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January 15, 2016

A Look Back On My Break

January 15, 2016 | By | One Comment

Hey friends!

So this week concludes the first week of classes of second semester here at MNU.  Personally, I am not fully recovered from Winter Break.  It is a strange feeling because I was ready to come back to school.  Being a young adult and going back home is kind of weird.  My mom still wanted to know where I was going, who I was with, and when I would be home.  It really did not make me angry.  It was just kind of inconvenient because living here on campus, you get use to not having to tell anyone any of the details of your outings.

Thankfully, for most of my break I was not home.  The day MNU got out for winter break, I hopped on a plane with my younger brother and flew to Pennsylvania to see our father.

We were on the plane by 6:30am...We were not the happiest people on the plane.

We were on the plane by 6:30am…We were not the happiest people on the plane.

Once we got to PA, we were going non stop till the 31st of December!  I had one, and only one request though.  I HAD to see the new Star Wars movie.  Thankfully that was an easy request for our dad to fill.  I loved it with all my heart.  Also while we were with our dad, we did a lot of hiking.  We hiked along various parts of the Appalachian Trail.  I had never been hiking in PA before and I was kind of surprised how beautiful it is. Here are a few pics I took while we hiked.

This part of the Appalachian Trail went through a field. This is the lowest part of the entire trail.

This part of the Appalachian Trail went through a field. This is the lowest part of the entire trail.

This is where it started to get super rocky. It was awesome but very exhausting.

This is where it started to get super rocky. It was awesome but very exhausting.

We did not walk the whole trail. I found out it is actually pretty long. Here is a selfie I took at a pretty high point of the trail.

We did not walk the whole trail. I found out it is actually pretty long. Here is a selfie I took at a pretty high point of the trail.

Another pic from the high point. My big head isn't in it. Your're welcome.

Another pic from the high point. My big head isn’t in it. You’re welcome.

We did some other activities.  My dad had to work a few days so me and brother hung out at his apartment some.  We did not have access to a car, so we rode bikes around the cool town our dad lives in.

Young Asher on his bike.

Young Asher on his bike.

When we were not riding bikes, we were watching court shows on tv.  I became addicted to them…Judge Judy is my new #WCW.

One of the last days in PA, we drove Washington DC.  I had never been before and it was pretty awesome!  Sadly Obama was not there and I did not get to meet him…

We parked in the garage of this insanely nice hotel.

We parked in the garage of this insanely nice hotel.

Our first stop was to the Holocaust Museum. Not much needs to be said about it. It was beautiful, sad, amazing, and heart breaking all at once.

Our first stop was to the Holocaust Museum. Not much needs to be said about it. It was beautiful, sad, amazing, and heart breaking all at once.

Here is the Washington Monument. This is as close as I got...

Here is the Washington Monument. This is as close as I got…

As you can see, this is the one and only White House. Obama did not come out to say hi and the security guards outside would let me any closer...

As you can see, this is the one and only White House. Obama did not come out to say hi and the security guards outside would let me any closer to look in the windows…

We took a lot of selfies...I think my dad just discovered what they were and wanted to take them all the time!

We took a lot of selfies…I think my dad just discovered what they were and wanted to take them all the time!

After PA, we flew to Florida to meet our mom there.  We stayed with her brother and his family.  We went to the beach, an old military fort, and did some shopping.  We were there from January 1-6.  Here some pics I took while in FL.

Took this on the plane ride from PA to FL.

Took this on the plane ride from PA to FL.

It was pretty gloomy every day in FL, but it was still nice out.

It was pretty gloomy every day in FL, but it was still nice out.

This is a group photo of all the cousins and their significant others.

This is a group photo of all the cousins and their significant others.

This is me and my cousins precious, little child Lincoln Deahn.

This is me and my cousins precious, little child Lincoln Deahn.

Overall, I really enjoyed my winter break.  I got to spend it with loved ones I do not get to see regularly anymore.  At the same time, I am happy to be back here at MNU.

I hope you all had a great break and that you got to spend it with people you love you!  I hope this next semester is the best one yet for you all as well!

Until nest time friends!

