A year later, and here we are, finishing the school year off and continuing on with our lives. Finals are finishing up, and we are tying all of the loose ends of our assignments up and getting them all turned it. Some of us will be back next year, and some of us won’t be. We all have memories we will never forget, people we will never let go of, experiences we will never get the chance to be a part of again, and it all plays into our life we have encountered here at MNU.
As the hallways clear out, as the people pack their things, and as all of my friends drive away, it’s kind of sad. I think of the times I spent with people studying, messing around in the dorm late at night, going on midnight Taco Bell runs, and just living a college life, and it is pretty upsetting. Summer is here and all of that is gone. A new path is unfolding and I’m still caught up on the last one. I’m still wishing I didn’t have to leave even though I am excited that I am DONE with homework! I will have no more of that! No more ridiculous papers, no more 2 hour tests, or 4 hour study sessions! I…get…to..SLEEP! But no matter how excited I am about less work, I will still miss this life more.
But, despite the constant weight of the end of the school year, even though summer is here, MNU isn’t going anywhere! The home of the Pioneers will be right here where we left it. So I’m gonna keep my head up, keep my hopes high, and await the storm (by storm I mean summer :P)!! So get ready MNU! Cause I’m not done with you just yet! I still have 3 more years of this place; 3 more years of memories, 3 more years of people, and 3 more years of experiences; 3 more years of studying and 3 more years homework for hours on end :(; 3 more years of the college life and 3 more years sleepless nights. I still have 3 more years of living life as a Pioneer!
3 more years!!
So here we are, saying goodbye to freshman year! And hello to the rest of our lives!
This is the time when we all get summer fever. The last couple of days have been beautiful and some classes have even been outside! Our profs are the best!
A couple days ago some of my friends and I had a fish fry! The guys had gone fishing over the weekend so we all gathered in the back parking lot of Uphaus (an upperclassmen guys dorm) and had such a great time eating fish and fried potatoes and special recipe french fries. It definitely made us all crave summer that much more!
Next week is gonna be the last time that I get to share my life with all of you! I can’t believe everything I have gotten to do and experience over the past school year. One more week until I’m officially a junior in college. Such a crazy feeling.
I know that I should be reading and doing homework and writing and filling my brain with knowledge…BUT…I am so ready for summer and procrastination is sometimes just necessary! Now with that said – check out this video I found while not studying!
Grandpa MNU taught many classes,
many classes taught Grandpa MNU
I am one of them and you may be to
So let’s just talk about spirituality.
MNU is about faith, community, and service. Not just the students, but the professors also aim for this. One of the most open, vulnerable, understanding professors is a man that has been through SO MUCH and is willing to talk to you about life. I even have a meeting set up to talk to him! This guys has been here since the beginning! He has taught numerous classes, as far as I know, all around our faith.
One of my favorite all around professors, thus far, at MNU would be Dr. Larry Fine. I currently have his Christian Beliefs class and MAN is it a lot to take in after chapel at 11 am. He is consistently challenging us with reading material, notes, and soooo many hypothetical situations! We have discussed sin,morality, the Holy Spirit and yes, even sex. His approach is so smooth, yet loving! He wants us to voice our opinions and he respectfully, which is key, gives his. He always follows with his ideas after the hypothetical situations so it gives us the chance to know what we know and not be influenced. I LOVE IT! My mind has been blown so many times in there and I love it.
It’s just amazing to see his firm, yet open faith. Professors like him make this place one of the most amazing places to be. They set the standard for community and faith development. I am proud to be a Pioneer when gauging the influence they have over so many influence-able lives!
The best part? He’s only one of the many amazing faculty members ready to just do life with us!
HEY GUYS! So, it’s official, my freshman year is almost over. There are only two weeks of school left! Two weeks?? Where did the time go? Where in the world have I been?? It feels like just yesterday I was going through NSO (New Student Orientation) Week. And now I’m coming up on my lest week of school. It’s crazy how fast time flies.
