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Allegra Vieux

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September 25, 2013

¡Viva Mexico!

September 25, 2013 | By | 6 Comments

Blogging world: it is a week of celebration.

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(cupcake party with my friend Emily!)

After nearly 22 years of living, 18 years of schooling, 9 years of serving in Mexico, 4 years of college, 2 years of pursuing a degree in Marketing, and a 2 month application and interview process…

 I HAVE A JOB AFTER GRADUATION!

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This all started as a dream when I was 13. I went on a missions trip with my church to Juarez to build a house and decided that was what I wanted to do with my life. After my freshman year, I did an internship called Project Nexus (read about it here: http://www.amor.org/join/field/nexus.) It was the best decision of my life. Here is me as a Nexus with a Seasonal Staff Member, Jono (who is from Australia!)

IMG_2092I loved Nexus so much that I came back as a Seasonal (just like Jono) and worked managing various house-building projects for about 3 months.

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IMG_1812I loved my time in Mexico as a Seasonal, and I wanted to go back, but I had to spend last summer doing a marketing internship… So Amor created one for me! and I still got to work in Mexico! My dad and brother and brother’s friend came to visit me this time and built a house in 3 days- Read more here! http://www.amor.org/trips/individual/mexico

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IMG_1976I decided at the end of my internship to apply for a full time position, and got it! whoop! soooo… tomorrow I’m flying to San Diego for a Sentri interview (trusted traveler) to help out with getting across the border and to visit the office and get some fundraising materials. My position is 100% support raised and I’m so excited!! (if you can’t tell)

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iHasta la pasta!

 

 

 

 

Britney Lewis

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September 24, 2013

The Roommate Situation, My Life, Academics, and Other Things That Might Not Fall Into This Category

September 24, 2013 | By | No Comments

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Blog World, it’s true: Today, my blog has no direct theme and is full of random information.

Random information, in which, I hope you find helpful…

The Roommate:

I think the scariest thing about moving away from home, and onto a college campus, would be living with someone you don’t know.

For the next nine months, you get to share your personal space with a complete, and total, stranger. However, it’s not as scary as it seems. A roommate can be someone you confide in, someone you share many laughs with, and someone you will remember for the rest of your life. When It comes to choosing a roomie, I’d suggest choosing wisely. I’ve heard sooo many terrible stories about rooming with a best friend. It turns out, living with someone you already know, can create a dent in a good friendship. I’m not saying it won’t work out, but I’d be very careful when it comes to rooming with a best friend. When filling out your housing information for MNU, there is an option to choose a random roommate! There, you are given the option to find a roommate who–hopefully–has the same qualities as you. For example: Messy/Super organized, Early-bird/Night owl ect. Again, these things aren’t exact, but at least you get some say in your rooming situation.

Advice:

  1. Communication is Key: If your roommate does something that bugs you, let him/her know immediately. Mis-communication is one of the BIGGEST problems people face.
  2. Create a list of rules together: That way, nothing is left unsaid. If you feel like your room is messy and needs to be cleaned, create a chart! If you think there should be certain hours to have friends over, write it down!
  3. Build friendships outside of the room: The MNU community is insanely amazing. The people here are nice–most of them ;)–and I’m sure they wouldn’t mind having you tag along. It’s good to have a few friends to fall back on–just in case life gets sour with your roommate.
  4. Have Fun: Throw parties together! Invite friends over! Get creative. Remember: college only happens once in a lifetime–for most people–make the most of it!
  5. Also: Your college experience probably won’t be anything like the movie, The Roommate…Just saying.

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Academics:

Academics At MNU are no joke! The professors here are incredible, and have been taught to teach to everyone’s needs.