Renee DeVault

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January 2, 2016

Fo Shizzle Winter Break Update, Yo!

January 2, 2016 | By | No Comments

I kicked off winter break with STAR WARS!!!!! I was insanely excited. I went with Gabe, Josh, Quinn, and Kory to the B&B Theater in Overland Park (My current favorite movie theater) and we sat on the second row of their huge theater. Every few minutes before the movie started I would turn to one of them and excitedly whisper “STAR WARS!” probably driving them nuts, but they still talk to me so it’s cool.

 

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I asked Josh to take a picture of Quinn and I in front of the Star Wars poster sign thing and ended up with about a dozen of these beauties.

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They eventually took our picture and it makes me so happy. I grew up watching borrowed copies of the original three movies on VHS and I once had a Star Wars party where everyone came dressed up and we had a marathon (Thirteen year old me was pretty cool) and I went to Comicon two years ago dressed as a Jedi. I really enjoy Star Wars.

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I was really glad I got to see Star Wars with Quinn because just a few days later I had to drive him to the airport to drop him off for his three week adventure to Nairobi, Kenya. His mother is the Chaplin at Africa Nazarene University there. I was thrilled that he got to see his family but it was still sad dropping him off. I get to go pick him up in less than a week though!

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The time change makes communicating a little crazy. Lucky for me he has Wifi and we can face time but only early in the day or late at night. Midnight on New Years was 3:00PM my time so for a while he was communicating with me from a different year. We made many a time traveler and Doctor Who joke.

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I joked that with Quinn gone I would finally have some time to work on things like my blog, my lines for Mousetrap (February 25-27th in the Black Box theater in Bell Center), edit my book, and write Quinn a one act play for his directing class…but man, it’s hard to be productive when friends and family are so much fun.

I have spent many a day at coffee shops sitting with my laptop writing though. I put in my headphones, listen to the Twenty One Pilots Blurryface album on repeat, drink coffee, and generally feel very connected to my introverted and creative sides.

By the way, Black Dog coffee shop in Lenexa (20 minutes from MNU) will let you purchase a “bottomless coffee” for around $4 which allows for unlimited refills on their brew coffee while you’re in the shop. This is very important know if you decide to spend eight hours editing your book and talking to cool people like Josh who show up to keep you from going insane.

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My Christmas was awesome. My Grandparents came up for about a week. It was wonderful to get to just sit around the house and enjoy being with family. My mom and I got to take fun Christmas pictures together and it was just generally very relaxing and fun.

I very much needed a holiday. It was also great to get to go to my home church for Christmas Eve service.

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It snowed a bit after Christmas here in Olathe. I then just got to sit around with my puppy, read mystery novels, and drink tea and dairy free hot chocolate. Life is good. I very much needed a break.

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Olathe is still snowy but we go about our regular business. I’m setting up a bunch of plans to hang out with old High School friends as well as MNU friends who live in town.

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Enjoy break cool cats.

 

Renee DeVault

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November 30, 2015

Thanksgiving in Texas

November 30, 2015 | By | No Comments

For Thanksgiving break I went with Quinn, my mom, my dad, and my brother to Houston, Texas to visit my family.

I thought I would share some of my pictures from the trip :)

We left right after classes on Tuesday and spent almost fifteen hours in the car over the course of two days

We left right after classes on Tuesday and spent almost fifteen hours in the car over the course of two days

Quinn, my mom, and my brother at a Jack in the Box somewhere southern

Quinn, my mom, and my brother at a Jack in the Box somewhere southern

Driving through Dallas was absolutely gorgeous

Driving through Dallas was absolutely gorgeous

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My cousin Blair and I set the tables for the big meal on Thursday

My cousin Blair and I set the tables for the big meal on Thursday

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This little girl kept me company for most of Thursday. She's so adorable!

This little girl kept me company for most of Thursday. She’s so adorable!

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Friday we went to a University of Houston football game. I know nothing about sports but Quinn and I managed to have fun. It was just great to hang out with family.

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We drove home Saturday and Sunday.

It was great to see family that I hadn’t seen in a while. I decided also to thank God for three main things this year.

