Articles By: Abi Humber

Annual column lists summer?s pros and cons

I?m pretty sure that at the end of every May I end up writing a column about how pumped I am for summer. So predictable, I know. It?s not exactly something I?m proud of. This time each year, I find myself amid a fierce internal battle over a most serious dilemma: ?Abi, do you know what you should definitely do? […]

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Media portrays warped image of women?s value

Since moving to Chicago and becoming politically active, I realize some of my readers may have grown to see me as ?Pastor Stephen?s daughter-gone-rogue??the tattooed city girl with multiple facial piercings who sure seems like a liberal and might even be a feminist. Well, I?ll let you know up front. That?s all true. In the words of Rebecca West, an […]

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Future is an undecided option for this student

Lately, I?ve been feeling pretty dramatic about my future. Big surprise, I know. I?ve reached my mental capacity from considering the vast array of options that exist, then reached my emotional capacity after coming to terms with the fact that none of those options particularly interest me. This crushing disappointment has led to an intense, ongoing inner monologue: ?Has my […]

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It?s so easy to succumb to our material world

Until about a week ago, I found myself with a massive amount of disposable income (three jobs, no bills) and have been basking in the luxuries of a really, really, materialistic life. New shoes from Steve Madden?s spring line? Sure! Impromptu shopping spree at Forever 21 just because I can? Why not! Extravagant West Coast trip without a budget? What […]

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Commuting by bike is challenging in Chicago

Ten Things I Never Knew About Bike Commuting in Chicago Until They Happened To Me: No. 1: Rush hour on Lake Shore Bike Path is just as insane as rush hour on Lake Shore Drive. Bicycles may not be two-ton death traps, but the cyclists are weaving in and out among the other bikers and rollerbladers, trying to speed ahead […]

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Moving from conviction to action

One of the hardest things about becoming an informed individual and forming new opinions is facing new convictions. It can feel so good to stand firmly on an issue and let the world know you think shooting polar bear cubs is just the worst! But what about when that opinion needs to be reflected in your life? What are you […]

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Nothing like an airport mad dash

Most people who have traveled by plane have made a mad dash through the airport at some point or another. You know what I?m talking about, right? I?m not referring to that brisk stride when you feel as if you should be walking more quickly than usual, but aren?t fully committed to a jog. I?m talking white-knuckle grip on all […]

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Old friend a welcomed change as a roommate

Does anyone remember my friend Elle? I can?t recall if I?ve written about her, but I know I?ve mentioned her in conversation; she came to Hillsboro for spring break two years ago and met a bunch of my friends. If you haven?t had the pleasure of meeting Elle, you?ll want to visit us in Chicago ASAP. She is, hands down, […]

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Incentives system helps get the homework done

I?m currently in Milwaukee visiting Chelsey, one of my former roommates and current best friends. She and I have a lot of personality quirks in common, including the fact that we happen to share the throne as the Queen of Incentives. One thing we discovered when we lived together was that we had similarly strange study habits. Neither of us […]

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Family holiday trips can be eerily memorable

It?s 4:15 a.m., the day after Christmas. The Omaha Hum?bers are expertly packed in the car. It?s like Tetris in here. We are Nevada-bound for a Smith family reunion, but the next 18 hours of driving may prove to be the death of me (and all intra-family peace). 4:21 a.m.? The car is toasty warm. Dad prays for safety and […]

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