The class options are almost endless. With it being my second year here as an English Education major, the reality of being an “actual” college student is finally sinking in on me. As a freshman, it was so easy to slack of, and procrastinate till I couldn’t procrastinate anymore. I was the queen of staying up late and getting work done…or not doing anything at all. It took me a year to realize that I was the only person paying for my college education. My parents weren’t helping, distant relatives weren’t helping, It was ALL me (plus the scholarships that MIdAmerica had offered.) But I realized, It’s not like public school, when I graduate, I will have loans to pay off, and I want those loans to be something I worked hard for! With that said, I’ve been spending long hours in the library doing homework and studying. I’m trying my best to get everything done on time!

Caffeine and I have officially became best friends!

This actually isn't even coffee, It's Apple Cider from Dewey's (The Campus Starbucks!)

This actually isn’t even coffee, It’s Apple Cider from Dewey’s (The Campus Starbucks!)

Lastly….

I felt the need to share a piece of my life with you! I spent my first weekend off campus this week. It was weird because I didn’t actually go home, I was staying with a woman who attends my church. She lives by herself–for now anyway. Her husband is in Serbia!–in a little cottage in Kansas City, and she has this really BIG dog named Malena–she was such a sweetheart. Anyway, I guess there really is no moral to this story. The entire weekend I watched the TV show, Bones. I enjoyed it; it has a great story line and all…but I’d rather watch Supernatural! (Woot! Woot!) I’m probably mildly obsessed with that show–I don’t know if that’s healthy or not…but who cares? Also, this weekend I took a ton of pictures! I’ll post some of them below.

P.S. I know I said I was going to post a Spindle room tour this week, but my apartment is a mess! My suite-mates and I have been uberly busy! Next week I’ll have two videos up–I promise!

Till Next Time!

Love,

Britney!

While I was waiting for my ride on Friday afternoon, I took this snap shot!

While I was waiting for my ride on Friday afternoon, I took this snap shot!

Malena: The dog that followed me around all weekend!

Malena: The dog that followed me around all weekend!

The Sunday morning sun! I guess I was feeling really inspired...

The Sunday morning sun!
I guess I was feeling really inspired…

 

 

 

 

 

Mario Flores

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September 21, 2013

LanBarger ‘Lympics!!

September 21, 2013 | By | No Comments

FIRST OF ALL, you gotta watch the video. Then read the text below.
So Tuesday I forgot to say was Dodgeball! Also, Dumpster diving is legal, and Krispy Kreme throws away perfectly packaged donuts every night……. All I’ll add to that is that my sweet tooth has been satisfied…. :-) Be well friends and make good decisions!

Joey Alligier

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September 20, 2013

Who Needs Zack Morris Anyway?

September 20, 2013 | By | No Comments

Welcome to class everyone!

Just call me A.C. Slater!
I wish….

I haven’t ever been a huge fan of the idea of “Shew-lll”

I mean, the idea of going to a brick, cement building at a time my eyes longed to observe the intricate design of my eyelids just sounds like… (Insert pun of boring, meticulous, soul-stealing venture).

NOT A CHOICE FAVORITE.

However, if school could be the social aspect, I think I would be down. If it could be similar to New Student Orientation week here at MNU, I would love it. Volleyball tournaments and slip n’ slides FUHDAYZ! Or maybe if it were similar to Bayside High, that would be awesome! Have you ever seen Saved by the Bell? The homework is minimal, the principal is the bomb, and it has events all the time. PLUS the shenanigans.

Now, I know this isn’t Bayside, home of the Tigers and no, we don’t have The Max as an after school hangout. BUT this is MidAmerica and we do have Campus Center and Spicy Chicken Thursdays; I’d say it’s a good trade-off. 

Besides that we have diverse, interactive classes, an amazing president in Dr. Spittal, and coincidentally we have events all the time. Plus, have you seen some of the pranks? FUHDAYZMaybe we are similar to Bayside and maybe I do look like Mario Lopez…

Mario and I

At least a little…?
I know, I know, the main difference is that our hair is molded different directions!

As I said I never really liked the whole idea of organized schooling and the work associated. So, I decided to take all major-specific classes this semester:

Arabic, Randy Cloud: We are learning about the culture and intricasies of the Arabic people along with some language, but not very much. It’s so interesting to separate my preconceived ideas from what is true. We have guest speakers, field trips, and FOOD!

