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Haley Raydo

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September 29, 2014

One Month Down, And Many More to Go!

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Hello friends!

I am back and at it again! I am now an official sophomore at MNU and I am quite enjoying myself (besides the endless amounts of homework).  We are about a month into school now and so much has went down!  Here are some top memories to keep you up to date!

Above the title picture are my lovely and beautiful suitemates on the first day of school! That day we were really excited, and its been all downhill since ;).  My friend Rachel is in the nursing program so she is extra excited and extra stressed.

 

This is my childhood best friend Annie! We came to MNU together last year and I am so thankful for her! This us at ASG’s White Light Event. We downed melted chocolate and had some very classy conversations of course.

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MNU at the K!  This is my friend Dan Wright. He would hate me for putting this picture up, but he refuses to read my blogs so hopefully he’ll never see it :).

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MNU tailgate at the first home football game! My sister came to visit (she’s in the middle) and it was soooo fun! We love having a winning football team!

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And lastly a much needed picture of Thrift Store Prom is below.  We got are tacky on (I wore a jumpsuit) and skated at Skate City.  It was a blast!

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There is sooo much more in store for this year!  God has really laid a lot of things on my heart that I can’t wait to share with you all! Also some fun things too :)  Right now I am trying to enjoy every minute of my college experience because one day I will wake up and it will be over :( These are some of the best years of your life!  You get to live with your best friends, go to crazy events, yell at sporting events, and attend chapel multiple times a week.  So if you’re in school don’t wish it away, if you’re in high school don’t wish it away (but do know college is pretty amazing! especially if you go to MNU hint hint), if you are in your early part of your career don’t wish it away!  Take the time to learn and grow, to make memories, and to see the opportunities God has for you now. God doesn’t need you to be at a certain stage of your life to use you, He uses you just as you are!

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

Samantha Moore

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September 29, 2014

Be: ASG President

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HEY YA’LL,

First off, can I get an AMEN to National Coffee Day today! I might have got free coffee from QuickTrip and from Dunkin Donuts… no shame!

So, as you have seen in my about me this year I am Associated Student Government Student Body President. So naturally I decided I should write my first blog post on the first week of events that ASG has during the first week of school. We have an event every night!

Tuesday- White Light Event

Wednesday- Late Night Breakfast

Thursday- Pioneer Prayer Walk

Friday- Root Beer Fest

Saturday- Paint Wars and Slip N’ Slide

Sunday- Movie on the Mall

Monday- Night at the K! (Royals)

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Welcome Week is such a fun time to meet new people and have everyone come to ASG’s events. White Light Event was amazing: we had servers passing out horderves, Pearl Mic Project a band playing music, a photo booth, TWO chocolate fountains and Scooter’s Coffee. This is one of our biggest events of the year because it is our first event and it is on the first day of school. Everyone dresses up in black and white and we just have fun catching up on each other’s summers and meeting new people. There might have also been a spontaneous dance party break out.

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Another one of my favorites is Root Beer Fest. At this event there is a sand volleyball tournament, root beer floats and everyone gets to keep their mug that their root beer float comes in. ROTC also had a rock wall there people could climb. Even the rain did not stop people from finishing the intense sand volleyball tournament.root beer

Paint Wars was something that we brought back this year and we tweaked a little different. This event is one of the most popular events because who does not like to throw massive amount of paint at people? This year we made it a class competition and of course the SENIORS won!! Shout out to my fellow seniors! We got to keep the golden paint brush and paint tray. The local Olathe Fire Department comes at the end and sprays their huge hose in the air, I’m talking gallons of water, and it is like one huge sprinkler. Kona Ice was also there, which who doesn’t love some shaved ice?! 

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We also got these cool shirts to wear to paint wars and that have the events and times the event starts for Welcome Week!welcome week shirts

Movie on the Mall was my event this year to put on!! We decided on renting Captain America: The Winter Solider. We have massive amounts of candy, kettle corn and pop and everyone brings their blankets, bean bag chairs and pillows. This is such a great event but it is relaxing and everyone just gets to hang out together and watch a movie. It is a nice relaxing night before we have a full week of school again.

