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December 1, 2015

Christmas in KC

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Hi, friends! The holiday season is here, so I’ve put together a list of things to do in Kansas City around Christmas time. I hope you’ll check some of these out!

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  1. Candy Cane Lane

Established in 1958, this street of houses has incredible Christmas light displays. It’s fun to fill a car with friends, grab some hot chocolate, and drive down this street! Candy Cane Lane is located on the 7900 Block of Outlook Street, Prairie Village, KS, 66208.

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2. Sar-Ko Par Park 

A park with a Christmas lights display that is located on 87th & Lackman in Lenexa. The lights are staying up until Sunday, January 10. This park includes a lake and a beautiful walking trail, surrounded by lit trees.

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3. Christmas Card Lane

Christmas Card Lane consists of a few streets of houses with Christmas light displays. It is located west of Ridgeview & north of 151st street in Olathe. This display is available to view until New Years Day.

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4. Christmas in the Park

Christmas in the Park is located at Cornerstone Park. The address for that park is 215 N. Center Street in Gardner. This park includes many Christmas displays and is a fun family friendly place to check out.

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5. The Ultimate Santa Adventure

This simulation takes getting a picture taken with Santa to the next level. More information about this innovative new holiday experience can be found here. Packages start at $35 per group.

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6. Plaza Lights

I’m sure all of you already know that the Plaza at holiday time is beautiful. If you’ve never been, I highly encourage it. The extended holiday hours of the Plaza are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday through Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

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7. Crown Center

The most beautiful place to go ice skating in all of Kansas City during the holiday time. Crown Center is located at 2450 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108. It costs $6 a person to ice skate (children and adults over 60 are free).

Have a Merry Christmas, y’all!

-KT

Renee DeVault

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November 30, 2015

Thanksgiving in Texas

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For Thanksgiving break I went with Quinn, my mom, my dad, and my brother to Houston, Texas to visit my family.

I thought I would share some of my pictures from the trip :)

We left right after classes on Tuesday and spent almost fifteen hours in the car over the course of two days

We left right after classes on Tuesday and spent almost fifteen hours in the car over the course of two days

Quinn, my mom, and my brother at a Jack in the Box somewhere southern

Quinn, my mom, and my brother at a Jack in the Box somewhere southern

Driving through Dallas was absolutely gorgeous

Driving through Dallas was absolutely gorgeous

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My cousin Blair and I set the tables for the big meal on Thursday

My cousin Blair and I set the tables for the big meal on Thursday

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This little girl kept me company for most of Thursday. She's so adorable!

This little girl kept me company for most of Thursday. She’s so adorable!

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Friday we went to a University of Houston football game. I know nothing about sports but Quinn and I managed to have fun. It was just great to hang out with family.

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We drove home Saturday and Sunday.

It was great to see family that I hadn’t seen in a while. I decided also to thank God for three main things this year.

  1. For my Family. They have supported me through all of my crazy endeavors and they love me. I know that means a lot.
  2. For my Friends. Coming back to MNU and seeing them again after being away for a while really made me realize how much I have come to love them and depend on them as an everyday part of my life.
  3. For MNU. That sounds cheesy, but hearing about other colleges from my cousins and going to a big school for a football game made me realize how well suited MNU is for me. My professors really care about me and I really care about them. I’ve been given so many opportunities that I wouldn’t have gotten at a big state school. I am very thankful for being here.

A little over two weeks are left in my first semester of college. I am both relieved and a little saddened. I will miss this semester greatly.

Stephanie Krohn

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November 25, 2015

No Money Left?

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For all my friends who wish the amount on their bank account had at least two digits… In front of the point. How am I supposed to buy something with $0.64 left? I know, I know, it’s all my fault: I wasn’t responsible enough and I didn’t pay enough attention in Personal Finance. If I had known what a college students has to pay for food and entertainment to get over the frustration of homework and classes, I would have started to save money from 6th grade on.

I am just kidding. Taking care of money is not easy, especially when you alone are responsible for it. It’s all about the balance because you certainly don’t want to miss out on anything, but also it takes a good evaluation of what is real and what is not. College is probably not the first time you will meet people who own more money than you do. Therefore, they can spend it with less care. Nevertheless, we all face times when we wonder where all our money went, no matter how much we started out with. So writing this blog, I can help you, the reader, as well as myself with the problem of money spending in college. My researches gave me some ideas how to find a balance without being that cheap person that never spends a penny!