Introduction to Christian Mission, Dean Flemming: The basis of this class is not just international missionary work. It’s about digging deeper into what our mission is, no matter the area we are called to. The discussion here is superb along with Dr. Dean’s fashion choices. (Follow the trend on Twitter: #drdeanfashionshow)

Organizational Leadership, Yorton Clark: This is an upper level class where I am the only sophomore.. It was pretty intimidating at first, but I absolutely love leadership and business so now I fit pretty well (I think..) We are reading interesting books and simply defining different types of leaders and how success is brought about.

Social and Cultural Anthropology, Bo Cassell: This class is all about learning how to dig into other cultures and what it looks like to make connections between past, present, and future. We watch alllll kinds of videos and have group forums.

Urban Ministries, Tammy Condon: I love the idea of an urban setting! We are learning what that setting looks like, where it came from, and where our place is in it. I love observing the different mindsets we all have toward another group of individuals God’s love is sometimes far from, or at least they think so. We have a lot of discussion and we have field trips planned as well!

So, I guess school isn’t too bad now. It’s so cool to see how all my classes fit together and feed off of each other. I’ll learn something in Intro to Christian Mission that is COMPLETELY applicable in Urban Ministries. My professors are awesome and my class sizes help me to get involved. The best part, however, is that these classes are helping me find out more about Christ, His people, and what my actions should look like in regards to that.

So I may not get the chance to be stacked like Mario Lopez or be a Bayside Tiger,
but Land Gym is my where I’m on my workout flow and I’m proud to be a Pioneer
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Class Dismissed.

Keep on and keep God,
Joey

*Once again, let me know if you have any topics you would like to have discussed or what parts of my inner most being you want me to spill on here rather than just on Twitter!

Britney Lewis

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September 17, 2013

To Bring or Not to Bring–That Is The Question.

September 17, 2013 | By | 2 Comments

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So it’s the summer before your first year of college, and you ask yourself: What the heck am I supposed to bring?

It’s like you’ve been thrown out into the world naked: no clothes, no shoes, and no place to go. No one has given you directions, so you’ve been walking in a circle for the last half hour by yourself.

You’re in a foreign place…

It’s dark

and you’re naked!

You feel hopeless, and you’re on the verge of giving up.

BUT DON’T BACK DOWN YET. Thankfully, your life probably isn’t anything like the metaphor I mentioned above…and if it is…well, that’s a completely different subject.

You’re not naked; there’s a sun shinning somewhere; and I’m here to help you! Truthfully, the summer before I moved to MNU, I was overwhelmed with anxiety. I was the first in my family to go off to college, the school year was drawing near, and I hadn’t bought anything for my dorm.

I didn’t know that the MNU website had a page with a list of school supplies. (http://www.mnu.edu/undergraduate/student-life/dorms.html#bring) I definitely suggest checking the link out. The website has been updated and it’s almost exact…however there are a plethora of items I would NOT bring. If you bring everything on the list, your roommate will probably kick you out–just saying. ;)

What Not to Bring:

–Everything in your closet. That shirt that’s been sitting in the back of your closet for a year: LEAVE IT THERE. There’s not gonna be a day when you’re like: Oh, I should have brought that shirt. Actually, if you have more than a hand full of clothes that you don’t use anymore, you should donate them to a Goodwill or Savers.

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–Don’t Bring a popcorn popper. You’ll probably use it once, and then never use it again. Plus it’s a hassle to clean.

–There’s a good chance you’ll never use a can opener either–so drop that.

–A few other things I wouldn’t bring: hot pot, Iron/iron board (Unless you’re actually going to use it). All the books on your bookshelf (There’s not enough room for everything. Plus, I only read one and a half books my freshman year. :( )

What to bring:

Do bring a shower caddy! Many people have no idea what that is.

Preferably, I would choose one with holes at the bottom of it, so the water drains and doesn’t become moldy.

