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April 4, 2013

Stressed Out!

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Responsibility

So the end of the year is coming quickly! And thinking back, I can see that there is a lot I could say about what has happened to me this year.  There’s been some hard times and some good times.  There’s been ups and there’s been downs.  College has been an awesome experience, and I have learned so much about myself.  For example, I have learned that I am not very good at managing my time where there is enough space for homework :\.  I usually just plan right over homework time.  I also learned that I am very good a taking tests and writing papers last minute :P.  I once had a 5-6 page paper due on a Friday at noon, and I did it Friday at 9 and got a 95%! (I do not recommend doing this because not always does it end up very well, I recommend managing your time more wisely than that).  I also learned that I am not very good at managing my sleep schedule.  A good friend of mine always says the acronym O.L.U.E. (Out Late Up Early) because that’s what happens here.  Your up until 2 or 3 in the morning, and you have class at 8! (yeah I don’t know why I do this but I do, and every morning I regret it).

Overall I am not very good at managing my time, and I have really been getting better at this.  Learning my weaknesses and strengths has been a huge part of my college experience here at MNU.  I’m bad at planning and good at winging it! Now those may work well together but that is definitely not the way to deal with things.  It almost always leads to being stressed out..no scratch that, it DOES always lead to being stressed out.  And gosh does that suck :(.  College is stressful enough as it is.  A sense of responsibility really kicks in, and sometimes that responsibility doesn’t sit well in our stomachs

Responsibility…the word that brings more stress on college students than anything else.  College students are asked to be responsible to make it to class, to get homework done on time, to take care of themselves, and in some cases, I am an example, we have to pay for college are own.  Sounds fun huh?  You guys and gals who are just getting ready to go to college are really looking forward to that aren’t you?  WOOOOO for getting all of your assets in order and getting the job done! And speaking of getting the job done, some of us have to get jobs to support ourselves too.  So not only do we have to get homework done, but we also have to maintain a steady source of income.

I got a job because I am responsible for paying for college myself.  That let to another stressful decision I had to make: staying in Olathe over summer instead of going back home to Nebraska so I can make enough money to save up for school.  That really kinda sucks…a lot. I will miss my family a lot, specifically my little sisters.  But it’s worth it.  If I want to go to this school, pursue God’s call to ministry, and really fulfill what I know I NEED to do, then sometimes the tough decisions need to be made.  And I am willing to do that.  Yes I love my family, and yes I will miss them, but they’re not going anywhere.  Just because I’m not with them doesn’t mean they are out of my life.

So if there’s ANOTHER thing I’ve learned this year, it would be that life has it’s pros and cons, and sometimes the cons can be overwhelming, but if we do what God asks us to then the pros will always be worth the cons.  JUST like my “time management” problem.  It may suck and take some extra work to plan ahead, but the pros will definitely outweigh the cons.  So for you guys coming in to college, whether its here at MNU or somewhere else, just don’t be afraid to make the tough decisions if you know it will be worth it.  It may take a little bit of sacrifice, but that’s ok.  Christ did say that would happen. ;)

Just another lesson I have learned here at MNU that I decided to share with all of you guys!

Cherith Campbell

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April 3, 2013

The one where color flies!

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Heeeeellllllloooooo there friends. So this week has been good but it’s gonna end with a bang! Before I jump to the super exciting part we will build up to that.

Tonight is LATE NIGHT BREAKFAST! This event is always a crowd favorite. It’s pretty self explanatory: everyone who goes to campus center late tonight gets to eat breakfast…hence–’late. night. breakfast.’ So that is pretty exciting!

Tomorrow is junior testing/priority registration day. In layman’s terms: NO CLASSES! This means we have the day off and when classes are cancelled that’s always exciting.

Then this weekend!!……I’m getting my COLOR RUN on! That’s right. I’m gonna wear all white, get up really early, go downtown, get my accessories, and run through glorious clouds of colored dust that is going to stain both my clothes and me as well as provide insanely awesome memories and lets not forget pictures. Now THAT–I am excited for.

I hope that you all have wonderful and EXCITING days this week. Have. some. FUN!