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I am very sad that it was my last Welcome Week! It is one that allows students to connect with one another before the crazy school year begins. Having an event each night is exhausting but it is so much fun and there are so many great memories that are made during that week that people remember for the rest of the school year.

 

p.s.– If you have any questions or comments feel free to comment and I will get back with you!

Mariah McCommon

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September 28, 2014

Breakaway

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Hi guys!! I hope you all have had a spectacular week! I know mine was pretty crazy. I never thought I could be so busy. Yikes. Thankfully, yesterday I was able to go back to my hometown for my high school’s homecoming football game. I went to watch my little sissy perform in the marching band during half time. She was phenomenal incase you were wondering. It was good to see her and my family. I haven’t really had much time lately to think about home and how fast time has gone. It’s kinda cool, though, to think of myself as an adult now. I remember the days when I was freaking out over what I wanted to do with my life and where God was leading me, but with a lot of prayer and the right timing, God gave me my answer at the right time like He always does! I couldn’t be happier here at MNU. It’s a splendid place to be.

Don’t get me wrong, I miss my beautiful family including my cat and puppy dog and my best friend every day. And I also kind of miss high school too. Maybe just a tad bit. I’m still indecisive about that. College has proved to be nothing like high school and the transition coming here was super duper easy. New Student Orientation (NSO) kept us so busy that we didn’t really even have time to think about the big change in our lives.

NSO events will remain some of my favorite memories for a very long time. It also helps that my seminar group has become so close. They’re awesome by the way. We started off by winning the NSO volleyball tourney which was a happy moment for us all considering the teams we were up against. They all played very well!

NSO Volleyball Champs

NSO CHAMPS

But anywho, another activity we participated in was this super cool service project. Our group walked over to a nearby elementary school and ate lunch with the children. I love kids so spending time with them was quite entertaining to say the least. That opportunity to serve is one of the many reasons I love being here.

Another thing I’ve come to love is the atmosphere of the place. I love to just sit outside near the flag pole on a perfect day and spend time with my homedog, Jesus. That involves positive music, a good ol’ Bible study, and prayer time. God is present throughout the entire campus and that’s just AWESOME.

I plan to make these next four or so years the best. High school is behind me now and I’m looking forward to what God has planned for me and my peers. I hope one day I’m able to travel the world and see everything, but for now, my home is here. And I love it!

God bless you all in this upcoming week of classes and fun!


“I’ll spread my wings and I’ll learn how to fly
I’ll do what it takes til’ I touch the sky
And I’ll make a wish
Take a chance
Make a change
And breakaway
Out of the darkness and into the sun
But I won’t forget all the ones that I love
I’ll take a risk
….and breakaway.”

Breakaway || Kelly Clarkson


Aaron Merrell

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September 27, 2014

Lessons in Doubt

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Hey everyone!

This is my very first blog post for MNU Blogs, and I am so excited.  I sort of decided last minute to do a video this time.  Don’t expect every post to be video, because I haven’t completely decided how I want to format my posts each week.  Also, this is not an MNU dorm. I made this video at home.

This week, I’m talking about doubt, and how it can have a positive outcome.  I went through a time of doubt about God’s plan for me last year, to the point where I was this close to transferring away from MNU.  My faith and trust in god were tested.  I wanted my college experience to be easy.  I didn’t want to have to make tough choices, but then I was reminded of my Mom’s favorite bible verse, which has become mine:


 

‘”My thoughts are not like your thoughts. And your ways are not like my ways,” announces the Lord.’

-Isaiah 55:8


You see, the entire time, I had been so worried that I wasn’t going to do what God wanted and that it would ruin everything.  All I really needed to do was pray, read and lean on him, and he has shown me exactly where I need to be for this season.

I love all of you, please let me know if you have any questions, or need to talk to someone about MNU, God or whatever!

Have a great week!

-Aaron

Katie Linsey

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September 25, 2014

Follow the Red Brick Road

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My junior year of high school, I came to S.C.O.U.T. (Students Checking Out University Turf) at MNU. This was my first college visit, and honestly, I had no intention of attending MNU. I just came because I wanted an excuse to check out what college life is like, and my best friend was going. Plus, my youth leader attended college at MNU and she really wanted me to check it out.