Do bring shower flip-flops! I don’t care what anyone says, shower cleaner can’t clean everything! Protect your feet from fungi and go with the flops!

Do bring a cable cord! Many people forget them, but if you want to take advantage of the free cable, I’d suggest bringing one.

–A few other things: Kleenex, umbrella, rain/snow boots, trash cans and plenty of movies to keep yourself entertained.

Lastly:

Do talk with your roommate before moving in. It might be weird, or even awkward, at first. But trust me, It’s so worth it. It would be a shame if you and your roommate had two of everything. Don’t be scared: make the first move! That way: the both of you can coordinate ideas and create a living space where everyone wants to hang out.

Here are a few photos from my dorm freshman year!

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Welp, that’s all for this week! I hope this was helpful.

Next week I’ll be posting some videos of room tours. You’ll get to see some rooms from: Stockton, Spindle, and Lampher.

Talk to you later!

Love,

Britney

Allegra Vieux

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September 17, 2013

The Society: Dallas Conference

September 17, 2013 | By | One Comment

IMG_2168Greetings blog fam.

For those of you just tuning in, I’m the President of The National Society of Leadership and Success: MNU Chapter. Last year I did an internship and started our chapter, and this is our second semester in the making. Holla!

Over the weekend, one of our amazing advisers, Dr. Clark, took us to the regional leadership retreat in Dallas, TX. Dallas is about 8 hours away from Olathe, and the conference was from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon. Pictured above is Dr. Clark, me, Savannah Hoit (treasurer,) and Katy Ward (Secretary.) [Not pictured: Ron Jackson (Co-Adviser) Emily DeLong (VP) and Stephen Rowell (IT Coordinator.) They couldn't make it this weekend and we missed them dearly!]

We are STOKED on the new direction our chapter is going. We have Orientation tomorrow (Wednesday night) at 9pm in Smith. Anyone is welcome and encouraged to come! A little preview: Glow sticks and balloons are involved!

No road trip would be complete without a super sketchy hotel experience! On our way to Dallas we stayed the night in Oklahoma City. I won’t go into grave detail, but I will say we are happy we made it out with our lives.

IMG_2163When we arrived to our hotel in Dallas (the Hilton) all memory of the Ramada was erased. This hotel was 5 star in my book. The decor was beautiful, the staff helpful, the elevators glass (ignore my reflection above,) …I felt like a PRINCESS! We were on floor 11 (Except Savannah who was technically in room 1408- muahaha!) it was AWESOME!

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IMG_2170The pictures above are with the national executive officers from the office in Hoboken, NJ. The top photo is with Reema and Claire and the bottom is with Dede (WHO IS FROM OVERLAND PARK. AND A JAYHAWK FAN. ROCK CHALK!) We had to take a Kansas Picture!

Finally, what we’ve all been waiting for: The Sleeping Selfies!

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This is my friend Greg who is from New Jersey but I met him in Mexico doing an internship. He has nothing to do with MidAmerica but he def is a true friend. Look at that snapchat!

Peace and Blessins

KUHKAW

 

Mario Flores

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September 13, 2013

Attention Caught? This is my attempt at a clever title.

September 13, 2013 | By | One Comment

I must say, being a Pioneer is fo shizzle the bomb.
Before I move into telling you why, I’ve decided to share with you why I chose MNU in the first place. So sit back, (or forward- whatever is most comfortable for you) and (hopefully) enjoy reading a little bit about my story.

I am a Pastor’s kid. In fact, I’m a Nazarene pastor’s kid. Meaning, I’ve grown up going to and being brought to Church my whole life. And actually, I’m grateful for it. I’ve got amazing parents that love Jesus, love each other, and they love us kids. I am the youngest of four. I am from SouthEastern California, El Centro to be exact. A relatively small agricultural border town community.

I played football the first three years of high school, ran four years of track, and two weeks of soccer (We can discuss that later). I’ve grown up playing sports, but playing at MNU is still more of a DREAM than a reality… mainly cause we’re bosses at pretty much all our sports, and i’m no boss… Anyway, I enjoy playing the guitar. I started playing the summer going into my senior year and starting next Tuesday I’ll be teaching two guys in my hall all that I know!

