So it has only been a couple of months since I first moved in on campus and started school. Currently MNU students are on fall break, so I had the chance to meet with some old friends. A lot of them ask about my favorite parts about being in college, which gave me the idea of writing about them in this blog! (Some of these are unique to MNU and others are just about the college life in general)
Here they are, my top ten favorites!
1. Late night Walmart runs!
Walmart runs usually are a last minute decision, and they almost always happen near curfew. My friend Rachel here is stocking up for the week.
2. Eating in Class
The answer is yes, yes you can eat in class in college! This picture is of my breakfast (a devoured blueberry muffin) that I didn’t quite have time for that morning. No worries! Finish it in class!
3. Ice cream machine in Campus Center
I am aware that the last few have been all about food, but what can I say! I’m a college student. This one I’m sure is most students’ favorite.
In college you get many opportunities. They are especially needed on the late night-early morning combination days. (Monday, Wednesday, Friday are my days)
5. Movie nights with your best friends nearly every night!
This has become a daily event in the dorms. Which may not be the best idea on the night before 8 am classes….. but you know!
6. All of the many ASG events!
Thrift Store Prom, White Light Event, Car Bash, Smoovie night, and many many more! There is an event it seems nearly every week. This was at the hoedown last week.
7. Going to a small school…. But not too small
There are many perks to this in my opinion. People you’ve met once remember your name and care about you, yet you can still meet more new people all the time! Another perk is making the website fairly easily. Look at me, I was so ready for that picture.
8. Choosing classes your interested in!
Now of course you have your common core classes you have to take, but you still have options with those. You can choose your schedule, your classes, and overall you just feel very independent! And something I love that is unique to MNU is having professors of those classes that care. You aren’t just a number at MNU, but you matter!
9. Spiritual Life
Chapels at MNU are amazing! You have so many different options throughout the week to experience the Lord. This chapel is from student-led chapel in Bell on Thursday.
MNU gives you opportunities to join small groups as well! This is my girls small group!
10. MEETING SOME LIFE-LONG FRIENDS
These people are some of the greatest I have ever met! I am missing a few, but I truly love all of them!
Anyways that’s my blog for the week…
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Eleanor Roosevelt, in all of her sorta-creepy-I-married-my-fifth-cousin, wisdom tells us,
“Many people will walk in and out of your life, But only true friends will leave footprints in your heart”
While I would respect this opinion and agree that it could hold some weight in a normal person’s view, I would contend that true friends don’t just leave footprints.
True friends come in and jack stuff up.
They decide to rearrange the completely thought out organization of your life. They even like to steal your popcorn maker your mom got you for your birthday or prank you with literal dog poop. See, you don’t always realize the impact these type of friends leave because you’re too busy laughing and having no idea what is actually happening. You realize the impact when you look back and see how their life has collided with yours and now that’s just the norm.
I would like to dedicate this blog to one of my great-not-always-mentioned-and-makes-a-big-deal-when-she-isn’t-in-my-blog-obnoxious friends
Annie and I met last year at the White Light event. Josh, my roommate, knew her and her roommate Lauren (Josh and Lauren are dating now, totes dorbs). My name tag said, “Yosef”. The beast I am, I pulled it off, at least for about 20 minutes. I am ridiculed to this day about how our friendship is based on lies. I think that’s why Annie and I got on each other’s nerves on and off for a large part of our freshman year. Yet, something changed when we found out we were going to be on the MNU Serve Team together this summer.
This is where Annie and I’s friendship took off. We put aside our differences and Annie even started a count-up of our legitimate friendship. We even reserved the back two seats of the van for all of our shenanigans. Needless to say, it got REAL crazy.
We had endless inside jokes, numerous random photo ops, spurts of energy that annoyed everyone in the van, great deep theological talks, and even some pranks.
This is just a sample of how we get. I like to classify Annie as THAT friend that brings out the weird in people. It’s literally a phenomena that even the scientific method can’t come close to comprehending it.
Through all of the crazy, off-the-wall ventures of this summer Annie’s and I friendship no longer needed a count-up. I think we became actually friends.
In all reality, Annie is one of the most inspirational to me. She is someone who has a heart for missions and is always seeking God in that. Her insight is typically a breath of fresh air to my typical narrowed-man thinking. She is who she is and she isn’t ashamed of it. I can honestly say she has impacted my life in such a positive manner; whether keeping me in check or putting things in perspective.
Now, you may be wondering how this reflects MidAmerica; understandable. See, friendships like Annie and I’s are not hard to come by at place like this. You can see the transformation the Lord has done in both of our lives which has allowed our friendship to flourish. To be honest, we have both matured. Which is weird because we are pretty immature. Anyway, this one example just reflects the Lord’s power and is an example of how he uses people to direct your life.
Also, guess what is also next week for me and some other students here at MNU?…… Midterms! Woohoo! 3 papers to write, and 4 midterm exams. These weeks have been hectic!
