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Bitter sweet goodbye

Bitter sweet goodbye

May 17, 2018

I’m in my final weeks of high school, and all I can think about is not thinking about how these are my final weeks of high school. While most people are excited to leave Cedar Rapids, their homes, and high school behind, I can’t picture my life without...

Find Mindfulness

Find Mindfulness

May 17, 2018

Being mindful is an activity that I have subconsciously participated in for years. I was introduced to the trendy word only recently. While reflecting on my last year at Xavier and participating in many different lasts, I’ve realized the importance...

I love you the most

I love you the most

May 17, 2018

As I look through the scrapbook my mom made me for my high school graduation, I stumbled upon this letter my mom had kept that I wrote when I was eight: Dear Mom and Dad, The letter and pictures warmed my heart. The pictures made me think of when I...

Mom and Dad,

Mom and Dad,

May 16, 2018

I don’t think I can possibly thank you enough in a short 300 word article, but this is a small thank you note for the amazing life I have had. Over the past 18 years of my life I’ve learned so much from you, and you have given me the world. “Life...

B U

B U

May 16, 2018

Throughout my life, my parents have always stressed two things in particular: the importance of paving your own path and always staying true to who you are. I always felt I went through my days honoring these principles and forming a strong set of characteristics...

Get out of your comfort zone

Get out of your comfort zone

May 16, 2018

I had been struggling these past couple of weeks while trying to decide what to write my final article in The Xpress. Should I write a letter to someone? Should I thank someone? Should I give advice? How is it even possible to define my entire high s...

3,781,561 moments

3,781,561 moments

May 16, 2018

3,781,561. Yes, I counted. I took 3,781,561 pictures this year. Those pictures captured some incredible moments, and it’s all thanks to you, Saints. Through these 3,781,561 pictures, I have seen history being made. Being a photographer for Xavier has...

137 days

May 16, 2018

Everyone says, “Hindsight is 20/20.” While I have experienced that on a few occasions throughout my life, it never became as real to me as it did while reflecting back on the last 137 days. These last days are significant because they represent the...

Dear Ella,

Dear Ella,

May 16, 2018

As I sit down to write my last article for The Xpress, it doesn’t feel right to dedicate it to my past, but rather the future. The future is you, Ella. Next year you will enter the halls where Katie, our older sister, and I learned, experienced, and su...

Empty nesters

Empty nesters

May 16, 2018

Mom and Dad, congrats! You have managed to successfully raise three children who are now all out of the house and living independently. That is truly impressive! Although you have both expressed to me that you are weary of being empty nesters, I can see...

Near, far, wherever we are

Near, far, wherever we are

May 16, 2018

When it comes to reflecting on my senior year, I am reminded of one of my favorite movies: Titanic. Throughout high school, there were times it felt like I was on a sinking ship, and other times I felt like I was the “king of the world.” No matter...

To Abigail Helen Globokar,

To Abigail Helen Globokar,

May 16, 2018

Abby, where has the time gone? It feels like yesterday when Andy and I were playing with toy cars next to the hospital bed with mom holding you, raising frogs in our window sill together, or arguing over who was chewing with their mouth open. You have...

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