The start of my MNU Track and Field career, has taken a turn. What may, some days, feel like a set back, is actually a step forward in the right direction. It has been a while since, I have talked about track and the new team on campus. This last fall, I was hit with some, saddening news. The news was, that, I was going to need surgery on both my ankles; if I wanted to continue running, and be able to walk in the future.
Towards the end of last semester, I found out that my season had come to an end, before my season had begun. I tried to do everything I could, not to go through with the surgery. I tried strengthening, rehab, continuing to run. Nothing was working and the pain continued to grow worse. So, I had to come to the realization that surgery was my only option, if I ever wanted to step back out on the track. As for this season, the first season, of having track and field back at MNU, I am sad that I will not be contributing, physically, to the success of our teams season. Instead, I will be contributing by, supporting, cheering, and rooting my fellow teammates on, at the finish line.
This season, I had set, extremely, high goals and expectations; but now, those goals and expectations are on hold. What I have to focus on, now is, the road to recovery and rehabilitation. It is going to be a long process but I have great doctors, physical therapists, and strength trainers. I am going to have a strong recovery and come back even stronger. Though, I have never had surgery, I am not that nervous, because I know, in the end, it will get rid of the pain and I will be able to be more successful on the track, than, I ever thought imaginable.
My surgery will be taking place tomorrow and I plan to keep you all posted on, how everything goes, and share with you, my journey back to preforming next season! Crossing my fingers, it all goes well!
I don’t know if you know, but Coldplay released their music video for their awesome song Hymn For The Weekend feat. Beyonce and it is amazing. I titled this blog after their song and also because I am going to tell you about a great weekend I had two weeks ago.
Two weekends ago, I drove me and a van load of my friends to the River Market to do a little shopping. For those of you who are new to the KC area or just do not know much about it ( I am one of those people. I don’t know much of anything.), the River Market is a part of the Downtown Kansas City area. On the weekends, there is a lot of local produce sold. It is not the best in the winter though, because it is not as big. Not as many people are there selling their goods. It was definitely still worth the trip though. We mainly bought fruits and vegetables.
Before we went to the market, we stopped by Quay Coffee for some caffeine goodness. From there we walked over to the market. Once there, we began to look for some good stuff because we wanted to come back and cook dinner with all the things we bought. I got some peppers, hummus, pomegranate tea, and some bubble tea! We also stopped by an Italian store to get some pastries. They were ‘fracking’ delicious. I also saw a man carrying a mesh sack with two LIVE CHICKENS! I panicked a little when I saw them….I have a strange fear of chickens. Don’t ask why. That’s a long story for another time. Maybe next week’s blog?
After we bought all of our goodies ( I hate that word and I have no idea why I used it. I am sorry.) We walked over to the the big Chinese market across the street. I LOVE Chinese markets. This one smelled like fish though. Like it smelt really bad! They had a big fish market in the back. They would chop it all up for you on the spot!
When we had our fill of culture and diversity for the day, I drove us back to cook our dinner! We had kale salad (did not like it. Kale is overrated), avocado spread for pita bread, hummus, and peppers. It was a pretty successful day, if I do say so myself!
Amanda served as our photographer for the day!
This was the gang for the weekend. Amanda, Me, Wyatt, Phil, Ty, and Erin
This is what Amanda got to drink at Quay. V artsy and hipster.
Amanda is also a master of getting candid pictures. This is me awkwardly trying to decide if I should get the spearmint tea or the pomegranate tea. It was an overwhelming task for me! Look at all my options!!!
Here Amanda is fascinated by the pickled octopus. Shortly after this was taken, the man running the cash register told her that if she is going to take a picture of it, she had to eat it. So she did and she did not hate it.
Here is a pic of the guys right after we got our bellies full of Italian pastries. Look at our cute heads.
Amanda got some v artsy pics of the stands. Here are some spices.
Here are some v artsy apples.
I was not aware that the picture was taken…..
If you were wondering, I did make a typo! I meant to say “v artsy”. V means very. As if it was not short enough already.
But I suggest that everyone go check out the River Market sometime! Especially in the summer when it is a lot bigger and hoppin.
Going to MNU has definitely taught me a lot about what it means to live in community.
Coming into my freshman year, I had a lot of unrealistic expectations about the community at MNU. For example, I expected to be best friends with everyone. I didn’t expect cliques, drama, or really any hardships at all.
I’ve now been going to MNU for 3 full semesters, and in that time I’ve learned some simple truths about community.