“This place is cool, but there’s no way I can afford it.” 

That’s what was going through my mind all of my junior year. Through that college visit, I really came to like MNU and even thought I wanted to go there. It felt like an unattainable dream to me. Like, maybe I was supposed to be there, but there was no possible way it would work out.

The rest of my junior year and my senior year were spent going on college visits, trying to find a place that sparked my interest the way MNU does. (Spoiler alert: I didn’t find it.)

Fast forward to spring of my senior year, when all of my friends were enrolled in the college of their choice, while I was playing a sick game of “eenie-meenie-miney-mo” with a few schools that I could afford. Each time I thought I had reached a decision, I would soon find myself back where I started.

During this time, I had this (inaccurate) thought in my head that God has a specific plan for my life, which includes a specific college and career, and if I don’t get it right there’s no hope for me. I thought there was a specific road I had follow, and if I didn’t, I would mess everything up.

We’ve all heard the famous Bible verse, Jeremiah 29:11. Chances are it was on at least half of the graduation cards you got.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

While struggling with finding my “plan” that God has for me, He spoke to me through the verses that follow Jeremiah 29:11.

 “Then you will call on Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:12-13

Maybe God’s plan for our lives isn’t about where we go to school, what we major in, or even what our careers end up being. Maybe His plan for our lives is to seek Him with all our hearts. I think God has a plan for all of us, and that plan is for us to grow into a deep relationship with Him, and through that, give glory to Him.

I’m not saying that God doesn’t have specific plans for some of us. I do believe that God calls certain people to walk down certain roads that lead to a specific college, major, or career. But, instead of stressing about if we’re on the path that God wants us to be on, we should make decisions that best glorify Him. We can’t go wrong in doing that.

So, in the midst of trying not to mess up God’s plan for my life, I realized that God’s plan for my life is to glorify Him in every decision that I make.

I went to S.C.O.U.T. again my senior year, still sure that I couldn’t afford MNU. The only reason I went was to hang out with some of my friends that I had met the previous year. To be honest, I didn’t even go to some of the events I was supposed to attend. (Sorry, MNU)

On that second visit, I felt peace. The kind of peace that can’t be ignored. This peace was from God. I knew that I needed to talk to admissions, look for more scholarships, and at least TRY to make MNU a possibility in my life.

After many late nights of praying, pros-and-cons lists, phone calls with my admissions counselor, and meetings with my parents…

I am a Pioneer.

The peace that I feel about this decision is my proof that this is where God wants me. For now, MNU is the road that God has me going on. There will undoubtedly be forks in the road and maybe even a few u-turns, but I believe that God will lead me. I don’t know if I’ll stick with my major and I don’t know exactly what I want to do with my life, but I do know one thing. I know that instead of trying so desperately to figure out God’s plan for my entire life, I should simply pray about it and make decisions that will bring glory to Him.

I believe that’s God’s plan for our lives.

-KT

The awesome people I met at S.C.O.U.T. My best friend and I are on the right.

Luther Okeyo

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September 24, 2014

HEY YOU GUYS!!!!!!

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Hey guys, my name is Luther. I’m a senior here at MNU, a graphic design major, and I also play football. I’m a wide receiver. I’m from Camarillo, California, but I was born in Nairobi, Kenya, and yea I know I’m a long way from home, but these past four years have been a blast. MNU will forever have a huge effect on my life. I really can’t imagine what my life would be like if I didn’t come to this school. It’s going to be a blast to blog for you guys this year. I can’t wait to show you how MNU looks through an athlete’s eyes. Every week I’m going to try and show you MNU, in a light that only few people know about. You have probably already seen me in a couple of advertisements for MNU, for some crazy reason I’m all over the website. Feel free to ask me any questions, I’m here to help you guys better understand and get to know MNU. For starters, I have a little blast from the past for you guys. Here is a video I did for MidAmerica when I was a freshman, just telling the world why I decided to come MNU, it is the video right on top of this post (just in case you’re wondering). It amazing to see how much I’ve changed over there years. This is going to be a great year, I can’t wait to get started.

