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Haley Raydo


December 1, 2014

Diary of a College Student

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I am a college student, and for that I am thankful.  But it is also a very stressful time.  I mean, I don’t remember a time where I was at a family gathering and wasn’t asked about school or my future career.  When asked about my major, I find an almost whisper and respond, “psychology.”  That single worded response elicits so many questions.  “What do you want to do with that?” “Do you know you have to go to graduate school to be a counselor?” I shake my head quietly every time-o  But secretly I am thinking “do you know how many times I have heard that?!”

Man… there are times I want to give up.  I am thinking about it right now as I type.  What would it be like, if I left? Found some job… maybe work in a church?  That is my dream.  I definitely would not have to worry about taking finals next week.  Cross an item off my worry list… I wonder what it would be like to have my own place… I would get a dog. Definitely.  Is this the stress that is talking? Probably.

I really do love college.  The people I have met will forever change my life. The things I have learned will forever change my narrow-minded perspective.  The stories I have will be forever told to my children, who with no doubt, will be sick of them by the tenth time around.  The relationship with Christ I have built, without a question, will last longer than “forever” but literally eternity.  That is something I treasure most about being a college student, particularly at a Christian school.  I have asked more questions, I have contemplated more ideas–that I am not sure I knew existed–, and I have stepped out into more boldness than ever in my life.  It’s a jumpstart.  It’s a jumpstart to my adult life.  My adult life that still has a considerable amount of time; I am just now reaching it.

This time in college, is stressful.  It is hard.  It is challenging.  Sometimes I wonder where I fit in.  Sometimes I wonder where God is.  I get homesick.  And I sure do not get enough sleep for what is good for me.  But it is a time where I have learned more than I could have ever imagined.   I am working on building a foundation for my life.  I am studying to be a better citizen, daughter, sister, future wife and mother, future career person and counselor, and a better daughter of Christ.  A better workman for His glory.  These stepping stones, are messy.  Life is messy.  It isn’t easy, but I am growing.  That is the ultimate goal, right?  To grow.  To grow in education and maturity, to grow into someone that has dreams and visions.  With an eternal perspective. Not set on the things this world offer, but what is really important.

So yes, I am not always in the best mood.  I fail daily.  I am not always the person I know God has created me to be. But I am learning.  Learning with open hands, with an open mind, with an open heart, and with open eyes.  To learn what Christ has already done and is going to do, and to be willing to follow it.  Maybe not everyone gets this same experience in college.  You definitely don’t have to have this experience in college. But this is where I am at.  This is where I am supposed to be.  I don’t think that way enough.  I will take in my learning and growing process.  It is messy.  It is scary.  And it is hard.  But it pays off. 

Thanks for listening


Samantha Moore


November 26, 2014

Be: Thankful

November 26, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

I AM SO THANKFUL FOR CATS! Okay but for real there is a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, like my family! Being able to spend time with my family is what is important during the holidays! So much tests, papers, project and homework have made me thankful to spend time with my family!

Comment or chat with me!!

Samantha Moore


November 4, 2014

Be Blessed!

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Ashlea’s Senior day! My roommate who plays soccer played in her last home soccer game of the season Saturday! ash senior day

It was also French’s senior day! French is obviously from France and I got to walk with him for his senior day since his parents live in France. He has been one of my best friends for four years now and is aways making me laugh and making me smile. He is one of the funniest guys I know and is one of my best friends!

french senior day

When Sonic gives away .50 cent corn dogs on Halloween you obviously have to get one. This is Marissa! She was my roommate my Freshman and Sophomore year and we have been great friends since then. She is always here for me and we are always doing something fun! She is a fellow Psych major!

corn dogs

This is Lauren and my beautiful engaged sister. We had a birthday party on Saturday for my friend Taylor! These two girls make me laugh.

erica lauren Okay I had to post a picture of my BEST FRIEND Remi aka my Corgi. She was a bumble bee for halloween so this is a picture of her in her costume on Halloween night! Isn’t she just the cutest.

halloweenComment and I would love to chat with you guys!!

Mariah McCommon


October 20, 2014

Midterms, WHAT?

October 20, 2014 | By | One Comment

Hey guys!

I’m a little late posting this week, but I promise I won’t leave ya hangin’ any longer! It’s been an eventful weekend involving buying a new laptop (which I absolutely love) and studying for midterms. YIKES.

It’s that time in the semester when us Pioneers are getting bombarded with beautiful midterm exams and stress levels out the wazoo. I am writing today to give some (what I hope will be helpful) tips on how to survive your first semester of college:


1) Make Friends! Community is important here at MNU because we all wanna love each other. This isn’t high school anymore so the whole clique thing? Yeah, leave that in high school. There are so many unique and fun personalities here on campus and it’s easy to find your place. Friends help take the ease off of the stresses of school because whether it’s a late-night Applebee’s run, messing around in Wal-Mart, or making use of open-dorm time, fun time is needed. But don’t abuse it!