  1. For my Family. They have supported me through all of my crazy endeavors and they love me. I know that means a lot.
  2. For my Friends. Coming back to MNU and seeing them again after being away for a while really made me realize how much I have come to love them and depend on them as an everyday part of my life.
  3. For MNU. That sounds cheesy, but hearing about other colleges from my cousins and going to a big school for a football game made me realize how well suited MNU is for me. My professors really care about me and I really care about them. I’ve been given so many opportunities that I wouldn’t have gotten at a big state school. I am very thankful for being here.

A little over two weeks are left in my first semester of college. I am both relieved and a little saddened. I will miss this semester greatly.

Lynsie Petersen

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November 25, 2015

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

November 25, 2015 | By | No Comments

My all-time favorite Thanksgiving themed “movie” is “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”, and it has been for as long as I can remember. The message is just important to me now as it was when I was a little girl: No matter the circumstances, you should always remember to give thanks for what you do have.

Barely 2 minutes into the short film, Charlie Brown’s little sister Sally says the following: “Why should I give thanks on Thanksgiving? What do I have to be thankful for? All it does is make more work for us at school.” and then complains about an essay her teacher asked her to write.

How often do we complain about the little things in life? Or do we question what we have to be thankful for? As Americans, we tend to take things for granted? Like the fact that we live in America and have the freedoms we do.

My mom is in the Air Force and has been deployed twice. My dad was a Marine as well. I’m definitely not the biggest fan of the US government because of this, but I’m still thankful I live in this country and that my parents are willing to give up their lives if needed to protect our country.

I’m just as guilty of the next person for taking the obvious things for granted. The air I breathe, the fact that I have a home and loving parents and (sometimes annoying) siblings, and that I go to college, or that I’m allowed to be writing this blog post. These things seem to be the things I’m supposed to have, but so many people don’t. And that’s why we should be grateful.

I'm thankful for my family, my pets, and the privilege to celebrate Christmas openly.

I’m thankful for my family, my pets, and the privilege to celebrate Christmas openly.

Towards the end of “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”, around the 17 minute mark, Peppermint Patty begins complaining that Snoopy and Charlie Brown are serving toast, popcorn, gummy worms, and pretzel sticks for Thanksgiving dinner, more specifically, the Thanksgiving dinner that Peppermint Patty invited herself and two friends to, last minute nonetheless. “Where’s the turkey, Chuck? Don’t you know anything about Thanksgiving dinner? Where’s the mashed potatoes? Where’s the cranberry sauce? Where’s the pumpkin pie?” Next, Marcy reminds Patty that she invited herself over, thus she should be thankful there’s any food at all.

That’s another thing I take for granted, having food every day, multiple times a day. I do complain about Campus Center, but at least we have Campus Center. It may not be Chick-fil-a or Chipotle, but at least a source of daily nourishment is offered. When I go home for the weekends (which I’m blessed with the ability to do), there’s always food in the cupboard and fridge, and a good chunk of America doesn’t have that luxury.

The “movie” rounds out with Charlie Brown’s grandmother doing what any grandma does: invites the unfed friends of Charlie and Sally to Thanksgiving at her condominium. Snoopy and Woodstock share their Thanksgiving meal and all is well.

I'm also thankful for my decor-crazed mother and brother. Our yard looks awesome!

I’m also thankful for my decor-crazed mother and brother. Our yard looks awesome!

So take a minute and be thankful for what you have because it could all be ripped away from you in a flash of an eye. And if the opportunity arises, be like Charlie Brown’s grandmother and invite someone over for your Thanksgiving feast. They may need it more than you think.

What are you thankful for? Comment below and let’s all share in the blessings! :)

Hailey Kendrick

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November 24, 2015

What Thanksgiving means to me

November 24, 2015 | By | No Comments

After working retail most of my adolescent life, I talk about what Thanksgiving has meant to me and what I’m truly thankful for this year; while challenging you all to count your blessings, as we come upon the holiday season.

Div Tosinglo

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November 12, 2015

COLLEGE IS NOT MY HOME

November 12, 2015 | By | No Comments

College is fun. College is hard. College is independent. College sometimes feels lonely. College is change. But one of the thing I didn’t realize college became for me until recently was home.

