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Phillip Prado

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April 18, 2013

Life Lessons From the Mouth of an English Teacher

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Stock Photo of the Consitution of the United States and Feather Quill

HEY GUYS!! Lately I’ve been sharing some of my classroom stories with you guys, and I think it is about time for another one.  Don’t you?  OF COURSE YOU DO!  So here goes! :P

The other day I was in class, English Composition II, and we were talking about our government.  The professor handed out a citizens test to see if we were knowledgable on our government and it’s history.  A series of groans and mumbles echoed across the room as he began telling us about this test we were about to take.  The class wanted no part of this.  I heard some students say things like “Why do we need to know this for English class?”  or “We’re not even getting a grade so I’m not doing this” and even a few “This is pointless” remarks.  The professor just laughed and continued to hand out the test. We got into groups, filled out the test, and the the professor gathered out attention again to go over the answers.

At first it seemed like this did, in fact, have no relevance to the rest of the class.  Some of us know a lot about our government, while others not so much.  But after we had gone over the answers, and after we had wrapped up the test the teacher asked us “So why did I have you go over this?  What was the point of this?”

The class had no idea.  We were all under the assumption that this had no relevance to the other papers we were writing and essays we were analyzing.  This test seemed to stick out like a sore thumb, and to have no place in our regular curriculum. Then the professor began to explain that it wasn’t to just see how much we knew about our government, but that we need to make ourselves knowledgable.  Knowledgeable about our government, about our essay topics, about the culture and situation behind the essays we are reading, even about our faith and our own lives.

So here is a class, not wanting to cooperate, complaining, and neglecting to open up to this teacher. Then all of the sudden, this professor comes out and gets really deep and meaningful with us.  It made us feel kind of shallow and mean.  What the professor said was true, and real, and we needed to hear that for the class; we needed to hear that for life in general; we needed to put our own assumptions aside and just listen for once.

This was awesome!  I’ve never been in a class that has been as personal as this one before.  We talk off topic, we communicate, both by listening and speaking.  Most classes are just lecture, lecture, lecture.  But this class we learn by conversation, by sharing stories, opinions, and beliefs.  In this case the professor showed us an important life lesson that was intended to make us more successful in our curriculum, yet that’s not where it stayed.  I believe the point of class is not to learn a subject enough to pass a test and then go on with our lives, but to gain useable, applicable life lessons and knowledge that we can use to make us better holistically.

I am thankful that MNU has professors like this.  Professors that aren’t afraid to actually communicate with us, to bring us in, and to send us out of the class with a lesson we can apply.  You had to be there to really understand what I am trying to say, I just hope you can see how important this is to me, and how important it should be to any college student across America.  So don’t shut off these opportunities.  They are really vital to you. Especially in college, the time of your life when you are really trying to find out who you are and where your place is in this vast world. Just pay attention. You might learn something here and there. :)

 

Cherith Campbell

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April 18, 2013

The one where you learn about delectable lemonade! <3

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SUMMER IS COMING! and lemonade makes me just itch for some summer sun, lake, sports, friends, activities, and freedom!

<if you can’t tell i’m experiencing a little bit of summer fever.>

so i thought i would share a fabulous lemonade recipe with you. :)

Lemonade Baby!  

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup sugar (can reduce to 3/4 cup)
  • 1 cup water (for the simple syrup)
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 3 to 4 cups cold water (to dilute)

PROCESS

1 Make simple syrup by heating the sugar and water in a small saucepan until the sugar is dissolved completely.

2 While the sugar is dissolving, use a juicer to extract the juice from 4 to 6 lemons, enough for one cup of juice.

3 Add the juice and the sugar water to a pitcher. Add 3 to 4 cups of cold water, more or less to the desired strength. Refrigerate 30 to 40 minutes. If the lemonade is a little sweet for your taste, add a little more straight lemon juice to it.

Serve with ice and sliced lemons!

ENJOY SOME TASTY LEMONADE WHILE YOU WAIT FOR THAT LAST CLASS BELL TO RING!

Learn something new today:  Guess what?! You already did! ^ You learned how to make a delectable pitcher of lemonade! Congratulations!

