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April 21, 2014

Car Problems, Jesus, and Finals

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Hello friends!

So this past weekend was Easter! Most people on campus went home for the holiday, but that wasn’t the case for me. I actually have had some car troubles this past weekend. This was kind of a bummer for me because I would have liked to go home and see my family over the weekend, but I’ve definitely been learning a lot through it. Not having a car has opened my eyes a lot to how much I depend on it. I have had to ask people to drive me places more during this past week than I ever have had to during this past year. I definitely have learned that I need to not take things for granted so easily. Compared to most people in the world, I am extremely fortunate.

I also want to share with you guys what Easter means to me.

Bunnies, and candy, and Easter eggs. :]

No, those are all great things, obviously. Who doesn’t love those things? But the real meaning of Easter rests on the Truth of Jesus Christ. He came to this earth, was crucified, and rose again to show us this indescribable love. I can testify to this in my own life that this is the truth. The cross of Christ has bore my sins and has given me new life in Him. He has not only transformed my life here on earth, but he has also given me eternal life with Him after this earthly life.

I went to a worship service the other night and they played the song “Nothing Holding Me Back” by Bryan and Katie Torwalt. If you haven’t heard this song, please go listen to it! What I take from this song is thankfulness and gratefulness for what Jesus has done for us. The chorus says:

Nothing is holding me back from you,

Redeemer of my soul,

now nothing can hold me back from you,

your love will never let me go.

I absolutely love this song because it reminds me of the verse in Romans that says:

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who love us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” -Romans 8:37-39

We are more than conquerors because of what Christ has done for us. What an amazing message that is. This is why I have hope.

This is the reason for the joy in my life.

So I just thought I’d be real with you guys about what I believe and I thought it was fitting to tell you all these things because of the Easter season. :] I hope this gave you some sort of hope or encouragement. If you have any questions or comments please don’t hesitate to say anything!

Also, a little about MNU. I went to a baseball game at Graceland in Iowa this weekend and we dominated. So that’s pretty great! I also went to an Easter service on Sunday at Living Hope Church and there were multiple people that attend this church that were baptized at the end of the service. It was a wonderful celebration. :] After church Lisa Downs, who I mentioned in one of my blogs before this, invited some people over for a Easter Sunday lunch. I felt entirely blessed to be able to have these people in my life and spend Easter with them. It also helped that the food was amazing. :] finals week is coming up as well and I can just tell you now, there will be LOTS of coffee runs and late nights.

But I’m ready for it. Bring it on. :]

Have a wonderful Monday my friends,

-Heather Rose :]

Mario Flores

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April 19, 2014

The starts with an “F”… and it ends with an “ollow throug”

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First off: I purposely left out the “h”
Secondly: Friends, whether it be in class assignments, friendships, appointments, business transactions, bill payments, and probably everything else, Follow Through is critical.

It’s one thing to start, one thing to begin, one thing to initiate something. It is another to follow through with whatever that thing may be.

Bing.com’s dictionary has defined the phrase as follows:
“finish doing something: to take further action as a consequence or extension of a previous action, especially to continue something through to completion”

In other words, do and finish what you are supposed to do.

Even if, and especially when a commitment may be difficult, undesirable, or unattractive, Follow through is something that must happen if one is desiring a full, respectable, and respected life.

I write this as a person rich in experience. Unfortunately, it’s rich from the experience of not following through. Case in point, this blog was due two weeks ago. Thank you merciful bosses.

I will also say friends that when I don’t follow through with assignments, relationships, and other commitments, there is usually a guilt and a sort of dark cloud that constantly hangs over my head. Reminiscent of procrastinating on essays anyone?
But maybe what’s worse than the guilt is the eventual apathy that comes from failing to follow through.

Being apathetic is one of the most depressing things I have ever experienced friends, don’t go down that road.

I can also tell you that in the times that I do follow through, accomplishment, relief and joy take place :-D That my friends is never not enjoyed.

So that’s it friends. It starts with an “F” and it ends with an “ollow through.” I hope you can internalize this truth for yourself.

Britney Lewis

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April 16, 2014

The Real Reasons Why You Should Come To MNU

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Not that you really need to be persuaded because, by now, we already know that MidAmerica is an outstanding university with even more outstanding students. But in case you needed to be reminded, here’s a few reasons why you should come to MNU. 

1. Fact: MNU is one of the few universities that start later in the fall. So, when University A and B have to start school on the 17th, we get to start school on the 27th–say hello to four months of summer!

