Welcome, Welcome, Welcome! My name is Hailey and I’m honored to be one of the freshman bloggers at MNU this year. My first video is just a little about me, what I will be posting, and what to expect. Please enjoy
The semester starts and you have a combination of confused freshmen and upperclassmen who are just ready to be finished with school already, but there is one week full of events that everyone enjoys: Welcome Week!
So whether it’s White Light or Paint Wars that grabs your attention, something is ALWAYS appealing about the first week of school.
Xandi, Ashley, Kat, and I before heading to White Light!
The gang, Post-Paint Wars!
But, for some of us, the first week of school isn’t about the ASG events. While they’re super fun and I always look forward to going, it’s the auditions for the fall play/musical that gets me going every year. This year is musical year and we had auditions for Brigadoon (Alan Jay Lerner) on the SECOND day of school! Of course, I just had to vlog about it, AND you can find that video below!
Be prepared, because this is one of the calmest vlogs I’ll post about Brigadoon. Check back weekly, especially as opening night approaches, for more vlogs about the adventures and a behind-the-scenes look at MNU’s Fall Musical Brigadoon!
Hey friends! I’m excited to say that I’m blogging for MNU again this year. Last year was a blast and I’m so thankful to be able to do this for another year.
With that being said, in case you didn’t tune in to MNU blogs last year, I’m going to re-introduce myself… here’s 5 things you should probably know about me.
1. I’m building a relationship with Jesus Christ.
I could’ve said “I love Jesus,” and that would’ve been accurate, but that doesn’t say much about my faith journey. I say that I’m building a relationship because that’s exactly what I’m doing. The past few summers and my freshman year at MNU were times when I had to examine my faith and figure out exactly what it is that I believe. I started to question many of my long-held beliefs and practices, so to say I’m re-building my faith is more fully accurate. It’s a beautiful and painful process, but I am seeing Christ for who He is and learning to be loved by Him.
2. People are my greatest fascination.
I absolutely love people. I used to think I was an extrovert because of my need to be around people, but I’ve realized that I just simply want to get to know the people that inspire and intrigue me. Human connection is my favorite thing in this world. I love running into people that I feel drawn to and then building a relationship with them. That being said, I don’t like shallow relationships. I prefer deep, authentic, vulnerable, real friendships. The kind that we are made for.
3. I live for moments.
Concerts. Road trips. Adventures. Coffee dates. I would much rather spend my money on experiences and memories rather than clothes or shoes. During the first semester of my freshman year at MNU, I decided that I wanted to go to Colorado, so I packed up my stuff and drove to Colorado Springs by myself. I’m all about seeing new things and falling in love with places and being spontaneous.
4. Music and art are my passions.
I started singing as soon as I could talk. I started playing piano when I was in middle school. I started drawing and painting in high school. I’ve always found that music and art connect me to myself, others, and the Lord. I find the most joy when I can use my hobbies and talents to bless others and bring joy.
5. I still have a lot to learn.
There is so much I don’t know. About myself. About my faith. About what I want in life. But that’s okay, because I’m learning. I’m expectant that my sophomore year of college will consist of lots of learning… not only in my classes, but also in my every day life. I have a solid group of friends that I’m learning alongside, and together we’re figuring it all out. (Or trying to, at least.) It’s exciting to question and wonder and hope and dream.
…so there you have it. I hope this post revealed more of who I am! Catch ya next week!
When I was in 3rd grade, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and left an estimated 1,800 people dead and many more injured, homeless, and hopeless. Being a child, I couldn’t comprehend exactly what had happened, but I knew one thing. That the people affected needed help. They needed hope.
I don’t know why Hurricane Katrina affected me so much as a 3rd grader, but it did. After hearing about the immensity of the devastation, I decided that I wanted to help as much as I could. I gathered up some lemonade mix from my pantry, propped up a table at the end of my driveway, and held a lemonade stand. I made signs saying “Proceeds go to Hurricane Katrina” and that was about it. It was simple, but it made a difference. I had people come up, buy a cup of lemonade, and tell me to keep the change on a $10 bill. As a 3rd grader, that was a huge deal. When all was said and done, I had raised about $140 for disaster relief for Hurricane Katrina and I couldn’t have been more thrilled.
A few weeks ago, when the news about the earthquake in Nepal spread, I couldn’t help but think back to my 3rd grade self. The enthusiasm and fearlessness I had when it came to helping others. A child-like mentality. I didn’t worry about the logistics of things. I didn’t let fear of failure get in the way. I just did it because I wanted to help. And in the end, I did.
After hearing details about what’s been going on post-earthquake in Nepal, I felt like it was my responsibility to do everything I could to help out. It was a weird feeling. I mean, lots of natural disasters have happened since Hurricane Katrina and I hadn’t felt this sort of inclination toward those. So why Nepal? And more importantly… How can a broke college student with a full time job this summer help out? I don’t have money and I don’t have time.
