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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.

September 13, 2013 | By | One Comment

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

Britney Lewis

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September 10, 2013

The Always Awkward Ice Breakers…

September 10, 2013 | By | 6 Comments

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Good evening beautiful blog world.

Think back to your first day of high school. Remember the weird people? The rude stares? The cafeteria food? And goodness, those terrible Ice breakers that teachers make you do before you even get the chance to catch your breath? It’s like: You’ve been running around, in a foreign place, all day looking for classes; you barely make it pass the bell, and already, the teacher wants you to stand in front of the room and introduce yourself.

Why????

  Let’s all be honest here: Ice breakers are no fun. You’d think, after you hit college, these instances would go away…but they don’t. Fortunately, the professors at MidAmerica want to know what you’re all about; they want to know what you’re majoring in, who you’re living with, and where you’re from. It’s weird, but the profs actually care–which isn’t a bad thing if you ask me. So today’s blog is solely going to be an introduction on who I am…minus the awkwardness, of course.

My name Is Britney. I’m crazy in-love with God. I am a sophomore with a major in English education and a minor in art.

I love to write! Whenever I think of a cool line or quote for one of my characters, I stick it on my desk!photo

I also really enjoy art. My grandmother is an artist, so I guess it runs in the family. I’m quite humble about my talent, and I don’t talk about it much, but I do have a strong passion for it. Here are a few photos!

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Most importantly, I am crazy about my nephew–He actually resembles me a lot.  His name is T.J. and he’ll be three in October! He has a sibling on the way! Hopefully it’s a girl. :)

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Welp, that’s me! I have officially completed an ice breaker without sweating, nervous jitters, and the thought of passing out. I hope I helped shed some light on who I am.

It would be awesome if I could hear from you all, too! I’d love to know about your weird first days of school, or what inspires you the most in life! To leave a comment, click on the title above! Remember: Ice breakers will always be awkward…but make the most of your awkwardness by getting to know the people around you! Trust me, no one is judging you. ;)

Talk to you all next time!

Love, Britney!

Phillip Prado

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May 10, 2013

3 More Years!

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A year later, and here we are,  finishing the school year off and continuing on with our lives.  Finals are finishing up, and we are tying all of the loose ends of our assignments up and getting them all turned it. Some of us will be back next year, and some of us won’t be. We all have memories we will never forget, people we will never let go of, experiences we will never get the chance to be a part of again, and it all plays into our life we have encountered here at MNU.

As the hallways clear out, as the people pack their things, and as all of my friends drive away, it’s kind of sad. I think of the times I spent with people studying, messing around in the dorm late at night, going on  midnight Taco Bell runs, and just living a college life, and it is pretty upsetting.  Summer is here and all of that is gone.  A new path is unfolding and I’m still caught up on the last one.  I’m still wishing I didn’t have to leave even though I am excited that I am DONE with homework!  I will have no more of that!  No more ridiculous papers, no more 2 hour tests, or 4 hour study sessions! I…get…to..SLEEP!  But no matter how excited I am about less work, I will still miss this life more.

But, despite the constant weight of the end of the school year, even though summer is here, MNU isn’t going anywhere! The home of the Pioneers will be right here where we left it.  So I’m gonna keep my head up, keep my hopes high, and await the storm (by storm I mean summer :P)!!  So get ready MNU!  Cause I’m not done with you just yet!  I still have 3 more years of this place;  3 more years of memories, 3 more years of people, and 3 more years of experiences;  3 more years of studying and 3 more years homework for hours on end :(;  3 more years of the college life and 3 more years sleepless nights.  I still have 3 more years of living life as a Pioneer!

3 more years!!

So here we are, saying goodbye to freshman year!  And hello to the rest of our lives!

Kelsey Cranford

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May 2, 2013

MNU PD

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Some funnies for your week! Check out our very own MNU PD.

 

Emily Lawler

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May 1, 2013

{Emily} One More Week

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Hey All!

Things are winding down. Take a look.

{Emily}

Phillip Prado

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April 26, 2013

Thinking Back

April 26, 2013 | By | No Comments

moments,life,memories,quote,quote,word,remember-5883bba7d4638f2ed6a2fdbf964f22b0_hHEY GUYS! So, it’s official, my freshman year is almost over. There are only two weeks of school left! Two weeks?? Where did the time go?  Where in the world have I been??  It feels like just yesterday I was going through NSO (New Student Orientation) Week.  And now I’m coming up on my lest week of school.  It’s crazy how fast time flies.

We were talking about this the other day in class (how time has gone by so quickly).  There was a group discussion about our experiences in our past and it was almost completely focused on this school year and how fast it has gone. We talked about how each of us has learned a lot in these past few months, how we’ve grown a lot, how we have met a lot of new people, and so on and so forth.  The most interesting stories to me were the ones that were about the ridiculous things that happened in Campus Center, or the one time during an intramural game when someone got hit in the face with a ball, or just times when we were just together and having fellowship. There were stories about character building,  insane amounts of homework, or even times that were “alter” moments (which were very influential and I am very glad we had these too),  but the stories I related to most were the relational ones.  I feel like we all felt this way.  We related easier to each other when we talked about relating (ironic huh?). It made me think “Man…I’m really gonna miss these people.”  I’ve made so many new friends and had so many new encounters.  Some times it was hard, but this year taught me a lot about how important it is for us to be together.  I would not have been able to do it had I not connected withe people the way I have here at MNU.