But i’ts okay! That’s what college is all about! Don’t get me wrong, there are always some super fun times here, but also, cracking down on my homework and making that a priority is essential. Oh yeah… I mean I guess that is why I am here…to get my degree…
Any who.. I want to tell you guys about some things I’ve been learning lately. I know this is a very generic lesson God has been teaching me lately, but I feel that I needed to share it with you guys! God has really been tugging at my heart to keep letting things go. To let go of the things that I worry about, whether that be big or small, and place it in His hands. I find myself over and over again making things a bigger and more stressful deal than they should be. God is definitely still in control, I know that for sure, but it is hard to see the big picture sometimes. So on the topic of this week, I definitely have let some little things get to me. But overall God is teaching me than even though I most of the time I cannot do things with my own strength, HIS strength is made perfect in MY weakness. And that is pretty awesome. I know the things I am struggling with right now, going through, and stressing out about are probably nothing compared to what other people are going through, However; I am so very thankful that my God is SO big. He is enough for us, and He wants to be enough for us. I don’t know what you guys are going through, but I hope this gives you at least some sort of hope or encouragement that God is with you always, and knows exactly where you’re at in your journey of life! :]
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
-2 Corinthians 12:9-10
In His love,
Heather Rose :]
p.s. Here are some pictures of cool homecoming happenings that have taken place this week!
If you already saw this image on my Instagram, I am sorry. mainly for myself. But this is my wonderful friend Emily! For homecoming we had a hoe-down, so we all dressed up in western wear and did some square dancing, had some root beer, and ate some doughnuts! It was the bomb. There was also a very bright spotlight shining right in our faces as we were taking this picture. So naturally, I received a shadow mask on my face.
This is Uptown Theatre, where our Homecoming banquet was held!
After the homecoming banquet, some of my friends and I went to Steak ‘n Shake! It was my first time there, and I definitely had a wonderful time with these lovely friends.
Hello friends! So this week has been crazy to say the least! Homecoming, small groups, Smovie Night, Kingdom Come, and a hoedown, I barely had a chance to catch my breath! My friends and I found ourselves saying multiple times this week, “Let’s do it for the blog!” Of all the events, however, nothing could compare to my first MNU homecoming experience Friday night.
The night started out fairly normal. Our group of girls (of course running extremely late as most girls do for a formal event) dressed up together and took pictures. After a long discussion on who would drive downtown for homecoming (we are a rather indecisive bunch) we all packed into Ana and Sarah Heer’s car (they’re cousins obviously ).
We made our way to Uptown Theater with just minutes to spare of the start of the evening. We had appetizers and drinks to start, and ended with a delicious entree and dessert! And no one there could forget the stand up comedy act Ron Jackson attempted ;).
After some exploring through some dark hallways (yes we are an adventurous bunch), we heard the music start and rushed in to start dancing. Now let me throw this out there, I am not Nazarene. But I have heard jokes most of my life about “Nazarenes don’t go to movies, and they definitely don’t dance!” Now I will say that I was very impressed with the way the students handled the situation. God was glorified through our terrible, but appropriate dancing.
We ran in the pouring rain to our cars after the dance. We were anxious to get back when a man stopped us to tell us about our “*explicit* flat tire”. We made our way nervously to a gas station two blocks away to find not just your average flat tire, but a tire that basically didn’t resemble a tire anymore.
So there we were soaking wet at a gas station all dressed up downtown watching some MNU guys change our tire (what a crazy situation, right?). It took a little bit over an hour. At one point we had a whole crowd gathered around us. One guy even stood there eating a hot dog pretty disgustingly for quite awhile.
We were all very thankful to find two strangers from the area help us. Eventually we made our way out of their safely, driving very slowly on the highway. Let’s just say we were very thankful for the Lord’s protection. This easily could have put a damper on the whole experience, but we decided to have a good outlook on it. It makes a good story! We did it for the blog so we say. But all in all, I think that is a good way to handle situations that aren’t necessarily convenient.
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Right outside SnowBarger, i took this on my way to Class, or maybe Lunch….
a couple of summers ago, gas was over 4 dollars!! This is a pleasant thing indeed. Now I must say I got this gas in Missouri- where the gas is always cheaper. So if you are ever there and are on your way to Kansas, fill up!
I’m personally a fan of QT!!
Well then, regarding the title of this blog,
Meet one of the very few presidential friends i have: George
I thought it’d be important to share with you all the reality and importance of money. It’s been said several times that money causes problems, I would suggest that it’s the lack of money that causes problems. And, His Word says that it is, “the love of money that is the root of all kinds of evil…” (1 Timothy 6:10) So money is often related to stress. But friends, hear the words of Jesus; this will be relatively long, but trust me, and trust Him, His words are worth reading:
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Can He get an Amen?
