I cannot wait for all the other opportunities I get to partake in!

5. The Location

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FGCU is truly located in a stunning and efficient area. With Gulf Coast Town Center no more than five minutes away, students are able to find a store for all of their needs in a well-kept, vivacious area. And, even more importantly, it is just minutes away from some of the most beautiful beaches and islands in Florida! There really always is something to do around here!

6. The Distance

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For me, personally, the distance between my house and FGCU is optimal, which made it a major deciding factor in my choice to attend. It is just far enough away that I am able to really have the chance to discover who I am, but I am close enough that if I ever get a case of homesickness I can hop in the car and visit the fam.

7. The Campus Beach

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As I said, FGCU has a beach. On campus. Seeing that beach made me realize that, wow, FGCU truly is a unique place to be. How many students can say they have a pool and beach on their campus to use at their leisure?? Not many, I would bet. The beach really showed me that FGCU was a school like no other.

8. The Environmental Impact

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FGCU makes a large impact on the environment, and it is a positive one. FGCU works hard to make sure the surrounding nature preserves stay aesthetic and thriving. And even though I wasn't necessarily an environmentalist before attending here, I recognized the change FGCU makes. I realized that a school that could make that kind of positive change in the surrounding environment could no doubt make that kind of change in my life, too!

9. The Basketball Team

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With the lack of a football team, FGCU has instead produced a victorious basketball team that I am more than excited to cheer on and brag about!

10. The Lutgert College of Business

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As a Marketing major, the fact that FGCU has an accredited college of business that is one of the largest colleges on campuses was something I couldn't ignore. It consistently works to provide its students with the utmost opportunities and chances for success. I'm honored to be a part of such a highly-regarded institution, and I cannot wait to see what my future holds within the college of business.

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As you can see, there were multiple factors that led me to choose FGCU as my home away from home. And all of them are equally important to me. I cannot wait to discover more about FGCU in my time here and watch FGCU help me discover more about myself, too!

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Gucci’s Commodification Of Cultural Clothing Is A Problem The Fashion Industry Needs To Address

Brands like Gucci and Zara are only commodifying the culture of others rather than making any attempt to celebrate and respect them.

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Recently, Gucci faced backlash for selling Sikh turbans as hats for $790. The brand had already come under fire when the turbans were featured in Gucci's Fall 2018 show, especially due to Gucci's use of white models to wear the turbans on the runway. It seems that the previous backlash has not discouraged Gucci from continuing on to sell the turbans for a high price.

Members of the Sikh community were quick to express outrage at the monetization of the turbans, pointing out the religious significance of the Sikh turban. The reduction of the turban to a mere accessory for fashion is offensive enough on its own, but selling them at such a high price only further commodifies an item that is considered sacred to many and would normally not cost nearly as much in the Sikh community.

This incident with Gucci, however, is far from being the only instance where a cultural item has been monetized in the fashion industry. Many have also questioned Zara's new sandals, which bear a close resemblance to waraji, woven straw sandals that were once popular among common people in Japan. The main source of confusion among members of the Japanese community was the price of the sandals, which are being sold at 7,990 yen ($72) while waraji are usually only 200-300 yen (about $2-$3).

Waraji do not appear to have the same spiritual significance as the Sikh turban, but both Gucci's and Zara's attempts to sell these items for much higher prices are all-too-common examples of cultural appropriation. Even if the item does not have sacred or religious value, it is still something that belongs to another culture and should not be monetized in such a manner. Drawing inspiration from other cultures is not harmful on its own if done respectfully, but simply borrowing cultural items and selling them as luxury items at a higher price range is far from being respectful. In these instances, these items are passed off "better" than the original by a brand that does not come from the culture it is borrowing from. Zara should not be given more credit than the people of Japan who used to wear waraji. In the case of Gucci, the turban should not have been touched at all.

The monetization of other cultures is, unfortunately, far too common, especially in the fashion industry. Brands like Gucci and Zara are only commodifying the culture of others rather than making any attempt to celebrate and respect them. Hiking up the prices of items belonging to another culture is a glaringly obvious act of cultural appropriation and a trend that needs to stop.

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