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So let’s just talk about spirituality.
MNU is about faith, community, and service. Not just the students, but the professors also aim for this. One of the most open, vulnerable, understanding professors is a man that has been through SO MUCH and is willing to talk to you about life. I even have a meeting set up to talk to him! This guys has been here since the beginning! He has taught numerous classes, as far as I know, all around our faith.
One of my favorite all around professors, thus far, at MNU would be Dr. Larry Fine. I currently have his Christian Beliefs class and MAN is it a lot to take in after chapel at 11 am. He is consistently challenging us with reading material, notes, and soooo many hypothetical situations! We have discussed sin,morality, the Holy Spirit and yes, even sex. His approach is so smooth, yet loving! He wants us to voice our opinions and he respectfully, which is key, gives his. He always follows with his ideas after the hypothetical situations so it gives us the chance to know what we know and not be influenced. I LOVE IT! My mind has been blown so many times in there and I love it.
It’s just amazing to see his firm, yet open faith. Professors like him make this place one of the most amazing places to be. They set the standard for community and faith development. I am proud to be a Pioneer when gauging the influence they have over so many influence-able lives!
The best part? He’s only one of the many amazing faculty members ready to just do life with us!
HEY GUYS! So, it’s official, my freshman year is almost over. There are only two weeks of school left! Two weeks?? Where did the time go? Where in the world have I been?? It feels like just yesterday I was going through NSO (New Student Orientation) Week. And now I’m coming up on my lest week of school. It’s crazy how fast time flies.
We were talking about this the other day in class (how time has gone by so quickly). There was a group discussion about our experiences in our past and it was almost completely focused on this school year and how fast it has gone. We talked about how each of us has learned a lot in these past few months, how we’ve grown a lot, how we have met a lot of new people, and so on and so forth. The most interesting stories to me were the ones that were about the ridiculous things that happened in Campus Center, or the one time during an intramural game when someone got hit in the face with a ball, or just times when we were just together and having fellowship. There were stories about character building, insane amounts of homework, or even times that were “alter” moments (which were very influential and I am very glad we had these too), but the stories I related to most were the relational ones. I feel like we all felt this way. We related easier to each other when we talked about relating (ironic huh?). It made me think “Man…I’m really gonna miss these people.” I’ve made so many new friends and had so many new encounters. Some times it was hard, but this year taught me a lot about how important it is for us to be together. I would not have been able to do it had I not connected withe people the way I have here at MNU.
A few weeks ago I blogged about MNU Secret Admirers. This is a perfect example of how we long to connect to other people, even if it is in secret :P. MNU has been awesome to me, and listening to these other people’s stories really helped me think back on everything I’ve experienced. This year has been really important to me, whether it’s what I learned in class, friendships I’ve gained, or just things I’ve done. Now that I look back, I can see how thankful I really am for coming to a Christian school like MNU, and if I had the chance to go somewhere else I would still pick MNU. This has become a second home to me, I will miss it terribly, and I know any of you incoming Freshman who will be here will feel the same way!
24 is the name of a tv show about fighting terrorism.
there are 24 hours in a day.
24 oceans in a Switchfoot song.
24 eggs in a 2-dozen egg carton.
24 bottles of water in a flat.
24 engaged couples at MNU.
that’s like. 48 people. and don’t get me started on that number, but let’s just mention that it is only 2 from 50. which is half of 100.
So for those of you who are happily engaged, congrats!
and for those of you hanging out on team single for life, there’s still time in the semester!
In fact, some friends of mine in the latter category decided, heck, why should we miss out on the engagement fun?!
So, ladies and gents of MNU Blogs, may I present to you couples number 25, 26, and 27!
This is fiance number 1: Andy Blum. Andy and I were first official in campus center filming a vlog for this very media platform. Spotted twice in 2 days in campus center during the off-hours and then the next night at a basketball game together, talks of visiting the gazebo became real during the president’s gala. Andy has been in love with Allegra for YEARS and couldn’t wait to pop the question, which is why he was the first to propose.
Fiance number 2: Jarret Garber. Jarret and I were first seen in campus center sharing a meal (with other friends: a courtship of sorts.) He would then conveniently sit next to me in campus center during meal times and you could say it was love with each bite. Nicknames he calls me include: wifey, sweet cheeks, honey boo-boo, and hot broccoli (you would understand if you saw his diet.)
Fiance #3: Ethan Hargrave. Ethan transferred to MNU last semester and plays baseball. Ethan decided moments before he proposed that he couldn’t live without me. The proposal could not have been better: a sunny senior day at Dixon Stadium in front of the masses with a hotdog foil ring. I made him the happiest man in the world (or at least 1/3) by saying YES!
