I hope you all had a great week! I had a week full of studying and other “fun.”
This week, I’m gonna talk about Kansas City, the metro area we at MNU call home.
I’ve lived in Kansas City for a while, but there’s still so much to see and do that I haven’t gotten to yet. I’ve lived in a few different parts of KC, so let’s build some background on that.
I was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in Prairie Village, Kansas. Soon after, my family moved to Olathe. When my family was called to missions in Ireland, we moved to Overland Park while we prepared everything, and raised money to fulfill our budget. We moved to Greystones, in Ireland in 2001, when I was entering first grade. We served and lived in Europe for 8 years. When we came back, it was time for me to start high school, and we moved to Roeland Park. My house is now in Shawnee, although I live on campus.
So, as you can tell, I’ve been around the block a little, and areas I haven’t lived near, I’ve definitely explored.
There’s a lot of great places to explore, shop and hang out with friends all over KC, so remember, when you come, to live a little and get out of Olathesometimes! There are things to do inside the I-435 loop, believe it or not. We have so much so close, so it’s a waste not to check it out.
Some of my favorite spots are:
1. The Plaza
2. The WWI memorial
3. 63rd Street Homes
4. Zona Rosa
5. The Legends
6. Crown Center
7. Union Station
And here’s an awesome photo of some friends and I hanging out in KC just last night:
Me, Morgan, Alexis, Grace and Rico!
Thank you so much for reading, and have an awesome week!
Last Thursday, my friends and I participated in the annual freshman photo scavenger hunt. It was a stressful, fun, long night of driving all over Olathe and crossing things off our list. Here’s a few pictures of the crazy things we had to do!
1. Take a picture with sunglasses on
2. Take a picture at a drive through window with an employee
3. Take a picture with the statues outside Chapala
4. Take a picture at a laundry mat
5. Take a picture in front of a fountain
6. Take a picture of someone hula hooping
7. Take a picture of everyone jumping in the air
8. Take a picture posing with mannequins in a store front window
9. Spell out a word with your body and take a picture of it
10. Take a picture with a person wearing K-State gear
11. Make a waist high tower with cans in a grocery store and take a picture with it
12. Take a picture on a bed at a furniture store
13. Take a picture in front of the Olathe City sign
14. Take a picture with someone wearing KU gear
15. Break up random couple holding hands and walk between them holding both their hands and take a picture with them
16. Take a picture of someone eating a sample at Silas and Maddy’s
17. Take a picture posing as statues in a store or at a park
Well if you haven’t heard, the football team started off on the right foot, ripping off 3 straight wins to start the season, under our new coach Brian Willmer. Over the last year there has been a lot of turnover with the program, with a new coaching coming in(basically all of them coming from Cali SHOUTOUT!!), a whole new mentality and approach to the game was brought with them. It’s a lot of things to really take in, especially as a player who was part of the old regime that was in place here. Anyway I can’t say enough good things about our coaching staff, of course they want to win games, but it’s not all about football. In the immortal words of Coach Wilmer, “I’m here to build men who lead from the front.” His vision is to build us up as men who can lead the new generation the right way. He wants us to be great fathers and husbands to our families and become leaders in our communities and I’m completely behind him and his dream.
Coach Willmer was a linebacker for UCLA, and one the highlights of his college career was sacking Peyton Manning when Peyton was at Tennessee.
This happened on Sept. 6, 1997. This was Peyton’s senior year of college, and he is still playing the league, not many people can say they sacked Peyton Manning but our coach did.
Coach is building something awesome here and I’m glad to be a part of this grand vision of his.
Oh yea before I forget, we got a few break out guys that you guys should keep your eyes on as the season goes on. First of all we got the x-factor Derek Pollox, this man makes some of the most ridiculous plays on the field that you will ever see.
You never know what this guy is going to do, but he always has you on the edge of your seat. With 11 tackles and 2 interceptions in 3 games, Derek is poised to a huge playmaker for us all season.