I was on my annual walk, which is a day I set once a year to go on a walk. I really hate walking hence why I only do it once a year. I rather sit through a weekend long marathon of Pretty Little Liars than to get up and go on a walk. But I digress from my point. I was on my walk through the campus mall when it hit me that this place was my home.

Remember when you were a kid and you moved into a new house? That house was a house until you were convinced it could become a home. Because in a home you could be vulnerable, silly, but most importantly you could be yourself. I think coming into college your heart already has a home and the address isn’t 2030 E college Way.

I don’t blame your heart for not calling this home right away. But just like that house you moved into waited so will college. College will wait for you to lower your guard and make some pretty awesome friends. College will wait for you to allow yourself to join a welcoming community of believers who will love on, and will always be there to hear you out.

Home is assurance that no matter how your day may end up you’ll always have a place and people to come home to. Come home to vent, pray, laugh, cry, and even Netflix binge with. College needs to become home for you. And I hope and pray it does, friend.

Katie Linsey

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November 11, 2015

10 Things That Change After Freshman Year

November 11, 2015 | By | No Comments

This is my second year at MNU, and although I’m going to the same school and studying the same thing, it seems vastly different from my freshman year. There are quite a few things that have changed, small and big. Here’s my personal list of things that have changed since freshman year. I hope this can apply to other students besides myself. :)

1. The amount of times you eat at Campus Center

It’s not necessarily that I eat out more, but I get real tired of the having the same thing for dinner every day. Maybe that’s my fault for being picky about what I put into my body. All I can say is I’m real thankful for the stacks of soup and protein bars in my suite.

2. The amount of studying you do

I study a lot more than I did my freshman year. It’s quite ridiculous, actually. It was easy to get away with cramming the night before and pretending I knew what I was writing about in essays last year, but not this year. Not at all. As I’m getting into upper level classes, I’m having to put a lot more effort into my assignments, tests, and projects.

3. Your relationships

So many of my relationships have changed this year… including with friends, family, and faculty. I’ve lost and gained friends this year, but the friendships I’m investing in this year have a more real sense of permanence than last year. Freshman year, it’s easy to befriend everyone and go on coffee dates with many people, but after that, there comes a point when you don’t have time for everyone you’ve befriended. Following that realization is a choice to invest in people that will become your closest friends. My relationship with my parents has also changed as I become one step closer to entering the “adult world.” I rely on them a lot more to get me on my feet and teach my practical things. I also appreciate their presence in my life a lot more than I did freshman year. My relationships with faculty have become more deep and meaningful, as I’m beginning to have the same professors for multiple classes. It’s incredible to realize how much my professors really care about me beyond my abilities in their particular class. It’s been fun getting to know them personally and continuing to learn from them.

4. Dorm life

Freshman year dorm life is an amazing thing, but it doesn’t last forever. I don’t think I have the energy to live in the freshman dorm for all of my college career. After freshman year, dorm life becomes a lot more chill (at least in Spindle). People have so much going on that it’s harder to just pop into someone’s dorm and hang out for hours. Everything has to be planned, it seems like.

5. The amount of time it takes you to get ready in the morning 

Last year, I tried a lot harder than I do this year. It was probably because I was new to the community and cared what people thought. This year, however, I care very little about what people think about my appearance. And even if I did care, I definitely care about an extra 30 minutes of sleep more. Less make-up, less nice clothes, and less heat on my hair… that’s how it goes.

6. The amount of fruit you steal from Campus Center

Like I said, Campus Center doesn’t see me quite as much as it did last year. Because of that, the amount of fruit I steal has to increase so that I have an apple to eat every day (and a banana in case I want to mix it up). Remember, folks: The bigger the backpack or the coat, the more fruit for your room.

7. Your wardrobe

This goes along with taking less time to get ready in the morning. The amount of crewneck sweatshirts has increased and the amount of jewelry has decreased. It’s all about the fuzzy socks and the baggy sweatshirts.

8. The amount of times you walk to class

Campus Security has been sure to teach me which parking lots I can’t park in, unfortunately, since I was never taught that in Freshman Seminar. It’s all about finding the parking lot that’s closest to your class and leaving 5 minutes before it starts, right?

