Category: Horizons

Choosing a college has this senior freaking out

I?ve been sitting here for 45 minutes just staring at a blank Word document. ?Come on, Bailey,? I keep telling myself. ?English is your first language, try to write it coherently.? The problem isn?t that I can?t come up with anything to write about. There are about a million different thoughts colliding in my mind right now. I just can?t […]

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First day is always full of questions

The first day of school is always full of questions: ?What class do you have fourth hour?? ?Who?s the new kid?? ?When is the first football game?? And, the most important question of all, ?How was your summer?? When asked this question on previous first days, I always smiled and responded with the basic, ?My summer was good! How about […]

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Tattoos, piercing can be a way to express self

?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.? I came across this quote by Friedrich Nietzsche last semester when I was browsing the Internet, probably procrastinating on […]

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Sometimes it?s hard not to ?troll? on the Internet

I try not to be a troll. I mean, I bathe regularly and keep my toenails short, and my nose isn?t that hideous. I also don?t spend my free time guarding bridges. Additionally, I try really, really hard not to be an Internet troll. Even if the term is unfamiliar, the concept probably isn?t: trolls are people who feel the […]

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Finding a hole at the bottom of a bucket list

Once summer ends, I will begin my final year of college. This makes me feel kind of old. At different stages of my life, always from a non-senior-in-college?s viewpoint, the seniors-in-college have seemed so put together and so, so very much older than I feel right now. This makes me think the world must be totally changing so that each […]

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Friend played a key role in processing date rape

As some of you may know from reading my column, I was raped in Febru?ary 2010. In case you didn?t know that, I?m sincerely sorry for dropping such heavy news out of nowhere. For the Creative Writing Non-Fiction class in which I?m currently enrolled, I wrote a short memoir?that is, a personal essay focusing on a specific memory. Without hesitation, […]

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First close encounter of the creepy-crawly kind

It was my first ?big girl? apartment, my first summer in Chicago, and my first night at home without my roommates. I was sitting on my bed watching ?Weeds? on Netflix when, out of the corner of my eye, I detected a small movement. I managed to turn my attention from Nancy Botwin?s dramatic, suburban-drug-dealer life and fixed my eyes […]

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Annual column lists summer?s pros and cons

I?m pretty sure that at the end of every May I end up writing a column about how pumped I am for summer. So predictable, I know. It?s not exactly something I?m proud of. This time each year, I find myself amid a fierce internal battle over a most serious dilemma: ?Abi, do you know what you should definitely do? […]

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Media portrays warped image of women?s value

Since moving to Chicago and becoming politically active, I realize some of my readers may have grown to see me as ?Pastor Stephen?s daughter-gone-rogue??the tattooed city girl with multiple facial piercings who sure seems like a liberal and might even be a feminist. Well, I?ll let you know up front. That?s all true. In the words of Rebecca West, an […]

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Future is an undecided option for this student

Lately, I?ve been feeling pretty dramatic about my future. Big surprise, I know. I?ve reached my mental capacity from considering the vast array of options that exist, then reached my emotional capacity after coming to terms with the fact that none of those options particularly interest me. This crushing disappointment has led to an intense, ongoing inner monologue: ?Has my […]

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