I believe it was God who placed this sort of “broken-heartedness” for Nepal in me. I believe that He wants to use me to help. After God set this passion inside of me, I started praying about ways that I can help. I knew that I was being called to do more than just give $20 to an organization. God wanted me to provide ways for others to get involved. He wanted me to empower and encourage others to make a difference with me.
When natural disasters strike, it sometimes becomes overwhelming for people to help. There are hundreds of organizations asking for donations. Some people get skeptical. Some people think they don’t have enough to give, so they don’t give at all. Some people don’t even think about it. Some people just don’t care enough. I wanted to wipe all those excuses away. I wanted people to be able to give as much or as little as they want, assured that 100% of the money will go to an accredited organization that will directly help Nepal.
As I thought more about this, I began brainstorming ways to raise money for Nepal. I thought of doing another lemonade stand. I thought of a bake sale. I thought of a concert at a coffee shop. I thought of lots of ideas, but none of them were cutting it. I knew that when I thought of the right idea, it would light a spark in me.
And, when I was trying to take a nap in my dorm room one afternoon, the spark was lit. Right as I was drifting to sleep, I thought of creating greeting cards. Immediately, names of people that could help me came to my head. Ideas for designs were being drawn up in my mind. There was so much going on in my brain that I got up, grabbed a notebook, and wrote everything down. I started researching every little detail. I knew without a doubt that this was what I was supposed to do.
I started asking some people to be on my team. I picked a mission organization to partner with. I contacted local businesses about selling cards. My dream was turning into a reality.
I’ve had many doubts throughout this process, but I’ve had to remind myself that God is faithful. If He calls me to something, He will equip me. I keep looking back to my 3rd grade self and it reminds me of what child-like faith looks like.
I don’t know what this will all end up looking like. I don’t know how long it will last. I don’t know a lot of things, but I do know that I serve a God who is for me and will help and provide. He’s been faithful so far and I expect Him to be faithful until the end, as He promises.
These are 8 memories that I hope to never forget. Freshman year was a blast, and although I’m glad it’s summer, I’m gonna miss the Stockton dorm life! Shoutout to all these amazing people who made fun memories with me.
1. White Light Event
Enjoying a classy evening with my friend, Dani Morgan.
This event was not only the one that broke the ice with me and my hall mates, but also where I officially met one of my best friends at MNU… Hannah Bostic. I saw her standing alone by the bleachers, went up to her and said “Let’s be friends,” and the rest is history.
Having fun at the awards party with Gideon’s Army!
I’m convinced that this is the best campus job out there. It also has the best boss. And this year’s team was the best, as well. I will never forget how Pete tried to pin McKenzie and I against each other. And Marisa’s endless, but hilarious, story-telling. And Kory and I’s games of hangman. And the constant, but hidden, note passing between Maggie, Kat, and I.
3. Colorado Trip #1
Eating at Qdoba in Colorado Springs with some church friends.
On my birthday weekend, I road tripped to Colorado Springs to visit one of my best friends, Melodie, and also another friend of mine from church. It was so fun to explore with them and enjoy the mountains together.
Some SCOUT students hanging out in my room.
SCOUT was the main reason why I fell in love with MNU, so getting to host a SCOUTer this year was a great experience. It was awesome to see my friends and the other SCOUTers hang out in my dorm that night! So much fun. Shoutout to Elda, who was the best SCOUTer I could’ve asked for.
5. Spiritual Life Retreat
Drawing and praying during evening prayer.
I learned so much at this MNU retreat and met a lot of cool people that I otherwise probably wouldn’t have met. The fellowship was outstanding. (To read what I learned while at this retreat, check out a previous blog of mine here.)
6. KC Hangs
Chillin’ with Super Mario in Art Alley.
There were countless hangs in KC this year, there’s no way I could pick just one. My personal favorite places to go this year were First Fridays, Thou Mayest, Art Alley, Power and Light, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum.
7. Colorado Trip #2
Stopped for a selfie with the mountains in the background! What an amazing team to work with.
I had the privilege to work alongside some amazing people on a missions trip at Golden Bell Camp in Divide, Colorado. We had a blast and made some awesome memories. (Check out Mariah’s blog posts about this trip here and here.)
8. Tour de Compadres
Waiting in line with these beautiful girls!
Easily one of the best concerts of my life. The music was perfect. The friends were perfect. The night altogether was perfect.
That’s a wrap, freshman year! Here’s to many more memories this summer and next year. You’ll all be hearing about them when I blog again next year! Until then… HAGS!
