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Journal Writing Project: College application process is nerve-wracking


Fri, Oct 24th, 2003
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Ill get those applications in tomorrow. Ive been using that phrase for weeks now and that tomorrow never seems to come. Im facing college stress already and Im still in high school. Who knew that applying to a college could be so nerve-wracking?

To those of you who may have forgotten the wonderful college-search process, Ill give you a little overview. Starting in your Junior year of high school, you are bombarded with informational letters and pamphlets saying, Make (insert college name here) your college! Were looking for someone just like you! You weed through this unending pile of letters and narrow down your college search. (I chose to keep the ones with the nicest pictures, but do whatever works for you.) In my case, most of those great advertisements went straight to my personal filing system the trash can.

After choosing a few select colleges from the bunch, you do your homework. After all, your parents are going to be paying way too much for your education. Thats an inevitable fact. The least you can do is to find out a little about the school so youll be happy where you spend your next four years. The Internet is a wonderful resource for information. In just a matter of minutes, you can see the differences in colleges from New York to California. I even found college search surveys which can place you with schools that fit your personal needs and wants. You can be your own counselor.

The next step in the college-search process is the college visit. As pretty as the pictures on the brochures are, you really cant get a feel for the college without actually being there. While on a visit, you can wander around the campus, following a student guide who tells you all he/she knows about what the buildings are for, what the classes are like, and what he/she personally likes about the school. I like to go a bit further. I ask myself questions: Do these students seem like people I could actually be friends with? Do I like the way the college looks? (Your surroundings can mean a lot. Do you really want to spend four years of your life looking at a smoggy sky and a bunch of skyscrapers? If you do, great. I personally dont.) Could this place feel like home in time? And the number one question I ask myself: Hows the food? Test it out. Eat in the cafeteria. Be a real student on your college visit. Food is a feel-good, nourishing, safe thing. If the food doesnt make you ha .....
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Notes from a country kitchen

Fri, Oct 24th, 2003
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I think everybody has a special liking for certain things, not a hobby to be collecting everything you see or like, but maybe it is just one thing you have always admired. For some reason, I have always liked windmills. I remember years ago when it w ..... 
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Notes from a country kitchen

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
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Two weeks ago I was down to Winona as it was my daughters birthday. We could hardly get into her house as she had box-elder bugs so terrible. We walked around the back of the house and came in the back door as there was no sunshine there so it wasn ..... 
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Township Roads: An Advil afternoon

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
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Its football season, so what could be more appropriate than a rousing game of touch football? Maybe sitting in a soft chair and chatting with the other mature folks. Well, sitting in the chair might have been the wiser activity for me last Sunday, b ..... 
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Another One From Flaherty: The Outcasts of Flabbergast

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
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I like to re-read books that I read when I was in high school and I get more out of them after the second or third time around. One was the Pickwick Papers, the account of The Pickwick Club. I told my wife that I would like to form such a club here i ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: The youth of Fillmore County need a skate park

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
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The kids and teenagers in Fillmore County have hardly anything to do on weekends, so I thought that a skate park outdoors or indoors could be built. They are not all that expensive to build and they are a place where the youth of the county could jus ..... 
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Notes from a country kitchen

Fri, Oct 10th, 2003
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It just doesnt seem like its time for the combines to be out getting the corn and beans harvested. I know it was a terrible dry summer but I also know its yields are better than some expected. I can remember when I was a kid, dad hired a man to hu ..... 
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Of People, Places and Things: Another year older

Fri, Oct 10th, 2003
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In the hurry to meet our daily obligations it is easy to lose track of the milestones that document our progress along the way. Such was the case with the Journal a few weeks ago, when we completed our 18th year of being in business. Birthdays are n ..... 
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At Home in the Woods: The Tortoise and the Hare

Fri, Oct 10th, 2003
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One can learn a lot about a marriage by watching how a couple works together.   My husband Art and I just finished gathering our winter supply of firewood. At the beginning, we were nervous about our cranky backs because ever ..... 
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