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Life lessons 101: from freshman year to the real world

There's a certain energy that takes over a college campus in the weeks leading up to the first day of school: a buzz of  opportunity and optimism, a feeling that this is a brand-new start. Subletting a room on the street that borders Columbia...
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The seeing comes before the writing

I always seem to be going on “my last big trip.” Nice was supposed to be six months of French and fun. Australia was a chance for international work experience. And then, well, Southeast Asia was so close and cheap that I couldn’t pass it up. My...
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Finding comfort in cathedrals in Asia

A sense of calm overcomes me as I dip my fingers into the basin, and make the sign of the cross before kneeling in front of the altar and reciting the Lord’s Prayer. I’m not Catholic, and I’m not particularly religious. But I do believe that...
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This is your life.

I get a little uncomfortable when people tell me they’re jealous of my life or that they’re really impressed by what I’m doing: as far as I'm concerned, all I'm doing is living life, no matter where in the world I happen to be. I’m very happy...
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The reward of breaking the rules

For the most part, I have always been a rule follower. I am the daughter of a former FBI agent—I was bound to be brought up with clear definitions of right and wrong. Even during a particularly rebellious streak in high school, I still managed to...
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What Mimi taught me about traveling

My grandmother is easily one of my favorite people to share a drink with: whether it’s a glass of pink champagne or a can of Budweiser, Mimi is always a wealth of stories and laughs. She’s easily the nicest person I know, is a talented (and...
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The wise words of Kurt Nordstrom

Remember that quote about how you'll forget your nights out in college, but you won't forget who you spent them with? I think the same thing also applies to your classes: I might not remember the key terms in social psychology or the exact format of...
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The adventures of Xtreme Xtine

After a particularly bad-ass left-handed goal, I was given the nickname “Xtreme Xtine” as a rookie playing lacrosse at California State University, Chico. At the time, I was anything but extreme: despite my love of a sport that left me with a few...
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What I’m going to do more of in 2012

I take new year's resolutions very seriously: I used to tape up my index card of the things I most wanted to change on my mirror, so that I would see it every day. Since I've been traveling, I carry them around with me in my wallet. It's a written...
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Christine’s ABCs of travel

I'll be offline--and sans chargers and my straightener!--this week as I camp across the Australian Outback with Nullarbor Traveller. Learn a bit more about my favorite travel memories while I'm gone, and forgive any delays in responding to comments,...
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