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Day Trip to York
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The stages of culture shock OR how I became American
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My Path to MNU
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Studying… or the lack thereof
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Man United, Chinatown, and NTC Community
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Facebook Live!
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Shred The Gnar
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Screen Printing
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A Week at KCACTF
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MNU Track&Field and the Key to Our Success

Day Trip to York

This last weekend we decided to take a day trip down to York. Karl and Anna had a conference down there so we just decided to make a trip out of it. They dropped us off at a bus station in town and we caught the first bus into the city center. The town had some really cool city walls, castles, and shops. There is also a cathedral there called the York Minster which was absolutely gorgeous. We were going to go inside, but we didn’t end up having enough time. There was also this tour called York’s Chocolate Story because apparently KitKat was made/invented in York. We had lunch at a local fish and chips shop (aka a proper chippie). We also went into a classic British sweets shop and got some really sour candy which we tried, and at the end made Karl and Anna try as well. There were also some interesting street performers that we saw. All in all, it was a good day!

The stages of culture shock OR how I became American

Last semester, I was in a class called Intercultural Communication. There was one chapter about culture shock and adaptation when a person moves to another country. It was kind of weird when I read about behaviors and symptoms one can experience and then I realized that I went through the same exact stages. I “just” followed the scheme of experiencing culture shock. What is culture shock? Culture shock describes the anxiety and problems a person goes through in the process of adapting to a new culture. There are several stages to it: the Honeymoon Stage, the Frustration Stage, the Adjustment[…]

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My Path to MNU

Last week, I wrote about the unique leadership that guides our Track&Field team. Today, I want to reveal some of the events of my track career that slowly but steadily paved my path for MNU. It all started 13 years ago, when my parents finally realized that soccer or any other team sport was not the right fit for me. Imagine a seven year old who never passes the ball to someone else and yells at his teammates for not passing the ball to him. YES! That was me. Consequently, my wise parents chose an individual sport for me, and[…]

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Studying… or the lack thereof

Congratulations are in order MNU for we have just competed week 4 of our spring semester of school. You know what that means… Summer is just around the corner and seniors have already graduated and gone on vacation in their minds. *Senioritis has arrived and although I am only a junior I fear that I have also been diagnosed with the worst case of it. With that being said here are a few things that I do instead of studying: *Senioritis is defined by google as, “a supposed affliction of students in their final year of high school or college,[…]

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Man United, Chinatown, and NTC Community

So this past week I went to a Manchester United game, which is one of the biggest teams here in the UK. The stadium hold roughly 73,000 and every game is sold out. My friend and I got free tickets to go to the game last Sunday! It was really cool to see the team play, and they won 4-0! We also went to Chinatown for Chinese new year and they had carnival like rides along with stands of different noodles and tents to make Chinese crafts! After that we went and got brunch at a cafe called Moose cafe that is based on American and Canadian breakfast. On Thursday we also had a community meal with the people who live in Hurlet (the dorm halls on NTC’s campus).

Facebook Live!

Howdy Folks, Landen and I have the opportunity to help the admissions team bring some unique content to our prospective students. Along with Chloe Smith and Faith Johnson, we will be going live on Facebook to virtually bring you onto our amazing campus! Our first live video will be Wednesday, February 8th. Each one of us hope you’ll take the time to join!

Shred The Gnar

Week 16 Vlog. This video highlights Logan, Landen, and I’s adventure in Colorado. Check out all of the sights and sounds of us running around, and shredding that Gnar. Songs: Nothing, Kai Engel  & Roufianos, Pithikos.

Screen Printing

One thing I love about my schedule is that I can choose my own classes. Especially the closer you get to graduation, the more freedom you have in choosing classes to fill up your credits. Of course, one is advised to take classes that are helpful in your life, but it doesn’t hurt to take a fun class very now or then. Screen printing is one of these classes. Printing is Art? When you think of a printer, you think of the fastest way to get a document copied, printed, or faxed. It is an office helper and task completer.[…]

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A Week at KCACTF

In between workshops group selfie

This week 12 students including myself spend the entire week in Des Moines, Iowa participating and competing at the Kennedy Center America College Theatre Festival Region 5.  This festival invites college students from all over the mid-west. Here are 3 things I took away from my week at KCACTF:

MNU students in the kitchen preparing dinner

1. MNU Theatre is high quality. 

Throughout the week the festival had different shows from colleges all over. Just about every night we got to go see a different play. Some were okay but others were truly disappointing. Many of the shows had poor acting. I was reminded of the the high standard that Heather Tinker (Professor/Director at MNU) holds her students to.

Othello before the acting began

2. Dancing is Fun!

This week many of the MNU students had the opportunity to take dance classes such as Broadway Boot Camp and Musical Theatre. I probably had the most fun in these classes. We learned dances from Big Fish and Hairspray as well as basic Ballet and Jazz techniques. We definitely are not the best dancers out there but we giggled our way though!

3. Zombie Burger is Delicous. 

If you havent been to Zombie Burger in Des Moines I would highly recommend it. We ate dinner there one night and I regret nothing. Not only was the food epic but the zombie decor was top notch.

Zombie Breakfast at Tiffany's poster

The Zombie Toy Story Poster

The Zombie Lord of the Rings Poster

A final thought: This week the festival challenged all the students to really branch out and meet people. They even made it a selfie swap competition. I won said competition. (Go look on my Instagram elisasfinsta). But even more than that I got to meet so many people that are so different from me. People that believe very differently than I do and people who were very kind and loving. It made my week even more fun! Blake Holden and I made a bet to see who would obtain the most selfies throughout the week and I won said bet. To see the ending result of this bet you are gonna have to be present at MNU’s next Improv Show on February 23 @ 9:30pm in Smith 200. 

Elisa holding her award

This is a picture of me taking a selfie on stage whilst receiving an award for most selfies

Stay Classy,

Elisa

Ericka, Elisa, Quinn, and Amanda at the theatre

 

MNU Track&Field and the Key to Our Success

  Some say it is the athletes. Some say it is the attitude. It may be the leadership, or some higher power intervening. One way or the other, it is not too daring to say that MNU Track&Field program has been successful. I am extremely proud to be a part of this incredible team that, in my opinion, embodies all of the things above. We are nothing else but a group of individuals, with different goals, beliefs, and backgrounds. However, our leadership, mainly coach Wiens, has been able to find a philosophy that speaks and resonates with all of us.[…]

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