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At a time in the semester when most students are caught between mid-terms and finals, Ana Figueroa is struggling with challenges on a much larger scale.

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In 2013, three students from UCF went to Haiti on a mission to help improve lives there. Two years later their idea has grown to aid villagers in building healthier lifestyles and stronger immune systems.

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The sounds of students singing fill the halls of the second floor in the UCF Biological Sciences building on a Wednesday night. Rehearsing the night away, the students in UCF's Glee Club are hard at work to prepare for their end-of-the-semester showcase.

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On a horizontal piece of wood there is a drawing of a big cockatiel birdman. Taking a closer look it's full of lines, all in different shapes and forms, but perfectly drawn, stacked on top of each other, giving it a 2-D look.

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You can't escape them. The images of a war-torn Middle East proliferate newscasts, newspapers and magazines. We see the cities in ruins, the terrified citizens fleeing the destruction; a place so unlike our own it seems almost unreal.

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Armed with only wood, paint and chalk, a group of UCF students created a chalk wall to get their peers engaged and talking about the issues close to their hearts.

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Brett Nemeroff stands in front of the UCF Reflecting Pond showing off with his yo-yo. The tricks seem effortless, with the yo-yo spinning into intricate patterns in different directions, only to loop back to its owner for a brief moment before it’s sent off again.

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Spending 14 hours or more a day working in the U.S. Marines, David Foresman’s free time was sparse. But when he had a minute to rest, he would remember home and the people he missed there.

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UCF alumnus Lucien Charland and his childhood friend Keane Mayer left the everyday comforts of running water and electricity to move to the Caribbean island of St. Kitts — with the hopes of growing their own food for locals.

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Clad in black and gold attire, students storm the Reflecting Pond every fall in hopes of snatching up one of UCF's coveted Spirit Splash ducks. But they weren't the only ones who took the plunge this semester.

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At 6:45 a.m. for the eighth day in a row, Nick Miuccio, captain of the UCF surf team, paddled out to catch some waves that seemed to be substantially bigger than usual.

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Alexandra Peters finishes reciting her second poem at Project SPIT's One Night Slam. Her performance is lauded with applause by spectators and her fellow poets, but one cheer projects louder than the rest.

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At a time in the semester when most students are caught between mid-terms and finals, Ana Figueroa is struggling with challenges on a much larger scale.

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In 2013, three students from UCF went to Haiti on a mission to help improve lives there. Two years later their idea has grown to aid villagers in building healthier lifestyles and stronger immune systems.

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Glee Club vice president Erika Hanley (left) and president Ethan Hooper perform Walk the Moon's "Shut Up and Dance" front and center alongside the rest of the Glee Club at UCF during its Winter Showcase on Saturday, Nov. 21. (Photo by Marissa Norwood)

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Francisco Guillen serenades fellow Glee member Danielle Klein during a performance of Sin Bandera's "Kilometros" at the Winter Showcase on Saturday, Nov. 21. (Photo by Marissa Norwood)

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The sounds of students singing fill the halls of the second floor in the UCF Biological Sciences building on a Wednesday night. Rehearsing the night away, the students in UCF's Glee Club are hard at work to prepare for their end-of-the-semester showcase.

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In Colombia, Andrea Ortega, executive director of Children Beyond Our Borders, visits two scholars who have been sponsored by CBOB since they were children. (Photo courtesy Children Beyond Our Borders)

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Kelsey Hundley, a senior at Timber Creek High School, builds blocks with Christian during a monthly tutoring session put on by Charisma’s Crayons — a nonprofit organization that aims to give homeless children better educational opportunities — at the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Flo…

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Michele Gibbs, a senior at Timber Creek High School, shows Jennesis how to leave her mark during a monthly tutoring session put on by Charisma’s Crayons — a nonprofit organization that aims to give homeless children better educational opportunities — at the Coalition for the Homeless of Cent…

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Diana Abarca, co-founder and CEO of Charisma’s Crayons, receives a kiss from Nehemiah at a monthly tutoring session put on by Abarca’s nonprofit organization at the Orlando Coalition for the Homeless on Saturday, Nov. 14. At each tutoring session, kids ranging from pre-K to fifth grade come …

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Jared Dipsiner approaches Dima Alshaibi (left) and Heebah Ahmed to ask if they will agree to be interviewed as part of his video series for his Middle Eastern News project on Nov. 18 inside the Student Union. (Photo by Deanna Ferrante)

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Dima Alshaibi (left) and Heebah Ahmed answer Jared Dipsiner's questions about the Islamic state for one of his videos as part of his Middle Eastern News project on Nov. 18 inside the Student Union. (Photo by Deanna Ferrante)

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You can't escape them. The images of a war-torn Middle East proliferate newscasts, newspapers and magazines. We see the cities in ruins, the terrified citizens fleeing the destruction; a place so unlike our own it seems almost unreal.