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Expectations ignite passion

Kayla Mugler May 17, 2010

Over the course of this weekend, I had the opportunity to visit my near future. I met the woman in charge of the tutoring service for which I will be working next year. At first, I was hesitant towards...

Enrollment intends to alter loyalty prematurely

Kayla Mugler April 30, 2010

I am officially a Bison now. At least, that's what they told me last Saturday at Oklahoma Baptist University, and that's what I tweeted later that day. However, back in Cottleville, I can't say I feel...

Random roommate potentially backfires

Kayla Mugler April 16, 2010

Next weekend, I will drive down to Shawnee, Oklahoma for the first time since officially deciding that I will attend Oklahoma Baptist University there next year. I will register and choose my classes,...

College is conduit for change

Kayla Mugler March 29, 2010

"This is the home stretch," seniors are saying now. We will be at college in five months. It's hard to imagine what will change. College is a leap into the unknown. I will know three people when I begin...

Seniors must act now

Kayla Mugler March 6, 2010

There are exactly three months left until graduation. 90 days. What am I going to do with them? Seniors are here to lead, and we have three months left to establish our legacy. We can make a difference,...

Positive attitude yields disappointing results

Kayla Mugler February 20, 2010

The night of Dec. 10, I turned in early. I studied an ACT tip book that I had borrowed from a friend, glancing over the main sections one last time. I retired to bed at about 10 p.m., which never happens. The...

Scholarships cater to capricious pursuits

Kayla Mugler February 6, 2010

It's like when I'm sitting in history class listening to the account of horrors committed against the Native Americans or African Americans and I honestly just feel guilty for being white. But what can...

Senioritis poisons upperclassmen

Kayla Mugler January 19, 2010

I consider myself to be a relatively determined person. I've worked hard for three-and-a-half years to get good grades in high school. However, senioritis is a disease that affects even the most dedicated...

‘Congratulations on your success’

Kayla Mugler December 18, 2009

It feels good to be accepted. Given my substantial grades and considerable amount of extracurricular activities, I wasn't shocked to get the acceptance letters. However, it still gave me a sort of warm...

Seniors are encouraged to pause, remember

Kayla Mugler November 9, 2009

As much as I would love to focus on college, high school keeps getting in my way. For every hour I need to spend applying to colleges and applying for scholarships, I have about three hours of homework...

The real deal: what admissions counselors won’t tell you

Kayla Mugler October 13, 2009

I found out that the best way to visit a college is through the back door. Forget the formalities and prepared presentation of the school; as much as the effort is appreciated, this facade does not expose...

Review: ‘Love Happens’

Kayla Mugler September 22, 2009

People are broken. The hurt is everywhere. In "Love Happens," Burke Ryan (Aaron Eckhart) is someone who knows about pain from experience. His self-help book "A-Okay" is meant to help people through the...

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