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March 1, 2013

Just Another Coffee Engulfed, Library Stationed, Book Digging Session

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It was a nice break while it lasted, but our snow days are officially over!  Now it’s back to the dreaded homework we have been putting off and the horrid tests coming up we neglected to study for.  The bustle of school is back and it is time to get into the common groove once again.  So it’s time to load up on coffee, hit the library, and dig our Pioneer noses in the books.

Now, during one of my coffee engulfed, library stationed, nose digging sessions….wait, I probably shouldn’t say nose digging should I? It doesn’t quite sound like what I am trying to say if you know what i mean. :\  What about nose booking??  Hmmm…nah.  What about book nosing???  Hmmm…nope.  How about dig booking???? Ugh that doesn’t work either!!  WAIT! Book digging?!  Well, that sucks too, but I guess that will have to work now won’t it?  So let’s start over, shall we?

During one of my coffee engulfed, library stationed, book digging sessions, I had another moment.  It’s one of those moments that hit me oh so often and I am struck by an idea or I become inspired.  I have blogged about a few in the past and I’m sorry if you don’t like them but I enjoy sharing what it is I am thinking so here it goes!

Lately I have been spending some of my time with someone in particular who I believe really needs a friend now.  He’s going through some things and I feel a calling to be there for him when he needs someone most.  Now, I’m not gonna say who this person is, or what’s going on in their lives but I will share my thoughts behind the situation.  I feel like God has asked me to reach out to this person in any way possible whether it’s staying up late and hanging out, inviting him to events and things around the school, or just being there when he needs to talk.  I have been doing my best to show him that not only I love him and care for him, but God loves and cares for him WAY more than I could ever dream!

So here I am, studying, when this person crosses my mind.  I start wondering how he’s doing and if he is alright.  And that’s when I begin to notice that not only have I been doing what I can to help him, but he is also helping me just as much.  He is showing me a way of caring for someone in which I really haven’t put into perspective before.  He is teaching me what it’s like to love and be loved simply for being a child of God.  This is even more true because we both have almost nothing in common.  I don’t hang out with him to gain anything or to profit in any way, and he doesn’t accept me because we have the same interests or share the same hobbies.  We merely grow together for one devouring, overpowering, and deep truth:  God created us both and the love he has for us is perfect.

Because of this person, I am looking at the world through new eyes.  I am beginning to see my professors, friends, co-workers, strangers and every one else in between the way I believe God sees us.  Since I work at a daycare, this is how I have looked at the children I work with already, but thanks to this person that I now call a dear friend I am beginning to bridge the way I see those kids to the way I see the rest of God’s creations.  This is huge to  me.  It is a point in life I think every disciple of Christ needs to come to in order to further their spiritual life. Christ is amazing and I have known that for some time now, but if it wasn’t for this school, and the people I have met here, I might not have begun to realize how infinite his perfection really is.

This school has allowed me to grow in so many ways it’s not even funny.  From the good times, to the bad times, MNU is playing a huge role in shaping who I am going to be for the rest of my life.  Whether it’s from the people, the classes, or even my personal relationship with God, I am learning what it means to be a true disciple of Christ here, and I am so thankful for that.  And anyone else coming to this school better hang on because MNU will take you on one heck of a ride!  But hey, don’t worry, no matter how bumpy the ride is I can guarantee you will be happy with how it ends up.

 

Phillip Prado

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February 8, 2013

Vices in the Life of an MNU Pioneer

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1 Assignment! 2 Assignment! 3 Assignment! 4! 5 Assignment! 6 Assignment! 7 Assignment! MORE!

Then there’s a speech.

And an essay too!

I’m so overwhelmed!

My world is consumed!

I need to focus!

To get my work done!

Even if it’s boring!

And it’s really no fun!

I hope you enjoyed that poem right there!  I worked really hard on it. A whole three minutes maybe! But it is very fitting, don’t you think?  Homework is SOOOO consuming sometimes.  Yet we still need to focus and get it done.  I personally need to focus on my studies even more than I do now.  Procrastination is a weakness of mine, a vice!  If I think about it, there are a lot of “vices” that I have: my longboard, my bike, my lack of motivation to do homework, friends, the internet, and an unending list of other things that hold me back from reaching my full studious potential.  There really are a million things I can think of that I would rather do than my homework. No matter how much time I set aside to do my homework I still have to make it a point to get it done.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t HATE homework.  Honestly, it’s not that bad.  I just have a lot of other things I would rather do.  So here is a little incite to the college life: the hardest part about homework in college isn’t that it is difficult, but that there is a lot more fun, cool, exciting things to do than to do work and be bored.  Just keep that in mind as you are going into college for your first time.  Try building the habit of doing homework and eliminate the vices that hold you back.

