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October 1, 2013

Trusted Traveler, Homecoming Nominations, and Adventures in Target

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Greetings Blog World.

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Once again, I am back in Kansas from California. I passed my Trusted Traveler interview and was granted a Sentri Pass! I was there Thursday-Sunday, and spent about 2 full days in the Amor Office in San Diego, so I kind of felt like I was on my own version of Ferris Bueller’s day off… except I spent my days in a cubicle teaching myself accounting and brainstorming fun ways I can fund-raise…and distracting all my friends in the process.

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I got back on Sunday afternoon, so my friends and I visited our other friend who works at Target in Olathe… basically, I make a scene anywhere I go.

IMG_2268 IMG_2269 IMG_2271 IMG_2272I am also campaigning for my good friend, Caitlin Wienck, to be Homecoming Queen! You can track my progress by searching the trending topic #WienckForQueenIn2013.

she's beauty and she's graceTune in Next week for: Meet Kassidy Ritchell!

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September 25, 2013

¡Viva Mexico!

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Blogging world: it is a week of celebration.

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(cupcake party with my friend Emily!)

After nearly 22 years of living, 18 years of schooling, 9 years of serving in Mexico, 4 years of college, 2 years of pursuing a degree in Marketing, and a 2 month application and interview process…

 I HAVE A JOB AFTER GRADUATION!

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This all started as a dream when I was 13. I went on a missions trip with my church to Juarez to build a house and decided that was what I wanted to do with my life. After my freshman year, I did an internship called Project Nexus (read about it here: http://www.amor.org/join/field/nexus.) It was the best decision of my life. Here is me as a Nexus with a Seasonal Staff Member, Jono (who is from Australia!)

IMG_2092I loved Nexus so much that I came back as a Seasonal (just like Jono) and worked managing various house-building projects for about 3 months.

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IMG_1812I loved my time in Mexico as a Seasonal, and I wanted to go back, but I had to spend last summer doing a marketing internship… So Amor created one for me! and I still got to work in Mexico! My dad and brother and brother’s friend came to visit me this time and built a house in 3 days- Read more here! http://www.amor.org/trips/individual/mexico

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IMG_1976I decided at the end of my internship to apply for a full time position, and got it! whoop! soooo… tomorrow I’m flying to San Diego for a Sentri interview (trusted traveler) to help out with getting across the border and to visit the office and get some fundraising materials. My position is 100% support raised and I’m so excited!! (if you can’t tell)

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iHasta la pasta!

 

 

 

 

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September 17, 2013

The Society: Dallas Conference

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IMG_2168Greetings blog fam.

For those of you just tuning in, I’m the President of The National Society of Leadership and Success: MNU Chapter. Last year I did an internship and started our chapter, and this is our second semester in the making. Holla!

Over the weekend, one of our amazing advisers, Dr. Clark, took us to the regional leadership retreat in Dallas, TX. Dallas is about 8 hours away from Olathe, and the conference was from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon. Pictured above is Dr. Clark, me, Savannah Hoit (treasurer,) and Katy Ward (Secretary.) [Not pictured: Ron Jackson (Co-Adviser) Emily DeLong (VP) and Stephen Rowell (IT Coordinator.) They couldn't make it this weekend and we missed them dearly!]

We are STOKED on the new direction our chapter is going. We have Orientation tomorrow (Wednesday night) at 9pm in Smith. Anyone is welcome and encouraged to come! A little preview: Glow sticks and balloons are involved!

No road trip would be complete without a super sketchy hotel experience! On our way to Dallas we stayed the night in Oklahoma City. I won’t go into grave detail, but I will say we are happy we made it out with our lives.

IMG_2163When we arrived to our hotel in Dallas (the Hilton) all memory of the Ramada was erased. This hotel was 5 star in my book. The decor was beautiful, the staff helpful, the elevators glass (ignore my reflection above,) …I felt like a PRINCESS! We were on floor 11 (Except Savannah who was technically in room 1408- muahaha!) it was AWESOME!

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IMG_2170The pictures above are with the national executive officers from the office in Hoboken, NJ. The top photo is with Reema and Claire and the bottom is with Dede (WHO IS FROM OVERLAND PARK. AND A JAYHAWK FAN. ROCK CHALK!) We had to take a Kansas Picture!

Finally, what we’ve all been waiting for: The Sleeping Selfies!

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This is my friend Greg who is from New Jersey but I met him in Mexico doing an internship. He has nothing to do with MidAmerica but he def is a true friend. Look at that snapchat!

