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Phillip Prado

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April 18, 2013

Life Lessons From the Mouth of an English Teacher

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Stock Photo of the Consitution of the United States and Feather Quill

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. :)

 

Kelsey Cranford

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April 17, 2013

the Real, the Beautiful

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This past week I received the extremely exciting news that I have officially been accepted as an intern at The Keeler’s Women Center for this upcoming summer! The past couple months have been spent in prayer asking the Lord to offer direction and guidance in my search for an internship, and I am so excited and relieved that He has provided such an amazing opporunity. The Keeler Women’s Center, located in downtown Kansas City, seeks to wholistically serve women in the urban core of KC in which they provide a number of different services and programs to do so. Some of these services include free counseling; English tutoring; spiritual formation classes; education on parenting, nutrition, and other subjects; care packages; a food pantry; and various clubs such as book clubs and knitting clubs. They are purposeful in serving these women from all different facets and I am so exctied to be able to be involved in each of these programs. In learning more about what God has called me to do in regards to a career or vocation, I know that he has created a passion wtihin me for coming alonside and advocating for women and that I really thrive off one-on-one time with others. In playing off of those 2 extremely vague ideas, I am praying that God would direct me through this internship and help me gain a better understanding of what He has called me to do at least for the near future. Needless to say, I am absoluley stoked about the learning that will take place this summer and for God to shape me through this experience!

Kind of going along with this and also going back to this passion I have to advocate for women, I found this video on facebook and had to share. The Dove Campaign has been promoting the following video in an effort to continue to foster healthy perceptions of beauty amongst women. It is extremely interesting and moving and I would highly recommend that you take a few moments to watch.

Emily Lawler

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April 14, 2013

{Emily} Four More Weeks..

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One more week of student teaching- I can hardly believe it. I hope you are well. Thank you so much for investing briefly in my vlog.

{Emily}

Phillip Prado

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April 11, 2013

MNU Has Secret Admirers? What???

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HEY GUYS!! Story time!!!

So I was in class the other day, taking notes on my laptop, and this girl in front of me starts discretely chuckling to herself.  At first I ignored her, and continued listening to the EVER SO EXCITING lecture that was being presented by the very entertaining professor in the font of the class :|.  The only problem was that she continually kept giggling, and showing her computer to the girls sitting beside her, who then in turn began giggling themselves.

Now I’m not gonna lie, I was struggling to stay awake.  This was definitely one of the most…unadventurous classes I have had in my very minimal college experience.  So in my fatigued state I gave in to my curiosity and wanted to see what was so funny.  So I slowly leaned forward to look at this girls computer to see what was so funny, trying not to be noticed so I didn’t look like a total creeper.

NOW I KNOW I shouldn’t have been nosey! And I know I should’ve just continued to do my notes! But I didn’t…so oh well boo hoo :P.

ANYWAY! So i’m looking at here computer right?  And what do I see?? Facebook… At first I was like “DUUUMMBB!” because I thought they were probably laughing at stupid posts or little memes. But then I looked again and realized it wasn’t just any Facebook page. Oh no!  It was about MNU! And not only was it about MNU, but it was a confessional! After a second of snooping, I could see that this page was a place for MNU students to anonymously confess their feelings for one another! This really really off set me at first.  I was like “WHAT THE HECK??” So I quickly opened up Facebook on my laptop and navigated to the page MNU Secret Admirers.  At first I was kind of turned off to the idea.  I thought it was a ridiculous idea and that it could open up a window to some bullying/pranking.  But once I began to read it, I found that it seemed that MOST of these confessions were pretty sincere.  It turns out that college students can be somewhat mature :P! Of course there are some fake ones, and some joke posts, but these are pretty easy to weed out from the authentic confessions.  I spent the rest of class reading this page (which was a bad idea! Never browse the internet during class!), and actually found it to be pretty amusing.

It doesn’t say who started the page, and the submission process goes through google docs, which is explained on the page itself, and is completely anonymous.  Someone had to be pretty creative to think something like this up, and has to be pretty committed to keep up with managing the page. To me, its a place where people can say the things they can’t get the guts to say to the people that they feel need to hear it.

So if you don’t go to MNU quite yet then this is a little peak to what’s on the minds and hearts of some of your soon-to-be fellow Pioneers.  So just go see whats up, read some posts, and learn some things about some people without actually knowing who they are…yet. :)

And if you DO go to MNU, then check it out, post the things you wish you could say to the people you wish could hear it, or just read what’s going on with some people.  And WHO KNOWS, you might read one about yourself!

 

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Emily Lawler

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April 7, 2013

{Emily} Last Day of Seminar Tomorrow!

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Hey Guys!