P.S. – So this week is SCOUT week, by the way! SO HELLO to all you SCOUTers that came out here to MNU to “check out university turf!”  We are all glad you guys could make it and we hope you see something special in MNU like the rest of us here already do!  Thank you guys for coming out and we hope you enjoyed your time here.

Cherith Campbell

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January 21, 2013

The one where break ends.

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Well tomorrow I start my second semester of my sophomore year of college. Woah. I cannot believe that I will be half way done with my college experience after this semester. I am so excited to be back on campus with all of my friends and professors. Tomorrow is going to great. I think we are getting welcomed back and talking a little bit about our experience in Europe during chapel. Ill get to see a ton of people that I haven’t seen since last spring when we left for summer. Since the last time that I lived on campus I have had an insanely awesome time but I am very ready to get back in the swing of campus life.

This semester I am taking classes that are focused on my major and I’m anxious to see how well I enjoy them. This is going to give me a great opportunity to really dive into the business world and see how I like it. I also have my new internship/job and that is also giving me such amazing opportunities to see myself in the actual business world. It has been a wonderful experience so far to be working within the company and I have loved getting to know the woman that I work with.

Tonight is my first night back on campus and it feels great. I can’t wait for tomorrow.

Learn something new today: A crocodile can’t stick out it’s tongue.

Phillip Prado

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January 21, 2013

SECOND SEMESTER OF FRESHMAN YEAR!!

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HEY GUYS!!  So yesterday I shared my feelings about the break, and, as promised, here is today’s blog on how I feel about the rest of the semester!!

So it’s been occurring to me lately that college is really stressful.  Getting finalized, paying bills, it’s all kind of overwhelming.  And that’s ok because I know it is all worth it.  But why is it worth it?  Is it worth it to, one day, be able to support your family and not have to struggle to pay the bills?  Is it worth it to one day have a career that SHOULD make you happy?  Or is it something else?  I personally think that these are good reasons but there is more to it than this.  There’s more to the stress and more the back breaking, time crunching, hair pulling, effort that goes into every little detail of our college kids’ lives.  Yeah learning to grow up and living life is a part of this but is that what is most important?  It’s not the money you make or the title you have.  And the college experience or the fact that you are “getting away” shouldn’t be valid reasons to take your life and throw it in an emotional blender know as college preparation.  Because this, honestly, sucks.  Preparing for college and getting everything organized can be a huge pain in the butt.  But the path you chose makes it worth it.  Not the destination but the journey.  Not the atmosphere but what you do with it.  Everyday God gives us opportunities to change the life of people in many ways we never even think of.  We just over look it all.  And those opportunities, those solitary moments in time that fall upon us and appear as riddles, drama, problems are actually blessings from God.  Beautiful things happen everyday out of the saddest, most hurtful things you could imagine.  And God asks us to join Him in his walk in making those beautiful things happen.

SO this semester I will try to look at everything as an opportunity to make something beautiful: homework, friends, fights, relationships, anything I can think of.  Things all the way from ordering your food at McDonald’s, to meeting a deadline (which I have been pretty bad at myself lately), and on down the list are all opportunities given to us to show how beautiful life can be.  And to me, college is a way to make those opportunities happen now, and in the future.

I am really looking forward to this semester.  I know I will not always succeed in all i set out to do but failing is a part of making life happen.  So as long as I keep my chin high and my hopes higher I know everything will be ok.  It’s time for me to stop focusing on what’s wrong, and  to focus on what’s beautiful.  Because in the end what’s wrong doesn’t really matter, and what’s beautiful will be what makes your life worth living.

Happy spring semester to all you Pioneers!!! :)

Phillip Prado

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January 20, 2013

BREAK!!

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HEY GUYS!!!  So, first off, this break has been crazy! And since my computer has been incapacitated for some time now I have not been able to keep anyone updated.  But now that this week everything was fixed and I am finally within the range of a successful Wi-Fi connection I can recap my break!  So here goes!!!!

