Category: Horizons

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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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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