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November 16, 2013

Social Media: What Is It Really?

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I was sitting in my Sociology class a couple days ago when MNU’s beloved professor, Bo Cassell, brought up an interesting point.  Why do we have social media? What is the point of it in today’s society? Why is it so valued? How has it affected our culture today? We discussed our theories. But what stuck out in my mind was Professor Cassell’s statement, “Now days, we do things in life so we can post about it.” MIND BLOWN.

This got me thinking, what would our lives be without social media?  Think about it.  We go to a party, and we tweet at least a couple times about how awesome the party is.  We get together for coffee with friends and we have to instagram a picture with our friends and our Starbucks beverage.  We are approaching Thanksgiving, so we must post a status on Facebook about all the things we are thankful for.  The status’ I tend to see look like:

I am soooooo thankful for the most amazing family in the world, the greatest bff’s a girl could ask for, and the hands-down best boyfriend ever xoxoxo love you baby. #soblessed #myboyfriendisbetterthanyours #ilovehashtags

(okay that was a bit extreme ;) but side note, have you ever seen those hashtags? My boyfriend is better than yours? Because let’s be real, is he really? Who are you even talking to? Who is he better than? Everyone? Ah, oh well, love is blind so they say :))

Anyways… none of these things are bad! It is great to express thankfulness and gratitude (stay tuned for my next blog).  But look at the theme here, if we get down to the sociological factors, we all do this to put on a persona that our life is perfect and that others should want to be us.

Professor Cassell mentioned in class that in recent years, marathons have never been more popular. Why? Because everyone wants to post about it! If someone goes skydiving, bungee jumping, or something else extreme I guarantee they will post about it on social media.  Now I’m not going to lie, if I went skydiving I would definitely be posting about it like there’s no tomorrow. But you get the point.  Take this week at MNU for example, if you didn’t know (which if you don’t know and you attend this school, you probably are not active on social media) this is TWIRP week.  You can read some other blog posts if you want more information, but basically it is a girl ask a guy event.  But think about how many posts were made just about TWIRP!  Oh and let me guarantee you that on Sunday/Monday there will be some ice-skating pictures up from our MNU ASG event.

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Now I am not saying that any of this is bad, because I am guilty of it as well! And I am not even suggesting that this should change.  But be aware of these persona’s people try to create; there are some serious dangers.  We assume our sister is happy because she just instagramed a picture of herself smiling, we assume that our cousin is all good with life because she just changed her relationship status to “in a relationship”, we assume that our friend is having the time of his life  because he tweets about all these parties he is getting invited to.  The problem is we assume, and miss out on the personal communication.  So I am challenging you, not to change what and why you post on social media, I am only challenging you to see your friends beyond it.  It is easy to appear to be doing great, we do that on purpose daily. But get behind the surface of a persona on social media and you find a real person that may need a friend.

So that’s my blog for the week! It got a bit deep at the end, but I hope you take the challenge! I plan to!  Oh and by the way—if you are looking for a good class at MNU I recommend Sociology with Professor Cassell! It is great! (P.S. Don’t stop posting your TWIRP pictures! I only used it as an illustration! I love seeing them!)

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

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November 9, 2013

The Unwritten Rules In Getting a Date! Advice for Boys

November 9, 2013 | By | No Comments

Hello friends!

So by the title I am sure you can tell that this is a bit different from what I normally write about.  I was inspired by a dinner conversation I had with some of the girls.  We exchanged stories, boy stories to be exact, about different experiences we had.  Most of these stories were on the funny and a bit on the creepy side.  After discussing, we talked about how we wished guys would know how to handle situations better.  If you’re interested in a girl there are certain unwritten rules.  We talked and agreed on some, and decided this would be a great blog!

Now these bits of advice are generally speaking, not about anyone in particular.  We just thought it would be nice to help some guys out! Also keep in mind that all girls are different, very different, but for the most part these are rules you can follow for the average girl.

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So here they are, the to do’s and what not to do’s in getting a date with a girl!

1. “God Told Me To Date You”

What Not To Do: Don’t pull the “God told me to date you” card.  For so many reasons this is a problem. First, it puts a lot of unnecessary pressure on a girl and on a relationship.  If she has not heard from God that this is the case, she is not going to respond well to the statement.

What To Do: If you really feel like God is wanting you to date her, than great! But keep it to yourself.  If this is truly what God wants, He will keep her around.  Pray about it!  No need to rush!

