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Survey: U.S. college students feel special about themselves

College students in the United States think they’re brilliant snowflakes now more than ever before, according to new research, the Huffington Post reports. The findings come from an annual survey of thousands of college freshmen, conducted by the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) of the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California-Los Angeles. Aside from asking what students think of their own abilities, the survey also measures students’ economic, ethnic and educational backgrounds along with other demographic data. The survey asked students to rate how they measure up to their peers in a number of basic skills areas, the BBC reports. The number of students who describe themselves as exceptional has grown. American students have increasingly given themselves “above average” ratings on several attributes but bragged most regarding their “drive to achieve.” Almost four-fifths of survey responders say they’re above average in this category…

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