The Daily Eastern News

Family is the antidote to homesickness

Karena Ozier, Columnist

November 11, 2019

There is nothing quite like family time. After being away at school for a second year, I thought I was immune to being homesick. I was wrong. I missed home so much that I started to feel like I was falling behind in my classes. I was unable to focus because I was trying to distract myself from being...

October is tough for me: Here’s why

Blake Faith, Columnist

October 3, 2019

It’s October now. For most people, October is about Halloween and haunted houses. For me, it’s about trying to forget about my biological father's birthday because of our strained relationship. Last weekend was Family Weekend, and I had two days of visits. My mom and my siblings came the first...

Coffee is one influential drink

Alyssa Cravens, Staff Reporter

July 16, 2019

I didn’t like coffee—at least, not at first. It took several years of drinks littered with sugar and the slightest coffee taste to slowly build myself up to a point where I could drink it any other way. Today, I find myself craving the bitter taste, hot or cold, in the morning, noon or night;...

My dog is the greatest thing in my life

Jessica Stewart, Columnist

July 14, 2019

I never had a pet growing up. I had fish, but you can't snuggle fish. You can't really play with fish. I always wanted a dog, so when I started renting my first house here in Charleston, I decided to adopt one. My boyfriend and I had been looking around at different shelters to see if anyone h...

Get rid of unnecessary ‘clutter’

Andrew Paisley, Opinions Editor

March 31, 2019

Sometimes in life you have to really evaluate what is important and what is not. I have had to do this a lot lately, and it includes determining whether or not certain people should be a part of my life. There are people in life who want to see you fail and thrive in knowing that your life is completely un...

Family isn’t always supportive

Andrew Paisley, Opinions Editor

March 17, 2019

It truly is amazing how some of your own family members can be the ones that aim to bring you down. Unfortunately, I’ve experienced this tragedy practically my entire life with certain people in my family. I guess it really only got worse when I came out of the closet. These people thrive to make sure that ...

The honorable names behind my name

Karena Ozier, Columnist

February 12, 2019

Karen … Katrina … Korenna? My name has been said and spelled many different ways. From leaving out a letter to adding a letter, I know when my name is being called when the teacher starts to sound it out. I have always thought of my name as complicated. I would always ask my parents why they didn...

Reach out to family, friends when possible

Logan Raschke, News Editor

January 14, 2019

I’m the kind of person who hardly ever gets sick or injured. With that being said, I am quite clumsy, and you can imagine my horror and shock when I fractured my ankle in the stupidest way possible. I was just walking to my next class and tripped on a twig, or a crack in the sidewalk, or something els...

It’s not the what; it’s the who

Natalee Reynolds, Columnist

September 24, 2018

Eastern’s annual Family Weekend was this past weekend. Parents, grandparents, siblings, and all kinds of other family members came up for the celebration. Eastern had a lot of different events happening throughout Friday and Saturday.  My mother and grandmother came up Friday evening—we had mad...

Don’t let fear hold you back

Mercury Bowen, Columnist

August 28, 2018

One of the most important lessons I have learned recently is to take chances when the opportunity is available even if they scare you. This lesson was a hard-learned one for me, with a significant measure of regret and wishful thinking. It is a good rule to follow in nearly any area of life: work,...

You do not have to celebrate holidays with family

Abbey Whittington, Columnist

April 2, 2018

With each passing holiday comes the strange feeling of choosing to stay at what I consider my current home: Charleston, instead of returning to what our townies like to call “Kankabourbly.” The word combines three towns in which I grew up in: Kankakee, Bourbonnais and Bradley. I have not celebrated...

Always cherish loved ones during the holiday season

Liz Stephens, Columnist

November 5, 2017

The holiday season has finally set in, and so have the bittersweet feelings that come along with them. Thanksgiving and Christmas this year will be bittersweet and emotional for me, and I am sure they will be for many other people for similar reasons. Next week, my childhood best friend Colton comes h...

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