True love is hard to come by. Also there are about 50 people on facebook who congratulated me that didn’t catch I got engaged 3 times in one week. Things may be a little weird when it comes time to plan weddings, but the good news is my wedding board on pinterest will not have been used in vain.
Stay tuned for more engagements in the last 2 weeks of school!
Once upon a time, there were 7 girls named Katy, Konner, Debbie, Lindsay, Ashley, Morgan, and Allegra. These awesomely talented and beautiful ladies were all in Public Relations, in which they were assigned a project. The project was to create a benefit event for a local nonprofit organization. The nonprofit chosen was Teen Challenge, and at the event, they decided a photobooth would only be appropriate. So the girls searched the highs and lows of Pinterest and found the above background, made with colored table cloths from the dollar store.
A party busted out in Spindle 102, also known as Allegra’s dorm, also known as the HQ.
The event is scheduled for Saturday, and you should DEF be there!
But what event would be complete without including the many faces of the Teen Challenge ladies?
This past weekend was MAX! This is where church youth groups comes from all over the region to compete in different sports. There’s basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, etc. So many teens come to this event and it is so much fun to just see people everywhere on campus.
My old youth group was there so I got to see the kids that were younger than me. Some of my family also came because my cousins were playing in the basketball tournament. I loved getting to watch my little cousins play and see how much they have improved since other times that I have seen them.
Friday night was Naz night at Worlds Of Fun! Students from MidAmerica and the youth that was on campus for MAX were able to go to WOF a day before it opened. My boyfriend and I went on a double date with my best friend and her boyfriend and it was a blast! We rode rides and ate sugar and then went to Waffle House afterwards. We had such an amazing night and really the whole weekend was just a great time.
Learn something new today: Eating chocolate before studying and or taking a test increases your chances of understanding information and passing with a high grade! So go shovel in some hersheys!
In another installment of the focus on community here at MNU, we will evaluate the simple things. The simple, easily over-looked things can have the most impact.
When someone says, “Hi!” as you walk across campus, when a friend sits to have lunch with you, or you get that uplifting text that hits right where you needed it or maybe even a simple “Happy Birthday”. In the large scheme of spending 4 years here or especially in life, these seem like nothing. However, we don’t always see what’s going on underneath! That, “Hi!” could have come in the midst of an insecure thought about people not caring. Or that text could have been the light when the day seemed so crummy.
I, for one, can attest to all of this. I have and I have seen people put up walls just to see who cares enough to peek over or break through. The simple things are like picking those walls apart one brick at a time. It always seems like when I feel the most down is when people always say, “Hey”, interrupting the attack from the Devil on my mind. Because of the people have treated me, I try to reciprocate the behavior.
Recently, the simple acts like being vulnerable or opening my room to 8th graders for MAX has been so impacting; on myself and them. They see the love of this campus and the Lord and I am filled tremendously! As weighing as it can get, I would not trade putting myself out there for others.
The best part, I’m not the only one. People all over this campus care just like this and even more so. Even when it’s difficult there are people there. Professors, students, visitors who get it, they are willing to put their heart on the line to help and to put forth the effort in the little things.
The next time you see someone walking across campus open a door, say, “What’s up”, or admire the cool Boy Meets World shirt they have! You never know the impact you could have from a simple act. It’s all about ordinary people doing a little extra and pointing to an extraordinary God. That’s what MNU is about.
I just cannot quite believe that the semester is soon coming to a close. Here we are with two and a half weeks of classes left–there is a light at the end of the tunnel! This is about the time of the year when it seems like everyone’s running around like chickens with their heads cut off. I must say my mind is feeling a bit scatterbrained trying to keep up with everything, so I apologize if this post is just absolutely random.
The biggest news I have to share is that I unexpectedly won $250 this past week! Our library on campus gives out a research award every year in which students can turn in papers they have worked on for classes for a cash prize. I turned in a research paper that I have been working on for most of the semester for a Criminology class that looks at whether or not crime could be seen as beneficial to society. I am very thankful to say that I won the award and the cash moneysss. There is seriously nothing better than getting paid the big bucks to do school work. PTL!!!
This last weekend my fiance and I and the youth group got to put on a sports and arts clinic at our church for kids in the area with special needs. We had about 35 kids come and provided basketball, volleyball, soccer, and arts & crafts for them to participate in. Both Zach and I have worked for Helpers Inc. in the past (an organization that provides care for kids with special needs in the Kansas City area) which provided us with connections to the Blue Valley area’s specail olympics. We were able to invite kiddos involved in this program to come participate in our clinic as a form of outreach and service to the community. It was so great watching our students interact with these beautiful children and have a blast doing so. How absolutely refreshing it is to be with people who truly treasure and enjoy the simple things of life.
Beyond that, I am afraid there is not really much more to report. Life lately has been filled with papers and projects and preparing for finals in a couple weeks!! Wish me luck!!