First football game!

2) STUDY! This is kind of important. This also ties into my next point too, but we’ll get there soon. Make time for yourself in your schedule to study. You may be able to study with a group or by yourself, but either way, do not forget to do it! I’m not talking half an hour, more like 3 hours per class. That’s a lot, but it’ll be worth it when you receive that A+ on that Pre-Calc test you’ve hoped and dreamed for your entire life.

3) Don’t forget to call your mother. She’ll want to hear from you because I bet she misses you like crazy. Just because you’re out of the house and it may seem like you’re suddenly free, you’ll find yourself maybe craving some parental advice every now and then (I know I have). Your parents know a thing or two about life and whenever you struggle with those silly boys or you have a test you’re freaking out about, they might have a bit of helpful advice for ya. Don’t take them for granted because they are there to help you!

Mommy and Me

Mommy and Me

4) Nap time is the best time. Just like the studying thing, make time for a nice nap. It’ll save your life. Well, maybe not, but they help. Sleeping in general makes a tremendous difference in how your day goes. Nobody likes a being around a cranky person so get some sleep and you’ll rock the world.

5) DON’T PROCRASTINATE. We’ve all heard it before. It’s time to take it seriously. I still struggle with this, but hey, I’m learning too. Sometimes you have to say no to that late-night Applebee’s run every once in awhile in order to get your stuff done. If you have a test on Monday, don’t study Sunday night. Bad idea. I speak from experience. It’s just not smart. In high school, if you procrastinated, you could still do alright… In college, if you procrastinate or just not get it done, you’re done for. Good luck.

6) Eat. Gosh I love food. Just ask my friends, they’ll tell ya that I bring food to every class. Food just makes me so happy. Anyways, Campus Center is there for a reason, don’t skip meals or miss out on Bacon Friday. IT’S WORTH IT. And we can’t forget about Spicy Chicken Thursday either. Mmm. Delish.


*mouth waters*

7) Exercise. Don’t stop reading just cause I said the “E” word. Freshman 15 is a thing and if you don’t want it to be a thing for you, venture on down to Land Gym and get a nice workout in because food babies grow fast. With all that good food in Campus Center, you’ll need a solid hour of exercise each day, unless you’re an athlete. I won’t even talk about how much they exercise. Yeesh.

8) PRAY. God’s got you. If you’re struggling with something, simply let Him know. Life will get you down, even here. That test you’re stressed out about? Give it to Him. That girl or boy who doesn’t notice you? Don’t worry, God’s got the right person in mind for you. Want to quit your job? Ask God to give you grace and patience and maybe a better attitude going into it. Prayer helps because as alone as you may feel, God is available 24/7 to listen to what you need.

That’s all I have this Sunday, but I hope you lovelies have a fantastic week ahead! Stay gold!

Samantha Moore


October 7, 2014

Be: A Sports Fan

October 7, 2014 | By | One Comment


I feel like I have one homework assignment or project or paper or even test after another. It was definitely a crazy busy week.

Today I have a Business Communication project with three of my friends Clair Plummer, Caleb Mingus and Drake North. Our project was about bringing a Braum’s (a fast-food place) to Olathe. We had to have a 10-12 minutes speech but got to choose our own topics. My topic was about the human resource and hiring part of building a new restaurant. We totally rocked it and may have even let out a few laughs and yells when it was over.


Tomorrow I am going to Lansing Correctional Facility (a prison) for my Human Resource Management class. We are teaching a two-hour class to inmates that will be getting out within the next 3-6 months. I am really excited about his project. I have always had a passion for prison inmates and being involved in their lives. In my future I hope to be a Deputy Warden or work in the Re-entry program.

Last Thursday our volleyball team played Baker, one of our biggest rivals. It was for the number one spot in the HACA conference. ASG did a tailgate for this game, which was absolutely phenomenal, and we had such a great turn out. We did #thinkpink shirts because this month is Breast Cancer Awareness month. We also had chick-fil-a sandwiches (they didn’t invent the chicken, just the chicken sandwich!!) and did a volleyball tournament with a change to win $120 worth of gift cards. Of course we crushed Baker with a 3-0 win. One of my best friends Becca is a senior setter for the team and I have always gone to all the home volleyball games. I do love my sporting events!
think pink!


Becca is on the right, #7 on the court but #1 in my heart :) We have been close friends since freshman year and we have always had a strong bond. She is the type of friend who could totally rock out in the car with me without feeling embarrassed or even looking at each other. She is from Oklahoma and is a Biology major. ON the left is Stacy, she is a senior nursing major from Nebraska and is one of my suite mates! This is our second year living together and we usually always go on dinner dates together. It is friends like her that I am glad I chose MNU!


