Author: Ashley Wijangco

Two Decades

Four weeks ago, I turned 20 years old. I didn’t think much of it then, and I don’t think much of it now. I don’t find birthdays too exciting anymore. When you’re little, birthdays are a big deal because you get presents, cake and all of this attention. Everything is about you, and it’s great. Your […]

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Farewell, Grantland

I first considered becoming a sports writer my sophomore year of high school, the 2010-2011 school year. That was the year I really started to implement sports (mostly basketball really) into whatever writing I did, even my academic writing. It started with a vocabulary quiz I had in my English Ten Honors class. We had […]

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2015 Summer Bucket List Evaluation

Now that it’s Labor Day Weekend, it’s time for me to accept that summer is, unfortunately, over (even if it still feels scorching hot outside). And it’s probably something that I should have accepted two weeks ago when I school started back up again, but that’s beside the point. This past summer was one in […]

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A First Time for Florida

There’s something about Disney World that occupies children’s minds, pulls them in so much that it’s the only reason they crave a trip to Florida. That’s how it was for me anyway. I’ve wanted to go to Disney World since I was a child, and, for a while, it was the only reason I wanted to go […]

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Yes, I am both a Bulls fan and a LeBron fan

The first sport I can remember being exposed to is basketball. I didn’t grow up with cable television, so the NBA Finals was pretty much all the basketball I would watch for a good chunk of my childhood. But even then, basketball wasn’t the first sport I got involved with. Soccer was the first sport I actually played, […]

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Learning to appreciate the little things

One of the things I was most excited for when I was entering college was writing for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s independent student-run newspaper, The Daily Illini. I was so excited by the chance of potentially writing for it that I had inquired about when to apply for a spot on the staff the April […]

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Thoughts on NBA All-Star Weekend 2015

For a long while, I was never able to watch any All-Star events, because my family didn’t have any cable channels that weren’t Filipino channels until around 2006 or 2007, when I first started middle school. Granted, for a while, I didn’t care enough about the NBA yet to really want to watch All-Star events. Obviously, […]

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