For example, in our first game against McPherson, Pollox had a strip sack (well to me it looked a sack, and the ball popped up) and then somehow caught the ball in mid-air for the interception. Check out our sideline highlights from week 1, it will blow your mind. The play is at 2:41 mark of the video. MNU Week 1 Sideline Highlights You never what he is going to from week to week, but it’s going to be amazing.
Next up, we got the money man Chris Fields,
The Money Man himself. With 11 receptions for 208 yards and 3 touchdowns in 3 games. Chris is looking to have a break out year.
Chris transferred in the spring and has become one of our best playmakers on offense. It seems like every time we need someone to make a play he steps up to the plate and makes one. With three touchdowns in the our first three games, Chris is turning heads around the conference and making sure everyone knows that the Pioneers are a force to be reckoned with. If you can, make sure that you come out and watch us play, we are doing big things over here, don’t miss out on a chance to be apart of it.
I am back and at it again! I am now an official sophomore at MNU and I am quite enjoying myself (besides the endless amounts of homework). We are about a month into school now and so much has went down! Here are some top memories to keep you up to date!
Above the title picture are my lovely and beautiful suitemates on the first day of school! That day we were really excited, and its been all downhill since ;). My friend Rachel is in the nursing program so she is extra excited and extra stressed.
This is my childhood best friend Annie! We came to MNU together last year and I am so thankful for her! This us at ASG’s White Light Event. We downed melted chocolate and had some very classy conversations of course.
MNU at the K! This is my friend Dan Wright. He would hate me for putting this picture up, but he refuses to read my blogs so hopefully he’ll never see it :).
MNU tailgate at the first home football game! My sister came to visit (she’s in the middle) and it was soooo fun! We love having a winning football team!
And lastly a much needed picture of Thrift Store Prom is below. We got are tacky on (I wore a jumpsuit) and skated at Skate City. It was a blast!
There is sooo much more in store for this year! God has really laid a lot of things on my heart that I can’t wait to share with you all! Also some fun things too Right now I am trying to enjoy every minute of my college experience because one day I will wake up and it will be over These are some of the best years of your life! You get to live with your best friends, go to crazy events, yell at sporting events, and attend chapel multiple times a week. So if you’re in school don’t wish it away, if you’re in high school don’t wish it away (but do know college is pretty amazing! especially if you go to MNU hint hint), if you are in your early part of your career don’t wish it away! Take the time to learn and grow, to make memories, and to see the opportunities God has for you now. God doesn’t need you to be at a certain stage of your life to use you, He uses you just as you are!
First off, can I get an AMEN to National Coffee Day today! I might have got free coffee from QuickTrip and from Dunkin Donuts… no shame!
So, as you have seen in my about me this year I am Associated Student Government Student Body President. So naturally I decided I should write my first blog post on the first week of events that ASG has during the first week of school. We have an event every night!
Tuesday- White Light Event
Wednesday- Late Night Breakfast
Thursday- Pioneer Prayer Walk
Friday- Root Beer Fest
Saturday- Paint Wars and Slip N’ Slide
Sunday- Movie on the Mall
Monday- Night at the K! (Royals)
Welcome Week is such a fun time to meet new people and have everyone come to ASG’s events. White Light Event was amazing: we had servers passing out horderves, Pearl Mic Project a band playing music, a photo booth, TWO chocolate fountains and Scooter’s Coffee. This is one of our biggest events of the year because it is our first event and it is on the first day of school. Everyone dresses up in black and white and we just have fun catching up on each other’s summers and meeting new people. There might have also been a spontaneous dance party break out.
Another one of my favorites is Root Beer Fest. At this event there is a sand volleyball tournament, root beer floats and everyone gets to keep their mug that their root beer float comes in. ROTC also had a rock wall there people could climb. Even the rain did not stop people from finishing the intense sand volleyball tournament.
Paint Wars was something that we brought back this year and we tweaked a little different. This event is one of the most popular events because who does not like to throw massive amount of paint at people? This year we made it a class competition and of course the SENIORS won!! Shout out to my fellow seniors! We got to keep the golden paint brush and paint tray. The local Olathe Fire Department comes at the end and sprays their huge hose in the air, I’m talking gallons of water, and it is like one huge sprinkler. Kona Ice was also there, which who doesn’t love some shaved ice?!
