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,
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.
The passion for Him took the reins. But I still love the idea of owning a business.
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.
I definitely, preliminary, think I would like to live in Africa and run my own needs of life focused non-profit.
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
I will be the RA in the Freshman halls next year, which will DEFINITELY be an adventure; to say the least.
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.
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?
I know that most of my posts have lots of humor and are light-hearted but this one is gonna take on a more serious feel about myself and the presence/impact of MNU in my life.
A week ago my great-granny died and there were a lot of emotions. Even though her dying was very sad, it was a celebration because we all know that she is in Heaven. When tragedy strikes it is always great to have people who care about you to help and comfort you. Being here on campus gave me such a great support system around me. My roommate and other friends on my hall all comforted me when we found out that she had passed and it felt so good to have them with me.
MNU is such a great place of community. There are so many people on campus that truly care about each of the students that go here. I continually was checked up on by multiple professors about how I was doing since the funeral. Going to any other school would provide professors that either had too many students to even know me personally or just don’t care in general. But here at MidAmerica the professors and staff and students all have such a sense of community and love for one another. MNU is such an amazing place to be.
Learn something new today: The word koala is aboriginal for “no drink.” Koala get the water they need from their food.
Remember that one time when I accidentally deleted the majority of the footage from the first take of Andy Blum’s video? Because I’m beginning to notice a pattern.
I filmed with Gordie Wetmore (MNU student and celebrity) featuring his magic griddle in a little how-to segment… and then there was 1:37 saved out of 9 minutes overall.
As any true friend would, Gordie agreed to re-take the video. Be watching for that to come up. I will tell you that as of right now I’m flooded with homework, so be watching after spring break.
Things I have due before Spring Break (which is in 3 days but who’s counting.)
3 home page designs for KCMO’s website (for my web interface design class)
Moderate 1 of 2 Focus Groups I’ll be coordinating this semester (for my Marketing Research class)
Write a paper that was due last week about the shopping experience of Von Mar (for my Retail Management class)
Set dates for meetings with a local non profit organization regarding a benefit event (for my Public Relations Class- more to come on this)
Come up with 5 articles to use as secondary research for a survey to the adult/grad student body (for my Marketing Research class)
We had our second broadcast last night and the speaker, Brad Meltzer, was phenomenal (and hilarious which gains you about 500 bonus points in my book.) Brad is a best selling author 9 times over and has an incredible story. Key thought- Dream Big, Work Hard, and Stay Humble.
Spring Break plans-
I know you all want to know what I have planned for Spring Break, and let me tell you to prepare yourselves… I will be spending my week in Bartlesville, OK recovering on my parent’s couch from a colonoscopy! Get. Jealous. Isn’t it great being an adult?
Currently listening to:
This is the church I go to in Olathe (Life Church.) Recently, we had a worship night and they recorded it and put it on Spotify, which means I have had it on repeat. Holla!
A tip for you prospective students out there: Never leave your phone laying around without a password that cannot be unveiled.
Why did I post this, you ask? It’ll come full circle when you see Gordie on my show in 2 weeks.
Well. This has been spastic and all over the place. Kind of like my brain right now.
It’s so common for us human beings to single ourselves out. Typically in negative ways and even sometimes positive things in negative ways; like bragging or such. But the aforementioned simply negative ways are usually when we feel inferior or seem to be missing the worth you deserve. We think we are the only ones to ever go down this road or we are the best ones to do it. These prideful and secluding thoughts can always be diverted by Christ and the love he came to bring. Other times it is combatted when someone we can relate to is found. About a week ago, I met a girl named Jessica. She had a little brother named Dustin. They live in Kirksville, MO and I met them while I was on a PR trip.
Get this, Jessica and Dustin are adopted by their Great Aunt and Uncle who are around 60 or so. Jessica is the older child and she is about 5 years younger than me. My mom is going to be 65 this year. Seems LEGIT right? SO SIMILAR! But wait, she is very involved in high school, as was I, and when we talked, the openness, trusting demeanor, attachment to people, and feelings in general all reminded me of me!
You’re thinking, “WOW, what a coincidence! It’s so cool how they met and it’s so similar!” OOOOOOO JUST BUCKLE UP, because it gets real (this is where it hit home for me). Her brother Dustin was born prematurely and had issues at birth with drugs and whatnot; so did I. The difference is that he ended up how I was supposed to of. While I had signs of most likely suffering from Mental Retardation, I was healed. Dustin is not in the same boat. Does that mean he is any less of an awesome kid, NO WAY. I love this kid and I hardly know him. He’s so attentive and outgoing and even a better bowler than I am.
It is so surreal to see how I have taken so much in this life for granted. So many things I overlook daily. Don’t we all do that, at least a bit? We put ourselves in a place where we basically pity ourselves because of some downfall or insecurity, but we fail to say how much we do have.
