Category: Horizons

Life?s direction has changed a lot over past year

As I parked my car in the parking lot by the women?s dorms at Tabor College last Monday, I realized just how much my life and my plans have changed since I did the exact same thing a year ago. Last year, I spent the whole week of junior camp looking forward to my trip to Indiana University at the […]

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Key ingredients for a great summer

For about nine months, students all around the country, including me, sit at school desks and wait for a break known as summer. For three short, sweet months, we trade in hours of school and homework for hours of swimming, fishing, camping and spending time with friends. After an extremely short and bittersweet senior year of high school for me […]

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Connecting

The Hillsboro Community Foundation continues to find ways to flesh out its mission to ?connect donors who care with causes that matter.? The latest example is the USD 410 Early Childhood Education Fund featured on Page 1. The goal of the fund is to generate additional revenue so the highly successful Parents as Teachers program can extend its services to […]

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Pen-pal connection is now a strong friendship

There is a stack of letters and postcards in a box in my room from a girl I have never even met in person. This girl has been my friend for the past 10 years, and hopefully will be for many more, all because of a trend called ?pen pals.? When I was about 7 years old, my mom and […]

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Daydream a glimpse of future life?

Every time I have attempted to start writing this column for the past few hours, I have drifted away into a daydream, usually a memory or fantasy about New York City. So, finally I have concluded that writing a worthwhile column is not going to happen. Instead, I am going to continue to daydream?only this time on paper. Let me […]

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Choosing a college took an unexpected turn

In Septem?ber, I wrote a column that promised I would someday write about my final college decision. In that column, I listed three options for my future education: Kansas State University, Indiana University and John Brown University. The purpose of this column is to fulfill that promise. But here?s the twist: I?m not attending any of those three colleges next […]

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Recalling the wisdom of Dr. Suess

Over the past few years, I?ve studied a lot of famous authors, including Shakespeare, Edgar Allen Poe, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen and more. While these people were all very talented and wise, in my mind none of them compare to Dr. Suess, the extremely smart and clever children books author. Even as a senior in high school, Dr. Suess continues […]

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Creating Christmas traditions enriches the season

Traditions are a big part of what makes Christmas special for many people, and I?m no exception. For my family, Christmas traditions range all the way from watching ?Elf? (the best Christmas movie ever) and putting up the tree, to buying a shirt for my uncles on my mom?s side of the family. I love all of my Christmas traditions, […]

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It?s true: High school years really do fly by

This is the fourth month I?ve written this column, and every month I contemplated writing about this crazy thing called ?senior year.? And every month I managed to avoid it. But, as I sit here in my cozy ?writing corner? and listen as Michael Buble?s smooth voice calms my thoughts, I guess it may be time to finally put my […]

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Trying something new can be good

Four years ago, if someone would have told me that I would be playing tennis my junior and senior year of high school, I would have laughed and said,?No way!? Back then, I was sure that nothing could keep me from playing volleyball. But I was wrong. Rewind to the beginning of my sports career. I grew up watching my […]

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