Let’s start with a list of the things I did this break:

1. Work

2. Work

3. Work more

4. Work even more

K done!

Just Kidding! BUT it sure felt like that was the case!  Working 9 or 10 hour days at a daycare everyday takes its toll on a guy.  This was not a break for me!  I was more tired over break than I was ever during school.  That made me miss MNU even more.  This place is my home now, and going back to live with my family was weird.  I mean readjusting is kinda hard.  I missed the fellowship, the campus, the food, the professors, and even the homework!  Call me crazy but everything about MNU feels like home now.

I mean I had fun over break, don’t get me wrong.  It was good to see my family and the friends back home, going on endless coffee shop adventures and out eating out.  I enjoyed the holiday season and the snow in Nebraska was fun while it lasted, but it’s not the same as it use to be.  It was good to have a change of scenery coming to MNU the first time and I’m still not even close to being sick of it, but I have had enough of my hometown.  MNU is the next step in my life and I am more than ready to keep on with this step and to stop looking back.  I came and visited friends in Olathe over break! I couldn’t wait all 5 or 6 weeks, or however long it was (all I know is that it felt too long).

Overall it was a good break!  I loved it even though I was busy working all the time!  But it is good to be back at MNU.  This is now my home and I love every part of it!

So HELLO to all of you Pioneers! I have missed you all!

And to all of you upcoming freshman next year: I hope you love this place as much as I do!  You won’t want to leave once you call this place your home.

That’s a small recap of my break and tomorrow I will update on what I am looking forward to for the rest of the year so stay tuned!!

Life At The Daycare!

 

Out to eat with my friend Ty Hall

 

One of my many coffee shop endeavors to Scooters

 

Snow Storm in Nebraska

 

Phillip Prado

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December 13, 2012

People

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HEY GUYS!!! So this is the last MNU Blog I will post before the end of the semester :(.  But hey, its ok!! I’m not quite done yet AND we will all post a few times over break!  But as of now I have four finals down and only ONE more to go.  Finally I’m almost done!  This week has been something else, let me tell you.  So first of all, I have had five finals to get through and that has been CRAZY!  Studying was definitely NOT my focal point this week and I’m a little more unprepared than I would have liked to be.  So in this lesson of mixed priorities, there is a word of advice I have learned that I would like to give to any upcoming freshman: Make the best of your study time, no matter how easy the class is.  Trust me!  

This next semester is gonna be something else though.  I mean I know this will sound weird but I am really beginning to enjoy doing homework! What is wrong with me!?!  I have no idea!  I guess just the idea that I am preparing for the rest of my life has been enough motivation for me.  This isn’t high school anymore, this isn’t just something you have to try to get through, this is what we are doing to train us for the rest of our lives.  And this training is brutal!  SOOO many distractions and things are always there. This is the time of our lives we are taking to find ourselves and to really see who you are going to be for the rest of your life and that is really important to me.  I really do want to be prepared for my future: for my career, my family, and just for anything the world throws my way.  I really need to buckle down and focus in if I want to get this done right.

But on that note there’s another piece of advice that I myself am trying to filter through too:  Live a little.  This doesn’t mean party and go out and get crazy!  Just don’t be afraid to make relationships, ya know?  When you hear people talking about college what do they say?  They don’t talk about how great finals were, or how important the class work was to them.  I mean YEAH that’s important but people talk about the fun times the had, the love they shared, the friends they made, and the people that made a difference in their lives.  There was a reason that in the beginning God said “It is not good for man to be alone.”  We are built to be together, to be in fellowship, and just to love one another.  So no matter how important school is, no matter what you’re going though, just don’t forget to love people.  Because in the end, the people you shared your life with are going to be the most important things to you.  So whether you’re in high school, college, or working full time, don’t hold yourself back from the thing we were designed to surround ourselves with: people.  You can’t look back on a life full of love, happiness, and joy and feel regret.  God made us to be together.  So GO and BE TOGETHER!  We need to stop taking each other for granted and cherish our time with one another.  That time spent with people really is what makes everything worth it.  So study, laugh, have fun, just please don’t forget the one thing that is most important to every human being whether they want to admit it or not: To Love People.

Phillip Prado

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November 29, 2012

THE SICKNESS!!