So when those feelings of “lesser-value” approach, remember that God is working. I have heard stories where the last name of someone who was adopted after almost getting aborted (King) actually gave an American man power and prestige in a foreign country to be able to give them spiritual and medical help in a time of turmoil within the area. Don’t doubt the way God sets up situations! Hold on tight and wait for the ups and downs. Just know the paths we all travel may be slightly different, but the road we are on is similar at the foundation.
There were so many great acts in the talent show on campus tonight. Here is Josh and Quincy at MNU Mock Rock! Great Mash-Up! I am not sitting very close to the front but I still think the video is very enjoyable!
HEY GUYS! I have a thought for the incoming Pioneers, or any other high school senior preparing for college.
I bet you can guess what it’s about!
You guessed it!
It IS about choosing a major!
In coming to school sure you’re overwhelmed with trying to find a way to pay for school, you’re worried about making sure you have everything to bring to school, and you might even be worried about meeting new people. Some of us aren’t as out going is the rest of you and the fear of isolation can get the best of us sometimes. But I think the one thing that is the hardest to deal with above almost all else is choosing a major.
I mean think about it! That can be a tough pill to swallow. You are not only choosing a set of classes to take, but choosing a major is the beginning of how you will choose to spend the rest of your life. This decision doesn’t just affect you in college. It doesn’t even just affect YOU! This decision affects your future spouse, kids, grandkids, and so on and so forth.
Wow…that’s insane to think about. That’s really hard to grasp. The idea that now you are starting to choose how to spend the rest of your life. It almost seems so surreal. We just got out of high school, and all the way up until this moment we experienced something different every year: new class rooms, new classes, new teachers, sometimes new schools, new people, new school supplies, new, new new new NEW NEW!! There’s summer break, winter break, days off, we could call in sick, we had no worries, and now we are about to make a decision that will, hopefully, be constant for years to come. How in the world can we make a decision like that?
So now that we understand how important this decision is, I think there is one more thing we have to understand as equally important, if not more important. That is simply taking your time. Don’t rush to make this decision! I have SO many friend who have NO idea what they want to do for the rest of their lives, and that’s perfectly fine because you have the rest of your lives to make that decision! So don’t hurry, pray about it, and make sure it’s something that makes you happy.
Choosing a major is not simple, so don’t try to shove it in a box. Take your time, enjoy yourself in college, and make memories that you will be happy spending the rest of your life remembering instead of thinking back to that time that you were stressed and unhappy. So make the best of the present, and try not to rush into the future. The future will come soon enough.
I’m at this point in the semester where all the homework and craziness is getting the best of me. This past semester I had some upper division elective spots to fill and, since being a Sociology major and Psychology minor, I thought it’d be good to take some classes from the one remaining behavioral science major–Criminal Justice. Now, having taken no Criminal Justice classes prior to this semester, I of course thought it best to jump into a senior-level course focusing on the most debated and controversial issues within Criminal Justice. NBD. Piece of cake.
Needless to say, the confidence has waned a bit since then. This class as well as the two other Criminal Justice classes I’m taking have proved to be a challenge. The first couple weeks of classes I pretty much spent most of the time feeling like a dumdum, having absolutely no clue about anything that was going on. Yet, they all have proved to by extremely interesting and I am so glad I made the decision to take the classes I did. Right now I’m brainstorming and researching internship opportunities in the area now that I’ve technically hit my senior year (graduating in Dec ’13!) and need to do my internship/practicum here soon that’s required to graduate. As much as it may seem like a burden to some, I’m super stoked about it and feel more prepared due to the Criminal Justice classes I’m in. I’m at a place where I have a general idea of what I want to do after I graduate but its still pretty vague. I’m hoping that through this internship the Lord would provide a clearer direction on what I’m supposed to pursue after graduation.
All this to say, a lot of the internships and/or future job opportunities are in the realm of Social Work and often involve some sort of casework. This is when you work with and represent people who are disadvantaged in society and need treatment or help. Taking the Criminal Justice classes that I am I think I will help me feel more prepared for this kind of work and opens up ideas for different types of internships or future jobs.
Sorry if some of this is dry, I know Academics isn’t the most invigorating topic to read about, but its incredibly important! I have been so blessed by the education I am receiving here and have felt so challenged by my professors. Bo Cassell, my Sociology professor, is phenomenal and always has such interesting insights that provoke tons and tons of class discussion and learning. He is also someone I greatly respect because of his spriritual depth and leadership. What could be cheesy devotional thoughts or quick prayer times at the beginning of class are refreshing, insightful, challenging, and completely heartfelt. I’m so blessed to have a professor to learn from, not simply from an academic aspect, but in a completely holistic way–by simply watching him live.
I apologize that all my posts have been short and dry. I look forward to having more fun editing and creating quality videos for you to enjoy- my busy schedule is just getting the best of me! Hang with me. I hope you are well! See you next week lovely friends!