Category: Horizons

A national debut: Q&A video in print?

When You­Tubers become famous, they usually end up making a Q&A video in which they answer a serious of random questions about themselves. I love these types of videos. I love asking or answering random questions to see what unique (or similar) answers people come up with. I’ve always wanted to make a Q&A video, but the problem is I’m […]

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Four pieces of advice for high school grads

Congratulations! You’ve made it through 13 years of lessons, homework assignments, extracurricular activities, early mornings and late nights. And now you have a diploma to prove it. That’s no small accomplishment. It seems like it was just my turn to walk across the stage, move my tassel and throw my cap in the air, when in reality it occurred two […]

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A tour of TV’s best era for kids

As I was watching a basketball game on TV during March Madness, a commercial for South­west Airlines caught my eye. It was the one where a boy is visiting colleges with his dad and replies “I love it” to each one. I immediately thought, “I know that guy!” I saw it again awhile later and realized why he looked familiar. […]

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Good novels have 5 essential elements

One of my absolute favorite feelings is the one I get when I become totally engrossed in a good book. I’ve loved a good story ever since I was able to read. I remember becoming obsessed with “The Boxcar Children” series in elementary school, which ultimately turned me into the bookworm I am today. Along with reading a good story, […]

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School cuts discouraging for future teacher

I’m a Kansan, I’m a future educator and I’m concerned. The lack of value and importance placed on education by my state’s government feels like a slap in the face to someone who believes in education so much that I’m pursuing a career in it. It makes my heart heavy to read about the cuts being made to public school […]

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What I did over winter ‘ache’

“What did you do over break?” Those are the first words I’ve heard from almost every person I talk to at school after coming back from winter break. While other students have exciting stories about snowboarding and traveling, my answer usually draws a collective “aw” of pity from my audience: I got my wisdom teeth out. It’s hard to make […]

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Looking back on a great year

“It’s been a great year! Thanks for being a part of it.” If you have a Facebook account, you’ve most likely seen those words followed by a year-in-review post in the past week. This is the time of year when we look back at the things we’ve accomplished, the places we’ve gone and the people we’ve met. For me, 2014 […]

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Social media impact is both good and bad

Social media has changed the world. It has changed how we interact with each other, how we get our news, how we market products, how we learn things, how we spend our time and so on. It has sparked the creation of new words (think “selfie” and “hashtag”) and new jobs. Since social media has had such an impact, there […]

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Last reflections on Europe trip

When I finished writing about my trip to Europe this summer it was almost as bittersweet as coming back from the trip itself. I didn’t want it to end. So when I sat down to begin this column, I couldn’t keep my mind from continuously wandering back to memories of my trip. Writing about my adventures was so easy and […]

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Coast of Italy: best end for a great trip

“What was your favorite part of your trip to Europe?” I’ve been asked this question many times since returning from my 12-day tour of Europe in June. My answer? The extension on the coast of Italy. When signing up for the trip, we were given the option of going on a two-day extension to Pompeii, Sorrento and the Island of […]

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