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Rays of Grace XXXVII: Best Time of my Life

One semester down, seven to go. Wow, that was intense. Definitely not what I expected. Many people have been asking, “How did your first semester go?” They usually have enthusiasm in their voices, almost as if they want to relive a part of their college experience through me for a few seconds. I usually reply with a huge smile, “It went well, I love college!!” But honestly, that is just my “easy” answer. My first semester of college was most definitely one of the hardest times of my life…but also the best learning experience I’ve ever experienced….. Click the magazine …

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Rays of Grace XXXVI: College

Before I left for college, all the world’s well wishers bombarded me with advice. Everyone it seemed, needed to tell me how to succeed in college: “Get lots of sleep.” “Go to church daily.” “Keep your books with you at all times.” All this advice was great and I am thankful for all the love and support I have been given, but nothing really prepared me for the change that occurred. I watched my family walk away, knowing it was going to be awhile before I saw them again. After the first few weeks it all began to sink in: …

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Rays of Grace XXXI: Looking Back

I’m one month into senior year. It’s weird how fast time goes. A lot of days, I still feel like a freshman; yet, in less than eight months, I will be walking across the stage to receive my diploma. Recently, I have been thinking about how I’m really going to miss my school years. Most of my favorite moments are just the fun conversations with people who at times know me better than I know myself. On top of that, here are a few of my favorite memories . . . Click the magazine below to read the rest of …

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Rays of Grace XXX: Lessons on Worry

It feels like the school year just got over, and suddenly stores are having Back to School sales. Fall sports are starting, and we are getting announcements concerning the next school year. And so, as I get ready to begin my final year of high school, I take time to look back. High school is a lot about learning, but most of the learning might be about one’s self. As I entered high school, I worried a lot . . . Click the magazine below to read the rest of “Lessons on Worry” on page 43:

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Rays of Grace XXIX: Standing Up

It has taken me to the end of my junior year to realize that not everyone has to be my friend. And not everyone will appreciate me. I try to be kind to everyone, and I would love to be friends with everyone—that’s just my personality. But it is hard to see people respond to kindness in a negative way. I expect kindness to inspire kindness. Click the magazine below to read the rest of “Standing Up” on page 43:

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Rays of Grace XXVIII: Dear Future Freshman

It’s crazy to think I am about to enter the fourth quarter of my junior year of high school. I’m about to go to prom, which I’ve been looking forward to since I was in elementary school. Time is flying by, and in a few months I’ll be a senior. New students will arrive, walk the same halls, use the same lockers, and experience a lot of the same DUMB high school drama I have survived. Although high school can be a drama-filled, stressful, scary time; it can also be an amazing time of learning who you are as a …

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Rays of Grace XXVII: Natalie

I’m halfway through my high school junior year. Crazy! So far, I’ve created countless memories. I’ve gained many friends and lost a few. I’ve had successes along with failures. Most importantly, I’m learning from my mistakes, and (hopefully) growing into a respectable person. As I look back, I see someone who has supported me through my highs and lows. Her name is Natalie. Click the magazine below to read the rest of “Natalie” on page 43:

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Rays of Grace XXVI: Running is My “Thing”

Sports are popular in our house. My brothers never stop playing or watching or talking about sports. My mom is a great runner. My dad runs almost every day. Running has become my “thing,” too. As a sophomore, I made the cross country second team All-Conference. Everyone was proud of me, but I wanted more. So last summer, I attended running camp, worked with a personal coach, and put in extra miles. My goal was first team All-Conference and state qualification. When this season began, I was in the best shape of my life. Then something didn’t feel right. I …

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Joe: XXV

My older brother, Joe, is grown and has kinda left the house. (You never know when he might show up, raid the fridge, and nap on the couch.) Joe lives and works in another city. Time to stop and appreciate how Joe has helped me grow … Click the magazine below for the rest of Grace Theisen’s column on PAGE 43:

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Sisterhood: XXIV

I have a lot of brothers—plenty of brothers—and no sisters. I have a good group of girlfriends, my girl cousins, and my mom. Together these wonderful people make up for my lack of sisters. They form my sisterhood (even though they are not biologically my sisters) … Click the magazine below for the rest of Grace Theisen’s column on PAGE 43:

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