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March 14, 2013

MIDTERMS!!!!

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HEY GUYS!! It’s MIDTERMS WEEK! Do you know what means?  It means that next week is spring break!! And this guy gets to spend his week in Nashville hiking and camping in the woods! The school is taking a bunch of us students down there for the week to have fellowship together and to just have a good time outdoors. BUT I will talk about that more in 2 weeks, after break, when I get back to blogging!

So this week has been INSANELY BUSY! Last semesters Midterms were not this bad.  Maybe it’s because I didn’t really have any last semester at all! And this semester I will have had like 4! I’m so stressed out.  And on top of that I have a huge English Comp paper due, I had to give a speech this week, I had a New Testament Test that I did not study nearly enough for, and then some.  I feel Like I don’t have time to study…

But can I tell you a secret?

Especially to you future Pioneers that will be here next semester.

I do have enough time.

I have plenty of time.

I have plenty of time to do homework and to study that is..  The problem is that I don’t have time for the things I love.  I just don’t let myself get overwhelmed so  I purposefully take time off of studying and homework to just relax, hang out with my friends, or even just to read something else other than homework.  I have noticed that taking one day off out of the week helps tremendously: that’s called the sabbath just so you know. But what also helps is taking mini-sabbaths off in the middle of the day.  20 minutes here, or an hour there to just kick back and forget about the stress helps so much.

If I were to push all the things I love to do off to the side, biking, working out, reading my bible, hanging out with my friends, than I would easily get overwhelmed and do even worse on the assignments and tests I know I should’ve done better on.  Just like anything, too much of a good thing is a bad thing. I have noticed that, in weeks like this, over stressing myself does more bad than good.  I feel worse, I get upset easily, I’m tired, I lose motivation.  It’s just not a good place to be, and I definitely don’t want to be stuck there.

So studying for midterms isn’t just about pushing through the week as hard and fast as you can.  I’ve said this before, but college isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon, and pacing yourself is key.  So taking a coffee break, hanging out with friends, going out to eat, or even just relaxing and watching your favorite tv shows are not a problem. I said I’m stressed now, but if work work work was all I did then I would be SWIMMING in stress. I’m happy with where I am at.  I am calm, cool, collected, and confident I will do well. So if you are new to this college life, another less I have learned that I would like to share with you guys:  Don’t be afraid to stop and just chill.  You don’t want to become overheated and break down now do you?

 

Emily Lawler

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March 10, 2013

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Hey Guys,

There were so many great acts in the talent show on campus tonight. Here is Josh and Quincy at MNU Mock Rock! Great Mash-Up! I am not sitting very close to the front but I still think the video is very enjoyable!

{Emily}

Phillip Prado

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March 7, 2013

One Does Not Simply Choose A Major.

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HEY GUYS!  I have a thought for the incoming Pioneers, or any other high school senior preparing for college.

I bet you can guess what it’s about!

Yep!

You guessed it!

It IS about choosing a major!

In coming to school sure you’re overwhelmed with trying to find a way to pay for school, you’re worried about making sure you have everything to bring to school, and you might even be worried about meeting new people.  Some of us aren’t as out going is the rest of you and the fear of isolation can get the best of us sometimes.  But I think the one thing that is the hardest to deal with above almost all else is choosing a major.

I mean think about it!  That can be a tough pill to swallow.  You are not only choosing a set of classes to take, but choosing a major is the beginning of how you will choose to spend the rest of your life.  This decision doesn’t just affect you in college.  It doesn’t even just affect YOU!  This decision affects your future spouse, kids, grandkids, and so on and so forth.

Wow…that’s insane to think about.  That’s really hard to grasp.  The idea that now you are starting to choose how to spend the rest of your life.  It almost seems so surreal.  We just got out of high school, and all the way up until this moment we experienced something different every year: new class rooms, new classes, new teachers, sometimes new schools, new people, new school supplies, new, new new new NEW NEW!! There’s summer break, winter break, days off, we could call in sick, we had no worries, and now we are about to make a decision that will, hopefully, be constant for years to come.  How in the world can we make a decision like that?