I divided the problem in three subcategories: activities, food and shopping (including school material).

1. Of course, you want to go to the movies tonight, go to the Haunted House or the Pumpkin patch, and drive home for Thanksgiving. Even though gas is cheap, all the other things charge you a lot. First rule, don’t let anyone pressure you to do things you can’t afford. Borrowing money is not cool, but being I debt is embarrassing – at least for a trivial reason like that. Instead of going somewhere you could do something at home. Get a big group of people and play board games or have a jam session. Another idea is to go outside and take pictures or discover parks in the area (there are actually a lot of cool places to go in and around Kansas City like ). You can also visit people or look if there are any sport events going on. You can also go with the classic movie night in the dorm.

What about a bike tour?

The Nelson-Atkins Museum is one of the best places in KC - and it's free!

The Nelson-Atkins Museum is one of the best places in KC – and it’s free!

2. Going out for dinner is a trap when it comes to spending money, don’t fall for it! If you are on a meal plan like me, remind yourself that every meal is taken care of (except for my weekend breakfasts for some reason). And if we are brutally honest, there is nothing the caf doesn’t have (with a lot of fantasy). Instead of going to Starbucks, you can get an iced coffee there or instead of McDonald’s, you can make your own Oreo milkshake. Yeah, it sucks that you can’t take it out and it doesn’t taste exactly the same, but it is worth it when you can save five bucks every day. Another advice to make the caf more attractive is something my roommate and I came up with. Each day we challenge each other to make a creative dinner for the other person in the caf. We already had a lot of good creations like garlic bread or green pesto sauce.

3. For the last point I recommend asking yourself twice: Do I really need this? Almost every time, there is a cheaper option to what you are going to buy. If you are looking for books or DVDs in a store, just ask some friends to borrow it instead. Don’t order things from the internet because it is really easy to lose control over how much money you have left. If you really need new things like school books, try to get rid off your old ones first. I used amazon this year to ship my old general education books away and it was surprisingly easy. Plus, I made a little bit money to buy new ones. You can always pair up with another person to buy books since most of the time you only need the book in order to study for tests.

All in all, you have to find a rhythm. Mine consists of always paying my cell phone bill at the beginning of the month, and havinga little bit left at the end, in case I need it for something I didn’t have in mind. For me, this is one of the biggest challenges. I never had to care about how I spent my money and now I have three back up accounts, constantly concerned that this is the month I will have negative numbers on them.

Writing this down  helps me to hold myself accountable to my own plans and advices, but I also hope it can help you all to have a second thought about spending. It makes it so much easier to accomplish real dreams! My motivation is a trip to California next year, and I gladly give up Starbucks every second day, if that makes me able to go.

Lynsie Petersen

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November 25, 2015

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

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My all-time favorite Thanksgiving themed “movie” is “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”, and it has been for as long as I can remember. The message is just important to me now as it was when I was a little girl: No matter the circumstances, you should always remember to give thanks for what you do have.

Barely 2 minutes into the short film, Charlie Brown’s little sister Sally says the following: “Why should I give thanks on Thanksgiving? What do I have to be thankful for? All it does is make more work for us at school.” and then complains about an essay her teacher asked her to write.

How often do we complain about the little things in life? Or do we question what we have to be thankful for? As Americans, we tend to take things for granted? Like the fact that we live in America and have the freedoms we do.

My mom is in the Air Force and has been deployed twice. My dad was a Marine as well. I’m definitely not the biggest fan of the US government because of this, but I’m still thankful I live in this country and that my parents are willing to give up their lives if needed to protect our country.

I’m just as guilty of the next person for taking the obvious things for granted. The air I breathe, the fact that I have a home and loving parents and (sometimes annoying) siblings, and that I go to college, or that I’m allowed to be writing this blog post. These things seem to be the things I’m supposed to have, but so many people don’t. And that’s why we should be grateful.

I'm thankful for my family, my pets, and the privilege to celebrate Christmas openly.

I’m thankful for my family, my pets, and the privilege to celebrate Christmas openly.

