New horizons are still ahead

When I inherited this column about three years ago, the name ?Horizons? came with it. I don?t think I even realized that was its name until I read my first published column. At that point, there was no way of knowing how fitting that name really was.

Dictionary.com provides several definitions for the word ?horizon.? The two that stand out to me are: (1) ?the line or circle that forms the apparent boundary between earth and sky,? and (2) ?the limit or range of perception, knowledge, or the like.?

A horizon is the line between the known and the unknown. As people grow and experience more of life, their horizons change.

For me, these past three years have included so many new experiences, tough choices and changing horizons.

Looking back through my past columns, I can see how my horizon has expanded and changed in many ways.

When I used to dream about what was beyond my horizon, I imagined living in a big city and working as a successful journalist. Now I dream of living in a smaller town and becoming a teacher, investing in the lives of others so they can become successful.

A life I previously would?ve thought of as boring now excites me.

When I was a senior in high school, the unknown beyond my horizon included a story I never thought would be a part of my life?a story that involved God flipping my life upside-down to reveal his magnificent plan for me. That unknown story brought me to the last place I ever thought I?d be.

Tabor College was probably the only college I swore I would never attend. As much as I loved growing up in Hillsboro, I did not want to stay here for college.

Yet a little over a month ago, I packed up my things, drove them the short five miles into town and became a Bluejay.

It?s been a crazy ride ever since and, so far, this has been my favorite horizon to explore. In the short time I?ve been at Tabor, I have made fun memories with both old and new friends and have learned so much both in and out of the classroom.

My experiences here at Tabor have revealed to me what I was missing out on during the past two years of college, including ?Star Wars? movie nights (I don?t know how I made it this long without watching those amazing movies).

One of the most important lessons I?ve learned from being at Tabor is that distance from home, number of friends or even academic performance are not what make me happy in college.

What makes me truly happy with my college experience is knowing that I?m following God?s plan rather than my own.

Writing this column, ?Horizons,? has been a way for me to process the horizons I have crossed and dream about the horizons I have yet to explore.

As life continues, my horizon will continue on ahead of me. Things that are unknown now will become known.

As my horizon evolves, this column will evolve with it and I?m excited to see what that will look like as I dive into my new chapter in life at Tabor College.

Bailey Kaufman graduated from Hillsboro High School in 2013. You can reach her at baileykaufman@tabor.edu.