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Haley Raydo

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March 15, 2014

Mother Daughter Weekend… And So Much More

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Hello friends!

So it is finally SPRING BREAK! Woo! I am going to keep this short for you all, so you can go out and enjoy your break!

A couple of weekends ago I got the opportunity to go to Mother Daughter weekend here at MNU.  It was so much fun, and there was a lot of good work put into it!  Reflecting on this, it really made me think about how many awesome events we have on campus.

I had a friend come by from another college to visit.  She took one look at our calendar in my hall, and said “I wish my school had as much to do.” There are so many people that work to make your years at MNU special.  There is always events: hall parties, dances, movie nights, late night munchies, dodgeball tournaments, intramural games, game nights, and so much more!

I think this is by far my favorite part about MNU, and if I could give any advice to upcoming freshman, I would say go to your school’s events! You meet great people and you really get connected to a community!

This video is from mother daughter weekend!

Have a great spring break!

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

Mario Flores

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March 8, 2014

Starts With a “B” Ends With an “alance”

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There is another remix of this meme that has about 6-8 sides, unfortunately I could not find it! Apologies for that friends!

There is another remix of this meme that has about 6-8 sides, unfortunately I could not find it! Apologies for that friends!

Also, here are some other objects that came from prolific author and Christian leader Gordon MacDonald:
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Haley Raydo

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February 8, 2014

Snow Day Shenanigans

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Hello friends!

Well it is that time of the week again… time for a new blog! This week has been rather crazy.  I mean we only had 3 days of classes due to snow!

IMG_2623The great thing about college snow days is.. You are in college! So you are stuck on campus with all of your best friends!  They even extended open dorm times (guys in the girls dorms/ girls in the guys dorms) so of course that is always nice!

There is something so sweet about a snow day… Just the feeling the night before, “I don’t have to go to classes tomorrow…” is the absolute best!  You stay up late (which means watching movies or watching my friend Randi own some guys at ping pong), you sleep in late and take your time in the shower, and you spend all day with no plans!

My friends and I spent part of our day sledding on Lanpher Hill (right next to the freshman boys’ dorm) and my friend Dan decided to bike down the hill as you can see in the video.

I hope you all had great snow days! If you are in high school right now, just wait until college for your snow days!

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

Britney Lewis

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October 8, 2013

They Came In Like A Wrecking Ball.

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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.

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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.

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.

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The King and Queen!

The King and Queen!

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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?

You take them to Oklahoma Joe’s!

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Until next time folks,

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Love,

Britney!

Mario Flores

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October 4, 2013

Assassins, Aristotle, Professor Ping-Pong?

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My Nerf gun weapon of choice for the Leegit game of Assassins!

My Nerf gun weapon of choice for the Leegit game of Assassins!

Mario Flores

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September 27, 2013

Naps are Heavenly

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Adjusting to the college life and rhythm was a polite awakening. I remember moving in, meeting the guys in my hall, attending all the NSO (New Student Orientation) and Howdy Week events, going on 7/11 and Wal-Mart runs, and then waking up in the morning to go to class. The first week here was pretty packed, and it quickly began to wear on me. I actually started to get sick since my body was not rested enough! Stuffy and runny noses are no bueno. So, aware of the needs of my body, I made a lifestyle choice that I had never before done. If you read the title, I’m sure you can gather what I am talking about.

I had never done it before because I had never needed to. And besides, why sleep during the day (the exception being sleeping in haha)? Anyway, taking “Nazarene naps” (naps that Nazarenes take on Sundays after church) or naps of any sort for that matter, it never was something that was appealing to me until, I experienced going to sleep late and waking up early for an extended/continued period of time.
Now, at least in the social circles that I have seen and am a part of, staying up late and hanging out by: playing Ping-Pong,

The beloved Ping Pong table.

The beloved Ping Pong table.

watching TV or movies,
We watched this last night/early this morning!

We watched this last night/early this morning!

playing video games,
Nightwing- my favorite character from the video game: Injustice.

Nightwing- my favorite character from the video game: Injustice.

studying (cramming) for tests the next day
A couple pages from my Greek Textbook

A couple pages from my Greek Textbook

, AND getting up in the morning for class, those things are rather normal.
Normal and fun? Without a doubt. Always wise? Well… maybe not. Unless naps are taken!

