Opinion 40 results

Just Sayin – On Home and the Holidays

Every holiday season, nostalgia finds a place in our hearts and minds. We will often think back to past Thanksgivings and Christmases, sometimes with fond but realistic memories, and other times jealous that our lives seemed so much more in order. Nostalgia, in fact, is derived from Greek, Latin and German words that mean homesick, but now nostalgia means an affectionate longing for the past. Although the meaning has changed slightly, I think homesickness and nostalgia are one in the same, and ...

Just Sayin’ – On Sabbath

The idea of a Sabbath, a day of rest, is often lost in our modern culture of fast food, packed schedules, interstates and roundabouts. Even time spent alone is filled with music and the soft hum of the television. Silence hangs in empty rooms like summer heat, stifling and noticeable. Whenever I think of Sabbath, I am reminded of William Wordsworth’s poem “The World Is Too Much with Us.” Wordsworth writes “we have given our hearts away” by “getting and spending” and in doing so ...

Music Reviews: Relient K, Switchfoot Seek New Sound

“Air for Free” — Relient K Relient K’s album, “Air For Free,” released July 22, was neither its best album, nor its worst. It features a lighter pop style than its fans are used to, as they seem to have left their louder punk sound behind. Still, it has many of the same themes Relient K fans have grown to love. “Local Construction” and “Man” deal with the struggle of becoming a better person, and “Elephant Parade” and “Cat” have the same fun lyrical energy as ...

Just Sayin’ – On Purpose and Work

What are you doing after you graduate? What is your major? What do you plan on doing with that? These questions come in countless forms, asked by a myriad of people during your college life, spanning from your uncle at Thanksgiving your freshman year of college, to your coworker at your summer job after sophomore year, to the seniors you are just now meeting in your major. Depending on your major, people might like to make your future a guessing game. “Do you want to teach? Do you want to ...

Letter to my Freshman self

Dear Freshman Jen, You may not believe me, but you are a very selfish, prideful person. I know, I know — a large part of your identity was being the sweet, humble Christian girl at your public high school. Still, you have no idea what you need to learn and what you are going to learn during your four years at Cedarville University. One of your first opportunities to learn humility will be living with a roommate. Because you have two older brothers and no sisters, you’ve never had to do ...

Just Sayin’ – Changing and Growing

Welcome, newcomers, to the beginning of your ride as a Cedarville Yellow Jacket. In many ways, college is like a bike ride. Everything starts out well, the wind is blowing through your hair and the sun is shining, but after you reach the first hill you start to think, “What have I done? I’ve made a terrible mistake.” You keep pedaling, however, and a few miles down the road you think back to all those doubts and you wonder what happened to the space in between. It flew by, because you ...

Just Sayin’…On Endings

“How did it get late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon,” Dr. Seuss wrote. “December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” How did it get late so soon? How did the time go by so fast? I remember setting foot on campus in August 2012, wearing my LeBron James T-shirt. I remember walking through all the buildings, getting my picture taken for my student ID, connecting my laptop to Cedarville’s wireless network ...

Just Sayin’…On Uncertainty

The waters of the future are cloudy. Murky. Foreboding. If life were a 14th century map, the future would be the oceans labeled “Here be monsters.” As a senior, my future is especially unclear. I’m currently applying for jobs. Wyoming, Missouri, Idaho. Alaska and Maine and everything in between (except for the District of Columbia, Florida and California). I’m just throwing myself at walls to see which one I stick to best. Meanwhile, I’m working on a novel on the side. I don’t ...

Begin a ‘Galentine’s Day’ Tradition This Year

Everyone knows February 14 is Valentine’s Day, but February 13 is a lesser-known holiday: Galentine’s Day. Originating in 2010 from the NBC comedy, “Parks and Recreation,” Galentine’s Day is the perfect foil for Valentine’s Day. While February 14 is about romantic relationships, February 13 is about celebrating friendships, so you can celebrate it regardless of your relationship status. According to Pawnee Deputy Director of Parks and Recreation, Leslie Knope, “It’s ...

Just Sayin’: Childlike Wonder

Albert Einstein is quoted as saying that there are two ways to live life: “One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Children are experts at the latter, and I’m jealous of them for it. The reason they live as though everything is a miracle, I think, is because of the way they view the world. Many of the things you experience as a kid, you experience for the first time. But if you see a miracle happen often enough, it’s easy to lose sight ...