Peace and Blessins

KUHKAW

 

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September 9, 2013

Welcome to Senior Year

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Remember that one time when I wrote about living in California/Mexico for the summer? Well, my internship came to a close and I’m back in good ole Kansas. I traded the rolling oceans for this:

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Strangely enough, the blank open space is refreshing after a couple of crowded cities. There’s no place like home! (sorry, I just vomited from my own corny-ness.)

 

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The picture above is of my good friend Stephen and me sitting in Accounting class. Before the lecture started, someone turned around and said “smile!” and snapchatted it to me. Pre-collegiate friends who are reading, take note of 2 things:

  1. SnapChat is permanent, no matter what people say or what updates they send to your smartphone.
  2. Don’t put off your gen-eds until senior year. They may seem awful when you’re a freshman or sophomore, but they’re even worse when you are in your senior year!

 

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Above is one of my roommates, Kassidy. We have already had time for a girl’s night out, event in the craziness of the first two weeks of school. She plays basketball and is like a sister to me already!

 

 

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This is Tara, she is an admissions counselor and she is AMAZING! We also were matching on the first day of school!

 

photo(4)…aaaand then we also had to throw in an impromptu end of the summer pool party!

 

It’s looking like a great year.

Hasta la pasta

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June 8, 2013

Summer Internship

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Amor is on Instagram! #ComeBuildHope

Amor is on Instagram! #ComeBuildHope

Hello Blog World.

What have I been up to this summer? Chilling by the pool? enjoying lake day weekends? Sipping lemonade and soaking up the sun?

If you guessed any of the above, none are completely out of the question. The answer is, this week I started my academic internship with Amor Ministries in sunny San Diego!

Amor is an international non-profit organization that holds a special place in my heart. Here’s a blurb from the website that shares the vision:

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check out more at http://www.amor.org!

Amor is best known for building houses in order to keep families together. Groups from all over come for a week and build a house together without power tools. While they’re with us they stay in tents at our campsite and shower with buckets. The current house building locations are Mexico, Arizona, and South Africa.

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There are lots of other things Amor does as well. Project Hope is an example. It’s made up of 5 branches. One is the Clean Water for Life program, as well as the others listed below.

Clean Water for Life!

Clean Water for Life!

Back to School, Food Pantry, Bibles, and Winter Relief

Back to School, Food Bank, Bibles, and Winter Relief

How I got involved with Amor:

When I was 13 my parents let me go on my first international missions trip with my church. We went to Juarez to build a house over spring break and by day 2 I was sold. I started taking Spanish when I got back to school and continue to study Spanish. We went back to Juarez twice after that and on the third trip I translated for our group (not because after 2 years of Spanish I was any good, but because I had basic knowledge and Mexicans are very gracious.) Between my freshman and sophomore years, I came and did the Project Nexus internship with Amor, and I camped for 10 weeks with 7 other interns and stayed on site with groups all summer long. Last summer I was here as a field specialist overseeing multiple sites and managing the summer Nexus interns. This summer I’m doing a few weeks as a specialist and about 5 weeks of developing a campaign for the marketing division.

My first complete project: create an Instagram account for the office. DONE!

Participants can share their Amor experience by including the trending topic #ComeBuildHope on any social media platform, and Amor can share photos from the field or the office on the new account. Follow us! @AmorMinistries

My next project is about a 4 phase project and on Sunday I will begin phase 1: Research.

The overall goal is to create a campaign to get students (high school and college age) to raise funds for Amor during the year. We’ve been calling it an individual partnership project. During this phase I’ll be talking to our participants and getting feedback on what would motivate them to raise funds, what is popular right now, what their media habits are, etc.

Phase 2 is to create a storyboard and combine everything I heard and come up with a plan of action for launching the project.

Phase 3 is to work on a web design/website layout.

aaaand phase 4 is to create the marketing plan for the project.

 

am I excited? Only a little bit!

I’ll be blogging over the summer about my experiences with Amor both stateside and in Mexico. Feel free to follow along!

 

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May 12, 2013

Ummm finals?

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So school is out. And this is what’s left of our brains. Enjoy.

Watch the insanity unfold.

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April 25, 2013

24

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24 is a pretty interesting number.

24 is the name of a tv show about fighting terrorism.

there are 24 hours in a day.

24 oceans in a Switchfoot song.

24 eggs in a 2-dozen egg carton.

24 bottles of water in a flat.

24 engaged couples at MNU.

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WHAT.

that’s like. 48 people. and don’t get me started on that number, but let’s just mention that it is only 2 from 50. which is half of 100.

So for those of you who are happily engaged, congrats!

and for those of you hanging out on team single for life, there’s still time in the semester!

In fact, some friends of mine in the latter category decided, heck, why should we miss out on the engagement fun?!