We also got these cool shirts to wear to paint wars and that have the events and times the event starts for Welcome Week!
Movie on the Mall was my event this year to put on!! We decided on renting Captain America: The Winter Solider. We have massive amounts of candy, kettle corn and pop and everyone brings their blankets, bean bag chairs and pillows. This is such a great event but it is relaxing and everyone just gets to hang out together and watch a movie. It is a nice relaxing night before we have a full week of school again.
I am very sad that it was my last Welcome Week! It is one that allows students to connect with one another before the crazy school year begins. Having an event each night is exhausting but it is so much fun and there are so many great memories that are made during that week that people remember for the rest of the school year.
p.s.– If you have any questions or comments feel free to comment and I will get back with you!
Hi guys!! I hope you all have had a spectacular week! I know mine was pretty crazy. I never thought I could be so busy. Yikes. Thankfully, yesterday I was able to go back to my hometown for my high school’s homecoming football game. I went to watch my little sissy perform in the marching band during half time. She was phenomenal incase you were wondering. It was good to see her and my family. I haven’t really had much time lately to think about home and how fast time has gone. It’s kinda cool, though, to think of myself as an adult now. I remember the days when I was freaking out over what I wanted to do with my life and where God was leading me, but with a lot of prayer and the right timing, God gave me my answer at the right time like He always does! I couldn’t be happier here at MNU. It’s a splendid place to be.
Don’t get me wrong, I miss my beautiful family including my cat and puppy dog and my best friend every day. And I also kind of miss high school too. Maybe just a tad bit. I’m still indecisive about that. College has proved to be nothing like high school and the transition coming here was super duper easy. New Student Orientation (NSO) kept us so busy that we didn’t really even have time to think about the big change in our lives.
NSO events will remain some of my favorite memories for a very long time. It also helps that my seminar group has become so close. They’re awesome by the way. We started off by winning the NSO volleyball tourney which was a happy moment for us all considering the teams we were up against. They all played very well!
But anywho, another activity we participated in was this super cool service project. Our group walked over to a nearby elementary school and ate lunch with the children. I love kids so spending time with them was quite entertaining to say the least. That opportunity to serve is one of the many reasons I love being here.
Another thing I’ve come to love is the atmosphere of the place. I love to just sit outside near the flag pole on a perfect day and spend time with my homedog, Jesus. That involves positive music, a good ol’ Bible study, and prayer time. God is present throughout the entire campus and that’s just AWESOME.
I plan to make these next four or so years the best. High school is behind me now and I’m looking forward to what God has planned for me and my peers. I hope one day I’m able to travel the world and see everything, but for now, my home is here. And I love it!
God bless you all in this upcoming week of classes and fun!
“I’ll spread my wings and I’ll learn how to fly
I’ll do what it takes til’ I touch the sky
And I’ll make a wish
Take a chance
Make a change
Out of the darkness and into the sun
But I won’t forget all the ones that I love
I’ll take a risk
This is my very first blog post for MNU Blogs, and I am so excited. I sort of decided last minute to do a video this time. Don’t expect every post to be video, because I haven’t completely decided how I want to format my posts each week. Also, this is not an MNU dorm. I made this video at home.
This week, I’m talking about doubt, and how it can have a positive outcome. I went through a time of doubt about God’s plan for me last year, to the point where I was this close to transferring away from MNU. My faith and trust in god were tested. I wanted my college experience to be easy. I didn’t want to have to make tough choices, but then I was reminded of my Mom’s favorite bible verse, which has become mine:
‘”My thoughts are not like your thoughts. And your ways are not like my ways,” announces the Lord.’
You see, the entire time, I had been so worried that I wasn’t going to do what God wanted and that it would ruin everything. All I really needed to do was pray, read and lean on him, and he has shown me exactly where I need to be for this season.
I love all of you, please let me know if you have any questions, or need to talk to someone about MNU, God or whatever!
My junior year of high school, I came to S.C.O.U.T. (Students Checking Out University Turf) at MNU. This was my first college visit, and honestly, I had no intention of attending MNU. I just came because I wanted an excuse to check out what college life is like, and my best friend was going. Plus, my youth leader attended college at MNU and she really wanted me to check it out.