Let me say this:
The individual needs rest.
Naps provide rest for the individual.
Naps are a good thing.
Scripture says that “every good and perfect gift is from above…” (James 1:17).
Therefore, naps are heavenly.
You’re welcome; I’m a Religion major that is currently taking a philosophy class.
Seriously though, sleep is super!

Conversely, a lack of sleep just stinks! Being tired and sleepy during a lecture or test during the day is also no bueno or pleasant. My parents and I are paying a few pretty pennies for me to attend school here, not being fully present and awake during the actual school part of school is not a wise choice. Hence, rest is important!
For whatever reason, God has created us to function as creatures/beings/persons that take hours of every day to be knocked out, helpless, and somewhat unconscious. Grant it, God has used the time of sleep in the past to speak to several people in the form of dreams. So I suppose sleep has that going for it. Now, just based off of that, I’m not sure whether or not there will be sleeping in heaven. On this earth? Of course. In heaven? Eh, I do not think so. But since God did choose to rest after speaking the universe into existence, it could be that in heaven there are at least some comfortable couches lying around!

Well that’s enough from me for today friends. I hope your weekend goes well and that you stay-or if you’re not-get rested. Take a nap or two! Your body and mind (and probably spirit) will thank you!

Peace in the Middle East, farewell, and ’till next time!

Mario Paul Flores

P.S.
Here are some of my favorite psalms, I especially like to pray them! Hopefully they can be a blessing to you as well!

Psalm 86:15 “You oh Lord are a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.”
Psalm 25:4 “Make me to know Your ways oh Lord, teach me Your paths.”

Britney Lewis

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September 24, 2013

The Roommate Situation, My Life, Academics, and Other Things That Might Not Fall Into This Category

September 24, 2013 | By | No Comments

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Blog World, it’s true: Today, my blog has no direct theme and is full of random information.

Random information, in which, I hope you find helpful…

The Roommate:

I think the scariest thing about moving away from home, and onto a college campus, would be living with someone you don’t know.

For the next nine months, you get to share your personal space with a complete, and total, stranger. However, it’s not as scary as it seems. A roommate can be someone you confide in, someone you share many laughs with, and someone you will remember for the rest of your life. When It comes to choosing a roomie, I’d suggest choosing wisely. I’ve heard sooo many terrible stories about rooming with a best friend. It turns out, living with someone you already know, can create a dent in a good friendship. I’m not saying it won’t work out, but I’d be very careful when it comes to rooming with a best friend. When filling out your housing information for MNU, there is an option to choose a random roommate! There, you are given the option to find a roommate who–hopefully–has the same qualities as you. For example: Messy/Super organized, Early-bird/Night owl ect. Again, these things aren’t exact, but at least you get some say in your rooming situation.

Advice:

  1. Communication is Key: If your roommate does something that bugs you, let him/her know immediately. Mis-communication is one of the BIGGEST problems people face.
  2. Create a list of rules together: That way, nothing is left unsaid. If you feel like your room is messy and needs to be cleaned, create a chart! If you think there should be certain hours to have friends over, write it down!
  3. Build friendships outside of the room: The MNU community is insanely amazing. The people here are nice–most of them ;)–and I’m sure they wouldn’t mind having you tag along. It’s good to have a few friends to fall back on–just in case life gets sour with your roommate.
  4. Have Fun: Throw parties together! Invite friends over! Get creative. Remember: college only happens once in a lifetime–for most people–make the most of it!
  5. Also: Your college experience probably won’t be anything like the movie, The Roommate…Just saying.

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Academics:

Academics At MNU are no joke! The professors here are incredible, and have been taught to teach to everyone’s needs.

The class options are almost endless. With it being my second year here as an English Education major, the reality of being an “actual” college student is finally sinking in on me. As a freshman, it was so easy to slack of, and procrastinate till I couldn’t procrastinate anymore. I was the queen of staying up late and getting work done…or not doing anything at all. It took me a year to realize that I was the only person paying for my college education. My parents weren’t helping, distant relatives weren’t helping, It was ALL me (plus the scholarships that MIdAmerica had offered.) But I realized, It’s not like public school, when I graduate, I will have loans to pay off, and I want those loans to be something I worked hard for! With that said, I’ve been spending long hours in the library doing homework and studying. I’m trying my best to get everything done on time!