Now to my choice of MNU.
I chose MNU over several other schools for a few deliberate reasons.
1. The Faculty and staff seem to be predominantly genuine lovers of God and lovers of people. More than just talk the talk, they authentically care for people, extend grace, and are patient (again this is in general). Anyway seeing that type of a person live their life in such a way obviously makes me want to learn from them!
2. The Community is off the chain. When I came on an extended SCOUT visit, I stayed in Snowbarger. While I was here, rather than being treated as some little high schooler, I was treated as a friend that just happened to be a couple years younger. I dig that.
3. Frankly I wanted to get away from home. Not that those who live close to MNU shouldn’t come! But for me, I wanted to get away from California and familiarity. I figured that if I went to a place where I wasn’t really known or knew of anyone else, I’d be forced to be more independent and be forced into “clinging” to God-depending on Him for support and family. I testify today that He is faithful to provide.
4. Referring back to the Faculty and Community, the attitude/atmosphere seems to be intentionally Kingdom-minded. What I mean by that is that the rhythms and standards and events and policies are attempts to make an environment that is Christ-centered and Christ-like. For the sake of others we choose to live the way we live. For example living in the dorms, we work to observe quiet hours when it’s late at night and early in the morning. This is because when you’re trying to sleep, people yelling in the hall or blaring their music often makes it harder to fall asleep. For the sake of others we choose to live the way that we do. I really dig that.

Finally (for now), after my first year of college officially in the history of mankind, I confess that I came away satisfied. And now that I am four weeks into my Sophomore year, I am still really enjoying it!
College is different from all of my previous school experiences. Most distinctly is in the fact that I now live and eat with the people that I go to school with. It makes for more “relational-building” time. For that I am ever grateful. I’ve got a great roommate, and the guys in my hall are stellar. I’ll be sharing more about them later on-some are in the photo above! For now though

Eeet's the Baist, I lave it! (Read that in a Nacho Libre accent and it'll make sense) Also, that's my car :D

Eeet’s the Baist, I lave it! (Read that in a Nacho Libre accent and it’ll make sense) Also, that’s my car :D

I’m going to say toodles and peace in the Middle East friends!

Grateful in Him,

Mario Paul Flores

Joey Alligier

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September 12, 2013

The End is Where We Begin

September 12, 2013 | By | No Comments

Everyone….

It’s the moment you have all been waiting for..

I would go as far to say the most anticipated event within the last 3 minutes!

No, it’s not any other scandalous happening with Miley Cyrus, thankfully.

However, the window into my life is open once again!

Well, the last time we talked I was about to embark on what I would later learn to be the BEST summer of my life. It was one, if not the greatest, learning and growing experience I have been apart of! I traveled on behalf of MNU as a camp counselor all over the Midwest. 10 strangers, one van, one team, numerous of preconceived ideas, purposeful prayer, and a multitude of personalities all went into the oven of life to bake together! The end result; best friends, numerous incidences of God working, still 10 people shoved in a van, inside jokes #fuhdayz and memories enough for a lifetime or so.

This is where we started….

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And we ended up here…

SergioIt may not look like much a difference, after all what can 3 months really do?

However, a small animal did make its way onto my face :)

The contrast between the pictures is largely symbolic of our relation to each other and vulnerability that we developed as a group. Needless to say, the Lord went before us, with us, and transformed lives from the inside out (mine for certain)!

Yet, with any great experience the question that soon follows is, “What now?”
Where do you take the memories, commitments, and lessons learned?

That’s yet another beautiful part of the community here at MidAmerica! I am surrounded by these same people and you can bet your bottom dollar (one of those sayings you refer to only from previous exposure and NOT because you know the true meaning) that memories and feelings flood back once I catch a glimpse of these beautiful faces around campus. We are all still here to support each other, even though we are all facing different and some pivotal points in our young adult lives; marriage, graduation, jobs, or even deciding what person to reach out to today. The Lord didn’t stay at those camps, He came back with us. If you ask most any MNU student or Faculty member they would contend that something is different this year and it’s not too hard to figure out WHO it is :)

This is the point where this new life begins. The one that Christ has filled me with by the power of His Holy Spirit. I am beginning the next step in the life God is designing for me as I go.