A few weeks ago I blogged about MNU Secret Admirers.  This is a perfect example of how we long to connect to other people, even if it is in secret :P. MNU has been awesome to me, and listening to these other people’s stories really helped me think back on everything I’ve experienced.  This year has been really important to me, whether it’s what I learned in class, friendships I’ve gained, or just things I’ve done.  Now that I look back, I can see how thankful I really am for coming to a Christian school like MNU, and if I had the chance to go somewhere else I would still pick MNU.  This has become a second home to me, I will miss it terribly, and I know any of you incoming Freshman who will be here will feel the same way!

Emily Lawler

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April 25, 2013

{Emily} Nearing the End..

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Hope you enjoy this week’s video. Please be praying for job opportunities.

Kelsey Cranford

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April 23, 2013

Almost There

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IMG_3077IMG_1688IMG_0275334d89d0101d11e2aa6822000a1ea033_7IMG_5437IMG_0274I just cannot quite believe that the semester is soon coming to a close. Here we are with two and a half weeks of classes left–there is a light at the end of the tunnel! This is about the time of the year when it seems like everyone’s running around like chickens with their heads cut off. I must say my mind is feeling a bit scatterbrained trying to keep up with everything, so I apologize if this post is just absolutely random.

The biggest news I have to share is that I unexpectedly won $250 this past week! Our library on campus gives out a research award every year in which students can turn in papers they have worked on for classes for a cash prize. I turned in a research paper that I have been working on for most of the semester for a Criminology class that looks at whether or not crime could be seen as beneficial to society. I am very thankful to say that I won the award and the cash moneysss. There is seriously nothing better than getting paid the big bucks to do school work. PTL!!!

This last weekend my fiance and I and the youth group got to put on a sports and arts clinic at our church for kids in the area with special needs. We had about 35 kids come and provided basketball, volleyball, soccer, and arts & crafts for them to participate in. Both Zach and I have worked for Helpers Inc. in the past (an organization that provides care for kids with special needs in the Kansas City area) which provided us with connections to the Blue Valley area’s specail olympics. We were able to invite kiddos involved in this program to come participate in our clinic as a form of outreach and service to the community. It was so great watching our students interact with these beautiful children and have a blast doing so. How absolutely refreshing it is to be with people who truly treasure and enjoy the simple things of life.

Beyond that, I am afraid there is not really much more to report. Life lately has been filled with papers and projects and preparing for finals in a couple weeks!! Wish me luck!!

Phillip Prado

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April 18, 2013

Life Lessons From the Mouth of an English Teacher

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HEY GUYS!! Lately I’ve been sharing some of my classroom stories with you guys, and I think it is about time for another one.  Don’t you?  OF COURSE YOU DO!  So here goes! :P

The other day I was in class, English Composition II, and we were talking about our government.  The professor handed out a citizens test to see if we were knowledgable on our government and it’s history.  A series of groans and mumbles echoed across the room as he began telling us about this test we were about to take.  The class wanted no part of this.  I heard some students say things like “Why do we need to know this for English class?”  or “We’re not even getting a grade so I’m not doing this” and even a few “This is pointless” remarks.  The professor just laughed and continued to hand out the test. We got into groups, filled out the test, and the the professor gathered out attention again to go over the answers.

At first it seemed like this did, in fact, have no relevance to the rest of the class.  Some of us know a lot about our government, while others not so much.  But after we had gone over the answers, and after we had wrapped up the test the teacher asked us “So why did I have you go over this?  What was the point of this?”

The class had no idea.  We were all under the assumption that this had no relevance to the other papers we were writing and essays we were analyzing.  This test seemed to stick out like a sore thumb, and to have no place in our regular curriculum. Then the professor began to explain that it wasn’t to just see how much we knew about our government, but that we need to make ourselves knowledgable.  Knowledgeable about our government, about our essay topics, about the culture and situation behind the essays we are reading, even about our faith and our own lives.

So here is a class, not wanting to cooperate, complaining, and neglecting to open up to this teacher. Then all of the sudden, this professor comes out and gets really deep and meaningful with us.  It made us feel kind of shallow and mean.  What the professor said was true, and real, and we needed to hear that for the class; we needed to hear that for life in general; we needed to put our own assumptions aside and just listen for once.

This was awesome!  I’ve never been in a class that has been as personal as this one before.  We talk off topic, we communicate, both by listening and speaking.  Most classes are just lecture, lecture, lecture.  But this class we learn by conversation, by sharing stories, opinions, and beliefs.  In this case the professor showed us an important life lesson that was intended to make us more successful in our curriculum, yet that’s not where it stayed.  I believe the point of class is not to learn a subject enough to pass a test and then go on with our lives, but to gain useable, applicable life lessons and knowledge that we can use to make us better holistically.

I am thankful that MNU has professors like this.  Professors that aren’t afraid to actually communicate with us, to bring us in, and to send us out of the class with a lesson we can apply.  You had to be there to really understand what I am trying to say, I just hope you can see how important this is to me, and how important it should be to any college student across America.  So don’t shut off these opportunities.  They are really vital to you. Especially in college, the time of your life when you are really trying to find out who you are and where your place is in this vast world. Just pay attention. You might learn something here and there. :)