“This place is cool, but there’s no way I can afford it.”
That’s what was going through my mind all of my junior year. Through that college visit, I really came to like MNU and even thought I wanted to go there. It felt like an unattainable dream to me. Like, maybe I was supposed to be there, but there was no possible way it would work out.
The rest of my junior year and my senior year were spent going on college visits, trying to find a place that sparked my interest the way MNU does. (Spoiler alert: I didn’t find it.)
Fast forward to spring of my senior year, when all of my friends were enrolled in the college of their choice, while I was playing a sick game of “eenie-meenie-miney-mo” with a few schools that I could afford. Each time I thought I had reached a decision, I would soon find myself back where I started.
During this time, I had this (inaccurate) thought in my head that God has a specific plan for my life, which includes a specific college and career, and if I don’t get it right there’s no hope for me. I thought there was a specific road I had follow, and if I didn’t, I would mess everything up.
We’ve all heard the famous Bible verse, Jeremiah 29:11. Chances are it was on at least half of the graduation cards you got.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
While struggling with finding my “plan” that God has for me, He spoke to me through the verses that follow Jeremiah 29:11.
“Then you will call on Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:12-13
Maybe God’s plan for our lives isn’t about where we go to school, what we major in, or even what our careers end up being. Maybe His plan for our lives is to seek Him with all our hearts. I think God has a plan for all of us, and that plan is for us to grow into a deep relationship with Him, and through that, give glory to Him.
I’m not saying that God doesn’t have specific plans for some of us. I do believe that God calls certain people to walk down certain roads that lead to a specific college, major, or career. But, instead of stressing about if we’re on the path that God wants us to be on, we should make decisions that best glorify Him. We can’t go wrong in doing that.
So, in the midst of trying not to mess up God’s plan for my life, I realized that God’s plan for my life is to glorify Him in every decision that I make.
I went to S.C.O.U.T. again my senior year, still sure that I couldn’t afford MNU. The only reason I went was to hang out with some of my friends that I had met the previous year. To be honest, I didn’t even go to some of the events I was supposed to attend. (Sorry, MNU)
On that second visit, I felt peace. The kind of peace that can’t be ignored. This peace was from God. I knew that I needed to talk to admissions, look for more scholarships, and at least TRY to make MNU a possibility in my life.
After many late nights of praying, pros-and-cons lists, phone calls with my admissions counselor, and meetings with my parents…
I am a Pioneer.
The peace that I feel about this decision is my proof that this is where God wants me. For now, MNU is the road that God has me going on. There will undoubtedly be forks in the road and maybe even a few u-turns, but I believe that God will lead me. I don’t know if I’ll stick with my major and I don’t know exactly what I want to do with my life, but I do know one thing. I know that instead of trying so desperately to figure out God’s plan for my entire life, I should simply pray about it and make decisions that will bring glory to Him.
I believe that’s God’s plan for our lives.
The awesome people I met at S.C.O.U.T. My best friend and I are on the right.
Hey guys, my name is Luther. I’m a senior here at MNU, a graphic design major, and I also play football. I’m a wide receiver. I’m from Camarillo, California, but I was born in Nairobi, Kenya, and yea I know I’m a long way from home, but these past four years have been a blast. MNU will forever have a huge effect on my life. I really can’t imagine what my life would be like if I didn’t come to this school. It’s going to be a blast to blog for you guys this year. I can’t wait to show you how MNU looks through an athlete’s eyes. Every week I’m going to try and show you MNU, in a light that only few people know about. You have probably already seen me in a couple of advertisements for MNU, for some crazy reason I’m all over the website. Feel free to ask me any questions, I’m here to help you guys better understand and get to know MNU. For starters, I have a little blast from the past for you guys. Here is a video I did for MidAmerica when I was a freshman, just telling the world why I decided to come MNU, it is the video right on top of this post (just in case you’re wondering). It amazing to see how much I’ve changed over there years. This is going to be a great year, I can’t wait to get started.