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What It Feels Like To Be In A Military Family

What It Feels Like To Be In A Military Family

William Becker, Tom Tom Staff

February 21, 2017


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Most people don’t understand how easily something bad could happen tomorrow. I would sit in school, at home, or in the car and wonder if I was ever going to see him again. When my dad was in Afghanistan, I would worry constantly that something would happen to him. At any time someone could decide ...

What It Feels Like To Be Suspended From Your Sport

What It Feels Like To Be Suspended From Your Sport

John Howe, PR Director

February 21, 2017


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It felt pretty awful to be suspended from my sport. That may seem obvious, but there’s really nothing I can think of that relates to that feeling, at least in my life. You feel like you have let your entire team and coach down and have to just sit and watch as your team competes. It sucks to know you c...

What It Feels Like To Miscarry

What It Feels Like To Miscarry

Paige Hope, Managing Editor

February 21, 2017


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I remember a really sharp pain. It was on a Friday after school and Ms. Taylor was teaching a few of us a dance for the homecoming pep assembly. And then I felt a really sharp pain. I had no idea that something was wrong. I don’t dance, so I was like, eh, whatever; I probably just moved weird or ...

What It Feels Like To Be A Cubs Fan

What It Feels Like To Be A Cubs Fan

Matthew Rowe, Tom Tom Staff

February 21, 2017


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1950: just five years after the Chicago Cubs won the pennant, but lost the World Series to the Detroit Tigers, I was born. I grew up on the North side of Chicago with my mother, father and two younger brothers. My dad was always a Cubs fan, and my mother was too, but she seemed to never really care...

What It Feels Like To Be “The Mom”

What It Feels Like To Be “The Mom”

Booker Grass, Department Editor

February 21, 2017


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There is a weight. I have never birthed a child, but there are plenty of students that call me mom for one reason or another. People come to me with advice because they see me as a “mom away from mom.” And there is an immense weight to that situation because I would never want to steer someone els...

What It Feels Like To Come Home

What It Feels Like To Come Home

Kristina Esdale, Editor-in-Chief

February 21, 2017


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Sometimes, I compare my life to getting out of bed in the morning. It’s a struggle, one that never really seems to get any easier, no matter how used to it you may be: ripping off those warm covers to the harsh cold of the morning, and opening your eyes to complete darkness; wanting nothing more than to ...

What It Feels Like To Love Yourself

What It Feels Like To Love Yourself

Christina Michaels, Senior Editor

February 21, 2017


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I used to wake up every single morning and look in the mirror, only to see a reflection I  despised; one so cold and unfriendly that if it had the chance to run away from me, it would. I used to spend every single morning dragging my lifeless body to the scale to weigh a body that seemed so foreign...

What It Feels Like To Forget

What It Feels Like To Forget

Alexandra Rapp, Tom Tom Staff

February 21, 2017


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They were arguing again. How could I take it? Every time he was home, they argued. The arguing didn’t even make sense. It was stupid, taking out the mail shouldn’t be that hard, they didn’t need to argue all the time. I couldn’t stop it, I couldn’t get them to stop it. It was just so loud....

What It Feels Like To Follow Your Siblings

What It Feels Like To Follow Your Siblings

John Petty, Tom Tom Staff

February 21, 2017


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When I was born, everybody was ready. My parents were ready to have their third child. My extended family was ready to assist in any way they could upon hearing another Petty kid was about to be born. My sisters were ready to have a baby brother, the first male sibling they would experience. Friends of my...

What It Feels Like To Start A Charity

What It Feels Like To Start A Charity

Anne Wagner, Tom Tom Staff

February 21, 2017


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Working at a school can bring about a whole new perspective on the way different people live their everyday lives. When I had first heard about a student who had been bragging about going to McDonald’s three nights in a row until dark, and not just to indulge in a Happy Meal, but to keep warm and not ...

What It Feels Like To Go To Band Camp

What It Feels Like To Go To Band Camp

Allison Smith, Tom Tom Staff

February 21, 2017


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This one time at band camp, one of the trombone players left a gallon of chocolate milk in the band room. Little did he know at the time, the gallon of milk would sit in the band room for weeks. Months later, it would spill, making not only the band room smell, but the entire school reek of spoiled mi...

What It Feels Like To Be On The Front Lines

What It Feels Like To Be On The Front Lines

JR Johnson, Tom Tom Staff

February 21, 2017


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E4 specialist to E5 promotable of the US Army to Lieutenant O’Brien of the Antioch Fire Department, but one thing stayed the same: defend the red, white and blue. I knew when I turned 18, I would defend the red, white and blue for the rest of my life. It all happened so fast. I was moving from diff...

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