2. An average classroom size is 1:14 ratio–so that means plenty of one-on-one time. ;)

3. It’s a community where everyone knows your name–not joking. 

4. The professors here are lenient and understanding–they literally care about your LIFE!

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5. World’s of Fun is closed down one day a year, every year, for the students at our university and Nazarene districts across the states–and it’s cheaper, too! 

6. Spicy Chicken Thursdays–Yeah, you can’t get any better than that!

7. FREE LAUNDRY!!!!!!!!!!

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8. You can walk to every class you have on campus and be there in five minutes or less. 

9. We have tons of community events like glow with the flow–imagine big bounce houses,       Chick-fil-a, and glow sticks. 

10. I’ll be a Freshman RA–Umm, yeah. Be excited. 

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11. School ends on MAY 2ND!

12. Lastly, it’s a community that truly loves you for you, and wants you to embrace who you are–seriously, it couldn’t get any better than that. 

Come to MNU future Pioneers! WE WANT YOU!

Till next time, 

Peace and Love, 

Britney! 

 

 

 

Heather Engle

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April 14, 2014

17 days!!

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Hello Friends!

I came to the realization today that my freshman year of college is almost over. It’s insane to think about how fast this first year has gone. The feeling is bittersweet! I know there are going to be many exciting things to come in the near future, but it’s crazy how fast these good times have gone by. So yes, there are 17 more days left until summer, counting the weekends. I am SO very excited to finish off the school year and head into more adventures these next couple of months. I am definitely striving to finish strong with my school work and every other responsibility I have until this summer takes off. These next couple of weeks are going to be pretty crazy! I’m sure I’m not the only one with a busy schedule this week though! It seems that everyone I’ve talked to lately is pretty swamped. But we can do it!! :] only a couple weeks left!

On a lighter note, God has done some super cool things with the clouds lately, so I thought I would share with you guys the beauty that I’ve seen this week! :]

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This was all in the time span of one week! God is so creative and I am in awe of His beauty! :]

Well friends, If you’re finishing up these next two weeks like I am, keep going! Don’t give up cause you’re almost done! :] Also, remember just how beautiful God is. He is the creator of all things and is worthy of our worship. I have also been reminded lately that if we don’t take the chance to worship God for who he is, the rocks and the trees will. That’s how mighty He is. :] remember that this week.

Until next time,

-Heather Rose :]

Haley Raydo

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April 12, 2014

Behind The Scenes of MNU’s Production: Little Women

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Hello friends!

I hope you all have had a great week! It has been so nice out here in Olathe… 77 degrees today!  If that doesn’t put you in a good mood I don’t know what will!

Here is a video from MNU’s production this spring of “Little Women”.  The staff was so kind to let me in back stage to get the inside scoop for all you blog people out there! So here it is!

P.S. if you are interested, MNU has a great theater (theatre?) program! :) Last fall they produced a musical “Annie Get Your Gun” which was also fantastic!

Thanks for stopping by

Haley

Britney Lewis

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April 9, 2014

Pioneer Day!!!!

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***The video above is from two years ago! (Yes, I’m in it…)

Incoming freshman, you should be pumped for one thing, specifically, this summer.

And that, my friends, is Pioneer day! Whoo!

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I know a lot of you have been asking about what it is and when it is, so today’s blog is directed toward that specifically.

The What:

Pioneer day is a pre-enrollment day for incoming students and freshman. At this lovely event you will have the chance to register for classes, complete the registration process for next fall, meet your future roommate, or get a roommate! During this event you are also given the chance to meet your advisor (for your major), and set up classes. You will take and, hopefully, receive your student I.D. card. You’ll find out what your mailbox number is, and talk about financial stuff like payment plans, scholarships, and grants.

The When:

You are given three different dates to attend this event in 2014: May 10th, June 14th, and July 19th.

And, you might even have a cool video like the one above!

To Register:

Go here: Register!

Peace and Love!

Britney!

P.S. If you have any questions, leave a comment below!

Allegra Vieux

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April 8, 2014

Oh the places you’ll go… On campus

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Hey there, Bloggers!

So last week I made a video about the places to hang out on campus featuring a few MNU students. It’s a different approach than the “typical student” would take to introduce you to common spaces on campus, so I hope it’ll keep you entertained for at least a minute and 49 seconds.

At the end is my roommate’s reaction to a prank we pulled on her last week. Enjoy!

Heather Engle

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April 6, 2014

an MNU filled weekend

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Hey friends!

