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The class of 2014 is second to none! A university is nothing without its student body; therefore, calling its newest addition “second-best” is calling the entire institution “second-best.” That doesn’t sound like Tar Heel pride.

Clumping the entire class of 2014 into one statistic is unfair to each individual. We could very well have some of the “best and brightest” students on campus. Pardon the rest of us for not graduating as valedictorians of our high schools. Rather, applaud us for having chosen the challenge to accept our spots here at UNC.

As if coping with the sudden change from high school to college, from living with parents to living with roommates, wasn’t enough, we get slapped across the face with a label. Realize that we worked our butts off to get to where we are now. However, what does our performance in high school have to do with how we’ll perform here? If anything, titling us as “second-best” should galvanize us to be much more than “second-best” statistics. Judge the freshman class by the heel print it leaves come Mother’s Day 2014.

Luis Rios
Elementary Education

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