Towards the end of “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”, around the 17 minute mark, Peppermint Patty begins complaining that Snoopy and Charlie Brown are serving toast, popcorn, gummy worms, and pretzel sticks for Thanksgiving dinner, more specifically, the Thanksgiving dinner that Peppermint Patty invited herself and two friends to, last minute nonetheless. “Where’s the turkey, Chuck? Don’t you know anything about Thanksgiving dinner? Where’s the mashed potatoes? Where’s the cranberry sauce? Where’s the pumpkin pie?” Next, Marcy reminds Patty that she invited herself over, thus she should be thankful there’s any food at all.

That’s another thing I take for granted, having food every day, multiple times a day. I do complain about Campus Center, but at least we have Campus Center. It may not be Chick-fil-a or Chipotle, but at least a source of daily nourishment is offered. When I go home for the weekends (which I’m blessed with the ability to do), there’s always food in the cupboard and fridge, and a good chunk of America doesn’t have that luxury.

The “movie” rounds out with Charlie Brown’s grandmother doing what any grandma does: invites the unfed friends of Charlie and Sally to Thanksgiving at her condominium. Snoopy and Woodstock share their Thanksgiving meal and all is well.

I'm also thankful for my decor-crazed mother and brother. Our yard looks awesome!

I’m also thankful for my decor-crazed mother and brother. Our yard looks awesome!

So take a minute and be thankful for what you have because it could all be ripped away from you in a flash of an eye. And if the opportunity arises, be like Charlie Brown’s grandmother and invite someone over for your Thanksgiving feast. They may need it more than you think.

What are you thankful for? Comment below and let’s all share in the blessings! :)

Hailey Kendrick

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November 24, 2015

What Thanksgiving means to me

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After working retail most of my adolescent life, I talk about what Thanksgiving has meant to me and what I’m truly thankful for this year; while challenging you all to count your blessings, as we come upon the holiday season.

Renee DeVault

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November 23, 2015

Success Mushroom

November 23, 2015 | By | No Comments

I can’t sing. I am not a musical person. My friends are musical people but I was not given that gift.

I can art…sometimes. People tell me I can art but I won’t attempt to draw something that I’ve never drawn before because people might look at it and realize I’m not very good at arting after all.

I am as good of a Christian as I am ever going to be. I have a certain ability to understand and experience God and I should be content with where I am.

These were statements that I believed about myself about a week ago which I am currently being forced to question due to Dr. Hayse’s annoying habit of actually making his students think.

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In Honors Seminar we are reading Mindset by Dr. Carol Dweck in which she asserts that qualities such as intelligence, artistic ability, athletic ability, leadership, and relational ability are not fixed, something one has a certain amount of or none of, but are rather able to grow and develop in a person.

She calls this the Growth Mindset.

Basically if I believe that I am fixed with a certain amount of smart then I will back away from anything that would be challenging because failure would mean a forced identity redefinition. However, in my growth mindset, I see my intelligence as something I can grow by challenging myself, seeking to collaborate with others, and working my butt off.

The book helped me to realize that in the area of intelligence, I was following right along with the growth mindset. If I had read only the first three chapters I would have been totally fine.

But Dr. Hayse made us read the whole book.

The rest of it went on to say that the idea of seeking new challenges, collaborating, and having a good work ethic could be applied to sports, art, music, management, parenting, and teaching.

I was caught in my “I’m not good at music” mindset and despite having a beautiful guitar and a love of music, have stopped trying because I believed the amount of musical talent I had was all I will ever have. If I believe I can grow this ability by challenging myself, asking my musical friends for help, and working at it, perhaps I can enjoy playing again.

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Probably the most fascinating aspect was her thoughts on relationships. I’ll use Quinn (Quinndonesia, Quinnifer Aniston, Bi-Quinning, Quinntervention, To inQuinnity and beyond, the Quinncredible Hulk) as my example.

If I believe that relationships are either good or bad then the moment Quinn and I have a fight I would think that our relationship was inherently bad and thus would avoid any and every possible disagreement for fear of proving our relationship wasn’t as “good” as I had thought.

She called out fairy tales for making “good” relationships look like if they weren’t “meant to be” then they were bad. While I believe that it is true that God has people planned for us to marry, I don’t want to get trapped into thinking that the relationship with my God ordained man will be perfect.