So now that we understand how important this decision is, I think there is one more thing we have to understand as equally important, if not more important. That is simply taking your time. Don’t rush to make this decision!  I have SO many friend who have NO idea what they want to do for the rest of their lives, and that’s perfectly fine because you have the rest of your lives to make that decision! So don’t hurry, pray about it, and make sure it’s something that makes you happy.

Choosing a major is not simple, so don’t try to shove it in a box.  Take your time, enjoy yourself in college, and make memories that you will be happy spending the rest of your life remembering instead of thinking back to that time that you were stressed and unhappy. So make the best of the present, and try not to rush into the future.  The future will come soon enough.

 

Kelsey Cranford

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March 5, 2013

Academia.

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I’m at this point in the semester where all the homework and craziness is getting the best of me. This past semester I had some upper division elective spots to fill and, since being a Sociology major and Psychology minor, I thought it’d be good to take some classes from the one remaining behavioral science major–Criminal Justice. Now, having taken no Criminal Justice classes prior to this semester, I of course thought it  best to jump into a senior-level course focusing on the most debated and controversial issues within Criminal Justice. NBD. Piece of cake.

Needless to say, the confidence has waned a bit since then. This class as well as the two other Criminal Justice classes I’m taking have proved to be a challenge. The first couple weeks of classes I pretty much spent most of the time feeling like a dumdum, having absolutely no clue about anything that was going on. Yet, they all have proved to by extremely interesting and I am so glad I made the decision to take the classes I did. Right now I’m brainstorming and researching internship opportunities in the area now that I’ve technically hit my senior year (graduating in Dec ’13!) and need to do my internship/practicum here soon that’s required to graduate. As much as it may seem like a burden to some, I’m super stoked about it and feel more prepared due to the Criminal Justice classes I’m in. I’m at a place where I have a general idea of what I want to do after I graduate but its still pretty vague. I’m hoping that through this internship the Lord would provide a clearer direction on what I’m supposed to pursue after graduation.

All this to say, a lot of the internships and/or future job opportunities are in the realm of Social Work and often involve some sort of casework. This is when you work with and represent people who are disadvantaged in society and need treatment or help. Taking the Criminal Justice classes that I am  I think I will help me feel more prepared for this kind of work and opens up ideas for different types of internships or future jobs.

Sorry if some of this is dry, I know Academics isn’t the most invigorating topic to read about, but its incredibly important! I have been so blessed by the education I am receiving here and have felt so challenged by my professors. Bo Cassell, my Sociology professor, is phenomenal and always has such interesting insights that provoke tons and tons of class discussion and learning. He is also someone I greatly respect because of his spriritual depth and leadership. What could be cheesy devotional thoughts or quick prayer times at the beginning of class are refreshing, insightful, challenging, and completely heartfelt. I’m so blessed to have a professor to learn from, not simply from an academic aspect, but in a completely holistic way–by simply watching him live.

That’s All Folks! Enjoy the coming week!

Emily Lawler

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March 3, 2013

{Emily} Observation and Interviews

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Hi There,

I apologize that all my posts have been short and dry. I look forward to having more fun editing and creating quality videos for you to enjoy- my busy schedule is just getting the best of me! Hang with me. I hope you are well! See you next week lovely friends!

{Emily}

Phillip Prado

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March 1, 2013

Just Another Coffee Engulfed, Library Stationed, Book Digging Session

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It was a nice break while it lasted, but our snow days are officially over!  Now it’s back to the dreaded homework we have been putting off and the horrid tests coming up we neglected to study for.  The bustle of school is back and it is time to get into the common groove once again.  So it’s time to load up on coffee, hit the library, and dig our Pioneer noses in the books.

Now, during one of my coffee engulfed, library stationed, nose digging sessions….wait, I probably shouldn’t say nose digging should I? It doesn’t quite sound like what I am trying to say if you know what i mean. :\  What about nose booking??  Hmmm…nah.  What about book nosing???  Hmmm…nope.  How about dig booking???? Ugh that doesn’t work either!!  WAIT! Book digging?!  Well, that sucks too, but I guess that will have to work now won’t it?  So let’s start over, shall we?

