Category: Horizons

Gay parade did exude acceptance

In a city where eye contact and human acknowledgement are typically nonexistent among passers-by, Sunday?s festivities brought 500,000 Chicagoland strangers together in friendly, boisterous community. As the Gay Pride Parade snaked through the streets surrounding the Caribou Coffee where I work, I stood outside trying to soak in the unbelievable atmosphere. In a few words, I was in complete awe […]

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Parents look a whole lot smarter these days

It turns out my parents were right. About everything. It?s been about a month since I moved out of North Park?s dorms and into my very own, big-girl apartment. A glorious month, spent happily nesting and basking in my ever-increasing independence; a surprising month, spent wondering where all my money has gone and why my electric bill is so high. […]

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Unsought conversation adds to life

When I boarded the Minneapolis-Chicago Megabus last Satur?day, I was looking forward to hunkering down in my (slightly) itchy, (extremely) uncomfortable seat, popping in my noise-canceling headphones, and zoning out for a solid eight hours. Although I do occasionally enjoy making light conversation with interesting and eclectic strangers, I just wasn?t in the mood. I was already feeling a bit […]

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Twitter is the current digital rage

As an aside before delving into this column, I?d like to forewarn any readers that I am currently sleep deprived and highly, highly caffeinated. Not the best combination. My body is lethargic and motionless, but my brain is in overdrive. My thoughts will likely be strange and random, but as I slug down my sixth cup of coffee, I?m feeling […]

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Spring break a chance for fantasy life

I?m sitting in the backseat of a bright red 1999 Pontiac Grand Am. The sun is bright but the windows are cold. The KU game is on the radio but I?ve got my headphones in, drowning out the crackly AM station with ?Noah and the Whale.? The riveting Missouri countryside is but a blur outside the window, my knee is […]

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Spring break itinerary full with fun

At long, long, long last, it is spring break for North Park! I wouldn?t typically make a ?days until freedom? paper chain countdown, but I had an exceptionally insane few weeks before midterms and it needed to be done. My brain felt like it was melting and I was beginning to lose sanity. Sometimes making crafts from my childhood keeps […]

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Progress made on road to recovery

Those of you who have read my column since last spring may recall the April submission about my experience with sexual abuse. I was attacked around this time in February 2010, so I?ve spent much of the past week in reflection?looking backward and seeing how far my feet have brought me as I?ve wandered down the road to recovery. Actually, […]

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Body art is a form of self-expression

?The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself? (Friedrich Nietzsche). I came across this quote last semester when I was browsing the Internet, probably procrastinating on some […]

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Except about Justin Bieber, ideas slow to come

I?m not going to lie, I don?t feel like I have a single idea worth writing about this week. In comparison to my most recent column about ?caring,? which felt like a small breakthrough in terms of processing my continual growth, nothing feels print-worthy. Only a week into this semester?s classes, I?ve already learned an unbelievable amount of new information. […]

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In today?s world, caring is crucial

I?ve always been drawn to quirky people. I get bored when I feel like everyone is the same (what my mom calls ?plain vanilla?). More and more during my time at North Park, I have grown to appreciate a person?s unique personality traits and have found myself drawn to those who ?march to the beat of a different drummer.? This […]

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