So, ladies and gents of MNU Blogs, may I present to you couples number 25, 26, and 27!

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This is fiance number 1: Andy Blum. Andy and I were first official in campus center filming a vlog for this very media platform. Spotted twice in 2 days in campus center during the off-hours and then the next night at a basketball game together, talks of visiting the gazebo became real during the president’s gala. Andy has been in love with Allegra for YEARS and couldn’t wait to pop the question, which is why he was the first to propose.

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Fiance number 2: Jarret Garber. Jarret and I were first seen in campus center sharing a meal (with other friends: a courtship of sorts.) He would then conveniently sit next to me in campus center during meal times and you could say it was love with each bite. Nicknames he calls me include: wifey, sweet cheeks, honey boo-boo, and hot broccoli (you would understand if you saw his diet.)

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Fiance #3: Ethan Hargrave. Ethan transferred to MNU last semester and plays baseball. Ethan decided moments before he proposed that he couldn’t live without me. The proposal could not have been better: a sunny senior day at Dixon Stadium in front of the masses with a hotdog foil ring. I made him the happiest man in the world (or at least 1/3) by saying YES!

True love is hard to come by. Also there are about 50 people on facebook who congratulated me that didn’t catch I got engaged 3 times in one week. Things may be a little weird when it comes time to plan weddings, but the good news is my wedding board on pinterest will not have been used in vain.

Stay tuned for more engagements in the last 2 weeks of school!

 

 

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April 25, 2013

Photoboothin’

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Once upon a time, there were 7 girls named Katy, Konner, Debbie, Lindsay, Ashley, Morgan, and Allegra. These awesomely talented and beautiful ladies were all in Public Relations, in which they were assigned a project. The project was to create a benefit event for a local nonprofit organization. The nonprofit chosen was Teen Challenge, and at the event, they decided a photobooth would only be appropriate. So the girls searched the highs and lows of Pinterest and found the above background, made with colored table cloths from the dollar store.

A party busted out in Spindle 102, also known as Allegra’s dorm, also known as the HQ.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, and you should DEF be there!

But what event would be complete without including the many faces of the Teen Challenge ladies?

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April 10, 2013

Being an adult

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Hello blog world.

I have been absent. You probably didn’t notice, but I’ll go ahead and humor myself and let you know what’s up.

So in school right now, I’m a teacher’s assistant for the Public Relations class. It’s a chance for me to learn about effective leadership and management and all that important stuff. Last year, I took public relations with Dr. Hamilton. We were split into groups and chose local nonprofit organizations to do benefit events for. Our group of 3 chose the Kansas City Girls home Teen Challenge. (Teen Challenge is an international rehab for people of all ages, this particular home is a residential home for adolescent girls.) We hosted a benefit concert on campus, had this video made and donated, and 3 lovely ladies shared their testimonies at the event. You can watch that video here. (Shout out to Kyle Bloom- AMAZING videographer/pastor/all around great guy.) The concert was hugely successful, over 100 people showed up, and we were hoping and praying and pleading with the Lord for like 25 people to come, even though our goal was 50.

I’ll spare you some boring details, but I came back as a TA this year to work with a group to recreate this event, only make it bigger and better. I have a team of 6 ladies working with me to do just that. The Lord provides in our times of need. ASG (Stuco for colleges) AND the Junior Class Council have partnered with us. Our concert is featuring MNU up and coming band Don’t know Dorothy and worship artist Hurley Christin, who is the worship leader at Mission Church in Overland Park. The girls from Teen Challenge have a choir song they will be singing at our event, and we have 2 girls sharing their stories. Mark your calendars for April 27th in Land Gym. You won’t wanna miss it!

Check out Hurley’s music here.

Go to her site! you can listen to her original music and learn more about her. She is amazing!

Go to her site! you can listen to her original music and learn more about her. She is amazing!

 

As I’m leading this project, I am also in Marketing Research. I am in a group of 5 and we are working for a real client too! We are conducting research for the Marketing Office at MNU about the Grad and Adult programs. Pretty cool, right? My role for the team is the focus group coordinator. Again, sparing you the boring details, we basically randomly select 8-12 students who qualify and have a dinner party for them and talk to them about their experiences with the programs and their media habits. (There’s a lot more that goes into it and I probably made it sound more fun that it looks.) …Have you seen the AT&T Commercials? Where the guy asks the kids the questions and then SURPRISE! he asks the retired athletes around the same table? (LOVE those btw) That’s kind of what it looks like… ANYWAY.