With a growth mindset for relationships, disagreements and fights are seen as opportunities for improvement.

If I have a fixed mindset I may think that some annoying habit Quinn has is unfixable and thus a deal breaker while a growth mindset would refuse to define Quinn by this hypothetical habit and be willing to communicate my feelings about it.

I can’t cognitively imagine having a relationship with anybody without this mindset yet I’ve fallen into the trap of it several times. Luckily by the grace of God and Quinn a fixed mindset has not prevailed.

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The book did not address spirituality but I feel as though I must because it is the area in which it hit me the hardest. I was raised in a Christian house, went to every Sunday school, every VBS, interned at my church three times, and now am a Theology major. Despite all of this I catch myself feeling so depressed about my spiritual life sometimes.

After reading this book, I began to wonder if I think of my Christianity as something fixed. “I can only experience God so much” or “I can only understand so much of the Bible”. If I start letting myself think “I’m about as good as I can get” then I stop trying to get better, stop digging, stop looking for challenging material and stop asking God to come into my life.

I don’t want to get stuck in that mindset.

I want to want to grow. I want to seek new ideas and a deeper experience. I don’t want to be afraid to dive into difficult ideas in the Old Testament or spend hours of my day in prayer.

I don’t want to view others as judging if I am a good Christian or not. I want to view people as allies, fellow travelers in mutually helpful relationships.

I think that is the point of me being in the Honors Program: to grow an intellectual passion for learning, not only in academics but in all areas of life.

To relate it to video games: you have to actively seek the growth mindset mushroom in order to grow to your full potential, and even when you fail and feel small again, be willing to keep seeking again.

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What I’m praying for this week:

That a growth mindset will be fostered in both my own life and in the lives of others in regards to passionate intentionality in walking with Christ. We can decide to give all we can to growth in Christ with the knowledge that where we are not isn’t where we are condemned to always be.

 

Isaac Walker

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November 23, 2015

MNU Serve Team

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Hey friends!

This past weekend was a pretty wild weekend for me, a few other MNU students, and a whole bunch of teens!  The youth groups of Grace Community Church of the Nazarene and KC First Church of the Nazarene left Friday evening and came together to have a joint fall retreat in Oklahoma.  And I am still exhausted!  Also a little sick…But it was totally worth it!  We saw God move this weekend and it was awesome!

The theme for the weekend was Christ Like Leadership.  The first night, Angie from First Church spoke about dealing with our pride, and as leaders, we should be willing to do whatever we ask of those we are leading.

I went as a sponsor with Grace Community and I also played on the worship team with other students from MNU. There were 8 MNU students total that went on this retreat.  Lizzy Atwell, Amanda Lampley, Thomson and Chi Ticum, Blake Owings, Mark Hall, and I were on the band. Maddie Carson came as well and was a sponsor. Lizzy, Blake and I were also sponsors for Grace Community.

MNU gang minus Maddie.

MNU gang minus Maddie.

On Saturday, our very own Blake spoke!  He told the story of Moses and when we are Christians, we are automatically called to be leaders.

We had a lot of free time Saturday between meals and services just to hang out and get to know each other.  There were a few different activities we could do. A lot of people played soccer, some played gaga ball, and others played basket ball.  But one of the most fun things we did was the massive zip line.  After we all got our harnesses on, we walked over to a suspended bridge.  Now I don’t really have a fear of heights but there were a few people there (Mark Hall) who were pretty scared!  I almost fell just from how hard I was laughing!

The suspended bridge.

The suspended bridge.

Once we made it across the bridge we had to walk up a massive, rocky hill to the tower.  It was about that time I noticed how cold it was.  And the farther we went up the tower the windier it got. It was ridiculous how windy it ended up being at the top!  It was worth it though because it was so fun!

Walking to the tower.

Walking to the tower.

Our youth group ready for the zip line!

Our youth group ready for the zip line!

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Sunday, we all woke up early, had breakfast, and went over to the chapel for the final service.  There Roland, who is the youth pastor for KC First Church spoke.  The sermons were all great.  We are fortunate to know these gifted people who are passionate for knowing God and delivering His word, but I got the most from a conversation I had with an old friend.