Truth #1: You won’t be best friends with everyone
The community at MNU is unique because it’s giant. When I hear the word “community,” I think of a small group of people. But the community at MNU is made up of over 1,000 people.
When you’re living in a community of 1,000+ people, expecting to know everyone is unrealistic… and exhausting. I tried to do that my freshman year and it was brutal. It was great to walk into Campus Center and know I’d have someone to sit with all the time, but the relationships I formed couldn’t be deeper than surface level. You simply can’t have that many close friendships without going on at least 29 coffee dates every week.
I think of community as a big family. You’ve got your “siblings,” or your closest friends, that you see all the time and tell everything to. Then you have your “cousins,” who you love to talk to when you see them, but don’t keep up daily. And then there’s your “second cousins who live far away,” who you really don’t ever see, but if they ever needed anything, you’d be there simply because you’re family.
I would classify a majority of the students on this campus as my “second cousins who live far away.” I love them and would do anything for them, simply because we live in the same community, but I wouldn’t call them close friends. The cool thing about the community at MNU is that we can come together to worship, laugh, and cry together without being best friends. There’s a special connection you have with people when you share a community with them.
Truth #2: Community is made up of human beings
I have had drama at MNU. I have strained relationships on campus. There have been times when I’ve been frustrated with the community. But, I should’ve expected that, because anything made up of human beings is going to be imperfect. People don’t love the community at MNU because it’s perfect. They love it because it’s real. Because, at the end of the day, even with all the imperfections, it’s beautiful. Being a part of this community has taught me love, forgiveness, and grace on deeper levels than ever before.
Truth #3: You won’t love everything about it
I don’t love everything about MNU. I hope I don’t get fired for saying that. But in all honesty, if you’re planning on coming to MNU, chances are you won’t love everything either. I don’t know if there’s any community that you’ll love absolutely everything about. Sometimes I don’t feel like going to chapel. Sometimes I sit in my room while everyone else is at an ASG event. Sometimes I need to get away. And that’s okay. I had the expectation coming to MNU that I would love every second of every day. That it would be rainbows and butterflies all the time. But I thank God that’s not the case. Living in community with imperfect people creates great opportunity for growth. And that’s exactly what I’ve done while I’ve been at MNU. I’ve grown so much.
If you’re thinking about coming to MNU, I hope that being honest and vulnerable with you has opened your eyes to what community is all about. I hope that this excites you about the possibility of attending a university with an authentic community.
MNU has lots of wonderful ministries that give students the opportunity to go into the community and serve others.
To be honest, I’ve been to a few ministries, but haven’t found time in my schedule to regularly commit to attend a ministry.
Last week, I was hired to create the MNU Ministries launch video for this Spring 2016. It was such a blessing to me because it allowed me to hear impactful stories from students who have been investing in ministries for a full semester. It’s encouraging to know that there is a group of students at MNU that devote time to ministries every week.
I love attending a school that equips students to serve in the community, and do it with the passions and talents that the Lord has given them. There are many different ministries, which I’ve listed below in case you’re curious about them.
LOL (Loving on Littles) – A group of students that goes to an apartment complex and plays with children.
Deep Cries Out – An anti-human trafficking ministry that educates themselves, brainstorms ways to help, and prays for the victims.
Freedom Fire – A group of students that goes to a community center to play with children and tell them the Gospel.
EMT (Emergency Mission Team) – This is a new ministry this semester. This group will be available for any “emergencies” that come up in the community.
SMILE (Students Ministering in the Lives of the Elderly) – This group of students goes to a nursing home and sings hymns to the elderly.
Center of Grace – This group of students goes to a soup kitchen and serves people in the community.
I’ve attached the video below so that you can hear from the students yourselves. I hope that you’re inspired and encouraged like I was!
If you’re an MNU student, it’s never too late to sign up for a ministry, or simply attend for a week.
If you’re not an MNU student yet, this is what you have to look forward to! A university with a passion to serve, that encourages and equips students to go out and be the hands and feet of Jesus.
I love how, on the first day of fall semester, everyone is so excited to start school. Students arrive 3+ days early, setting up their dorm rooms, if they are living on campus. Then fall break comes and everyone is so happy the semester is over! Now, spring semester has began. Everyone is coming back as late as possible. Some students are even arriving on campus a few days after their classes have started. I find this, quite, hilarious.