So Marketing Research is not my thing. Don’t get me wrong, super valuable, but I’m not good with details, and to be honest you could put any word in front of research and I wouldn’t take to it. Fashion Research. HangingOutWithFriends Research. Fun Research. Get the point? But focus group? talking to people while others take notes? That I’m all over. This project is HUGE, and not just because it’s a project, but because it’s for a client and the information we gather will be used. Yah. The real deal. At the end of the semester we have a 200 page report due. DYING thinking about it!

So throw this into the mix- I’ve been sick for like 10000 years and over spring break the doctors just now figure out the problem is my gallbladder. Not because I have stones, which is normal, but because it just hasn’t been doing what it’s supposed to do and is causing me pain. So normally a low functioning gallbladder is functioning at 35%, mine was at 19%. #SB2013! HOLLA! Being an adult is AWESOME. So last Monday I had the consultation with the surgeon in Oklahoma, then Thursday had it removed, and that brings us to today, when I am on pain medicine, still in Oklahoma. Did I mention the doctor said I should be able to go back to school Monday? yeaaahh not so much. Now I’m waiting for a follow up with the surgeon on Friday. Then maybe I can go back to school. Let me break down how long I’ve been not at school.

Spring Break. Easter Week (when I had my consultation with the surgeon.) This week.

That’s a grand total of 3 weeks. When I was in high school, this was my DREAM. But there’s something special about MNU. Yes, I’m a control freak and want to be doing my projects on my own, but my groups have stepped up and taken over my jobs for the time being. My teachers are nothing but gracious. My friends and REs and Profs and group members and NSLS E-board and pending members and faculty members that I say “hey” to as I’m passing them down the halls have all reached out to me to see if I’m doing okay and let me know that they miss me and can’t wait for me to be back. Andy Blum led a meeting for NSLS because none of the E-board members (myself included) could be there (thanks Andy!)  I can’t wait to be back. I miss my classmates and talking to everyone listed. I love my school with my whole heart and just want to be back.

So although I have projects piling up (and that’s just for 2 classes- I have 2 more classes I’m enrolled in!) I’m just ready to be back in the land where the sun rises and sets: The MidAmerica Nazarene University Campus.

Welp. This has been far too long and given too many details.

Over and out!

Currently Listening To:

1. Angie Miller's Love Came Down 2. The Ember Days' Adore 3. Random Spanish Song- Hermoso Jesus 4. Hillsong's I Will Rise 5. Jesus Culture's Fill me Up 6. Josh Wilson's Fall Apart

1. Angie Miller’s Love Came Down
2. The Ember Days’ Adore
3. Random Spanish Song- Hermoso Jesus
4. Hillsong’s I Will Rise
5. Jesus Culture’s Fill me Up
6. Josh Wilson’s Fall Apart

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March 13, 2013

A break from the webshow

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Friends. Family. Followers.

Remember that one time when I accidentally deleted the majority of the footage from the first take of Andy Blum’s video? Because I’m beginning to notice a pattern.

I filmed with Gordie Wetmore (MNU student and celebrity) featuring his magic griddle in a little how-to segment… and then there was 1:37 saved out of 9 minutes overall.

As any true friend would, Gordie agreed to re-take the video. Be watching for that to come up. I will tell you that as of right now I’m flooded with homework, so be watching after spring break.

Things I have due before Spring Break (which is in 3 days but who’s counting.)

  1.  3 home page designs for KCMO’s website (for my web interface design class)
  2. Moderate 1 of 2 Focus Groups I’ll be coordinating this semester (for my Marketing Research class)
  3. Write a paper that was due last week about the shopping experience of Von Mar (for my Retail Management class)
  4. Set dates for meetings with a local non profit organization regarding a benefit event (for my Public Relations Class- more to come on this)
  5. Come up with 5 articles to use as secondary research for a survey to the adult/grad student body (for my Marketing Research class)

NSLS update:

We had our second broadcast last night and the speaker, Brad Meltzer, was phenomenal (and hilarious which gains you about 500 bonus points in my book.) Brad is a best selling author 9 times over and has an incredible story. Key thought- Dream Big, Work Hard, and Stay Humble.

Spring Break plans-

I know you all want to know what I have planned for Spring Break, and let me tell you to prepare yourselves… I will be spending my week in Bartlesville, OK recovering on my parent’s couch from a colonoscopy! Get. Jealous. Isn’t it great being an adult?

Currently listening to:

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This is the church I go to in Olathe (Life Church.) Recently, we had a worship night and they recorded it and put it on Spotify, which means I have had it on repeat. Holla!

A tip for you prospective students out there: Never leave your phone laying around without a password that cannot be unveiled.

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Why did I post this, you ask? It’ll come full circle when you see Gordie on my show in 2 weeks.

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Well. This has been spastic and all over the place. Kind of like my brain right now.

Over and out!