Caffeine and I have officially became best friends!

This actually isn't even coffee, It's Apple Cider from Dewey's (The Campus Starbucks!)

This actually isn’t even coffee, It’s Apple Cider from Dewey’s (The Campus Starbucks!)

Lastly….

I felt the need to share a piece of my life with you! I spent my first weekend off campus this week. It was weird because I didn’t actually go home, I was staying with a woman who attends my church. She lives by herself–for now anyway. Her husband is in Serbia!–in a little cottage in Kansas City, and she has this really BIG dog named Malena–she was such a sweetheart. Anyway, I guess there really is no moral to this story. The entire weekend I watched the TV show, Bones. I enjoyed it; it has a great story line and all…but I’d rather watch Supernatural! (Woot! Woot!) I’m probably mildly obsessed with that show–I don’t know if that’s healthy or not…but who cares? Also, this weekend I took a ton of pictures! I’ll post some of them below.

P.S. I know I said I was going to post a Spindle room tour this week, but my apartment is a mess! My suite-mates and I have been uberly busy! Next week I’ll have two videos up–I promise!

Till Next Time!

Love,

Britney!

While I was waiting for my ride on Friday afternoon, I took this snap shot!

While I was waiting for my ride on Friday afternoon, I took this snap shot!

Malena: The dog that followed me around all weekend!

Malena: The dog that followed me around all weekend!

The Sunday morning sun! I guess I was feeling really inspired...

The Sunday morning sun!
I guess I was feeling really inspired…

 

 

 

 

 

Mario Flores

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September 21, 2013

LanBarger ‘Lympics!!

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FIRST OF ALL, you gotta watch the video. Then read the text below.
So Tuesday I forgot to say was Dodgeball! Also, Dumpster diving is legal, and Krispy Kreme throws away perfectly packaged donuts every night……. All I’ll add to that is that my sweet tooth has been satisfied…. :-) Be well friends and make good decisions!

Britney Lewis

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September 17, 2013

To Bring or Not to Bring–That Is The Question.

September 17, 2013 | By | 2 Comments

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So it’s the summer before your first year of college, and you ask yourself: What the heck am I supposed to bring?

It’s like you’ve been thrown out into the world naked: no clothes, no shoes, and no place to go. No one has given you directions, so you’ve been walking in a circle for the last half hour by yourself.

You’re in a foreign place…

It’s dark

and you’re naked!

You feel hopeless, and you’re on the verge of giving up.

BUT DON’T BACK DOWN YET. Thankfully, your life probably isn’t anything like the metaphor I mentioned above…and if it is…well, that’s a completely different subject.

You’re not naked; there’s a sun shinning somewhere; and I’m here to help you! Truthfully, the summer before I moved to MNU, I was overwhelmed with anxiety. I was the first in my family to go off to college, the school year was drawing near, and I hadn’t bought anything for my dorm.

I didn’t know that the MNU website had a page with a list of school supplies. (http://www.mnu.edu/undergraduate/student-life/dorms.html#bring) I definitely suggest checking the link out. The website has been updated and it’s almost exact…however there are a plethora of items I would NOT bring. If you bring everything on the list, your roommate will probably kick you out–just saying. ;)

What Not to Bring:

–Everything in your closet. That shirt that’s been sitting in the back of your closet for a year: LEAVE IT THERE. There’s not gonna be a day when you’re like: Oh, I should have brought that shirt. Actually, if you have more than a hand full of clothes that you don’t use anymore, you should donate them to a Goodwill or Savers.

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–Don’t Bring a popcorn popper. You’ll probably use it once, and then never use it again. Plus it’s a hassle to clean.

–There’s a good chance you’ll never use a can opener either–so drop that.

–A few other things I wouldn’t bring: hot pot, Iron/iron board (Unless you’re actually going to use it). All the books on your bookshelf (There’s not enough room for everything. Plus, I only read one and a half books my freshman year. :( )

What to bring:

Do bring a shower caddy! Many people have no idea what that is.

Preferably, I would choose one with holes at the bottom of it, so the water drains and doesn’t become moldy.