Friends, let me testify (bear witness/tell you what I have seen/what I know) He is faithful. God provides. I am thankful that he has provided for me a job that is on campus. There are people here that have cared enough to offer me work in the Campus Center Cafeteria. Steve Richmond is the man I am shouting out to! Then the peeps in the Office of University Advancement. Thanks to graduated Pioneer, Claire McCoy and my immediate supervisor Melanie Smith, and other supervisors, Lori, Paula, Kathy, Roger, Tom, Jeremy, Kevin and all the other great people that care about me in the UA Office!
Now I confess that I am spoiledly blessed. But friends know that there is not one that is any more special or loved by God He “does not show favoritism” -Romans 2:11. However, know that each and every individual is still special and loved by God!! For whatever reason, the Creator of the galaxies, the star breathing, universe creating-God deems us worthy and cares about us!
We matter to Him.
Being at MNU and having opportunities and doors open for me has been incredible. I’m doing my best not to take it for granted. He uses the people here to find me scholarships, and He impresses upon the hearts of His kids to demonstrate His love by being blessings to others.
Whatever your care–especially in the case of money, know that God is faithful to provide. Actively anticipate His work and direction in your life. Earnestly seek Him and Follow HIM!! When He opens doors, and presents opportunities: Carpe Diem.
You are loved friends. You can rest assured that you can trust Him. You can follow Him.
Toodles for now!
Grateful in Him,
Mario Paul Flores
“Make me to know Your ways oh Lord, teach me Your paths.” -Psalm 25:4.
Senioritus has settled in. It is barely midterms. BLAH
I never thought I’d be the apathetic student ready to finish school. Just a few short months ago, I wanted to get a job on campus after graduation so I could stick around because I love MNU so much. It’s amazing how quickly things can change. Still love MNU, but ready to move on to the next step in my life.
Lately, I’ve been noticing that there are several completely illogical things that I HAVE to finish before I can even think about my homework. I know they’re illogical because I’m in intro to philosophy. You don’t have to tell me.
So may I present to you: 10 MUSTS before starting homework!
#1. Find a local Mexican bakery with friends and sustain yourself off the sweet-carbolicious goodness.
#2. Make a late-night run to Applebees for half price appetizers (I’m a little embarrassed to say how often this happens)
#3. Design a new tattoo. I’m clearly an artist.
#4.) Meticulously make your bed. No wrinkles!
#5. Read a book for pleasure. (I don’t even like reading, but this book is AWESOME when there’s homework to be done or not!)
#6. Sweep the bathroom floor.
#7. Organize the clothing in the dresser- you know, just in case my mom shows up and wants to see the inside.
#8. Pick out a shade of pink and sparkly to repaint my nails.. so what if it’s the 6th time this week?
#9. Re-organize the scarf collection.
#10. Beat the high score on DOTS- If you don’t have this game, go download it! I scored a 301 without any powerups- WHATS UP.
And this dear friends, is why I’m blogging at 3am… with homework to be done yet.
If you came to my blog thinking it would be about Miley Cyrus…then there’s a good chance that you’re probably going to be very upset with me because my blog has nothing to do with Miley…
It’s actually about Football.
Yup…that’s right…today’s post is dedicated to Saturday’s football game against Baker University.
Just imagine sitting outside in the stands on a sunny day.
The air is cool, and the wind has entangled itself around you.
The shouting crowd tingles your ear-buds and sends a rush of adrenaline straight to your heart. Everyone around you has their feet off the ground; they jump in unison, and create a loud bang as the bottom of their soles come crashing down into the steel bleachers underneath them.
You are pumped now.
The blood is racing through your veins, and you’re shouting from the top of your lungs.
“Go team, go!” you yell…
“You can do it!” you shout again.
You believe in your team and you know they have the potential to win.
But then the silence comes…
And the clouds cover the bright sky.
The blood in your veins have slowed, and you’re beginning to feel cold now.
You are dumbfounded, and you can not believe your eyes.
Your team has just lost to their BIGGEST rivals.
The Crowd facing the lost of one of the most memorable football games.
First off, I’d like to say that our t-shirts cursed us! I mean, come on! It was the curse of the shirts! After a thirteen year streak of winning against Baker, I believe this was one of the first years we’ve decided to create a shirt.
I had actually considered burning this shirt…but I love MNU way too much.
We walked into the stadium confident…but it just wasn’t happening for us, and i’d like to blame it on the shirt!
However, although we were losing, we found a way to keep our spirits high during half time.
I won’t say much as to what happened; I’ll let your imagination do all the talking…but just know…homecoming was a week away for us…and no, these are not the actual candidates.
The King and Queen!
The lost was hard–they did come in like a wrecking ball–and on days like this I have to remind myself that it’s just a game.
The world Isn’t going to end.
MNU Isn’t going to go out of business
and our football team will have good games, and they’ll have bad games.
It’s the people who make the team, and it’s the school who shapes those people. A game doesn’t define us as a whole. We are who we are and I love my school.
So, with that said, how do you cheer up a sad pioneer?