Abigail Sivyer

Don’t let difficult circumstances deter you from your passions

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By 8 years old prodigy rock climber Hugh Herr had scaled the face of the 11,627-foot  Mount Temple in the Canadian Rockies. By 17 he was acknowledged to be one of the best climbers in the United States. However, Herr’s life changed drastically when at 17 he and a friend got caught in a blizzard

Stop judging, comparing—base your worth on what God says

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Confidence. Beauty. Self-esteem. These may come naturally for some, or not so much for others. We live in a country obsessed with how we look and how we feel about ourselves.  We rate people’s level of attractiveness in our minds, or worse, aloud. We compare our beauty to theirs, making ourselves feel better or worse.

Stop waiting for your “next big break”: start giving your all now

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Recently, a man in Melbourne, Australia, “accidentally” became a multi-millionaire by winning the lottery twice. He said he accidentally entered the drawing twice with the same number—the number that was worth $1 million in the U.S. When’s the last time you accidentally won $2 million? Oh, never, you say? Even more surprising is that this

National Day of Unplugging: disconnect and recharge

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“Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” I have given a great deal of thought to these words from the book of James recently. It is not always easy as a college student to think the

Let Valentine’s Day prompt acts of love all year long

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How did you celebrate Valentine’s Day? How much money did you spend? According to a survey by the National Retail Federation, the average customer was projected to spend $136.57 on their loved ones this year. (Obviously not too many college students took the survey.) Chances are you didn’t spend that much, but most of us

Career Fair to connect students with employers

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More than 60 companies will be on campus to recruit students for internships, summer jobs and full-time employment at the Career Fair next Thursday in the Davis Room of the Dining Common from 11:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Companies that will be recruiting include ScanSource, State Farm, Answers in Genesis, The Children’s Museum of the

What’s your 100-day plan? Aim high, keep your word, get busy

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Exactly 2,400 hours and 144,000 minutes go by in the course of 100 days. A lot can happen in 100 days. America is beginning to evidence the power of 100 days since Trump’s inauguration three weeks ago. President Trump’s 100-day plan has flooded the media since November and caused much controversy. His plan includes repealing

Human interaction versus convenience: worth the trade?

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On Monday Starbucks announced the launch of a new voice ordering feature to their mobile app. An extension of Starbucks Mobile Order & Pay (which allows customers to order ahead of their arrival at the store), My Starbucks barista is an Al-based virtual assistant that will enable customers a simpler alternative to order by voice

When winter blues begin to set in, find purpose in the Light

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January is nearly over. The newness of the New Year has worn off. The excitement of Christmas past has already faded into memories.  No more ornaments to hang, wreathes to place or presents to wrap. No more casseroles to bake, parties to attend or fireworks at midnight to enjoy. What next? With the most celebrated

Column

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Have you ever pulled up to a drive-thru window to find that the person in the car in front of you had already paid for your order? When I worked at Starbucks, I was always surprised when someone would start a “pay-it-forward” chain. The next person would pull up to the window, try to hand

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