Category: Horizons

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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Time spent in Rome surprised this tourist

In June, I embarked on a 12-day tour of Europe with a group from the high school. We spent the first two days of the trip exploring the wonderful city of London. Next, we toured Paris for three days. To read about my adventures there, check out my two previous columns. Our time in Italy began with a lot of […]

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Allure of Paris grows with time

In June, I embarked on a 12-day tour of Europe with a group from the high school. We spent the first two days of the trip exploring the wonderful city of Lon­don. To read about my adventures there, check out my previous column. From London, we boarded a Eurostar train that took us under the English Channel and straight to […]

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London experience was a royal treat

“My feet hurt and I’m tired, but I’m in London and I’m loving every second!” My first journal entry from my trip to Europe last month pretty much says it all. My first international adventure wasn’t without setbacks or swollen feet, but it was an adventure that I will never forget. The adventure began in the Wichita airport. It was […]

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London experience a royal treat

“My feet hurt and I’m tired, but I’m in London and I’m loving every second!” My first journal entry from my trip to Europe last month pretty much says it all. My first international adventure wasn’t without setbacks or swollen feet, but it was an adventure that I will never forget. The adventure began in the Wichita airport. It was […]

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Seeing ourselves in ‘The Middle’ of it

Recently, my family and I have become devoted fans of “The Middle.” If you’re not familiar with the ABC sitcom, “The Middle” is a show about the adventures and misadventures of the Hecks, a middle-class family living in the middle of the country. Sounds a lot like most of the families around here, right? It’s not very often that a […]

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Lessons from first college year

Six macroeconomics and philosophy classes. Four geology and news writing classes. Four finals. Nine­teen days. That’s it. That’s all I have left of my first year of college. While it’s scary to look back at how fast the time went, I can’t say I’m disappointed my freshman year is coming to a close. It’s been a crazy, stressful, emotional and […]

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Excitement grows as European trip nears

Anti­cipation and excitement are two of the best and, in some situations, worst feelings a person can experience. I’ve been consumed by both since September, when I signed up for a 12-day trip to Europe with the high school. I am so unbelievably excited to go overseas for the first time, and each day the trip creeps closer, I reach […]

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Our words reveal to others our character

Not many things have the power of life and death, the power to make a person feel as good as a member of the royal family or as bad as a “cotton-headed ninny muggins,” as Buddy the Elf would say. But words do, and, sadly, we often use them so carelessly. Maybe since I’m a writer, I’ve always cared a […]

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