It has only been the first week back, and I am counting down the days, till spring break. It has only been one week, and I am already bogged down with a ton of homework. I understand the difficulty of my major, but I would not change it for the world. The only thing that is stresses me out more than anything, is the cost to buy text books. The majority of students, only need a text book for that one semester. If they are taking science classes or math, generally, they only need it for 2 to 3 semesters, max. There are tons of sites that you can get books for cheep, and even, rent for very little cost. When I first started off going to college, I did not know anything about these websites. Being the first in my family to go to college, I was completely on my own. So I was this kid…
I spent close to $1,000 just on text books for school. Do not be that kid. I have some sites listed below, that I have used, to get cheaper text books. Hopefully, this will help you through your semester, when the professor makes you get the text book, even if it is just for “one page.”
(This website shows how much your book costs & compares it to tons of prices and places you can receive your text for less than half the cost.) chegg.com
(This website is also good if you have questions or need a tutor for one of your tougher classes.) amazon.com
(This is my favorite website to get my textbooks. Also, if you have Amazon prime, and need your books the next day they are really fast at delivery.)
Hey friends! It is five days into the new year and I have been doing some thinking. Looking back, last year was not necessarily the best year of my life. It was actually pretty rough on me. Through all that, I have grown to be the person I am now and I think I have handled this past year very well. I have grown a lot from all of the trials I faced. I made amazing new friends and strengthened the relationships of friends I already had.
I want to continue growing and becoming the person God wants to be this year. With that, I have a few resolutions for this year. I think I had made some every year and never followed through a single one! I am kinda lame when it comes to things like that…But I have a good feeling about this year. So if you all don’t mind, I am going to share some of my resolutions for this year. These are in no particular order and some are not quite as deep and serious as others are, but they all are important to me!
Start a book and actually finish it.
I cannot tell you how many I have started reading and never finished. Some books I started more than once! I actually am about to finish a book I started a few months ago, but I want to start and finish one in the same year. And a year is a very long time to give myself for one book! I really am not that slow of a reader. I just wont read it often.
Learn a new skill and become better at a preexisting skill.
I am taking a painting class this upcoming semester and honestly, I am a little scared! I have never really painted seriously like that before. I love Bob Ross, but I never even thought about attempting to replicate his visionary masterpieces. So we will see how that half of this resolution pans out.
Some of you may know me as the violin guy that plays in chapel. Well you are wrong. It is actually called a viola. It is similar to a violin, but it sounds better. That is a skill I would like to be better at. I literally never practice my viola and I know for a fact that if I did, I could be so much better. I am not trying to be cocky or conceded, but when one practices, they get better. I also sing. I would go far enough to say that I am a good singer, but I know I have a lot of room for improvement. I could increase my range and I could have better control of my voice.
This is my very own viola. I think I have been playing for about 11 years now.
I want to start exercising more regularly.
Last summer I took a yoga class at JCCC and the semester before that I took a gym class at JCCC and just used their work out facility. I dreaded it every day but I felt really good from all the exercise. Now I do nothing…I get winded walking from Colony to the caf…So many people I know work out regularly. When they tell that they work out, I can feel the condescending tone in their voice. What they really are saying is “Yes I know I am better than you”. I want to be that person. I will probably just run in the evenings or something. Nothing too crazy.
Start a YouTube channel.
As I mentioned before, I love to sing. I even write song lyrics from time to time. For years I have wanted to start a YouTube channel where I posted covers. I even would love to start one with my best friend Chelsea. I follow a variety of different YouTubers and I know I could do what they do! Me and Chelsea are just as funny and ridiculous as Grace Helbig and Mamrie Hart. We just aren’t famous!
For those of you who do not know her, I am sorry. This is Chelsea. We have been friends now for about 10 years now.
I want to be more organized.
I am the worst procrastinator I know. Every semester I start out using my planner like a boss. I write everything I need to do in it, but by the second month I forget that it even exists. It gets buried far down in my backpack. That is when I forget about things. Long term assignments are my worst enemies. I put them off till the very last minute. This semester I want to be on top of things better. I will finish my assignments long before the day they are due.
Keep a daily devotional all year.
This may seem cliche and basic but I am serious! I have always been encouraged by my mom to do this. Over the many years of my short life, I have accumulated quite a few different devotional books. I have started a few of them, but not to my surprise, I did not stick with it. I have My Utmost For His Highest and I have heard a lot of great things about that devotional. If anyone has any recommendations, shoot them my way!