2. Read the Signs When You Ask For Her Number

What Not To Do: You don’t want to be the guy that can’t read the signs.  As subtle as they may seem, trying to read them is always a good idea.  When you ask for a girls number and she seems unenthusiastic, gives a nervous laugh or smile, or tries to avoid the subject, than she probably doesn’t want to give it to you. So something you wouldn’t want to do is to text her immediately and constantly.  If you don’t get the hints up front, a girl is eventually going to have to be more blunt which will hurt worse.

What To Do: Wait awhile before asking for her number.  Some girls may like it if you ask for it right away, but a lot of girls are skeptical.  So don’t get upset if you get the sign!  The girl may have just had a guy hanging around them that broke a bunch of these unwritten rules, so they aren’t wanting to give out their number to anyone… So instead, get to know her first!  You don’t have to be buddy-buddy and get friend-zoned, but just a friendly conversation in class or a wave while walking passing her by makes a girl feel more comfortable!

3. There Is a Rule To Texting 

What Not To Do: Yes there is a rule, and one rule the girls and I agreed on was the 2-4 text rule.  If you send 2-4 texts without a response back (this goes for girls too) than there probably isn’t an interest there.  Now there are exceptions to the rule, but for the most part this is the case.  You don’t want to be the guy that sends 10+ texts at a time.  Take the signs, so a girl doesn’t have to be blunt.  If you are really unsure if your text are sending through, text a friend or your mom. :)

What To Do: If you have reached the limit, take a break for awhile.  I know it might be hurtful, but don’t put yourself through the torture! Now girls do love to be pursued, but the point is don’t go overboard if she’s not interested. You will find someone that is, and she will be the one you want to pursue and spend your time with!

4. Mentioning Marriage the First Time You Meet Someone

What Not To Do: Don’t talk about how bad you want a wife the first time you meet a girl.  She is probably in the same boat as you, but that adds a lot of pressure to the conversation.

What To Do: Have you noticed a theme? Timing is important! The only way to know perfect timing is through prayer.  Talking about marriage is something to wait to talk about.

I hope this is helpful!  The major theme when it is all said and done is timing.  Pray and ask the Lord to guide you through this time.  If you are in high school or college you have plenty of time, so don’t rush it!  Girls if you want some advice in a future blog let me know!

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

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November 2, 2013

Follow Me Around: Dorm Room, Basketball Game, Weird Squirrels

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Hello friends!

So if you want to know what a (semi) normal day looks like for a freshman at MNU…. Here you go! Meet my friends, walk around campus with me, and get to know what campus life is like! I had a lot of fun filming my day.  The only thing I missed was the Masquerade that night for Halloween.

If you make it to the end… Major props to you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

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October 26, 2013

Looking Back In Time… 50 Years From Now

October 26, 2013 | By | No Comments

Hello friends!

Earlier today I was at lunch with my grandma, mom, and sister.  We just shared and talked about things here and there, when my grandma mentioned her 50th college reunion she had attended last night… 50th? My grandma was in my stage of life over 50 years ago! She even said, “There were so many old people!”  My grandma, definitely young at heart, is someone I have looked up to my whole life.  She is bold and carries the joy of the Lord wherever she goes.

My grandma playing piano with me back in the day.  My baby sister is sitting on her lap.

My grandma playing piano with me back in the day. My baby sister is sitting on her lap.

After going home, I wondered what my life would be like after 50 years.  Would I accomplish my goals and dreams? How do I make sure I stay on the straight and narrow?

I decided to call her and ask her some of the questions I had been asking myself.  I heard her sweet “hello” on the other end of the line, and immediately smiled.  She is just that type of person that can brighten your day.  I explained to her my request and she began talking about her reunion.  ”People said nice things. ‘I accomplished this, and I did this, and achieved these dreams.’  They were good, but it was all about me me me and I didn’t hear anything that glorified God.”  I found that interesting as she explained more about the different classmates she had talked to.   “There is two ways to do things, Haley, you can plan out your life and do the things you want by your own strength, or you can live a life that follows God plans and that glorifies Him.”

This is a hard thing for me.  I have a problem with trusting God.  Most of us have heard the Proverbs 3 verses that says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”  It is one thing to hear these words, it’s another to follow them to the ultimate extremes.