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It’s that time of year isn’t it?  The moment the weather begins to get colder, the coughing and stuffy noses begin to increase rapidly.  Thats right, the sickness is coming back and the cold season is here, as expected.  Many of us here at MNU have fallen victim to this evil health factor. I being one of them.

This has been enough of a stressful week already, and now this!?  The aches and the pains, the sneezing and the sniffling, the coughing and the hacking, it’s all part of the endless circle of reasons we continually have to struggle to just get by.  With finals just around the corner, and winter break immediately after that (WOO), our health is the last thing we need to be worrying about right now.  We should be studying, doing homework, and psyching ourselves up for this big tests.  HA who am I kidding?  We would be procrastinating, hanging out with friends, and just simply being college students.  Most of us can’t even focus on anything but winter break!  But NOO! No we are stuck in bed, too achey to do anything, too sick to be around people for an extended period of time.  These are the times when you say to yourself life sucks sometimes

But amidst all of the illness and all of the sorrow there is hope!  There is a light that shines in this tunnel of sore throats and swollen sinus cavities!  There is good in every negative and the good is plain to see once you look.  Before we were all sick zombies we lived life as aimless procrastinators: Kings and Queens of wasting time and goofing off!  We were lazy without cause, did stupid things for no reason, and there was simply no excuse.  So remember you’re not alone friends! I am with you, and many others like myself.  Just keep your heads up and look at the bright side:  at least now you have a legitimate reason not to do your homework! ;)

 

 

 

And this is one of my favorite poems by Shel Silverstein that I added just for fun:

Phillip Prado

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November 9, 2012

God Loves Us All: Even the Discouraged

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Discouragement:

  1. A loss of confidence or enthusiasm; despiritedness
  2. An attempt to prevent something by showing disapproval or creating difficulties; deterrent

 

Why do we deal with discouragement so much?  Why does there always have to be something in the way?  Why does life have to be so hard?  These are questions I hear people ask every day.  There’s so many things in life that discourage us, as humans, that we can’t seem to avoid: death, failure, loss of friends, an abrupt change in plans.  Why does it seem that after we just get out of a bad time, and we finally experience peace, something has to throw us out of our happiness and into another trial?

I have noticed that in college, every day has a new trial.  Whether a paper is do, or you have a million things that need to get done, or you have to meet with your advisor, or work, or all of the above and a million more things.  My point is that there are a million things in this world that constantly bring us down.  Yet we still have to have faith as Christians that we can get through this.

In my Old Testament class we are going over the book of Job.  If anyone in history had an excuse to be discouraged it was Job.  In just the first few chapters of the book, Job loses everything: his family, his possessions, his health, he even loses his sense of connection with God.  Yet no matter what happened, he NEVER once curses God.  Even after his wife tries convincing him to curse God Job resists.  In chapter 2 verse 10 Job says “shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?”  Job is accepting God, no matter what happens.  That’s so amazing to thing that even through his darkest times, Job was in love with the one and only God of the universe.  And in the New Testament, James says to “consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance” (James 1:2-3).  Not only are we to loved God in trials and discouragement, but we are to be joyful in them.  Why?  Because that is when we show God we love Him the most!

No matter what you’re going through, no matter how much you lose your confidence or enthusiasm, God is definitely something to be enthusiastic about.  So whether you have a series assignment due, you have to organize an event, your job is keeping you on your toes and you just don’t have the time to relax, or you just have your own personal trials to face, just remember it will be ok! Jesus says that “..in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  For I have overcome this world!” (John 16:33).  Jesus is more than this world, and He loves you with all of His heart.  No it is up to you to trust Him, even when you find trusting Him to be the hardest thing to do.

Phillip Prado

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November 1, 2012

God Loves Us All: Even The Goofballs

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HEY GUYS!!! This has been another week to remember for me.  Lets start off with Westboro Baptist Church.  I don’t know if you are familiar with them, and if you’re not then you should look them up, but I’m not a huge fan of their theology or their actions.  They picket a lot of different places for a lot of different reasons with some pretty hateful signs that I would rather not write and it just upsets me, you know?  So a couple of friends and I decided to go to where they were picketing, the Red Hot Chili Peppers concert at the Spring Center, and do a little picketing ourselves.  Now we didn’t picket WBC, or really picket at all.  We just made signs that said things like “God Loves You” and “There’s No Room for Hate in God’s Love,” went to where WBC was, and decided to tell people that God loves them.  I’m sure people are sick of being told they are hated for sinning.  No one can feel God’s love or is going to be reached if all they are being told is that He hates them.  We just wanted to tell them that He DOES love them!  God loves EVERY sinner and EVERY saint.  We just wanted to actually reach people and actually show them that God not only loves them, but he DIED for them.  We did not want to make WBC mad or to tell them they were wrong, just to get in the hate that was being spread and show love.

