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The scariest time of the year

By Emily Brumm

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

For almost everyone, this is one of the scariest times of the year. With the cold nights, creepy stories, haunted houses and scary movies, there is no question why. For many high school seniors, however, this time can be a frightening time for a whole different set of reasons. The end of fall and beginning of another long Minnesota winter marks a lot of firsts and lasts for seniors as they speed through their last year of high school. As a senior myself, I can tell you about these scary events first hand.

In our small communities sports are an important part of high school. Almost all students play at least one, if not more. Between practices and games these sports take up the majority of students’ free time. As the days become shorter, these events are coming to an end. Many don’t have plans to play collegiate sports, which means they are on the verge of playing their last games and ending their football or volleyball careers. Saying goodbye to something you have put so much time and hard work into for the past four years can be a very scary idea for some.

Another daunting event that we are confronted with is deciding on a college. Many of us have spent the summer and first part of the school year traveling and exploring various college campuses and classrooms. There are two things I think all seniors can agree on. First, that college is a very exciting opportunity. It’s a chance to learn new things and see new places. At the same time, I think it is unanimous that college is also very scary. It means making a new home in an unfamiliar place with unfamiliar people on top of all the academic and career challenges we will have to deal with.

The fear doesn’t end there, however. Then come the dreaded applications, pages upon pages of personal, academic, extracurricular, and financial questions. It can be intimidating just looking at them, to say the least. College applications are by no means easy. They are monstrous and time consuming, which seems to be what every high school student lacks.

Now I don’t mean this to be a scary or sad story. Even though this may be a frightening time of year, it is also a great opportunity to spend some quality time with family and friends. Enjoying time with our loved ones may be exactly what we need to find some peace of mind and take a break from all the hustle and bustle this time of year presents.

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Journal writing project: In this day-and-age

By Anna Christoph

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

In this day-and-age, people are so busy moving, just going and going until they make themselves sick. This isn’t much of a surprise, considering technology is basically forcing people to keep looking forward with a new iPhone or tablet every other ..... 
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Journal writing project: My unique community

By Kaia Hongerholt

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Journal Student Writing Project

Small towns may seem like a dime a dozen in Southeastern Minnesota. However that is simply not the case in Lanesboro. People come from all around the country to bike on the famous Root River bike trail that runs through the heart of the community. ..... 
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Journal writing project: Fall food memories

By Abigail Hanson

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

What images and memories do you recall when you think of fall? Many might say the fall colors on the trees, while others think of the cool weather, hot cocoa and soup. Maybe you think of the apples and pumpkins ripening in the trees and fields, or t ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Spring Means Green, Usually

By Ashley Bue

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

By Ashley Bue With spring comes warmer weather, blooming flowers, and green grass, usually. It is already April and snow still covers the ground but do not despair, spring can still come in a different form. Spring can be anything you make it. Th ..... 
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Journal Writing Project - April Fish Day

By Megan Kiehne

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

By Megan Kiehne Hold still, there’s something crawling up your back! Gotcha, April Fools! Happy April Fools’ Day everyone. I hope you have been on your toes for those tricksters you know. Every year on April first we celebrate April Fools ..... 
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Journal Writing Project - Failure, Yet Again?

By Cody Hendrickson

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

By Cody Hendrickson I know it is March Madness and all, but March gets me in the mood for one thing; baseball. Our Minnesota Twins began Spring Training at the beginning of this month and let’s just say that they aren’t the team they were last ..... 
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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, ..... 
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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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