Category: Horizons

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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Pokemon childhood pays off at last

Just as a head?s up to anyone expecting a thoughtful, poignant reflection on the past year of my life. This isn?t going to be it. North Park?s fall semester went a week longer than last year?s, meaning I have only had one week of recuperation since finals and my brain is still sufficiently mushy and incapable of processing complex thoughts. […]

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Younger brother turned out pretty good after all

A few months ago, I was clueless about what to write, so I opened my Facebook status to suggestions for column subjects. I kept a list of those ideas and revisited them each week to see if I felt particularly inspired by any of them. For this week, an idea about little brothers caught my eye The suggestion was ?how […]

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Make a difference? So, where do you start?

I want to make a difference, but I don?t know how. I want to know about the world so I can stop being an ignorant American. I know that I have a voice, and I want to use it to capture the attention of others and call them to action. I want to give myself to a cause, and I […]

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Second college year has been sophomore slump

Expecta?tions can be tricky things. Some?times we set them impossibly high so we push ourselves to our limits. Some?times we lower them to protect our spirits from shattering disappointment. Sometimes our expectations are exceeded, and we are overcome with happiness. Sometimes, though, our expectations aren?t met, and we can begin to feel a sense of complacency and hopelessness wash over […]

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Overwhelmed by large-scale issues

My life is crazy right now. I haven?t checked this fact officially, but I feel like I start 72 percent of my columns this way. It?s whatever, though?I can?t help it! There always seems to be so much weird and overwhelming stuff going on with me. Also, I apparently have the tendency to be slightly dramatic. I?ve always known myself […]

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Summer knee rehab a mix of misery and mirth

As many of you probably know, I spent the summer rehabbing my knee in Hutchinson at Pinnacle Sports Medicine. Being crippled all summer was generally awful, but the incredibly professional, humorous and kind workers at the clinic made the situation as positive as it could have been. I actually wrote this column in text-message form a few weeks ago. I […]

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Change in plans was part of a bigger plan

You know those crazies who run their mouths about there being ?a reason for everything?? Well, I hope you don?t think they?re too insane, because I?m one of them. After a summer full of tons of laughs, lots of TV, one very gimpy knee, and some lessons that have been hard to swallow, I can see exactly why I was […]

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