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Dear Michigan:

We’re graduating into a world that is more fractious than ever before. This statement, which has been repeated for years, has moved from insight to truism to enduring political reality.

The end of the semester is a hectic time. If there’s anything indicative of this, it’s the fact that I’m writing this column in the notes app on my phone as I walk to my next class.

My lack of flexibility, intense personality and acute alcoholism all contribute to my consistently pathetic performance in the yoga classes I have been taking.

Recently, I had a rather polarizing incident at the U.S.-Canada border.

As a public policy major, I’m well aware of all the research, thought and work that goes into creating policy. Good policy isn’t the result of exaggerated claims made on campaign trails to rile up crowds.

Almost five years ago, I attended freshman student orientation. I attended campus tours and backpacking sessions with peer advisors, learning about the myriad things the University of Michigan had to offer.

When I watch the tour groups circle campus, I both smile and cringe as I see prospective freshmen coming to the University of Michigan. I smile because college tours are exciting — they are full of promise and dreams of what is to come.

“You write for the Daily, so you want to go into journalism, right?” is a question I am often asked. And the answer is no … well … kind of. The answer is that I don’t even know. What I do know is that I enjoy the Daily, and it is something I am passionate about.

I’m sure many of us have heard “social media is bad” and “it’s ruining millennials’ lives” enough. I won’t add insult to injury, but as someone who quit social media almost two years ago, I can safely say I have felt winds of change, and I am better off because of it.

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