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Journal Writing Project - Taking time for ourselves


By Kristina Mengis

Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

By Kristina Mengis

As our senior trip to Washington D.C. and graduation quickly approaches, it seems like there are so many things that need to be accomplished in a little amount of time. Every day it seems like I have a million more things to do, when really it’s just one or two. The speed that this year has passed is almost overwhelming. I’m sure this is true for everyone; we just all have different circumstances. We all always have something we need to do or somewhere to go. Our lives are constantly on the move.

This has taught me how valuable time is. I think back to all the times I have spent in the last couple years being “bored” or just not doing anything. I really wish I could have that time back right now when I have so much to accomplish. It also reminds me that this is just the beginning of being busy all the time. College will probably be even more overwhelming, especially during finals. After college, I will hopefully be busy with a job and family.

With so much going on, I’ve realized that it has been a long while since I’ve taken time to do any of my favorite hobbies. It’s good especially when you are stressed out about everything going on to slow down and take some time for yourself. I’ve learned this very valuable lesson because it has been especially important lately with making my decision for college. My hobbies have really affected what I want to major in at college, so having time to do them is really a great reminder that I am on the right path. I am planning to study Art Therapy next year at Knox College in Illinois. Art is my favorite hobby, but it has been pushed far from my mind with everything going on. It is nice because it has always been like a “therapy” to me, so I hope to help others with art as well.

Kristina Mengis is a senior at Mabel-Canton High School. She is one of 8 area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its fourteenth year.

Time flies when you’re having fun

By Kirsten Ruen

Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

All my high school career leading up to this year I have heard multiple graduates say, “Senior year goes by in a flash. Make sure you cherish every single moment!” I didn’t think it was true. How could nine months fly by in a snap? Every other ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Peter Pan syndrome

By Erin Woods

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

By Erin Woods I’ve been battling myself lately. The thing is, I am a senior in high school and as I was growing up, I always had EVERYTHING figured out. I knew that I wanted to go to Winona State University for a degree in sports medicine and the ..... 
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How is my community unique?

By Cody Hendrickson

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Journal Student Writing Project

My community is unique in many ways. Harmony is a place of many things to do. It has an elegant public golf course, a top ten cave in the United States, and don’t forget its ever so popular Amish community that thousands of visitors come visit eve ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: College basketball and sleep

By Mike Walsh

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

As I sit here thinking about a topic to write about, the only topic that continues to surface in my head is college basketball. By the way, I should let everyone know that is it Wednesday at lunchtime, and yes I am just beginning to write my articl ..... 
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With giving comes love

By Ashley Bue

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, all that is on people’s minds is the holiday festivities. Whether one is single or in a relationship, a person can find love but not the way he may. No awkward first dates necessary. All a person has ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Love and Life

By Megan Kiehne

Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

By Megan Kiehne Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and people are wondering what to get that special someone. Do diamond earrings mean you’re committed? Are chocolates and a fuzzy stuffed bear too kiddish? Should you give pink, red, or white r ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Florida...Oh so nice!

By Cody Hendrickson

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

I had the opportunity to travel to Florida for a week on January 8 through January 15. Our flight was scheduled to leave at 8:00 that morning, at which it was 22 degrees in Minneapolis. Not to mention it was my first time flying, so I was a little n ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Celebrating music making

By Kristina Mengis

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

Music brings people together. Whether it’s coming together as fans of the same genre or actually coming together to make music, it is able to accomplish wonderful things. Like someone once said, “Music does bring people together. It allows us to ..... 
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