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Growing pains

Growing pains

Elsa Sichrovsky

During a weekly spelling test with a class of first-graders, I noticed that one of my students, Cindy, hadn’t written anything on her test. “I can’t remember any answers!... »

A channel

A channel

Elsa Sichrovsky

I walked slowly into Japanese Conversation class and plopped wearily into my usual seat. In the last semester of college, fatigue and mental overload was taking its toll.... »

Only He knows

Only He knows

Elsa Sichrovsky

As a child, I often heard the saying, “Prayer is not the least you can do, but the most you can do.” I thought that any situation could be solved with earnest prayer. Whe... »

Growing through failure

Growing through failure

Elsa Sichrovsky

It was the end of another long workday. In my first semester as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, each day brought dozens of new challenges, which I failed t... »

My career coach

My career coach

Elsa Sichrovsky

When I graduated from college, I had my heart set on becoming a professional full-time translator. For four years, I’d devoted every bit of spare time to studying my lang... »

Wait on him

Wait on him

Elsa Sichrovsky

After graduating from college, I was glad to leave my books and assignments behind and was itching to jump into all the new experiences awaiting me in the workplace. I ha... »

Keep watch over my hands

Keep watch over my hands

Elsa Sichrovsky

The Bible has a lot to say about the power of what we say. One of my favorite verses is “Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.”[[Psalm 141... »

My Sophomore Christmas

My Sophomore Christmas

Elsa Sichrovsky

On the Christmas Eve of my sophomore year in college, I was trying, and failing miserably, to feel “Christmas fuzzies.” Part of it was that the excitement of my freshman... »

Love while I can

Love while I can

Elsa Sichrovsky

Arguments with my parents marred my college years. We argued about how much time I spent on expanding my social life, my newfound love for television talk shows, my desir... »

Different but deeper

Different but deeper

Elsa Sichrovsky

I was raised in a Christian home by dedicated Christian parents. We prayed before we went out, whenever we got in the car, before we cooked, before we started our homewor... »

Live with joy

Live with joy

Elsa Sichrovsky

As I was skimming headlines on an online news website, I saw this headline: “He’s a Fighter: Guo Youming Won’t Succumb to Rare Disease.” Intrigued, I clicked on the artic... »

Keep calm and carry on

Keep calm and carry on

Elsa Sichrovsky

I was on my way to visit a friend. As the bus approached the hospital where she was staying, a nervous shudder went through me, and I fumbled for a fitting greeting. My f... »

Flow with it

Flow with it

Elsa Sichrovsky

A few years ago, I was involved in a volunteer project that operated a meal center for underprivileged students. For the first two years, I helped with cleaning the kitch... »