Category: Horizons

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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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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