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Career choices often go underappreciated

Career choices often go underappreciated

As acceptance letters from colleges are slowly trickling into the hands of eager applicants, a common question among high school seniors, including myself, is what we actually want to do with our lives. The opportunities seem endless; each college majors seems to stem into countless potential career paths. Whenever I think of what major to […]

Let it snow

Let it snow

Back in elementary school, snow used to be the best thing ever to happen. No matter what time of the year it was, my friends and I considered any form of wintry weather to be a blessing. In our young minds, snow meant no school and a day full of sledding, snowball fights and snowmen. […]

Ringing in the New Year

Ringing in the New Year

As I watched the fireworks light up the night sky on New Year’s Eve, I thought of how fast-paced 2013 was. This was the first year that I honestly couldn’t believe flew by so quickly. Even though I don’t really want to admit it, I really felt older this year; the holidays weren’t as magical, and […]

Students overlook Freedom with Responsibility

Students overlook Freedom with Responsibility

It’s that time of the year again. The weather outside is becoming crisp and cool, and trees are showcasing their trademark colors, painting the sky with vibrant autumn hues. But for many students, this means the semester is in full swing, and the stress of tests and quizzes, ACT prep, and college applications fill the […]

Reading provides needed escape from reality

Reading provides needed escape from reality

When our Spring Break turned into Winter Break Part Two, I realized that spending the entire week watching television wasn’t the best idea. So I turned towards my bookshelf, which was overflowing with new and old copies of different books. I had forgotten how much fun reading was. In high school, every day is just […]

Children provide sense of innocence in corrupt society

Children provide sense of innocence in corrupt society

As a winter full of bleak, colorless days gives way to the mild and sunny days of a Missouri spring, it seems as though all of Columbia comes to life. Now is the time to stow away those bulky winter jackets for another year, and skirts and dresses make their way out of the closet […]

Modern bathroom offers unappreciated relief

Modern bathroom offers unappreciated relief

Out of all the things I take for granted, the toilet might be the first on my list. It fulfills the basic need of humans around the globe, yet its importance is always overlooked, because we would much rather appreciate things such as “fine arts” or the “achievements” of our peers, even though none of […]

Powering off: Ease of access leads to excessive reliance on electricity

Powering off: Ease of access leads to excessive reliance on electricity

In the sweltering heat of a Pakistani summer, the only thing anyone wants is to find a way to keep cool.  With the Indian Ocean hugging the shoreline of the country, the humidity and the unforgiving sun combine to make conditions unbearable during the hottest months of the year. Throughout the summers I spend in […]

Kindness sweetens hustle-bustle of life

Kindness sweetens hustle-bustle of life

As the finals week quickly approaches, the school atmosphere feels thick with stress. Teachers scramble to wind up their lessons, chapter tests seem to be coming up in every class, and students frantically fill out study guides for final exams. It’s around this time that students start to crack under the pressure, with many tears and sniffles […]

Diversity provides intrigue in society

Diversity provides intrigue in society

For those of you who don’t know me, I have an incredibly short attention span. It’s almost impossible for me to complete a task without getting distracted multiple times in the process. So naturally, sitting through a 90-minute-long class is an incredibly painful ordeal. It was during one of these torturous classes that I started […]

Internet underappreciated by today’s teens

Internet underappreciated by today’s teens

We’ve all been in the embarrassing situation. Having to sit through a conversation where you know absolutely nothing about the topic is probably one of the most awkward experiences a person can go through. While everyone seems to have fun discussing their greatly diversified opinions on the subject, your inability to participate forces you to […]

Friends add unexpected spice to life

Friends add unexpected spice to life

Everyone has bad days. Days when we just feel like there’s no point in living anymore. Days when we eat ice cream while listening to our favorite depressing songs on endless loop. Days when an incident as insignificant as chipping your nail can lead to a series of hysterical sobs. You know what I’m talking […]

Photographs hold lifetime worth of treasures

Photographs hold lifetime worth of treasures

All it takes is the press of a button. A quick flash of light. The subtle sound of a click. In the time it takes to blink, a camera can stop the clock. It can capture any moment and suspend it in time forever. Whether it be bad or good, happy or sad, formal or […]