Just something extra that I was thinking about: Men accept compliments much better than women do. For example: “Mitch, you look great.” Mitch: “Thanks.” On the other side: “Ruth, you look great.” Ruth: “I do? Must be the lighting.” –> So true. Come on ladies just except that you look good and say thanks. ;)

Learn something new today: 

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Joey Alligier

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April 3, 2013

The Importance of Being a Pioneer

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Being a Pioneer is more than a title or a mascot. It’s all about what you do! In this resurrection season our focus is turned towards the being of Jesus Christ and unfathomable characteristics he possess. People all over this campus are getting it! Also, this week we are hosting the NSLC! National Student Leadership Conference! It’s gonna get crazy! We are Pioneers not because we go to MNU, but because we go out. In the community and further.

Next week in this community we will be putting on a show called “The Importance of Being Earnest”. A play I had never actually heard of until this semester, but one that is sure to become a favorite. It is a comedy that involves love, imagination, and a couple of AWESOME butlers :)

Here’s a preview :)

Emily Lawler

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April 2, 2013

{Emily} March Favorites

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Here is a quick favorites video for you all. I hope you are having an awesome day!

{Emily}

Phillip Prado

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March 28, 2013

Hiking? In Tennessee? I think so :)

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YES! It happened! Through Kairos, our wednesday night chapel service, we went hiking at Savage Gulch in Tennessee over spring break! It was a week of amazingness, let me tell you! I don’t even know where to start. There was hiking (obviously :P), beautiful scenery, amazing fellowship, and plus Savage Gulch is only 2 hours north of Nashville! So not only did we see some of America’s most amazing landscapes, but we also got the chance to see one of America’s best cities.  But before I get a head of myself, how about I start from the beginning?

So 7 am, Monday morning, we loaded up the vans to embark on a 9 hour drive to the city of Nashville, Tennessee where the beginning of our trip took place.  After a few restroom pit stops and a lunch break, we arrived in Nashville at around 3 or 4 in the afternoon.  After a little sight seeing, we stopped at a Nazarene Church where we would stay the first night before we began our hiking endeavors that Tuesday morning.  Later that night, we were taken deeper into Nashville to try out some of the cuisine they had to offer.  A few of us went to this chicken finger restaurant that had been made out of an old house, which was so fun to just be at because it was such a creative place, called “McDougal’s.”  I, honestly, do not think I have had better chicken fingers in my life. So if you are ever in Nashville, you HAVE to try this place! THEN, after we ate, we had the chance to go to this coffee shop called “Fido’s.” Now, there are two reasons I fell in love with this place: one I LOVE coffee (you could say coffee is some what of a passion of mine) and man did they have amazing coffee, and another thing I loved was that we were told that “Fido’s” was one of Taylor Swift’s favorite coffee shops in Nashville.  Now I don’t know about you, but I LOVE Taylor Swift.  Anyone of my close friends will tell you that.  I don’t know why or where it came from, but I do. So that was a really cool experience for me.

So the next night, after sleeping on a hard floor in the middle of a sunday school room, we woke up bright and early, separated into smaller groups, and headed out to Savage Gulch to begin out adventure.  Now I could talk your ear off about the next few days that we had experienced.  It felt SO incredibly good to get out of the classroom, and to experience something fun and new.  That’s one thing I love about MNU.  There are so many opportunities for us to get out in the world and to experience life.  This week was definitely a week I had the chance to experience life. I didn’t want to leave :\.

Now not all of this trip was “fun.”  There were some parts that were pretty…blahhh: sleeping in a tent with below freezing whether (it actually started snowing!), not being able to shower or change, eating dehydrated food, having to trek through ice cold water, carrying a 50+ pound back pack, etc.  It was pretty hard work at times, but overall, despite the little difficulties, I had one of the most fun times of my life.  I got to see intense valleys, some beautiful forests, I got to stand on the edge of some bluffs that were over a 100 ft in the air, and I got to witness several waterfalls, including one of the tallest waterfalls on the eastern half of the US: Fall Creek Falls, measuring in at 256 ft high. It was absolutely breathtaking seeing some of these things.  No picture that could ever be taken by anyone would do any of this landscape justice. In order to really understand you have to get out there and see it for yourself, not just  search on google, or see it in National Geographic, or read it on some college student’s blog, but go there, and be there, and stand in awe at how amazing it is. I couldn’t have had a better spring break!