I worked at a summer camp two summers ago in Colorado.  When I walked into the mess hall for the first time, I saw someone that looked familiar.  Her name was Danielle and she was on my team when I was in Colorado!  I was so excited to see her!  During free time on Saturday I went over to her room and we drank coffee and caught up on life.  I opened up to her about how my life after working in Colorado hasn’t turned out the way I expected and how it was actually a pretty hard time for me and my family.  She told me her story, her struggles and how her life before working in Colorado was turned upside down.  She said something to me that really resonated.  She said “You can tell God you are mad with Him.  He already knows, but it is good to get it out on the table.”  She then went on to say that when we do that, we allow God to walk with us through these trials.  Our conversation really meant a lot to me.

Overall, even though I feel pretty awful now, the retreat was a really good escape from life and school. Even though it was only a few days.  I know I’m not the only one that got something good from it.

The whole GC gang...

The whole GC gang…

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Until next time friends!

Mackenzie Theiler

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November 23, 2015

Living ON Campus vs. Living OFF Campus

November 23, 2015 | By | One Comment

Living ON Campus:

It has its perks, but it also, has its downsides. Being a freshman, it can be super exciting coming in, fresh out of high school, excited to be on your own and have a roommate. You get to meet new people and make new friendships. You get to experience, what it means, to be a true college kid. On this campus, for both, men and women, there are three styles of dorm living. The first style, is the freshman and sophomore dorms. In them, there are one to two roommates per room. They share a community shower with the rest of the hall. The second and third style are both, considered, upper class-men dorms, but are two different styles. In them, there are six roommates, with three bedrooms (two roommates to a room). The differences between the two upper class-men dorms are, one is an apartment style dorm (upstairs/downstairs, two bathrooms, and a kitchen); and the other dorm just has three rooms and a bathroom. Being a transfer student, I am used to living in an apartment. I was lucky enough, to live in an apartment style dorm. Living in the dorms is not always pleasant. A lot of the times it is hard for students to adjust to a dorm life. Especially, if they are not used to living with new/random people. With that being said, not everyone gets along all the time. People are human, meaning they are not perfect. Living with five or even one to two roommates, peoples personality can create conflict. This could cause roommates to have arguments and disagreements. Also, with going to a school that has a small campus, a lot of people try to know your business, when you live on campus. The school is very on campus living, oriented. They like the idea of a community. Living on campus is not all that bad, the school tries to do a good job with having different dorm activities to make it fun and feel at home.

Living OFF Campus:

You have to be 22 or older to live off campus. You can also, live off campus, if you are living at home, with your parents. Every college has their own set of rules, and not all of them have the same rules. They very, when students can and cannot live off campus. This school has a lot of diversity, from international students to students all over the USA. The majority of the population on campus, are student athletes. The reason for student athletes staying on campus, instead of off campus, is because a lot of these athletes are here on scholarship. This means, depending on the size of the scholarship, there living expenses are paid for. If they live off of campus, the school does not provide them with off campus housing coverage. Most students wish they could live off campus, but they are a college student and/or student athlete; and most cannot afford to live off campus. If you decide to live off campus, a lot of them say, they like living off better, than living on. They feel as though, they have more privacy in their life and people tend to be less in there business. Living off campus does not exclude them getting to enjoy the fun activities that the school hosts, throughout the year.

I would say your first year here wether a freshman or a transfer, feel out both, living on campus vs. living off campus. Everyone is different and has their own acquired taste, of what they like. I know, next year, I will be living off campus, once I turn 22. Being from California, where everything is so expensive, things out here are much cheaper. Figure out what floats your boat and offers you the best experience; because everyone has a different experience, wether it is living off or on campus.


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Katie Linsey

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November 21, 2015

Phonathon 2015 Recap

November 21, 2015 | By | One Comment

A few days ago, all the Phonathon team gathered in our call center for one last time to celebrate our successful year and say goodbye to the nights of calling alumni while playing hangman with each other and coloring with crayons.

My second year of working at Phonathon was very different from my first year. This year, instead of calling for the whole campaign, I coached new callers for the first half.

Coaching new callers put me in a kind of supervisory role that I’ve been in before in other situations, but never for Phonathon. It was a really great experience and it helped me learn more about how to help people based on their unique strengths and weaknesses. It also helped me figure out more about what it means to lead a group of people. It was fun helping people improve their skills based on my own experience the previous year.

