Category: Horizons

Freedom comes from being yourself

I think that today, I want to write about what it?s like to live in the freedom of who you are. A little heavy, I know. Maybe it seems like I?m writing about a lot of serious stuff lately, and I?m sorry if that bores you as readers (it?s still weird to think that I have ?readers?). But I feel […]

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Where on earth is ?home? anyway?

Home. Clearly, this word means different things to different people. It means something different to me now than it did even two weeks ago, and that definition is far different than when I ?left home? last August. What defines ?home?? Is home where you grew up, or where you feel most comfortable? Is it where you live right now, or […]

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Chicago friends learning to like this small town

It?s 3:50 p.m. My friends and I just woke up. I love spring break! Two of my friends from school, Elle and Kate, came home with me for break. Lots of our friends are going to Florida and California, and we were super jealous about that until we realized that Kansas weather is quite tropical?. In comparison to Chicago?s. The […]

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List highlights 4 favorite things about semester

I really like to make lists. Grocery lists of food that will not fit in my tiny fridge, shopping lists of things I could never afford, to-do lists of things I will never accomplish…you know. The usual. I make these lists during class, on the train, during church services, on the couch, with a mouse?. But today I?ve decided to […]

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Stymied by the mid-January slump

Aaaaaaah! The mid-January slump! I hope you know what I?m talking about. Here in Chicago, it?s been disgustingly wintery for months?overcast, dark, colorless, freezing, rainy, snowy? bleck. I?m not a big fan. I mean, the tall, dark buildings against a gray sky are beautiful for a little while, but monochrome gets really old really fast. I miss sun and green […]

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Return to classes has made life far busier than it should be

The first week of classes has been insane. Between going to class, buying books, returning books, adding classes, dropping classes, attending meetings, participating in various activities, and trying to reconnect with virtually every friend I?ve ever made on campus, I?ve been pretty busy. But I have not been too busy to notice the influx of new Swedish students on campus. […]

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Do people want an honest answer?

?How?s the big Chicago treatin? ya?? ?How was that first semester for ya?? Ah, the small town grocery store questions. Working at Vogt?s has led me to become a pro at executing polite, amusing and appropriately small small talk. But when people ask me questions like this (which is about every three minutes), I feel torn on how to answer. […]

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Procrastination is a holiday activity

It?s that time of year again. Students are decorating their rooms with colorful lights, paper Christmas trees and tinsel. They are going downtown multiple times per week to participate in holiday-esque activities?absorbing the atmosphere, ice skating, buying Chicago coffee mugs for grandmothers. Christmas music can be heard from the street, blaring from every floor of the dorms. Everyone is running […]

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Pressure of deadlines prompts some rambling thoughts about college life

Right now, it?s 2:32 on Monday afternoon. This column is due in an hour and a half, and I?m still not sure what I want to write about. Respon?sible, right? I try. Yes, I?ve been swamped with projects and presentations. Yes, I?ve written about seven papers this week and still have four to go?that last bit is not an exaggeration. […]

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Being away from home isn?t always what it?s cracked up to be

I realize that probably every Hills?boro High School student has, at some point, thought this exact thing: ?I just want to get out of this place.? I have definitely been included in that group. My desire to ?escape? Hillsboro was one of the main reasons I chose to attend North Park. Now that I?m here, though, I realize being away […]

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