During one of my coffee engulfed, library stationed, book digging sessions, I had another moment.  It’s one of those moments that hit me oh so often and I am struck by an idea or I become inspired.  I have blogged about a few in the past and I’m sorry if you don’t like them but I enjoy sharing what it is I am thinking so here it goes!

Lately I have been spending some of my time with someone in particular who I believe really needs a friend now.  He’s going through some things and I feel a calling to be there for him when he needs someone most.  Now, I’m not gonna say who this person is, or what’s going on in their lives but I will share my thoughts behind the situation.  I feel like God has asked me to reach out to this person in any way possible whether it’s staying up late and hanging out, inviting him to events and things around the school, or just being there when he needs to talk.  I have been doing my best to show him that not only I love him and care for him, but God loves and cares for him WAY more than I could ever dream!

So here I am, studying, when this person crosses my mind.  I start wondering how he’s doing and if he is alright.  And that’s when I begin to notice that not only have I been doing what I can to help him, but he is also helping me just as much.  He is showing me a way of caring for someone in which I really haven’t put into perspective before.  He is teaching me what it’s like to love and be loved simply for being a child of God.  This is even more true because we both have almost nothing in common.  I don’t hang out with him to gain anything or to profit in any way, and he doesn’t accept me because we have the same interests or share the same hobbies.  We merely grow together for one devouring, overpowering, and deep truth:  God created us both and the love he has for us is perfect.

Because of this person, I am looking at the world through new eyes.  I am beginning to see my professors, friends, co-workers, strangers and every one else in between the way I believe God sees us.  Since I work at a daycare, this is how I have looked at the children I work with already, but thanks to this person that I now call a dear friend I am beginning to bridge the way I see those kids to the way I see the rest of God’s creations.  This is huge to  me.  It is a point in life I think every disciple of Christ needs to come to in order to further their spiritual life. Christ is amazing and I have known that for some time now, but if it wasn’t for this school, and the people I have met here, I might not have begun to realize how infinite his perfection really is.

This school has allowed me to grow in so many ways it’s not even funny.  From the good times, to the bad times, MNU is playing a huge role in shaping who I am going to be for the rest of my life.  Whether it’s from the people, the classes, or even my personal relationship with God, I am learning what it means to be a true disciple of Christ here, and I am so thankful for that.  And anyone else coming to this school better hang on because MNU will take you on one heck of a ride!  But hey, don’t worry, no matter how bumpy the ride is I can guarantee you will be happy with how it ends up.

 

Kelsey Cranford

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February 27, 2013

Just some funnies for your week.

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My fiance found this gem and I simply have to pass it on to you all. THIS LADY IS FOR REAL.

 

Kelsey Cranford

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February 20, 2013

For the Ladies.

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VickiOf all the places one would expect to find inspiration or an encouraging word, I believe the restroom would perhaps be the last place. However, this one cheesy 90’s poster in a ladies restroom on campus reminded me of a conversation that I had this past week with a woman that works with me at the Learning Center, which is a daycare program on campus. This vibrant, 67-year-old lady who has worked with children for years has spent most of her adult life as a pastor’s wife. This role of supporting her husband in ministry had often brought along pressures and expectations in which she felt pushed into being somebody she wasn’t. In telling her story and reflecting back on her life, she told me to always remember to be faithful to myself and to not allow myself to slip into living for man rather than the Lord. In so many ways, however cheesy it might be, this 90’s poster I discovered in the restroom said just that, so I thought it only best to pass on to you. Ladies, PREPARE TO BE INSPIRED.

