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Shir Attias

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When you go off to college, especially if you’re going far from home, you’ll find yourself on the receiving end of unsolicited advice from just about everyone: Try new things. Eat the healthy options in the dining halls. Take your classes seriously. Stay safe. The list never ends.

Aside from the constant reminders related to safety, the piece of advice I heard most was to branch out. As a competitive dancer who was very involved in my Jewish community during high school, I felt pressure not to get stuck in my ways. I loved everything about my high school life, but as I set off for...

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