Anyway, that’s a short glimpse of my summer and where I am right now! If you want to know more, have any questions, or would like to suggest a post topic feel free to contact my by:

1)Comment
2)Facebook: Joey Alligier
or
3)Twitter: @praya_warriortwitter

“TUNE IN” NEXT WEEK TO “HEAR” ABOUT MY NEW CLASS SCHEDULE

Keep on and keep God!

Britney Lewis

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September 10, 2013

The Always Awkward Ice Breakers…

September 10, 2013 | By | 6 Comments

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Good evening beautiful blog world.

Think back to your first day of high school. Remember the weird people? The rude stares? The cafeteria food? And goodness, those terrible Ice breakers that teachers make you do before you even get the chance to catch your breath? It’s like: You’ve been running around, in a foreign place, all day looking for classes; you barely make it pass the bell, and already, the teacher wants you to stand in front of the room and introduce yourself.

Why????

  Let’s all be honest here: Ice breakers are no fun. You’d think, after you hit college, these instances would go away…but they don’t. Fortunately, the professors at MidAmerica want to know what you’re all about; they want to know what you’re majoring in, who you’re living with, and where you’re from. It’s weird, but the profs actually care–which isn’t a bad thing if you ask me. So today’s blog is solely going to be an introduction on who I am…minus the awkwardness, of course.

My name Is Britney. I’m crazy in-love with God. I am a sophomore with a major in English education and a minor in art.

I love to write! Whenever I think of a cool line or quote for one of my characters, I stick it on my desk!photo

I also really enjoy art. My grandmother is an artist, so I guess it runs in the family. I’m quite humble about my talent, and I don’t talk about it much, but I do have a strong passion for it. Here are a few photos!

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Most importantly, I am crazy about my nephew–He actually resembles me a lot.  His name is T.J. and he’ll be three in October! He has a sibling on the way! Hopefully it’s a girl. :)

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Welp, that’s me! I have officially completed an ice breaker without sweating, nervous jitters, and the thought of passing out. I hope I helped shed some light on who I am.

It would be awesome if I could hear from you all, too! I’d love to know about your weird first days of school, or what inspires you the most in life! To leave a comment, click on the title above! Remember: Ice breakers will always be awkward…but make the most of your awkwardness by getting to know the people around you! Trust me, no one is judging you. ;)

Talk to you all next time!

Love, Britney!

Allegra Vieux

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September 9, 2013

Welcome to Senior Year

September 9, 2013 | By | No Comments

Remember that one time when I wrote about living in California/Mexico for the summer? Well, my internship came to a close and I’m back in good ole Kansas. I traded the rolling oceans for this:

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Strangely enough, the blank open space is refreshing after a couple of crowded cities. There’s no place like home! (sorry, I just vomited from my own corny-ness.)

 

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The picture above is of my good friend Stephen and me sitting in Accounting class. Before the lecture started, someone turned around and said “smile!” and snapchatted it to me. Pre-collegiate friends who are reading, take note of 2 things:

  1. SnapChat is permanent, no matter what people say or what updates they send to your smartphone.
  2. Don’t put off your gen-eds until senior year. They may seem awful when you’re a freshman or sophomore, but they’re even worse when you are in your senior year!

 

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Above is one of my roommates, Kassidy. We have already had time for a girl’s night out, event in the craziness of the first two weeks of school. She plays basketball and is like a sister to me already!

 

 

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This is Tara, she is an admissions counselor and she is AMAZING! We also were matching on the first day of school!

 

photo(4)…aaaand then we also had to throw in an impromptu end of the summer pool party!

 

It’s looking like a great year.

Hasta la pasta