 

I Have the Courage to Be Myself

I have the courage to embrace my strengths–Get excited about life–Enjoy giving and receiving love–Face and transform my fears–Ask for help and support when I need it–Spring free from the superwoman trap–Trust myself–Make my own decisions and choices–befriend myself–Complete unfinished business–Realize that I have emotional and practical rights–Communicate lovingly with understanding as my goal–Honor my own needs–Give myself credit for my accomplishments–Love the little girl within me–Overcome my addiction for approval–Feel all my feelings and act on them appropriately–Nurture others because I want to, not because I have to–Set limits and boundaries and stick to them–Say yes only when I really mean it–Have realistic expectations–Take risks and accept change–Grow through challenges–Be totally honest with myself–Correct erroneous beliefs and assumptions–Respect my vulnerabilities–Heal old and current wounds–Treat myself with respect and teach others to do the same–Plan for the future but live in the present–Value my intuition and wisdom–Develop healing, supportive relationships–Make forgiveness a priority–Accept myself just as I am now.

Phillip Prado

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February 14, 2013

English Comp. Inquiry :P

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HEY GUYS!! SOO the other day in one of my classes we had a little discussion that really made me think a lot, so I would like to share that with you guys.

BUT! First of all, as most of you know, it is Valentine’s day!  So happy Valentine’s day! I really hope all of you enjoy your day!  This is definitely not my favorite holiday but I can still appreciate it.

Anyway, back to the original topic: the conversation I had in class.  In my English Composition II class, we were talking about an essay that we were given and what to write it about.  The whole class was going around talking about their topics and we were to bring up why they were important, which was a big part of the assignment: to establish why the topic was worth reading and why it really mattered in the first place.  There was a student who brought up human trafficking and slavery, and how it’s a bigger problem now then it ever has been in the past.  That’s when another student brought up a point that made me think: “But why should I care?”

At first this this statement seemed pretty rude, but once the professor had asked him to elaborate, then the question began to make a little bit more sense.  He said he couldn’t do anything about it, so why would he let himself get upset about it.  That with huge world problems like politics, poverty, sex trafficking, etc. there is nothing he can do about it.  That he’s not gonna be able to change them so why would he let it upset him?  He said he accepted that he can’t do anything about it and moved on.

Now, this made sense to me that someone might feel that way: inadequate and to minuscule to make a big difference in the world.  But, on the other hand, I do not agree with that the slightest bit.  Isn’t that why Christ died for us?  To show us that each and everyone of us make a difference in the world.  I honestly think we can make a difference in the world.  From making someone’s day with a simple little compliment, to making the world a better place by fighting for human rights.

I think we just need to stop being afraid to love one another.  We were created to be so much more.  Like i’ve said in a previous blog, we can’t be afraid to speak out and to stand up for what we believe in.  Whether it’s in school, at home, on Saturdays, on Valentines day, in America, in the world, or anywhere or anytime else we can make a difference.  That’s just what I feel.  I hope you guys feel the same way!

Well that’s what I was thinking about and I just wanted to share that with you.  I hope it made sense, and I hope you can somewhat get what I’m trying to say.  So, again, have a happy Valentine’s day and an amazing rest of your week!

Kelsey Cranford

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February 12, 2013

Mosaic

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There are many times where the Lord provides a calling for someone in allowing them to meet some sort of need. This last summer, my fiance, who is a youth and worship pastor at a local church, was made aware of a need within our church community. Many people within the 18-30 age range (the Mosaic Generation) were desperately in need of community and were struggling finding it on their own. After numerous discussions with various people including the church staff, my fiance decided to take on the committment of launching a young adult ministry.

Towards the beginning of last semester a team of about 6 of us started meeting every other week to begin planning what this new ministry would look like and praying that the Lord would direct our decisions. We began spreading the word about it officially meeting as a group, incorporating worship, teaching, and prayer into our times together. Thorought the semester we sought to develop a clear vision of what the Lord wanted this ministry to look like and developed some plans for this spring semester. Last week we had our first meeting together since the break and it was so exciting seeing all the people that the Lord brought to be a part of this ministry. Tonight we start meeting together in small groups and I am really excited about beeing a part of this new vision! I pray that the Lord would begin to form a community out of this group of people and begin to shape us and challenge us through one another.