A few weeks ago, I completed an assignment for Public Relations class, in which I was assignment to a group and we had to organize an event for a local non-profit company. We chose Kids TLC, an organization that provides shelter and social services to children and youth who are facing abuse, neglect or family disruption, located right here in Olathe. We planned this event basically the whole semester. We had weekly meetings, contacted various people, gathered a lot donations in order to carry out our event. My group had a little bit of everything, a comedian, a perfectionist, a peacemaker, a worker, and an enigma.
Our glorious leader, Kensi Kitsmiller. She was our peacemaker, she was a benevolent ruler, and she never did anything or order anyone to do anything without making sure everyone was on board with here decisions
Ladies & Gentlemen, meet Armand Banks, our comedian also he was the one who kept track of our notebook and made sure everything that we all did for event was in our notebook. I played football with Armand at MNU.
Next we have our perfectionist, Rebecca Smith (aka Becky). As you can see Becky has a son, and well… really she has a lot on her plate. She has multiple jobs, goes to school, and takes care of her son. I’m so impressed with how she handles herself. She was our secretary she wrote downs everything at our weekly meetings and she answered all of our questions about what we were all assigned in each meeting. She by herself almost spent about $100 dollars on our event, (Good thing MNU paid her back.)
Now here is our enigma, Mauricio Bobino. This guy is unique individual to say the least. He never really talked much at our meetings, also he worried us a lot because it seemed like he never understood the task that we given to him, but he always did was he was supposed to and surprised us a lot by going above and beyond in some of his taks. I also played football with Mauricio.
As for me, I was the worker. I just kept my head down, and I did what I was told. I was appointed the graphic designer of the group, and it was my job to come up with some cool designs for the project.
The idea we come up with (after our first idea was shot down by our teacher) was #throwBAGthursday. ThrowBAG Thursday was a challenge for the day of April 9th, instead of you using your backpack, my group and I are challenged people to carry plastic bags instead. We extended this challenge to raise awareness for homeless kids in Johnson County. We had check points at the library and campus center for chances to enter in a drawing for gift cards and other prizes, but you had to your bag to enter the drawing. Our event specifically highlighted the Kid’s TLC SOS (Street Outreach Services) program, which is a mobile community based unit providing social intervention services to youth ages 12-21 who are couch surfing, getting kicked out of the house, thinking about leaving home, experiencing homelessness as a part of a family, or living on the streets. I loved our idea and I had a blast designing stuff for it.
I mean come on, you guys tell me what you think.
I also played of the whole throwback thursday thing, also I brought back someone that well… everyone should know (but some of you younger kids have no idea who this guy is).
Yes thats right I brought back Steve Urkel from Family Matters.
I mean if this guy doesn’t catch you attention, and make you read the flyer, then idk what else would do.
Our event was a massive success, all over campus you could see people, walking around with plastic bags and raising awareness for the SOS program.
We even had a lot of MNU staff and faculty participating. Here is the marketing office getting ready to join into our event.
Kensi and Armand are getting the last preparations together before we kicked off our event.
Throughout the whole day we we had over 400 MNU students and staff take part and it was amazing.
Students like Mario, were essential to making our program a success. Mario told everyone about our event and I can’t even imagine how many people took part in our event because he told them about it.
Here are a couple of our models. Trent Hedlund the MNU starting QB, and Lafaele Passelio the starting LT. These guys were excited to be our models and I made sure they were shown all over twitter, Facebook, instagram, and snapchat.
Our event ended with a speaker from Kids TLC talking to some of people who entered our drawing about what they can do to help the homeless in Johnson County and giving them some facts about homelessness.
I was so honored to raise awareness and do what I could to help Kid’s TLC and their SOS program. Our event so was so successful, and you already know we received a good grade on the whole. What was the grade you ask? Idk yet, I’ll find out when the final grades come out.
Every part of our campus is prepping for the end of the academic year. Finals are coming up, and many departments are gearing up for the final haul.
I’m getting ready for finals, but also getting ready for Glow with the Flow on Sunday, and for ASG work week after that, and I’m very excited for both of those.
Glow with the Flow is ASG’s annual glow party at the end of the year. It involves inflatables, glow sticks, dancing, and food. The event is the hand off event for Social Life on ASG, so as the new director, this is the first event I’ll be taking over and planning, and I can’t wait. It’s Sunday at 9pm on Land if you’re a current student, so get yourself down there.
Work week is when the new ASG exec council preps for the new year and specifically the fall semester. We will work on calendar scheduling, and getting everything ready for next year. We also get to do some team building and other fun stuff.
Then, after work week, I’ll be moving into Colony West, one of the apartment style residence halls, and prepping to travel this summer with MNU SERVEteams, after performances in Chicago with the choir.
Even though school is drawing to a close, there’s still a lot to be done!
