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Badass UCLA gymnast Sophina DeJesus pulled off a must-watch floor routine.

Even if you're not a fan of gymnastics, you need to see her wow this crowd.

Badass UCLA gymnast Sophina DeJesus pulled off a must-watch floor routine.

"I think right now my main goal is to become part of the floor lineup."

That was UCLA senior gymnast Sophina DeJesus' goal last year. As UCLA Athletics' "Bruin Banter" interviewer Samantha Peszek noted, Sophina was already a great dancer at the time.

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It's a year later, and guess what? Sophina reached that goal — and the Internet has reason to be thankful.

Not only did one of her floor routines include impressively powerful traditional tumbling like this:

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But it also included moves like this:


And this:

And she made the crowd do this:

Sophina's hip-hop-influenced routine immediately went viral, racking up millions of views on Facebook and YouTube.

"I wanted to end my senior year with a bang," she told the New York Times. Well, yeah, she certainly did that. The judges were also pretty impressed with her new routine, giving her a score of 9.925 out of 10 and helping UCLA beat rival Utah by just 0.025 of a point.

It's not every day that a gymnast finds a way to incorporate the Quan, the Dab, and the Whip/Nae Nae into a traditional routine. So there's reason to get excited. The whole thing was genuine, unapologetic, and just plain amazing.

We could sit here all day trying to describe how awesome her routine was, but you really just need to see it for yourself.

Check out the video below.

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Inside the walls of her kitchen at her childhood home in Guatemala, Evelyn Klohr, the founder of a Washington, D.C.-area bakery called Kakeshionista, was taught a lesson that remains central to her business operations today.

"Baking cakes gave me the confidence to believe in my own brand and now I put my heart into giving my customers something they'll enjoy eating," Klohr said.

While driven to launch her own baking business, pursuing a dream in the culinary arts was economically challenging for Klohr. In the United States, culinary schools can open doors to future careers, but the cost of entry can be upwards of $36,000 a year.

Through a friend, Klohr learned about La Cocina VA, a nonprofit dedicated to providing job training and entrepreneurship development services at a training facility in the Washington, D.C-area.

La Cocina VA's, which translates to "the kitchen" in Spanish, offers its Bilingual Culinary Training program to prepare low-and moderate-income individuals from diverse backgrounds to launch careers in the food industry.

That program gave Klohr the ability to fully immerse herself in the baking industry within a professional kitchen facility and receive training in an array of subjects including culinary skills, food safety, career development and English language classes.

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This article originally appeared on 11.21.16


Photographer Katie Joy Crawford had been battling anxiety for 10 years when she decided to face it straight on by turning the camera lens on herself.

In 2015, Upworthy shared Crawford's self-portraits and our readers responded with tons of empathy. One person said, "What a wonderful way to express what words cannot." Another reader added, "I think she hit the nail right on the head. It's like a constant battle with yourself. I often feel my emotions battling each other."

So we wanted to go back and talk to the photographer directly about this soul-baring project.

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When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."