Sorry for the quick video- I have absolutely busy with student teaching! See you next week!

{Emily}

Kelsey Cranford

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April 6, 2013

I PASSED!!!!

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I’m sorry I’m so late in the game in updating you guys on what’s been going on lately! This last week has been absolutely CRAZY. Technically I am Junior in my undergrad but since I’m graduating a semester early, this past week I HAD TO TAKE THE SENIOR COMP. For those of you who are unaware, the Senior Comp is an exam you have to take your senior year which is basically a cumulative final for all of the classes you’ve taken during your four years that are in your major. I found out about this exam right before spring break, so the past couple weeks have been filled with studying, studying, studying. Thursday was the moment of truth. Took the exam, which lasted a couple hours, and walked away feeling like I had absolutely no idea how well I did. Yesterday I got the awaited news from my professor that I had passed and that everyone did extremely well on the exam (PRAISE THE LORD!!!!) All this to say, despite the upcoming papers and projects, I am feeling so excited and relieved! The Lord most certainly provides :)

Also, as you can see in the picture, another most prominent highlight of the week was going from my dumbphone of 3 years to an iPhone 5. UPGRADE OF THE CENTURY.

That’s all folks! Have a wonderful weekend!!!

 

Phillip Prado

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April 4, 2013

Stressed Out!

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Responsibility

So the end of the year is coming quickly! And thinking back, I can see that there is a lot I could say about what has happened to me this year.  There’s been some hard times and some good times.  There’s been ups and there’s been downs.  College has been an awesome experience, and I have learned so much about myself.  For example, I have learned that I am not very good at managing my time where there is enough space for homework :\.  I usually just plan right over homework time.  I also learned that I am very good a taking tests and writing papers last minute :P.  I once had a 5-6 page paper due on a Friday at noon, and I did it Friday at 9 and got a 95%! (I do not recommend doing this because not always does it end up very well, I recommend managing your time more wisely than that).  I also learned that I am not very good at managing my sleep schedule.  A good friend of mine always says the acronym O.L.U.E. (Out Late Up Early) because that’s what happens here.  Your up until 2 or 3 in the morning, and you have class at 8! (yeah I don’t know why I do this but I do, and every morning I regret it).

Overall I am not very good at managing my time, and I have really been getting better at this.  Learning my weaknesses and strengths has been a huge part of my college experience here at MNU.  I’m bad at planning and good at winging it! Now those may work well together but that is definitely not the way to deal with things.  It almost always leads to being stressed out..no scratch that, it DOES always lead to being stressed out.  And gosh does that suck :(.  College is stressful enough as it is.  A sense of responsibility really kicks in, and sometimes that responsibility doesn’t sit well in our stomachs

Responsibility…the word that brings more stress on college students than anything else.  College students are asked to be responsible to make it to class, to get homework done on time, to take care of themselves, and in some cases, I am an example, we have to pay for college are own.  Sounds fun huh?  You guys and gals who are just getting ready to go to college are really looking forward to that aren’t you?  WOOOOO for getting all of your assets in order and getting the job done! And speaking of getting the job done, some of us have to get jobs to support ourselves too.  So not only do we have to get homework done, but we also have to maintain a steady source of income.

I got a job because I am responsible for paying for college myself.  That let to another stressful decision I had to make: staying in Olathe over summer instead of going back home to Nebraska so I can make enough money to save up for school.  That really kinda sucks…a lot. I will miss my family a lot, specifically my little sisters.  But it’s worth it.  If I want to go to this school, pursue God’s call to ministry, and really fulfill what I know I NEED to do, then sometimes the tough decisions need to be made.  And I am willing to do that.  Yes I love my family, and yes I will miss them, but they’re not going anywhere.  Just because I’m not with them doesn’t mean they are out of my life.

So if there’s ANOTHER thing I’ve learned this year, it would be that life has it’s pros and cons, and sometimes the cons can be overwhelming, but if we do what God asks us to then the pros will always be worth the cons.  JUST like my “time management” problem.  It may suck and take some extra work to plan ahead, but the pros will definitely outweigh the cons.  So for you guys coming in to college, whether its here at MNU or somewhere else, just don’t be afraid to make the tough decisions if you know it will be worth it.  It may take a little bit of sacrifice, but that’s ok.  Christ did say that would happen. ;)

Just another lesson I have learned here at MNU that I decided to share with all of you guys!

Joey Alligier

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April 3, 2013

The Importance of Being a Pioneer

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Being a Pioneer is more than a title or a mascot. It’s all about what you do! In this resurrection season our focus is turned towards the being of Jesus Christ and unfathomable characteristics he possess. People all over this campus are getting it! Also, this week we are hosting the NSLC! National Student Leadership Conference! It’s gonna get crazy! We are Pioneers not because we go to MNU, but because we go out. In the community and further.

