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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.

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

Cairn University: population around 1,300. That, readers, is SMALL. Maybe you attended a high school where the total enrollment was 13 students per class. Or maybe you attended a middle school, like myself, whose population was 1,700 students. Regardless, you now attend a small college. And like any school, there

Although people were made in Christ’s image, it can sometimes be hard to act like it. Especially when we have troublesome emotions that can rear their ugly heads in the heat of a confrontation, celebration, or tricky circumstance. What about when you not only have to handle emotions in front of

Almost every college student dreads the end of the semester; between Thanksgiving break and Christmas break, a college student’s life is consumed with the library, canned soup, and caffeine. This lifestyle, lacking somewhat of social breaks and sleeping, can start to wear on the student’s sanity. It can be hard

It’s that time of year already: Christmas time. And as Christmas rolls around, it brings with it the season of traditions. Most people share in their own annual Christmas traditions: movie nights, cookie baking, decorating the tree, or visiting family, just to name a few. But what about Cairn students?