This past weekend was packed full as well too. I went to Central Methodist on Saturday to watch MNU Men’s soccer, MNU Women’s soccer and also football play. My RE Patti (shout out to the patster) for driving myself and one of my best friends Becca to the Central Methodist with her husband Lonnie. They are two of my favorite people here on campus and are always going to sporting events.

I LOVE going to sporting events at MNU, especially soccer. Four of my suitemates, one of them being my actual roommate, are soccer players and I have always loved going to watch them play since freshman year. Sometimes they call me the soccer groupie and even their coaches know me.. what can I say I just love being involved. Both the men’s team and the women’s team won on Saturday in their conference games. They were both tough games but they pulled through and came out on top. roommate This is my roommate Ashlea who is a senior soccer player and also a nursing major! She is also engaged and we love to laugh at each other, with each other or with others!! We are always having fun together :)

This weekend I also found out that I got nominated for Homecoming Queen, how exciting!! I have been nominated every year and was really excited when I found out I was nominated for Homecoming Queen this year. One of my best friends who is on the men’s soccer team, Eddie Morales was nominated for Homecoming King and we actually get to walk together. Homecoming week is such an exciting and anticipated week for not only ASG and students but also for alumni of MNU. Since Homecoming is not for another two weeks I will be writing a blog on all the festivities that happen later on in the month.



That is Eddie! He is a great soccer player and has been leading his team in goals this year! He is a pretty cool guy and has been one of my closest friends since NSO freshman year (new student orientation)!

One of my highlights from the weekend:

Going to the NASCAR race with my dad and two of my suite mates! We had pitt passes so we got to go down and look in the garages, victory lane and at the cars before the race started!



As always feel free to comment below or leave any questions you may have and I would love to answer or chat with you!!

Mariah McCommon


October 5, 2014


October 5, 2014 | By | No Comments

As you may already know, I am an Intercultural Studies major which is part of the Ministry program here at MNU. This weekend I had the opportunity to go with my Intro to Ministry class on a retreat not too far from campus. Although we weren’t there long, the experience was transforming and it really opened my eyes.

First, this place was awesome. They had a beautiful sanctuary, rooms like a hotel, and it was incredibly peaceful. The first main event we did was about half an hour of silent time where each student went off on their own to a place to be alone with God. My favorite place to go for Jesus time is outside. I love the outdoors. The breeze to me represents the Holy Spirit. And it was sure present during my personal time alone with God. I’m not going to lie, I bawled like a baby. I’m really thankful for that time I had because I felt God wrap His arms around me. By the time I had to leave, I felt relief and at peace with everything.

Next, we transitioned into some light-hearted, fun games like speed dating (awkward but hilarious) and the “clump” game. Weird, I know, but it was like, so much fun! The object of it was to see how many people are interested in the same things. For example, the professor calls out, “If you prefer dogs, clump to the left, if you like cats, clump to the right, if you just don’t care, stand in the middle and look pretty.” We all got to know each other pretty quickly and had tons of fun with it.

On a more serious note, one of our professors had us make little booklets of our lives. We were to choose four main events leading up to present day and draw a picture that symbolizes the event. The point of the exercise was to share our story with a group. The key theme in each of our stories was that God always has a plan. Though we may not realize it at the time, His timing is never off. That’s when our ability to trust Him is tested. I was inspired by the strength I saw in the people around me. I hope I can be as strong as them someday.

Wrapping up the retreat today, we partook in a life-altering experience after our mini chapel service. We wrote our burdens, our pain, names of people who have wronged us, or experiences we’ve bottled up for so long down on a blank sheet of paper and we crumpled it up into a ball as hard as we could and threw it in the trash. I let go of my past, the pain, and I asked for forgiveness and also forgave myself. This was my favorite activity because for once in a long time, I let it all go. I returned to campus with a huge weight lifted off my shoulders and now I feel like a new woman!

We all know the song “Oceans” by Hillsong. And if not, here are some of the lyrics…

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now

So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

Oceans || Hillsong UNITED

This song has been running through my mind today and it’s always a nice reminder that when you struggle, whenever you feel down, whenever you just want to cry, God’s got you. He’s always had you. Trust in Him with all of you and He will provide. His timing is never off, even if we may not understand it.

I love you guys and hope you have a splendid week ahead!

MInistry Retreat

Headed to the retreat!


Haley Raydo


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.



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 :).



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!



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!



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!


Aaron Merrell


September 27, 2014

Lessons in Doubt

September 27, 2014 | By | One Comment

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!


Allegra Vieux


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!

Heather Engle


April 14, 2014

17 days!!

April 14, 2014 | By | No Comments

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! :]






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 :]