 

Kelsey Cranford

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April 17, 2013

the Real, the Beautiful

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This past week I received the extremely exciting news that I have officially been accepted as an intern at The Keeler’s Women Center for this upcoming summer! The past couple months have been spent in prayer asking the Lord to offer direction and guidance in my search for an internship, and I am so excited and relieved that He has provided such an amazing opporunity. The Keeler Women’s Center, located in downtown Kansas City, seeks to wholistically serve women in the urban core of KC in which they provide a number of different services and programs to do so. Some of these services include free counseling; English tutoring; spiritual formation classes; education on parenting, nutrition, and other subjects; care packages; a food pantry; and various clubs such as book clubs and knitting clubs. They are purposeful in serving these women from all different facets and I am so exctied to be able to be involved in each of these programs. In learning more about what God has called me to do in regards to a career or vocation, I know that he has created a passion wtihin me for coming alonside and advocating for women and that I really thrive off one-on-one time with others. In playing off of those 2 extremely vague ideas, I am praying that God would direct me through this internship and help me gain a better understanding of what He has called me to do at least for the near future. Needless to say, I am absoluley stoked about the learning that will take place this summer and for God to shape me through this experience!

Kind of going along with this and also going back to this passion I have to advocate for women, I found this video on facebook and had to share. The Dove Campaign has been promoting the following video in an effort to continue to foster healthy perceptions of beauty amongst women. It is extremely interesting and moving and I would highly recommend that you take a few moments to watch.

Emily Lawler

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April 14, 2013

{Emily} Four More Weeks..

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One more week of student teaching- I can hardly believe it. I hope you are well. Thank you so much for investing briefly in my vlog.

{Emily}

Phillip Prado

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April 11, 2013

MNU Has Secret Admirers? What???

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HEY GUYS!! Story time!!!

So I was in class the other day, taking notes on my laptop, and this girl in front of me starts discretely chuckling to herself.  At first I ignored her, and continued listening to the EVER SO EXCITING lecture that was being presented by the very entertaining professor in the font of the class :|.  The only problem was that she continually kept giggling, and showing her computer to the girls sitting beside her, who then in turn began giggling themselves.

Now I’m not gonna lie, I was struggling to stay awake.  This was definitely one of the most…unadventurous classes I have had in my very minimal college experience.  So in my fatigued state I gave in to my curiosity and wanted to see what was so funny.  So I slowly leaned forward to look at this girls computer to see what was so funny, trying not to be noticed so I didn’t look like a total creeper.

NOW I KNOW I shouldn’t have been nosey! And I know I should’ve just continued to do my notes! But I didn’t…so oh well boo hoo :P.

ANYWAY! So i’m looking at here computer right?  And what do I see?? Facebook… At first I was like “DUUUMMBB!” because I thought they were probably laughing at stupid posts or little memes. But then I looked again and realized it wasn’t just any Facebook page. Oh no!  It was about MNU! And not only was it about MNU, but it was a confessional! After a second of snooping, I could see that this page was a place for MNU students to anonymously confess their feelings for one another! This really really off set me at first.  I was like “WHAT THE HECK??” So I quickly opened up Facebook on my laptop and navigated to the page MNU Secret Admirers.  At first I was kind of turned off to the idea.  I thought it was a ridiculous idea and that it could open up a window to some bullying/pranking.  But once I began to read it, I found that it seemed that MOST of these confessions were pretty sincere.  It turns out that college students can be somewhat mature :P! Of course there are some fake ones, and some joke posts, but these are pretty easy to weed out from the authentic confessions.  I spent the rest of class reading this page (which was a bad idea! Never browse the internet during class!), and actually found it to be pretty amusing.

It doesn’t say who started the page, and the submission process goes through google docs, which is explained on the page itself, and is completely anonymous.  Someone had to be pretty creative to think something like this up, and has to be pretty committed to keep up with managing the page. To me, its a place where people can say the things they can’t get the guts to say to the people that they feel need to hear it.

So if you don’t go to MNU quite yet then this is a little peak to what’s on the minds and hearts of some of your soon-to-be fellow Pioneers.  So just go see whats up, read some posts, and learn some things about some people without actually knowing who they are…yet. :)

And if you DO go to MNU, then check it out, post the things you wish you could say to the people you wish could hear it, or just read what’s going on with some people.  And WHO KNOWS, you might read one about yourself!

 

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https://www.facebook.com/pages/MNU-Secret-Admirers/137861043060692?fref=ts

 

 

Cherith Campbell

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April 11, 2013

The one where the men serve the ladies.

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I know that some of you women are probably thinking that they should be  serving us everyday…and I can’t say that I want to disagree with you. But at MNU we have a special night set aside for it. It’s called Ladies Night.

