Category: Horizons

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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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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