We were talking about this the other day in class (how time has gone by so quickly). There was a group discussion about our experiences in our past and it was almost completely focused on this school year and how fast it has gone. We talked about how each of us has learned a lot in these past few months, how we’ve grown a lot, how we have met a lot of new people, and so on and so forth. The most interesting stories to me were the ones that were about the ridiculous things that happened in Campus Center, or the one time during an intramural game when someone got hit in the face with a ball, or just times when we were just together and having fellowship. There were stories about character building, insane amounts of homework, or even times that were “alter” moments (which were very influential and I am very glad we had these too), but the stories I related to most were the relational ones. I feel like we all felt this way. We related easier to each other when we talked about relating (ironic huh?). It made me think “Man…I’m really gonna miss these people.” I’ve made so many new friends and had so many new encounters. Some times it was hard, but this year taught me a lot about how important it is for us to be together. I would not have been able to do it had I not connected withe people the way I have here at MNU.
A few weeks ago I blogged about MNU Secret Admirers. This is a perfect example of how we long to connect to other people, even if it is in secret :P. MNU has been awesome to me, and listening to these other people’s stories really helped me think back on everything I’ve experienced. This year has been really important to me, whether it’s what I learned in class, friendships I’ve gained, or just things I’ve done. Now that I look back, I can see how thankful I really am for coming to a Christian school like MNU, and if I had the chance to go somewhere else I would still pick MNU. This has become a second home to me, I will miss it terribly, and I know any of you incoming Freshman who will be here will feel the same way!
24 is the name of a tv show about fighting terrorism.
there are 24 hours in a day.
24 oceans in a Switchfoot song.
24 eggs in a 2-dozen egg carton.
24 bottles of water in a flat.
24 engaged couples at MNU.
that’s like. 48 people. and don’t get me started on that number, but let’s just mention that it is only 2 from 50. which is half of 100.
So for those of you who are happily engaged, congrats!
and for those of you hanging out on team single for life, there’s still time in the semester!
In fact, some friends of mine in the latter category decided, heck, why should we miss out on the engagement fun?!
So, ladies and gents of MNU Blogs, may I present to you couples number 25, 26, and 27!
This is fiance number 1: Andy Blum. Andy and I were first official in campus center filming a vlog for this very media platform. Spotted twice in 2 days in campus center during the off-hours and then the next night at a basketball game together, talks of visiting the gazebo became real during the president’s gala. Andy has been in love with Allegra for YEARS and couldn’t wait to pop the question, which is why he was the first to propose.
Fiance number 2: Jarret Garber. Jarret and I were first seen in campus center sharing a meal (with other friends: a courtship of sorts.) He would then conveniently sit next to me in campus center during meal times and you could say it was love with each bite. Nicknames he calls me include: wifey, sweet cheeks, honey boo-boo, and hot broccoli (you would understand if you saw his diet.)
Fiance #3: Ethan Hargrave. Ethan transferred to MNU last semester and plays baseball. Ethan decided moments before he proposed that he couldn’t live without me. The proposal could not have been better: a sunny senior day at Dixon Stadium in front of the masses with a hotdog foil ring. I made him the happiest man in the world (or at least 1/3) by saying YES!
True love is hard to come by. Also there are about 50 people on facebook who congratulated me that didn’t catch I got engaged 3 times in one week. Things may be a little weird when it comes time to plan weddings, but the good news is my wedding board on pinterest will not have been used in vain.
Stay tuned for more engagements in the last 2 weeks of school!
Once upon a time, there were 7 girls named Katy, Konner, Debbie, Lindsay, Ashley, Morgan, and Allegra. These awesomely talented and beautiful ladies were all in Public Relations, in which they were assigned a project. The project was to create a benefit event for a local nonprofit organization. The nonprofit chosen was Teen Challenge, and at the event, they decided a photobooth would only be appropriate. So the girls searched the highs and lows of Pinterest and found the above background, made with colored table cloths from the dollar store.
A party busted out in Spindle 102, also known as Allegra’s dorm, also known as the HQ.
The event is scheduled for Saturday, and you should DEF be there!
But what event would be complete without including the many faces of the Teen Challenge ladies?