I decided to pick a word of the year this last January.  I had had a hard couple of months leading up to this, emotional and physical ups and downs that just kept piling up. I felt as if I was in free-fall, unsure of where I would end up.  But in January when I decided to pick a word, I heard the Lord strongly say TRUST, trust, trust.  It has been a rough road since January, but I felt God keep saying trust.  When I needed emotional and physical healing and had not received it as immediate as I had hoped–I heard the word trust.  When I was stressing about picking a college to attend–I heard the word trust.  When I was tired from working long days all week long–I heard the word trust.  It has followed me everywhere, and listening to my grandma has brought it back up again.

It may be easier at this point to plan out your own life, follow your own dreams, and use your own strength to finish it out.  It is a lot harder to trust.  But my grandma says she has had the best life.  ”Nothing is more exciting than living for the Lord.”  I think the difference in where you’ll end up at your 50th college reunion is whether you trusted the Lord with your life or not.

As a personal challenge for myself and to you if so choose, is to not be those people at your 50th reunion that only talk about your own accomplishments.  Be the person that glorifies God, and lives the exciting life of trusting in His plan.  You can live it out now, starting by asking God to reveal His plans for your life.

“Looking back now, I see God’s hand in my life in every direction I turned.”  I asked her how one would get to a place 50 years from now and see the imprints of God.  She told me that it all starts with praying and asking God to reveal talents and gifts, and to choose daily to give the glory of God.  This may take a lot of trust, but it is worth it in the end.

Anyways I hope that is encouraging! Sometimes I think it is good to look at life from the future looking back, to evaluate where we are in the present.  Here are some verses to look at if you want to be encouraged through the Word about this:  Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28, Psalm 46:10, Psalm 37:4-6, Hebrews 13:8, Matthew 6:25, Psalm 28:7, John 14:6, Psalm 91:1-16

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

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October 18, 2013

Top 10 Best Things About College So Far…

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Hello friends!

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! 

IMG_1952Walmart 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

IMG_1944The 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

IMG_1947I 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.

4. NAPS

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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!

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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!

IMG_1935Thrift 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 :)

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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! 

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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

IMG_1973Chapels 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.

IMG_1906MNU gives you opportunities to join small groups as well!  This is my girls small group!

10.  MEETING SOME LIFE-LONG FRIENDS :)

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IMG_1886These 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…

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

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October 12, 2013

Do It For the Blog!

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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.

IMG_1930The 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.

IMG_1922So 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.

IMG_1919We 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.

Anyways,  Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

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October 4, 2013

My Journey…

October 4, 2013 | By | No Comments

 

Hey friends! So this is my first blog post and I am pretty excited! It has been a bit of journey this last year to say the least, but these last five weeks as a freshman have been so worth it!

So my journey starts (at least for the sake of this story) at a private Christian school in Shawnee, Kansas.  It was my first day of school (literally I was in preschool).  I don’t remember much, but that was the last time I went to a new school.

So you can imagine my excitement, fears, and anxiousness as I was in the process of choosing a college.  I honestly had put off looking at schools altogether until around December of my senior year (which if you are in high school do not follow my example…YIKES!)  I was blessed enough, however, to know what I wanted to study and do with my life.  Around sophomore year of high school I decided I wanted to be some kind of counselor.  I didn’t receive a sign, hear a crash of thunder, and the skies definitely did not open but I believed this was where God had given me my talents and passions.

Because of this decision, I felt like I needed to attend some kind of Christian university.  I knew very little about different Christian colleges, especially MidAmerica.  The only thing I knew about it was that it was some college really close to my house that all my Nazarene friends always talked about.

By March of my senior year, I had not even been on a college visit.  As I am sure you can imagine I had a little freak-out.  I remember thinking that MidAmerica wasn’t too far; I could just go one morning and visit.  I had no intention of attending in the fall, but I didn’t have anything to lose.   But after the tour and discussing the MNU experience with people in admissions, I really felt that there was something special about this campus, and I wanted to be apart of it.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t that easy.  Money and other obstacles seemed to get in my way.  By graduation I had no idea where I was going to end up in the fall.  But God is and was faithful to provide and allow me this opportunity!  I was extremely nervous to come in August, but I have met so many amazing people and have created so many memories already!

Here are just a few of them I have had so far:

 

 

My beautiful hall girls all dressed up for White Light Event!

Part of our freshman seminar group... you know just workin out ;) or maybe more like we found the gym on a scavenger hunt!

Part of our freshman seminar group… you know just workin out ;) or maybe more like we found the gym on a scavenger hunt!

Thrift Store Prom!

Thrift Store Prom!

And this is what I come home to in the dorms :)

And this is what I come home to in the dorms :)

 

Thanks for stopping by—

Haley

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