So I just want to brag on our faculty here at MNU for a second. First of all, they are loving, caring, kind, fun, funny, and really want to be a part of your life. I say this because I went to a baseball game this weekend with Lisa Downs and we had a blast! There were also many other faculty members there that made it so fun. I also love that they come and support us at whatever it is we are doing. I always see faculty and staff at sporting events, choir shows and many other events that are held at here. Lisa is the Director of Undergraduate Admissions at MNU. First off, she offered to drive to the baseball game, (It was about 20 minutes away from MNU). So she drove me, then in-between the two games we went to Quick Trip, she bought me some tea, some giant chewy sweet-tarts, (which are amazing by the way, (I had never had them before so she convinced me to try them) and she’s just a blast to be around. I know she really cares about me and I am so grateful to be in a place that has faculty and staff that have an interest in the things going on in my life. It is a huge blessing. :]

Also, just this morning I got to go to Junction City Church of the Nazarene to lead the church in worship! This wasn’t just a worship team from MNU going to this church though, there were about 30 of us representing Mid-America! We all had a wonderful time and the people at the church were so loving and welcoming towards us.

Here are some pictures of the baseball game and church this morning!:

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This is who I sat with at the game on Saturday! From left to right is Lisa, me, Laurie, and Becca. :]

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This is all of the students who traveled to Junction City today attempting to take a photo (Note: I’m the only one looking at the camera, and I’m also standing very awkwardly)

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This one is A LOT better. :]

Well guys, I hope you have a better view of what it’s like to be apart of things here at MNU just by reading this. :] Only a couple more weeks and then summer will be here! I CAN’T WAIT.

Until next time,

-Heather Rose :]

Haley Raydo

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April 5, 2014

The Final Countdown: One Month of School Left

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Hello friends!

It has been another crazy week to say the least!  But knowing that summer is only a short month away has been keeping me going!  Which is absolutely insane! Where did the time go?  This semester literally flew by and we still have Easter Break! The bad news about only having a month left (besides leaving all your best friends) is the end of year crams.  Grades need to be up, and there is the stress to do well on every assignment, test, quiz, paper left!  (P.S. The final countdown guy is awesome)

If you are anything like me, than you know it is a challenge to be motivated, to end out the year strong.  I have always struggled with that.  I have read 180 pages of one of my textbooks this week (because I am a procrastinator and waited until the week of the test to start reading) and I literally thought I was going to lose my mind.  So here is some advice for you: Don’t lose your mind!

As the year comes to a close… don’t stress yourself out too much!  Don’t wait until the last minute to do everything.  Instead start early and pace yourself, allowing yourself time to relax.  That way you won’t lose your mind studying like I have this week.

Next, get motivated! Set yourself a block time where you are going to get as much homework done as you can.  These times work the best for me in the afternoon after class.  That way I can spend time with my friends in the evening.  Whenever you decide to block out your time, make sure it is without distraction.  So if that means going to the library, turning off the TV, or turning off your phone… do it!  Let every minute of this time not go to waste.  When you finish, you will be able to relax and spend time with friends.  A couple standard blocked off hours goes a long way if you make it a goal to do everyday or at least frequently.

Don’t forget to take a break and let the Lord give you peace! Finish the year out strong!

I leave you with this last piece of advice:

keep calm

 

Stay calm!

Thanks for stopping by

Haley

ALSO stay tuned for a video about the MNU production of Little Women :)

Britney Lewis

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April 2, 2014

A Short Blog Post (And an Update on the foot!)

April 2, 2014 | By | No Comments

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Good News, Ya’ll!

I don’t have GOUT!!!!!!!!!!!!! Praise, Jesus.

Bad News: I have tendinitis, and it still hurts.

Last Thursday, I went to the clinic on 175th street (which was really cheap for a broke college student who doesn’t have insurance) and was correctly diagnosed with Tendinitis, and if any of ya’ll are familiar with it, you know how much it hurts.

So I was on bed rest for four days–it was terrible. However, in those four days, my foot healed enough for me to walk on it without using crutches. This was a plus, but I still have to take my prescribed meds. :/

Also in those four days, I ventured out into the blog world and created a blog dedicated to young writers, aspiring writers, and those who love to read. If you’re interested, check it out! Basically, In my blog I share everything I know about writing–from getting published, to getting rejected. It’s still a work in progress, but I try to build onto it everyday. So if you like funny reads, and GIFS (aka moving pictures for those who don’t speak Tumblr slang) check out the blog.

(http://britneylewisbooks.blogspot.com/)

So that’s it for this week’s blog. I didn’t do as much as I hoped to.

More to come next week!

Peace and Love

Britney!