Allegra Vieux

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April 30, 2014

Campus Center Anthem

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What do you get when you combine Wyatt Melton, Ben Atwell, and my roommate Rachel Boan?

This. This is what you get.

I hope this gets you like it gets me.

Heather Engle

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April 29, 2014

Season’s of Life

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“There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under the heavens” -Ecclesiastes 3:1

While thinking about these next few months that are coming up, I have been constantly reminded that we all go through different seasons of life. I have definitely experienced this throughout my whole first year of college. Each season has brought about something new in my life. It’s really cool to see how God works through these things and brings beauty out of brokenness. This year has definitely been a rollercoaster ride, but it has been one great adventure. The fact that my freshman year is coming to an end is such a crazy thing to think about. It seems like just yesterday I was posting my first blog, and still trying to figure out where all of the buildings were located on campus.

Now that I’ve been here for a while, I honestly cannot tell you how thankful I am to have the opportunity to go to a school like this. I have been immensely blessed with such wonderful friends, professors, and faculty that are here at MNU that have come to be like family to me. I have also experienced really great times this year that have given me such cool memories to look back on.

If you’re coming here next year, be excited! Cause this place is pretty awesome. :]

So now that I’m done giving my opinion about how awesome MNU is (maybe I’m a little biased) I want to share with you guys something else I’ve learned lately.

I’ve learned that you don’t always have to please everyone.
I’ve learned that pleasing God needs the most important thing in my life.
I’ve also come to realize that I fail at this a lot and that I can be pretty weak sometimes.
But I also know that God is greater than my weakness.

I want to work harder at remembering that every single day. But the thing is, no matter how hard I try, I cannot do that on my own. I need God’s strength and grace every single day. So in other words,
I’m learning to trust God with that strength and grace even more every day. I just wanted to challenge you guys to do the same thing. Let’s boast in our weakness because His grace is sufficient for us.

“But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” -2 Corinthians 12:9

Just a little encouragement and I thought I’d let you know what was on my heart. Thank you for reading if you have been! I also wanted to put together some highlights of this past year into one collage of pictures. So here it is! I’ll explain a little more about it underneath:

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This is a collage of just some of the awesome things that took place this year. The picture on the far left is of Halloween. This was super fun because Jazmine (the penguin) and I (the fox) made our own costumes, We had a blast doing it and there was a Halloween party that night that was also really great. The picture in the upper middle part of the collage was taken at homecoming, the one to the right of that was taken at a skating rink that was in the downtown plaza, the middle picture that’s at the bottom was when I went to the Rend Collective Concert with some friends, and the bottom right picture was when all of us on campus went sledding outside on one of our snow days!

These are only a few of the amazing times that I’ve had here at MNU. :] I’m so thankful for every single one of them. I love looking back and seeing where God has taken me and it’s crazy to think that he’s already bringing me through a new chapter in my life. I also hope the same is for you. Keep trusting in His plan and looking forward to what new things God may be bringing about in your life.

So guys, that’s all I have for this time. Thanks for stopping by!

In His love,

-Heather Rose :]

Allegra Vieux

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April 28, 2014

7×7 Challenge

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Hey Blog World!

Here is a video from a cool academic event on campus called 7×7 Challenge. 7 Professors had 7 minutes to discuss an area of study that interested them, and then we in the audience voted on the most interesting or our favorite presentation. I included clips from every speaker and a few funny moments. Hope you enjoy!

Allegra Vieux

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April 27, 2014

Sunday Mornin’

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Bloggers-

Here is a video from my church a couple weeks ago. For those just tuning in, I go to Mission Church in Overland Park. This is Rachel and Wallace Fa’agutu, they are Hawaiian musicians and also children’s ministers. They have an album called “Little Songbirds” that I would STRONGLY recommend, especially if you know kids and want some fun worship music with an island influence :) They also have a few other records here: http://rachelnicolemusic.com/discography/.

This particular song is by Matisyahu called “Live Like a Warrior.” I’m a HUGE fan of their cover, so I hope you enjoy it too!