My favorite thing to do when I come home from a long day and have already crawled into bed is to check social media: Instagram, Twitter and Facebook! So, my blog this week I decided to post things from my life in the past week to catch you guys up on what all is happening before I graduate in exactly ONE WEEK… what is life?!
This is Sarah, we both won awards from the business department. I won Outstanding Business Psychology major and she won High Score on Senior Comp as a Business Administration major. We have been friends all four years!
I LOVE BASEBALL!! This is one of my friends Santiago Romero he is a pitcher and plays second base. I love going to the MNU baseball games and go as often as I can.
Lizzie, Santi, and Nelson are three of my really good friends here at MNU. Santi and Nelson play baseball and Lizzie plays soccer. We call ourselves Framily. This is after the boys won (Santi as pitcher and Nelson as first base) playing Benedictine.
These girls have been my friends since freshman year. The two on the right have been roommates, two on the left have been roommates and marissa and me in the middle have been roommates for our freshman and sophomore year. I love these girls!
This is Dr. Spittal, he is the President for MNU. He came to a banquet I put on for ASG called Legacy of Leadership.
HAHAHAHA, this is Duby, or Jon but I always call him Duby. He is on ASG with me and has been a really good friend of my this whole year. I would consider him one of my close friends. This was also taken at Legacy of Leadership.
This is on one of my best friends Hannah on the left and our friend Lauryn on the right. They go to Pittsburg state and I got to see them this past weekend. Whenever we are together it is always a blast.
THESE GUYS HAVE BEEN MY LIFE THE PAST YEAR. ASG is officially over and I had such a fantastic year with these people. They have blessed me in so many ways and I wouldn’t change the past year for anything. Love you guys!
I hope you guys enjoyed clips of my week in rewind. I am graduating in a week and it is just absolutely crazy for me to think about. I enjoyed blogging this year and glad I could share some aspects of my life from my senior year at MNU.
This week, I had the privilege of making a video for the Nazarene district highlighting MNU’s time at a church in Drexel, Missouri. Watch this video to find out how MNU became involved, what it has meant for students, and how it’s impacted the community in the church.
The school year is coming to an end– so naturally I get all sentimental. I am so thankful for all that my college experience at MNU has offered me. Amazing professors, a high quality education, plenty of memories, etc. I think by far the best thing the LORD and MNU has blessed me with this year are my roommates.
If you would have asked me back in high school how I would feel living with five girls I probably would have grimaced at the thought. However, I have never been surprised by such a big and amazing blessing.
Let me tell you about them:
Sarah & Anna (the twinsies) are seriously funny and seriously sweet. Anna (middle) is sassy and sweet– the perfect combination! The looks and sarcastic comments make me laugh way too hard! And then she’ll turn it right back around and be just too sweet! She always can get a laugh out of any of us! I can picture her head tilt right about now… Sarah (right) is nicknamed “mama Sarah” because she is naturally so nurturing and gentle. Every group needs a nurturer! She is always checking in to see that all of us are okay. These girls are such a blessing, very distinct from the rest of the world. They always have a smile on their face– day-brighteners!
Rachel is one of the kindest lady I have ever met. Always quick to listen, and probably wouldn’t hurt a fly. I have never seen her angry. What a gift she is to an angry and impatient world! It’s almost embarrassing to complain to her because she hardly ever complains! She challenges you to be better simply by her actions.
Mckenna is bold and adventurous. She never fails to make just a little more exciting. If any of us need something planned, she is the one to do it! Kenna knows how to get things done! She is there when we need to cry watching Grey’s Anatomy or eat a hot pocket, there to quickly come to any of our defense, she is always on our side.
Randi is my partner in crime, a leader,a loyal friend, and a world-changer. We first met at the beginning of freshman year– we’ve been through it all. Laughs until we cry, and cries until we laugh. She instantly knows when I am upset, and knows when to give space and when to be there. She doesn’t follow the crowd, but is in-tune and patient to hear what God has for her. She is a blessing to us all. This girl is going to do big things.
I have so many other blessings as friends–
My childhood best friend (who came to MNU with me) Annie, makes me laugh hard. Annie and I will never fail to be goofy together. All that, yet we can still have long controversial theological and political conversations without any anger or insults added (rare I know). She is truly a blessing, a kind and sweet soul.
So many others- my siblings, peoples from my church, and from high school, all my guy friends (shout out!).
I guess I say all this just to say, your friends are an important part of who you are (especially if you live with them, hint the emphasis on my roommates). It is important to surround yourself with people who are there to support and build you up, to challenge and to help you grow. Also it is important to share your gratitude. Nothing wrong with a little praise on the people who mean so much!
I challenge you to post about your friends that have become so meaningful! Share your gratitude with others and the Lord.
Maybe I just get sentimental knowing we only have one more year altogether. Who knows.