On April 30, 2015, Parada hosts UM's first annual Arab graduation ceremony.
Courtesy of Javier Solorzano Parada

School of Education graduate Javier Solorzano Parada is all too familiar with the challenges that can arise in pursuit of higher education.

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Evan Aaron/Daily

Meet the Students of the Year. They’re happy to meet you.

Twenty One Pilots perform on their Blurryface tour in Detroit at Saint Andrew's Hall on December 17, 2015.
Zoey Holmstrom/ Daily

In the final issue of The Statement, we offer you a summary of the year’s best moments as seen through our camera lenses. Join us in the front row of your favorite concert, on the court and on the street during the 2015-2016 school year.

Former Ohio state senator Nina Turner speaks at the Bernie Sanders rally on March 7, 2016 in the Crisler Center.
Zoey Holmstrom/ Daily
Twenty One Pilots perform on their Blurryface tour in Detroit at Saint Andrew's Hall on December 17, 2015.
Zoey Holmstrom/ Daily
Junior tight end Jake Butt makes confetti angels after Michigan's victory over Florida in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida on Friday, January 1, 2015.
Allison Farrand/ Daily
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Emilie Farrugia

“Right now my biggest challenge is definitely IP, my senior thesis. It's deadline and installation week until our opening next weekend. I'm currently fixing up loose ends and trying not to go insane in this last month of my undergrad when life decides to be so stressful.”
- Art & Design Senior Yenny Hoang

Shops on Cross St. are shown in the popular area of Ypsilanti known as Depot Town. Depot Town has now assumed the role of the popular downtown destination
Zoey Holmstrom/ Daily

In the almost three years that I have lived here, only a handful of my Ann Arbor friends have witnessed Ypsilanti as I see it every day.

Instead of awarding votes based on which candidate wins the state’s popular vote, the states would award their electoral delegates to the winner of the national popular vote, effectively rendering the Electoral College useless.

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Illustration by Emilie Farrugia

By allotting 500 words every two weeks just to exploring my identity, I’ve attempted to discover something — anything — about myself, who I want to be in the future and where I see my place as a person of South Asian origin.

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Illustration by Samuel Bertin

I love Rick’s, and everyone that knows me knows it. In some ways, it’s obvious why I’d love a space that exists for people to have fun.

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Illustration by Emily Waters

When your older siblings are a little more than a year apart from you, it is natural to question what motivated your conception. When I asked my parents why they had a third child, I expected a customary, sentimental answer.

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Illustration by Samuel Bertin

Finally, you did it. You got into the University of Michigan, and this is cause for celebration. After two and a half years of being envious of every game day picture your friends posted on their Instagrams, now is your time to shine.

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Illustration by Emilie Farrugia

In fact, I’d have to say this is honestly the first time I’ve been able to be forthcoming about being Black in my writing. You see, as a news journalist for The Michigan Daily, I feel like I never get the chance to share that nugget of information with my readers — or that I’m really supposed to for that matter.

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Courtesy of Natalie Gadbois

I wouldn’t create stories of fantasy or magic; I was always the center of the story, and they were always closely realistic fictions of what I hoped my life to become.

Joseph can’t walk. Those words really hit me whenever I write them or say them out loud. The unfairness of that statement is not even something I can begin to unpack.

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Illustration by Emilie Farrugia

To be fat is to be guilty.

To be Black is to be guilty.

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Illustration by Emilie Farrugia

Word vomit plagues me, and I suffer from an almost critical case.

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Illustration by Emily Waters

I was 16 years old when my son was born. And I remember, clear as day, sitting in that hospital room and holding him for the first time. The smile would not leave my lips, and my eyes could not be bothered to remain dry.