Next week in this community we will be putting on a show called “The Importance of Being Earnest”. A play I had never actually heard of until this semester, but one that is sure to become a favorite. It is a comedy that involves love, imagination, and a couple of AWESOME butlers :)

Here’s a preview :)

Emily Lawler

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April 2, 2013

{Emily} March Favorites

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Here is a quick favorites video for you all. I hope you are having an awesome day!

{Emily}

Phillip Prado

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March 28, 2013

Hiking? In Tennessee? I think so :)

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YES! It happened! Through Kairos, our wednesday night chapel service, we went hiking at Savage Gulch in Tennessee over spring break! It was a week of amazingness, let me tell you! I don’t even know where to start. There was hiking (obviously :P), beautiful scenery, amazing fellowship, and plus Savage Gulch is only 2 hours north of Nashville! So not only did we see some of America’s most amazing landscapes, but we also got the chance to see one of America’s best cities.  But before I get a head of myself, how about I start from the beginning?

So 7 am, Monday morning, we loaded up the vans to embark on a 9 hour drive to the city of Nashville, Tennessee where the beginning of our trip took place.  After a few restroom pit stops and a lunch break, we arrived in Nashville at around 3 or 4 in the afternoon.  After a little sight seeing, we stopped at a Nazarene Church where we would stay the first night before we began our hiking endeavors that Tuesday morning.  Later that night, we were taken deeper into Nashville to try out some of the cuisine they had to offer.  A few of us went to this chicken finger restaurant that had been made out of an old house, which was so fun to just be at because it was such a creative place, called “McDougal’s.”  I, honestly, do not think I have had better chicken fingers in my life. So if you are ever in Nashville, you HAVE to try this place! THEN, after we ate, we had the chance to go to this coffee shop called “Fido’s.” Now, there are two reasons I fell in love with this place: one I LOVE coffee (you could say coffee is some what of a passion of mine) and man did they have amazing coffee, and another thing I loved was that we were told that “Fido’s” was one of Taylor Swift’s favorite coffee shops in Nashville.  Now I don’t know about you, but I LOVE Taylor Swift.  Anyone of my close friends will tell you that.  I don’t know why or where it came from, but I do. So that was a really cool experience for me.

So the next night, after sleeping on a hard floor in the middle of a sunday school room, we woke up bright and early, separated into smaller groups, and headed out to Savage Gulch to begin out adventure.  Now I could talk your ear off about the next few days that we had experienced.  It felt SO incredibly good to get out of the classroom, and to experience something fun and new.  That’s one thing I love about MNU.  There are so many opportunities for us to get out in the world and to experience life.  This week was definitely a week I had the chance to experience life. I didn’t want to leave :\.

Now not all of this trip was “fun.”  There were some parts that were pretty…blahhh: sleeping in a tent with below freezing whether (it actually started snowing!), not being able to shower or change, eating dehydrated food, having to trek through ice cold water, carrying a 50+ pound back pack, etc.  It was pretty hard work at times, but overall, despite the little difficulties, I had one of the most fun times of my life.  I got to see intense valleys, some beautiful forests, I got to stand on the edge of some bluffs that were over a 100 ft in the air, and I got to witness several waterfalls, including one of the tallest waterfalls on the eastern half of the US: Fall Creek Falls, measuring in at 256 ft high. It was absolutely breathtaking seeing some of these things.  No picture that could ever be taken by anyone would do any of this landscape justice. In order to really understand you have to get out there and see it for yourself, not just  search on google, or see it in National Geographic, or read it on some college student’s blog, but go there, and be there, and stand in awe at how amazing it is. I couldn’t have had a better spring break!

If you want to learn more about these kind of events here don’t be afraid to ask! There are an infinite amount of students and staff here that are more than willing to keep you up to date, and let you in on some of our events and trips!

MNU is so awesome for letting their students get involved in things like this by teaming up with Kairos and College Church of the Nazarene (which is just across the parking lot where Kairos takes place).  I am so grateful that I am a part of a school that allows it’s students to go out and actually see what God has created.  I made such a great choice coming here, and I know any of you up-in-coming freshman will see you are making the right choice too.  And if you have not made your choice yet, stop looking! I guarantee you will love it here.  It may be a small campus, but it’s a big world, and MNU let’s it’s students be a part of it all.

IMG_20130322_134454Fall Creek Falls

IMG_20130322_134220Waiting To Begin our Hike

IMG_20130322_133852Pantheon Replica in Nashville

IMG_20130322_134914Part of the hiking path leading up to a waterfall