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Kristen Castner

Kristen Castner

Kristen loves to read, write, eat gluten-free cookies, collect journals she doesn’t need, cultivate her addiction of book-buying with money she doesn’t have, spend time with her adorable boyfriend, cause trouble with friends, and relax in the love of her Savior who loves her unconditionally because He can, and because He wants to.

Student teaching frightens just about every education student—but can you imagine teaching in a foreign country, completely alone, in a brand new culture? For Madison Errichetti, this image will be a reality come Fall 2017.   Madison Errichetti just completed her junior year here at Cairn and is venturing into

The crowd was screaming. Students were on their feet, clapping slowly, watching the volleyball bounce back and forth over the net. The score was close, and the men’s volleyball team found themselves in the fifth set; there would be no second chances at winning once this set was over. Finally,

The 2016-2017 academic year is drawing to a close: final exams are around the corner, final projects are in full swing, and the last days of classes are in a progressive countdown. Interesting events have taken place this past year in the political/social news, national news, and even changes on our own

This past weekend, as I was gathering articles for my research paper on the Masland Library database, I came across the most interesting thing: the Cairn library has a blog. In addition to this fact, I explored the library’s Facebook page, only to learn that the library conducts treasure hunts

We are almost finished with the school year; can you believe it? In the season of things ending, I was reminded of how this school year began. In doing so, I wanted to take the opportunity to interview one of the freshmen from this year in order to see what

Living on Cairn’s campus is often referred to as, “living inside a bubble.” This metaphor is accurate, and I have used it for myself once or twice (okay, maybe a dozen). Is this metaphor altogether wrong, or even inappropriate? No. Does this metaphor speak volumes to living on Cairn’s campus?

Playing on a team is one thing, but coaching that team merely a year later is something entirely different. Here at Cairn, several students have transitioned from student-athlete to faculty member; some have made the switch in this past year. Amie Eppolito, a recent Cairn graduate and current assistant coach

My Dear Cairn Students,   Though this is altogether difficult for me to record, and requires me to tap into a source of out-of-character vulnerability, I find myself overflowing with words I wish to share with you. After decades of silence, and in finally mustering the courage, I have decided

This semester, as many students are returning to their undergraduate classes, a specific handful of students are preparing for their student-teaching placements. These placements range in location, either in private schools, public schools, or even in schools abroad.   Those in the education program have endured several semesters of methods

Christmas break is one of the most anticipated times of year for a college student. Sleep, seeing family, resting from daily assignments and studying—these are just a few of the activities that grace Christmas break. Yet once Christmas time comes to end, and the new year is well underway, break