We had this glorious evening just a few nights ago on Tuesday. We all get dressed up real fancy like and head on over to campus center or the tipping point. We are greeted at the door and escorted in by a lovely gentlemen and seated at a table with your friends. The waiters then approach welcoming us and inquiring about our drink order and choice of dessert. I personally chose to combine all of the desserts into one. A chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream, topped with caramel or chocolate syrup, and covered with gummy bears or reese’s pieces. The night is filled with live music, compliments, smiles, and lots of pictures!

It really is a fun event and it is nice to get dressed up and have a fancy evening with all of your friends. And it’s not bad having the guys wait on you hand and foot and shower you with compliments either. ;)

Learn something new today:  Don’t try to teach a man how to do something in public. They are okay with learning in private ; but in public they have to “already know!”  #malepride

Allegra Vieux

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April 10, 2013

Being an adult

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Hello blog world.

I have been absent. You probably didn’t notice, but I’ll go ahead and humor myself and let you know what’s up.

So in school right now, I’m a teacher’s assistant for the Public Relations class. It’s a chance for me to learn about effective leadership and management and all that important stuff. Last year, I took public relations with Dr. Hamilton. We were split into groups and chose local nonprofit organizations to do benefit events for. Our group of 3 chose the Kansas City Girls home Teen Challenge. (Teen Challenge is an international rehab for people of all ages, this particular home is a residential home for adolescent girls.) We hosted a benefit concert on campus, had this video made and donated, and 3 lovely ladies shared their testimonies at the event. You can watch that video here. (Shout out to Kyle Bloom- AMAZING videographer/pastor/all around great guy.) The concert was hugely successful, over 100 people showed up, and we were hoping and praying and pleading with the Lord for like 25 people to come, even though our goal was 50.

I’ll spare you some boring details, but I came back as a TA this year to work with a group to recreate this event, only make it bigger and better. I have a team of 6 ladies working with me to do just that. The Lord provides in our times of need. ASG (Stuco for colleges) AND the Junior Class Council have partnered with us. Our concert is featuring MNU up and coming band Don’t know Dorothy and worship artist Hurley Christin, who is the worship leader at Mission Church in Overland Park. The girls from Teen Challenge have a choir song they will be singing at our event, and we have 2 girls sharing their stories. Mark your calendars for April 27th in Land Gym. You won’t wanna miss it!

Check out Hurley’s music here.

Go to her site! you can listen to her original music and learn more about her. She is amazing!

Go to her site! you can listen to her original music and learn more about her. She is amazing!

 

As I’m leading this project, I am also in Marketing Research. I am in a group of 5 and we are working for a real client too! We are conducting research for the Marketing Office at MNU about the Grad and Adult programs. Pretty cool, right? My role for the team is the focus group coordinator. Again, sparing you the boring details, we basically randomly select 8-12 students who qualify and have a dinner party for them and talk to them about their experiences with the programs and their media habits. (There’s a lot more that goes into it and I probably made it sound more fun that it looks.) …Have you seen the AT&T Commercials? Where the guy asks the kids the questions and then SURPRISE! he asks the retired athletes around the same table? (LOVE those btw) That’s kind of what it looks like… ANYWAY.

So Marketing Research is not my thing. Don’t get me wrong, super valuable, but I’m not good with details, and to be honest you could put any word in front of research and I wouldn’t take to it. Fashion Research. HangingOutWithFriends Research. Fun Research. Get the point? But focus group? talking to people while others take notes? That I’m all over. This project is HUGE, and not just because it’s a project, but because it’s for a client and the information we gather will be used. Yah. The real deal. At the end of the semester we have a 200 page report due. DYING thinking about it!

So throw this into the mix- I’ve been sick for like 10000 years and over spring break the doctors just now figure out the problem is my gallbladder. Not because I have stones, which is normal, but because it just hasn’t been doing what it’s supposed to do and is causing me pain. So normally a low functioning gallbladder is functioning at 35%, mine was at 19%. #SB2013! HOLLA! Being an adult is AWESOME. So last Monday I had the consultation with the surgeon in Oklahoma, then Thursday had it removed, and that brings us to today, when I am on pain medicine, still in Oklahoma. Did I mention the doctor said I should be able to go back to school Monday? yeaaahh not so much. Now I’m waiting for a follow up with the surgeon on Friday. Then maybe I can go back to school. Let me break down how long I’ve been not at school.

