Tuesday, 30 April 2013 11:57There is a stack of letters and postcards in a box in my room from a girl I have never even met in person. This girl has been my friend for the past 10 years, and hopefully will be for many more, all because of a trend called “pen pals.”
When I was about 7 years old, my mom and I filled out an application in my Clubhouse magazine so I could be assigned a pen pal. I am pretty sure that of all the kids who applied to be pen pals, I was assigned the best one.
For starters, Erika, my pen...
Friday, 29 March 2013 15:22Every time I have attempted to start writing this column for the past few hours, I have drifted away into a daydream, usually a memory or fantasy about New York City.
So, finally I have concluded that writing a worthwhile column is not going to happen. Instead, I am going to continue to daydream—only this time on paper.
Let me set the stage. This daydream is a fantasy about my future. It’s a dream of a typical day interning for the “Today Show,” probably during or before my senior year of college. I know my life probably won’t look like this then—especially because I will not have any spare money to do most of these things—but that’s why it’s called a fantasy.
So, come along and dream with me.
My alarm clock jerks...
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 11:52In September, I wrote a column that promised I would someday write about my final college decision. In that column, I listed three options for my future education: Kansas State University, Indiana University and John Brown University.
The purpose of this column is to fulfill that promise. But here’s the twist: I’m not attending any of those three colleges next year.
When my family and I visited Indiana University last summer, we ate lunch on the road at a cute diner in Columbia, Mo. That happens to be the town where the main campus for the University of Missouri is located. Since we knew MU was supposed to have one of the best journalism schools in the country, we decided to drive past the campus.
At the time, I really had no...
Tuesday, 29 January 2013 13:46Over the past few years, I’ve studied a lot of famous authors, including Shakespeare, Edgar Allen Poe, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen and more.
While these people were all very talented and wise, in my mind none of them compare to Dr. Suess, the extremely smart and clever children books author. Even as a senior in high school, Dr. Suess continues to blow my mind with his inspirational rhyming words.
Following is a list of 10 of my favorite Dr. Suess quotes.
1. “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.”
Apparently, there are about seven other people in this world who look similar to you. I don’t know if that’s a fact, but I saw it on the Internet, so obviously it’s true. Even...
Monday, 24 December 2012 14:59Traditions are a big part of what makes Christmas special for many people, and I’m no exception. For my family, Christmas traditions range all the way from watching “Elf” (the best Christmas movie ever) and putting up the tree, to buying a shirt for my uncles on my mom’s side of the family.
I love all of my Christmas traditions, but one of my favorites is Christmas Eve night.
We spend Christmas Eve morning and afternoon wrapping last-minute gifts, watching classic Christmas movies and mostly waiting for the night’s festivities.
Since I was in middle school, my family has had a Christmas Eve pajamas tradition. My sister and I each are allowed to open one specific present, which contains a pair of Christmas pajamas. We then...
Page 1 of 16