If you want to learn more about these kind of events here don’t be afraid to ask! There are an infinite amount of students and staff here that are more than willing to keep you up to date, and let you in on some of our events and trips!

MNU is so awesome for letting their students get involved in things like this by teaming up with Kairos and College Church of the Nazarene (which is just across the parking lot where Kairos takes place).  I am so grateful that I am a part of a school that allows it’s students to go out and actually see what God has created.  I made such a great choice coming here, and I know any of you up-in-coming freshman will see you are making the right choice too.  And if you have not made your choice yet, stop looking! I guarantee you will love it here.  It may be a small campus, but it’s a big world, and MNU let’s it’s students be a part of it all.

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Cherith Campbell

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March 28, 2013

The one when spring break 2013 is over.

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“Easter is the only time of year when it’s perfectly safe to put all of your eggs in one basket.”

Well this time of year is super hectic and really calm all at the same time for us students here at MNU. We just had our spring break last week and I can’t speak for anything else but I did some random things during my break. My break went a little like this:

  • A lot of work! – Since I had the whole week off I got the chance to work many more hours than I normally do…in turn making much more ca$h money! Which is GREAT! 
  • Freaks! – Some of my friends (Blaire, Sam, and Marissa) and I went to Freaks on Broadway (tattoo/piercing parlor) and got some stuff done. Blaire got her first front helix done, Sam pierced her rook, and Marissa got her second holes done. And I had them gauge one of my cartilage piercings a little bit because I wanted a specific earring in it.
  • I spent the weekend in Springfield, MO at a youth retreat called DNOW (Discipleship NOW) I was with a ton of youth from a church there and we got to go rock climbing, worship, eat, play games, etc. During this weekend I was able to use my ASL (American Sign Language) because there were two girls that were deaf. They were so sweet and I loved hanging out with them!

So I just started classes back up on Tuesday and now we have Easter break! This means we don’t have classes again until next Tuesday. It’s so nice to have breaks like that but at the same time it’s hard to get back in the swing of things after being gone and out of routine so much.

I hope that you all have a wonderful Easter!

Learn something new today:  Squirrels forget where about 50% of the nuts they’ve hidden are.

Kelsey Cranford

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March 27, 2013

SPRING to the BREAK

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613428 11As much as I would have loved to have gone on some sort of trip or traveled somewhere during the break, I am so thankful to have had some time to just relax and start hacking away at THE LIST (the never-ending task list of wedding details, school papers and projects, internships details…and on it goes). My fiance and I finally registered for our wedding which proved to be an all-day event. Let me tell you, bedbath&beyond is INTENSE. That place is packed to the brim from floor to ceiling, no joke. It was such a blast creating our wish list together, scanning for this and that and then some. I was also so excited to be able to give my bridesmaid invites out to my ladies which was of course so fun and I am just so excited to get to share this upcoming day with them. I purchased vintage handkerchiefs on Etsy (officially addicted) and used them to make a sort of envelope surrounding the invitation and tied twine around it to hold it all together. Of course, the absolute highlight of the break was beginning the studying process for my upcoming Senior Comp Exam that I have to pass in order to graduate…Basically I have to go back and study all my notes from every Sociology class I’ve taken at MidAmeria to prepare for the exam and hope to do well enough to pass. Its here in a week and a half so hopefully I’ll have good news to share about it soon! Despite the studying I was able to spend some good time with the family which was so refreshing. As you can see, watching the Sound of Music was a definite priority for the little sister and I during my break times between studying–can’t go wrong with that movie choice. It was such as blessing to find some rest both physically and spiritually with the fam and get geared up for the rest of the semester. Ready to do this!

I hope you had a wonderful spring break and are ready to finish out the year strong! THATS ALL FOLKS!!

Emily Lawler

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March 26, 2013

{Emily} MEETINGS, MEETINGS, and MORE MEETINGS

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Hope you are all well!