Spring Break. Easter Week (when I had my consultation with the surgeon.) This week.

That’s a grand total of 3 weeks. When I was in high school, this was my DREAM. But there’s something special about MNU. Yes, I’m a control freak and want to be doing my projects on my own, but my groups have stepped up and taken over my jobs for the time being. My teachers are nothing but gracious. My friends and REs and Profs and group members and NSLS E-board and pending members and faculty members that I say “hey” to as I’m passing them down the halls have all reached out to me to see if I’m doing okay and let me know that they miss me and can’t wait for me to be back. Andy Blum led a meeting for NSLS because none of the E-board members (myself included) could be there (thanks Andy!)  I can’t wait to be back. I miss my classmates and talking to everyone listed. I love my school with my whole heart and just want to be back.

So although I have projects piling up (and that’s just for 2 classes- I have 2 more classes I’m enrolled in!) I’m just ready to be back in the land where the sun rises and sets: The MidAmerica Nazarene University Campus.

Welp. This has been far too long and given too many details.

Over and out!

Currently Listening To:

1. Angie Miller's Love Came Down 2. The Ember Days' Adore 3. Random Spanish Song- Hermoso Jesus 4. Hillsong's I Will Rise 5. Jesus Culture's Fill me Up 6. Josh Wilson's Fall Apart

1. Angie Miller’s Love Came Down
2. The Ember Days’ Adore
3. Random Spanish Song- Hermoso Jesus
4. Hillsong’s I Will Rise
5. Jesus Culture’s Fill me Up
6. Josh Wilson’s Fall Apart

Joey Alligier

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April 10, 2013

Revealing the Gifts Within Them

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Leadership. It seems like a very simple word that indicates a head of an operation of some sorts. There are so many different types of leaders in today’s society and plenty in the past as well. The president of the United States, CEO’s of businesses, you, me, Hitler.

Stay with me here :)

Good leadership is more than a title. I could have my doctorate and still waste away as a human being. Leadership is largely about influence. As weird as it does sound, Hitler was one of the greatest leaders! The way he communicated his beliefs and spread his ideals was crazy! Was it COMPLETELY WRONG, YES! But I think you know what I mean.

While everyone is a leader in some facet, there are those who are more outspoken or simply seen more. Within most schools there are typically leaders who take on the challenge of representing their school and trying to help connect, develop, and establish the school as a whole. In high school is was StuCo, here at MNU it’s ASG.

Here is a video that is too good to miss by Mr. Blake Nelson, RE of Snowbarger! It is about NSLC 2013! The National Student Leadership Conference hosted schools from all over the country, and Canada, here at MNU. A 3 day experience that I’m sure was amazing!

I leave you with a quote that changed the way I looked at leadership. “Leadership is not about revealing to others your gifts, but revealing the gifts within them.” -Joe Sailors

Leadership is not about being in front of the group as much as it is about coming alongside people and helping them develop. Leaders are the ones who stand out to help others find their fit. I encourage you to have a positive influence and seize the leadership opportunities that are awaiting at the end of your fingertips.

Keep on and Keep God!

Emily Lawler

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April 7, 2013

{Emily} Last Day of Seminar Tomorrow!

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Hey Guys!

Sorry for the quick video- I have absolutely busy with student teaching! See you next week!

{Emily}

Kelsey Cranford

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April 6, 2013

I PASSED!!!!

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I’m sorry I’m so late in the game in updating you guys on what’s been going on lately! This last week has been absolutely CRAZY. Technically I am Junior in my undergrad but since I’m graduating a semester early, this past week I HAD TO TAKE THE SENIOR COMP. For those of you who are unaware, the Senior Comp is an exam you have to take your senior year which is basically a cumulative final for all of the classes you’ve taken during your four years that are in your major. I found out about this exam right before spring break, so the past couple weeks have been filled with studying, studying, studying. Thursday was the moment of truth. Took the exam, which lasted a couple hours, and walked away feeling like I had absolutely no idea how well I did. Yesterday I got the awaited news from my professor that I had passed and that everyone did extremely well on the exam (PRAISE THE LORD!!!!) All this to say, despite the upcoming papers and projects, I am feeling so excited and relieved! The Lord most certainly provides :)

Also, as you can see in the picture, another most prominent highlight of the week was going from my dumbphone of 3 years to an iPhone 5. UPGRADE OF THE CENTURY.

That’s all folks! Have a wonderful weekend!!!