Written by Abi Humber Tuesday, 29 December 2009 21:03“How’s the big Chicago treatin’ ya?” “How was that first semester for ya?”
Ah, the small town grocery store questions. Working at Vogt’s has led me to become a pro at executing polite, amusing and appropriately small small talk. But when people ask me questions like this (which is about every three minutes), I feel torn on how to answer.
I know that, these days, “How are you?” isn’t really an inquiry about the status of the inner workings of my soul. It’s merely a greeting, like “Hey” or “What’s up?” Imagine me giving a totally honest answer…
Customer: “Well hey there, Abi! Welcome home! How was your first semester at college?”
Me: “Aw thanks, it’s so great to be home. Well wow…where do I...
Written by Abi Humber Tuesday, 08 December 2009 20:12It’s that time of year again. Students are decorating their rooms with colorful lights, paper Christmas trees and tinsel. They are going downtown multiple times per week to participate in holiday-esque activities—absorbing the atmosphere, ice skating, buying Chicago coffee mugs for grandmothers.
Christmas music can be heard from the street, blaring from every floor of the dorms. Everyone is running around in their mittens and puffy down coats, taking pictures, hugging and sticking out their tongues to catch snowflakes from the first snowfall of the year.
But I think this “Christmas spirit” should be seen for what it truly is: Procrastination.
After Thanksgiving break, North Park students had one full week of classes before...
Written by Abi Humber Tuesday, 24 November 2009 13:39Right now, it’s 2:32 on Monday afternoon. This column is due in an hour and a half, and I’m still not sure what I want to write about. Responsible, right? I try.
Yes, I’ve been swamped with projects and presentations. Yes, I’ve written about seven papers this week and still have four to go—that last bit is not an exaggeration. Yes, all I can think about is how badly I wish today was actually tomorrow so I could just go home.
I’m feeling so exhausted and spent, all I want to do is lay down on the couch at home and watch “So You Think You Can Dance?” with my mom while she scratches my back. And yet! I have to find enough brainpower/willpower to bust out this column. What to talk about, what to talk about….
Written by Abi Humber Tuesday, 10 November 2009 13:50I realize that probably every Hillsboro High School student has, at some point, thought this exact thing: “I just want to get out of this place.” I have definitely been included in that group. My desire to “escape” Hillsboro was one of the main reasons I chose to attend North Park.
Now that I’m here, though, I realize being away from Hillsboro isn’t really all it’s talked up to be.
I miss Hillsboro.
There! I said it! Crazy, right?
I think I’m going to make this column an “Ode to Homesickness.” I’ve felt pretty solid up until this point but right now, it’s like all I want to do is be at home and hang out with my mom for the evening.
As far as friends go, I just miss being around people who have known me...
Written by Abi Humber Tuesday, 27 October 2009 13:28It might be a good idea to start this column off with a roommate update: Kendra and I are currently obsessed with re-living the days of our youth through music.
Examples: We spend hours on YouTube searching “songs from Oliver and Company” and “the Pepper Ann theme song.” (She’s much too cool for seventh grade).
We also have an iTunes playlist titled “Cheesy Friendship Songs,” filled with music by The Spice Girls and Michael Jackson (the “Free Willy” theme song). Also, Kendra and I are both sick right now.
She and I have had another weekend’s worth of beautiful roommate bonding since we are both deathly ill with the Swine Flu. This may actually prove to be incredibly false, but North Park’s Health Services...
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