Articles by: Anastasia Crist

Drake Admissions Counselor Rachelle Setsodi and Lillyana Crist, 5 years old.

My path to Drake

May 16, 2023 at 10:07 am 1 comment

As a college student who was even surprised that I made it through community college, I was completely blown away by my acceptance letter from Drake University.   For some background, I didn’t have a great support system growing up. Coming from a dysfunctional background and childhood, it was never supposedRead More

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Review: The non-traditional planner that will change your life

May 4, 2023 at 6:59 am 0 comments

If you struggle with ADHD or depression or if you’re a student that is having a hard time juggling simple everyday tasks, run, don’t walk to get this planner. With the turn of all things digital in today’s society, physical copies of any type of book are usually overlooked.  ThisRead More

Johnston-Grimes fire department leads controlled burn training

Johnston-Grimes fire department leads controlled burn training

May 4, 2023 at 6:54 am 0 comments

On Thursday, March 30, the Johnston-Grimes Fire Department led a controlled burn on Merle Hay Road in West Des Moines. This was made possible by a donation from Bombers Golf Course in Johnston. The golf course purchased the property where an old dealership had previously stood. The golf course plansRead More

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Corporal punishment: break the cycle

April 27, 2023 at 12:51 pm 0 comments

I’ll never understand the mentality of adults who believe you can teach a child not to hit, by hitting them or inflicting pain. That is just my personal battle with the concept. Most people know that hurting a child is wrong but some people need a reason for why it’sRead More

Anastasia Crist

Avatar 2: Worth the wait?

March 22, 2023 at 12:29 pm 0 comments

Ask me on any given day what my favorite movie is, and I am going to say “Avatar.” I’ve had that same response since 2009 when the movie was first released. I was fascinated by the potential for “real” avatar technology and I fell in love with a culture thatRead More

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Opinion: Pandemic results in DMACC daycare woes for students

March 22, 2023 at 12:02 pm 0 comments

Are you a parent attending or working at DMACC? Are you on the waitlist for the Childhood Development Center? Well then, you’re not alone.  You and 59 others currently remain on the waitlist for an opening in the daycare center on campus. Since the daycare is also open to theRead More