This is the daily devotional I am going to do every day!
Here are some more with less detail:
Climb a 14,000 ft < mountain.
This is Mt. Beirstadt. I hiked up this mountain over the summer with Kairos.
Get all my assignments in on time.
Figure out exactly what I want to do with my life.
Get a Chia Pet.
Chia pets are just cool.
Now I know I will not accomplish all of these. I will be happy with myself if I do one of these! But I am going to try gosh darn it! But in all seriousness, I am very excited for this new year. I have a feeling God has a lot in store for me. And I know that it is not going to be easy. I am thankful for all the people He has put in my life that have helped me along the way and that are going to be here for me this year.
Happy new year friends! I hope you all have an awesome year full of God’s blessings!
As the semester comes to a close, I’ve been reflecting on my favorite memories of sophomore year so far.
The first thing that comes to mind is the trip I took to Colorado over fall break. I went with my friend Christen and we stayed with an amazing family while we were there. Christen and I explored Colorado Springs, hung out with horses, watched some Royals baseball, and went to New Life Church.
Speaking of Royals baseball, another one of my favorite memories is when the Royal’s won the World Series… and every game leading up to that. My friends and I changed the building “Metz” to “Royalz” during the postseason, which was a fun prank that even landed me some extra credit in a class. 😉
Photo courtesy of Haley Adams
Another memory that I definitely won’t forget is the semester long project I had to do in Promotion Management. I was paired with Britney, Brandon, and Kacie. We had to create an Integrated Marketing Communications plan for the MNU Admissions Department. Specifically, we re-designed SCOUT. After that project, I was offered an internship with the Admissions Department to help launch the new SCOUT idea and also help plan other events.
This semester, I joined the newspaper editorial staff as Video Editor. I will always remember my time with the people who have become some of my closest friends this semester: Morgan, Sydney, Wyatt, Josh, and Robbie. I will also remember when I showed up to the first meeting, not knowing anyone, and the first thing the editor-in-chief said to me was, “You post too many selfies on your Facebook with Sonic cups.” I’m gonna miss ya, dad.
Photo courtesy of Joshua Brisco
Relating to newspaper, I enjoyed Josh Meme Thursdays, because that meant I had an excuse to find a strange picture of Josh and post it on his timeline.
The sweetest memories I’ll have from this semester are the ones that I shared with my suite mates in Spindle 306. We did a lot of weird things this semester… like buy a Ken doll and name him Chad. And buy a furreal friend cat since we can’t have a real one (his name is Murray… yes, after Chad Michael Murray). We also drink sparkling grape juice out of wine glasses while watching One Tree Hill. And ride Razor scooters around the parking lot at midnight. We love big blankets, Chick-fil-a, HGTV, and each other.
So, that’s my semester in a nutshell. I’ve been blessed with incredible co-workers, professors, roommates, and friends. I’m so thankful for all of the opportunities that MNU has provided me.
So I wanted to talk about this during mental health awareness week but I obviously missed that chance, but I think that I can tie the subject in pretty well to this upcoming week.
“But Isaac! What are you even talking about?!”
I’m glad you asked! I am talking about depression.
“But Isaac! How does this subject tie into this upcoming week?!”
Ok, calm down I’ll tell you.
Finals week is stressful. For some people, probably more than you think, it is a make it or break it time. For some people, these tests are a matter of pass or fail. This can put a ton of pressure on one person. This school is a pricey place and failing a class means you have to take it again, and that means paying again.
This kind of pressure can mess with a person’s emotions for the worse. Especially someone who is more prone and susceptible to depressive tendencies. There are lots of things that can cause or poke at someones depression.
There can be biological or genetic things. It can run in the family or someone can be on a certain medication that can worsen things. There can be psychological factors or even environmental things. And that is how this ties in. The things I mentioned above are definitely environmental factors.
Something else that can be an external trigger is the work load that tends to pile up on students. I am sure you all know that things can pile up fast. Especially if you are a procrastinator like me! For someone with depression or depressive tendencies, this can cause them to shut down.
Depression is the most common mental disorder in the United States. Females are more likely to suffer from depression than males are. As of now, the average age of diagnosis is about thirty two years old, but youth are definitely known to suffer from it. And I think that as mental health is becoming something more and more people talk about, more people are going to be diagnosed and helped at a sooner age now.
That leads me on to my next point.
“But Isaac! How do I know if someone I am close to is suffering from this?!”
Good question. There are signs you can be aware of.