{Emily}

Joey Alligier

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March 26, 2013

Faithful Endurance

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As my blogs have shown before, life is full of numerous choices and chances. There are so many options and we are supposed to pick a path, a future, a career. Typically the beginning of even finding out what you want to do is the hardest.

I actually used to want to be a professional athlete,

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a teacher,

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then it transitioned to a professional chef!  This lasted from about my 6th grade year until my junior year of high school. That’s when Jesus got thrown in the mix.

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The passion for Him took the reins. But I still love the idea of owning a business.

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As I entered college I thought I knew what I wanted to do, urban ministries was always interesting to me. That has changed about 5 times. All within the same area, but definitely different paths down the road.

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 I definitely, preliminary, think I would like to live in Africa and run my own needs of life  focused non-profit.

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Earlier this year, I was faced with a predicament of what to do this summer and next school year. I applied for Resident Assistant for next year and ServeTeam for this summer. I am privileged and blessed enough to have gotten both!

I will be mainly a camp counselor this summer throughout the area and

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I will be the RA in the Freshman halls next year, which will DEFINITELY be an adventure; to say the least.

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The things that God is leading me to currently are guiding me to the things he has planned. I have been in multiple roles that are showing me so much. The people I’m close to in these roles are fantastic, God-planted, influences. As I try and continue to look to God, he is revealing SO much.

Don’t be scared of the future. You may not know what is waiting around the corner, but never forget that the trials we go through are making us into the people needed for the jobs, careers, opportunities that lie ahead. Imagine it’s like being a boxer. When you lose or fail, you learn new tactics to win the next round. We are all adapting and learning creatures; God feeds on that and develops us through trials, ups, downs, gains, losses. Through all of this, don’t lose the faithful endurance needed to make a difference.

Phillip Prado

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March 14, 2013

MIDTERMS!!!!

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HEY GUYS!! It’s MIDTERMS WEEK! Do you know what means?  It means that next week is spring break!! And this guy gets to spend his week in Nashville hiking and camping in the woods! The school is taking a bunch of us students down there for the week to have fellowship together and to just have a good time outdoors. BUT I will talk about that more in 2 weeks, after break, when I get back to blogging!

So this week has been INSANELY BUSY! Last semesters Midterms were not this bad.  Maybe it’s because I didn’t really have any last semester at all! And this semester I will have had like 4! I’m so stressed out.  And on top of that I have a huge English Comp paper due, I had to give a speech this week, I had a New Testament Test that I did not study nearly enough for, and then some.  I feel Like I don’t have time to study…

But can I tell you a secret?

Especially to you future Pioneers that will be here next semester.

I do have enough time.

I have plenty of time.

I have plenty of time to do homework and to study that is..  The problem is that I don’t have time for the things I love.  I just don’t let myself get overwhelmed so  I purposefully take time off of studying and homework to just relax, hang out with my friends, or even just to read something else other than homework.  I have noticed that taking one day off out of the week helps tremendously: that’s called the sabbath just so you know. But what also helps is taking mini-sabbaths off in the middle of the day.  20 minutes here, or an hour there to just kick back and forget about the stress helps so much.

If I were to push all the things I love to do off to the side, biking, working out, reading my bible, hanging out with my friends, than I would easily get overwhelmed and do even worse on the assignments and tests I know I should’ve done better on.  Just like anything, too much of a good thing is a bad thing. I have noticed that, in weeks like this, over stressing myself does more bad than good.  I feel worse, I get upset easily, I’m tired, I lose motivation.  It’s just not a good place to be, and I definitely don’t want to be stuck there.

So studying for midterms isn’t just about pushing through the week as hard and fast as you can.  I’ve said this before, but college isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon, and pacing yourself is key.  So taking a coffee break, hanging out with friends, going out to eat, or even just relaxing and watching your favorite tv shows are not a problem. I said I’m stressed now, but if work work work was all I did then I would be SWIMMING in stress. I’m happy with where I am at.  I am calm, cool, collected, and confident I will do well. So if you are new to this college life, another less I have learned that I would like to share with you guys:  Don’t be afraid to stop and just chill.  You don’t want to become overheated and break down now do you?