We are all just 18 years old or so and we were doing the best we could to show people God’s love.  Just cause we are teens and college students doesn’t mean we can’t make a difference.  This is just a small example of how we, as Christians, can really spread love through this world.  In Matthew 28:19-20 Jesus tells us to “go make disciples of all nations.”  And not only that but that He “[is] with [us] always, to the very end of the age.”  Now why would a God that hates us be with us to the end of the age?  He calls us to go make disciple but in that we have to follow the two greatest commandments stated in Matthew 22:37-40: To love God and to love others.  Thats what our goal in life should be: to love! This just really hit me this weak.  We are Christ’s disciples, and it is up to us to show the world His love.

And on a lighter matter, yesterday was Halloween!  I may not have dressed up but some people did.  Some people went ALL out here at MNU.  Two PERFECT examples are Nathan Traxler and Ethan Grimes, both of which are Sophomores (Ethan is on the left and Nathan is on the right in the pictures below).  Nathan set out to be an elderly woman and thats exactly what he did.  He dressed up and acted like an elderly woman: with the dress, and the hair, and all of the other elderly parts an old woman would have (if you know what I mean).  Now a few weeks ago, at the beginning of the year, during one of MNU’s famous events, Ethan managed to split his forehead open all the way to the skull on a HUGE water slide outside of the Lanbarger Dorms when another student accidentally kneed him in the face. Ethan used that to his advantage this year on Halloween and went as Harry Potter with the scar and all.  I laughed soooooo hard when I saw these two guys walking together in Campus Center.  This is definitely a solid image of what MNU students really stand for.  Ok maybe not EXACTLY but it does represent a good portion of us students. :P

So those are the main highlights of my week.  There’s so many other things going on here on Campus that make life really exciting here.  And I’ve also been hearing of a lot of things going on over there at MNU Europe that are super exciting (Check out Cherith’s blog page here on MNU Blogs to hear more about that).  It’s just weeks like this, even though I’m stressed and tired all the time because I have an insane amount of homework, that really make me proud to be a Pioneer.  This is a place to be serious for God and to go out and to spread His love, but it’s also a place to just have fun, be goofy, make friends, and fellowship together.  MNU in both America and in Europe are schools full of joy and love.  This isn’t something you see everyday and I know I’m not the only one who sees that.  This school is something to be proud of.

 

 

 

 

 

Phillip Prado

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October 25, 2012

Homecoming Week!

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HEY GUYS!!!! Have you been feeling the MNU Spirit this week?? Cause I have!  This week has been pretty crazy!  Homecoming is just around the corner and the road there was long and obnoxious.  This whole week has been full of events and themes all the way from “Blast from the Past,” where we dress up like a previous decade, on Monday, to “Country Swag,” where we show the whole school how good we look as cowboys and cowgirls, today; from “Twin Day,” where we match someone else, on Tuesday to “Reppin Yo TEAM,” where we wear clothes that rep our favorite team, on Thursday.  I have to admit, my two favorite days were definitely Twin Day and Country Swag. On Twin Day we had a Smoovie night.  This is where we got the opportunity to watch a movie together and drink smoothies (get it? smoothie + movie = Smoovie).  We watched Disney’s Brave, ate popcorn, and drank smoothies until our hearts were content.  And then Country Swag, which was tonight,  we had a bonfire, as seen above, a carbash, and a hoedown.  It was an awesome experience.  Everyone in the school put there differences aside, came together to achieve a common goal, despite our problems and distractions, and accomplished that goal: to beat the living snot out of a car with a sludge hammer and burn some crap!!  Then we all kicked it at the hoedown and line danced the night away.  Now I can’t wait for the homecoming banquet tomorrow, and a night at Emerald City Gym and the homecoming football game Saturday (Go Neers!). Overall, this week has been awesome.  This is definitely a community that really gets us all involved and having fun.  Never have I felt so loved, so connected, and so at home as I do here.  MNU is just that, my home, and I’m proud to be a part of it