Category: Horizons

Looking back on the year 2017

The year 2017 has ended and 2018 has begun. Quite a mixture of positive and negative things happened this past year, and many trends that made it big. From music to movies to fashion, every year has its popular things, and 2017 did not disappoint in that department. This year I watched some amazing movies. One of my favorites was […]

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Spread love as a gift to others this season

The carols, the glowing store windows, laughs during a snowball fight; people are happy at Christmas time. There is a sense of hope and a lighter mood in the air. You can’t help but really love this time of year. I know I am excited when December rolls around. Christmas movies, no school and sleeping in is about to be […]

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Seeing ‘Hamilton’ did not disappoint

It was December 2016 and Christmas break had just begun. I was feeling the freedom that comes from finishing a stressful, insanely busy semester, and on a whim, I decided to open up the ticket page for the musical “Hamil­ton.” During my summer in Nashville, I had heard all about the hit rap musical about founding father Alexander Hamilton, and […]

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A summer of firsts in France

It seems that during this stage of life, time is measured in firsts and lasts: last first day of school, last meal in the school cafeteria, first day of a new job, first apartment, etc. For me, this summer was a summer of firsts. I spent about half of the summer on my first mission trip—a month-long trip to various […]

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‘Wonder Woman’ a new kind of hero

Growing up in a world of Disney princesses and Barbies, I didn’t get much exposure to the superhero universe. Even as an adult, I don’t find myself becoming excited about these famous, male-dominated films, despite my track record of getting overly excited for movies. But at the beginning of June, a mold-breaking superhero movie came out that caught my eye: […]

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Friendships expand our world

“In friendship…we think we have chosen our peers. In reality, a few years’ difference in the dates of our births, a few more miles between certain houses, the choice of one university instead of another… the accident of a topic being raised or not raised at a first meeting—any of these chances might have kept us apart. But, for a […]

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Fighting off feelings serious ‘senioritis’

There is a point during the school year when the end feels so near, yet so very far away. It’s a point when the list of days until summer vacation is quite short, but the list of things to do before then is overwhelmingly long. At this point in the year, students must decide how they will respond. Will they […]

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A masterpiece is made new

There are very few stories that are as precious to me as the story of “Beauty and the Beast.” As a little girl, I was enamored by a character so similar to me—a girl with brown hair who loves to read and dreams of “adventure in the great wide somewhere.” I watched as she defined bravery, loyalty and compassion, and […]

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Castles are reminders of strength, security

I stepped onto the concrete platform and stretched my legs, which had stiffened during the two-hour train ride through the German Alps. When I looked up, my breath caught in my throat. There she was, peeking through the summits of the beautiful Alps. There stood the castle I had dreamed of visiting ever since I was 15. On our last […]

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Finally recognizing the ‘lovely’ in Paris

When I was in middle school, I decided that I loved Paris. To my young, innocent brain, Paris was where dreams came true and where life was one glamorous adventure. I covered my bedroom with posters, wall hangings and mini statues of the Eiffel Tower and other Paris landmarks. Above all, I promised myself that someday I would visit the […]

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