Coaching the team also gave me the opportunity to get to know most of the student workers, which was a huge blessing. Phonathon is such a special job because it gives students the opportunity to meet other students that they usually wouldn’t meet. I can honestly say I met so many cool people that I want to continue hanging out with outside of Phonathon.

Looking back to last year’s Phonathon, I remember meeting a few awesome people that I still consider good friends today. That’s what happens when you spend almost every evening with the same people for a few months. (Shout-out to Marisa Schmidt and Kory Gilmore.)

Phonathon has taught me so many practical skills too, like how to connect with people you just met. It was genuinely so fun to call donors and talk to them about their experience at MNU and what they’re up to now. I don’t know exactly what I want to do after college, so when I called someone that studied the same thing that I am, it was good to talk to them about what they decided to use their degree for.

Long story short, Phonathon is a great job and I’m really thankful that I had another opportunity to be a part of the team this year.

So… if you’re reading this and you plan on being at MNU next school year, make sure to apply for Phonathon for a chance to be hired for the best job on campus. 😉

-KT

Stephanie Krohn

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November 20, 2015

5 characteristics of a depressed athlete in off-season

November 20, 2015 | By | No Comments

Most of you all know that the women soccer season is over. For me, it is the most depressing time of the year for the following reasons:

  1. My team is my family. Since we stopped practicing, I have maybe seen half of the girls in the last week whereas I usually see all of them every day. I miss joking around with them and just hearing everyone complain about how terrible certain classes and professors are. There is no 5-v-2 and making fun of the freshmen who have to be in the middle first. There is no playing around with the kids of our coach, JP, and no praying as a group that we are thankful for the sport and our teammates. There is no fighting, no competing, and no supporting when there are only a few yards left to run. We all come together as a family to play soccer and without it, it is pretty empty.
  2. With competition, there comes winning and losing, success and disappointment, smiles and tears. Our season was a rollercoaster: We had up and downs throughout the semester, but at least that’s how you know that everybody is on the same page. We laughed together, sang together, and cried together. We defeated Benedictine this season which made a lot of seniors cry because of happiness. We never lost our goal even in the last game when it looked pretty bad during half time. Everyone was willing to work hard this season, individually and as a team. There is competition for the starting position, but also for the conference title. Only with competition, you value what you achieve because you know how much work you put in to get there – a concept I never knew until I came here.
  3. There is free time and there is too much free time in order to be productive and avoid laziness! Last week, I finished as much homework as in the last couple of months combined. What seems to be a benefit is actually a curse! I barely meet people and became very antisocial. Also I try not to be lazy, but the fact that I finished American Horror Story season one and two within a week is pretty much self-explanatory. I began to start projects like puzzling without reason, but it really hurts my bank account.
  4. Calories? What is that? Without soccer, there are no excuses anymore. You really realize how depressing food can be in off-season. When we have practice, we need to have a lot of energy. You basically can eat as much as you want without being judged, but now I have to think twice before every meal. Do I want to eat this? Yes, yes, YES! Do I really need to eat this? No, there is no reason you need to put that much carbs into your body. Too bad, I usually stick with the first answer. But hey, weights is going to start soon!
  5. Who am I? Without soccer, a big part of my identity is missing! There is no purpose without soccer. Most of the non-athletes would probably say that going to school would be one, but for me, school is just a duty I have to do, so I will have a stable future. Although you could say that playing for MNU is a job and education is the first priority we should long for, for me it is the other way around because soccer gives me everything I need, point one through four from above. The other part is to make my parents proud, but in all honesty, I don’t feel grown up or responsible enough to start “life”. As long as I play soccer, I don’t have to worry about that. You can basically say since season is over, the ugly truth of life hit me and I realized that I need to prepare myself for it. Education is not for my parents but for me. Wow, this sucks! I can’t wait for the next season to start.
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My family!

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Celebrating success

 

I am only a sophomore, and I really don’t know how the seniors feel about it. I just know that it can happen any time: injuries, graduation, ineligibility. I love soccer and I love my team. It defines who I am and I was really sad when season was over. I think that is a good sign because that means I appreciate it! To all the athletes out there, you probably agree when I say there is nothing better to step on the field for the first game of the season with the shirt on that says MNU, and make a circle with the family, praying one last time, before you go out and give it everything you got!