Emma Olson

Emma OlsonApril 17, 2019
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1.) Your mind is your greatest enemy.

2.) Over-thinking made me lose everything.

3.) Why don’t I recognize these walls?

4.) One less person games kill them.

5.) All I can do is try.

6.) Trying never seems to be enough.

7.) Goodbyes last forever in sad moments.

8.) “I love him,” “No you don’t.”

9.) Even flowers wilt after some time.

10.) Some pain you can’t work through.

11.) Smiling hides the pain I feel.

12.) Music drowns out all the screaming.

13.) Reading transports me through different lives.

14.) I’ve learned I can’t cry anymore.

15.) The beeping of the machine stopped.

16.) I never got to say goodbye.

17.) Loving someone is life’s greatest adventure.

18.) He’s the highlighter, I’m the pen.

19.) Acting helps me practice for life.

20.) I just want to see you.

21.) Sadness drowns me, happiness is gone.


Emma OlsonMarch 6, 2019
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This semester of college has been filled with plenty of delays and cancellations. With cancellations and delays, a certain question may arise. What to do? There are many different ways to keep busy: homework, going out with friends, reading a book, watching t.v., and many more. However, the weather has been horrible recently and may cause some to be stuck in doors, which takes some options away. If the other options are getting a bit old, try doing something new. Try a new craft, like crochet, knitting, perler beads, and more. Chase away the endless days, and you’ll be rewarded with the finished product.


Emma OlsonFebruary 26, 2019
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The Spring 2019 Peer Mentors have been announced! If you have any questions for them, do not be scared to reach out and ask them.

Mitchell Coleman-Hardy

  • Iowa central Rugby player and one of the team captains
  • Born and bred proud Australian
  • Second year, Engineering major
  • Future goal is to be in the Australian Special Force
  • Addicted to Game of Thrones and Frontier

Felicity Jackson

  • Second year Human Services major
  • Loves Dogs and other animals
  • Enjoys meeting new people and trying new things
  • On the track team, and speaks some Spanish

Elijah Smith

  • First year Radio Broadcasting and T.V. Production major
  • Gives great hugs
  • Is a great listener
  • Goal is to make everyone happy
  • Can cook

Kenzie Young

  • First year Criminal Justice major
  • Loves to hunt
  • Is originally from Niagara Falls, NY but has lived in Iowa since she was 3 years old

Samantha Lennon

  • Is currently a second year Nursing student with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology
  • Future goal is to work toward becoming a psychiatric nurse practitioner
  • Is passionate about helping people better themselves and reach their goals

Cecille Nahimana

  • Is a first year nursing major
  • Is a Women’s Soccer athlete here at Iowa Central
  • It the first in her family to go to college
  • Loves to eat and sleep
  • Is originally from Africa

Michael Tomlinson

  • Is a third year Web Technology major
  • Is from Ida Grove, IA
  • Future goal is to attain his bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design, design logos, and run his own business
  • In his free time, he like to draw, listen to music, and hang out with his amazing friends

Eryn Delahoussaye

  • Is a Freshman Hospitality Management major
  • Is from Story City, IA
  • Future goal is to become an Event planner in a big city or other country
  • Art is a passion of hers which is expressed in her drawing, photography, and graphic design during her free time

Matt Saunders

  • Is a Sophomore Elementary Education major
  • Is from Peterson, IA
  • Goal is to graduate from Iowa Central and continue studying at Iowa State
  • Likes to work out, play sports, game, and hang out with good friends

Emma OlsonFebruary 26, 2019
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I look in the mirror at the strings which surround my head. Each string is either black or white, but they all have a different color which matches with the emotions behind each string. From the many years I’ve seen them, I’ve somewhat figured out what the colors mean. I’ve noticed, as well, that after every choice I make a new string appears. Typically, black is the bad choices I have made and the white are the good choices. I focus on my eyes as I finish my morning routine before I get ready to leave the house.

I put my earbuds in and turn some music on. This is the only way for me to drown out the sounds coming from everyone else. It’s annoying, but it gets me through the day. People leave me alone because of it, I don’t mind, anyone who gets to close causes the colors and noises to get louder. I always put on sunglasses before I step out into the world for another day of school and work.

My playlist is on shuffle, and today it decided to play one of the sad songs I have on the playlist. I’ve noticed that my mood makes certain strings appear more bright. It’s scientifically proven that music affects a person’s mood, which holds true for me. A person walks a little too close and a low hum starts to push past my earbuds while the purple surrounding various strings glows a little brighter than the others. Purple, it seems is sadness. I duck my head a little lower and continue walking towards my goal. This is my day to day routine.

This ability is a curse, I can see right through anyone who gets to close. It’s hard to drown out the sound and it almost drives me to insanity. So I stay away from everyone. Not that they can get close to me anyways. These padded walls keep me safe from everyone except myself. So I sit wallowing in my emotions and hope for the day I can escape the world around me.



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