Do bring shower flip-flops! I don’t care what anyone says, shower cleaner can’t clean everything! Protect your feet from fungi and go with the flops!

Do bring a cable cord! Many people forget them, but if you want to take advantage of the free cable, I’d suggest bringing one.

–A few other things: Kleenex, umbrella, rain/snow boots, trash cans and plenty of movies to keep yourself entertained.

Lastly:

Do talk with your roommate before moving in. It might be weird, or even awkward, at first. But trust me, It’s so worth it. It would be a shame if you and your roommate had two of everything. Don’t be scared: make the first move! That way: the both of you can coordinate ideas and create a living space where everyone wants to hang out.

Here are a few photos from my dorm freshman year!

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Welp, that’s all for this week! I hope this was helpful.

Next week I’ll be posting some videos of room tours. You’ll get to see some rooms from: Stockton, Spindle, and Lampher.

Talk to you later!

Love,

Britney

Mario Flores

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September 13, 2013

Attention Caught? This is my attempt at a clever title.

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I must say, being a Pioneer is fo shizzle the bomb.
Before I move into telling you why, I’ve decided to share with you why I chose MNU in the first place. So sit back, (or forward- whatever is most comfortable for you) and (hopefully) enjoy reading a little bit about my story.

I am a Pastor’s kid. In fact, I’m a Nazarene pastor’s kid. Meaning, I’ve grown up going to and being brought to Church my whole life. And actually, I’m grateful for it. I’ve got amazing parents that love Jesus, love each other, and they love us kids. I am the youngest of four. I am from SouthEastern California, El Centro to be exact. A relatively small agricultural border town community.

I played football the first three years of high school, ran four years of track, and two weeks of soccer (We can discuss that later). I’ve grown up playing sports, but playing at MNU is still more of a DREAM than a reality… mainly cause we’re bosses at pretty much all our sports, and i’m no boss… Anyway, I enjoy playing the guitar. I started playing the summer going into my senior year and starting next Tuesday I’ll be teaching two guys in my hall all that I know!

Now to my choice of MNU.
I chose MNU over several other schools for a few deliberate reasons.
1. The Faculty and staff seem to be predominantly genuine lovers of God and lovers of people. More than just talk the talk, they authentically care for people, extend grace, and are patient (again this is in general). Anyway seeing that type of a person live their life in such a way obviously makes me want to learn from them!
2. The Community is off the chain. When I came on an extended SCOUT visit, I stayed in Snowbarger. While I was here, rather than being treated as some little high schooler, I was treated as a friend that just happened to be a couple years younger. I dig that.
3. Frankly I wanted to get away from home. Not that those who live close to MNU shouldn’t come! But for me, I wanted to get away from California and familiarity. I figured that if I went to a place where I wasn’t really known or knew of anyone else, I’d be forced to be more independent and be forced into “clinging” to God-depending on Him for support and family. I testify today that He is faithful to provide.
4. Referring back to the Faculty and Community, the attitude/atmosphere seems to be intentionally Kingdom-minded. What I mean by that is that the rhythms and standards and events and policies are attempts to make an environment that is Christ-centered and Christ-like. For the sake of others we choose to live the way we live. For example living in the dorms, we work to observe quiet hours when it’s late at night and early in the morning. This is because when you’re trying to sleep, people yelling in the hall or blaring their music often makes it harder to fall asleep. For the sake of others we choose to live the way that we do. I really dig that.

Finally (for now), after my first year of college officially in the history of mankind, I confess that I came away satisfied. And now that I am four weeks into my Sophomore year, I am still really enjoying it!
College is different from all of my previous school experiences. Most distinctly is in the fact that I now live and eat with the people that I go to school with. It makes for more “relational-building” time. For that I am ever grateful. I’ve got a great roommate, and the guys in my hall are stellar. I’ll be sharing more about them later on-some are in the photo above! For now though

Eeet's the Baist, I lave it! (Read that in a Nacho Libre accent and it'll make sense) Also, that's my car :D

Eeet’s the Baist, I lave it! (Read that in a Nacho Libre accent and it’ll make sense) Also, that’s my car :D

I’m going to say toodles and peace in the Middle East friends!

Grateful in Him,

Mario Paul Flores