9. You don’t have time for every single event on campus

I have gone to significantly less ASG and sporting events compared to freshman year, but that’s not because I don’t want to go. It’s because I don’t have enough time in my life to do everything. There’s always something going on, and that’s great, but it’s not gonna happen every time. And that’s okay.

10. The amount of times you check how many Spiritual Formation credits you have

It’s not that I don’t love chapel, it’s that I have 37 assignments due tomorrow and that extra hour in the morning would be really handy. As long as I get exactly 40 points, it’ll all be okay.

So… there you have it. 10 things that have changed since freshman year. Although there are a lot of changes with sophomore year, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I’ve had a pretty good school year so far.

Thanks for reading!

-KT

 

Div Tosinglo

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October 22, 2015

SO MUCH HAS CHANGED SINCE I’VE BEEN HOME.

October 22, 2015 | By | No Comments

I still remember the day I left for college. My mom kissed me and told me to not constantly call her (I think she was kidding.) My father who had already prayed for me at least six times in the past five minutes asked if we had prayed yet. I got in the car with my roommate and started our voyage to college. The further we drove the smaller everything got until it was all gone. But what my little enthusiastic freshman mind didn’t know yet was that things were never going to be the same. 

Its mid-term now and most of you guys have already gone home at least one time. How was it? Was everything just the way you left it? The relationships you knew about? The relationships you had with others? Did people still look at you the same way? Did you still look at people and things the same way?

One of the toughest things about college is going home to change. To new realities that you weren’t accustomed to, or ever imagined you would have to become accustom to. One of our biggest addictions as humans is consistency, but if you been alive for more than five seconds you know life doesn’t always cater to our comforts.

I know this is a little foolish, but I carried this belief that life at home would stay constant to the way I left it, but that’s not the case life goes on for the people we leave at home just as it goes on for us here in college. They’re faced with their own adversities just like we are here. Their life plans changes just like ours do sometimes. 

How do you deal with changes that you weren’t even aware were happening? Do you just accept it? Do you choose to ignore it? Do you fight it?

I believe change sometimes affects us a lot more than we think, and unless we allow ourselves to fully take in this new-found change, we’ll never be able to really move on. We must let our mind come to first understand what this means for us, and how this may drastically change the dynamic of things. Then we must fight for contentment and peace. Come to terms with it. (At your pace of course)

College won’t let you stay here without provoking some idea of growth. Throughout all of your life you’ve been experiencing change. Maybe you have a healthy way of responding to it, and maybe you don’t. Maybe change has never been a good thing for you, which always resulted to unhealthy responses. But you’re now in college. You’re in a new stage in your life with an opportunity to do things differently. To do things better. To grow, will you?

 

Mackenzie Theiler

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October 18, 2015

▿ Recognize the Good in Your Life ▿

October 18, 2015 | By | No Comments

#GRATITUDE

“God blesses you to become a blessing. When he gives you a gift, it is because he trusts you with it. He hopes you turn around and do something powerful with it.”  

                                                       – Anonymous

   Throughout life God blesses us. These blessings are gifts. These gifts can be a wide variety of many things, from a challenge we have to overcome, learn from, start over, accept, appreciate, be thankful for, etc. He gives us these gifts to help make us into the person we are today. He would not bless us, if he was unsure we could handle them. A lot of us have dealt with some type of challenge or challenges, that we either had to overcome, learn from, start over, or accept. I know I have. This is why I am, who I am today. Does he still challenge me? Yes, I am not perfect . . . I am always changing and bettering myself to become the powerful blessing he created me to become.

   Choosing a difficult major and a collegiate athlete, let alone, is a lot of time, effort, and hard work. Trying to juggle that, with a social life, family, and friendships, is a lot to take on! With last week and this week, there has been so much that has gone on. Since, I have arrived at MNU, I feel as though God has been challenging me. To see if I am capable of over coming the obstacles he has placed in front of me.

   For those of you who haven’t started college, in college, or even out of college, we are already half way through the semester. God has thrown a lot at me, just in these last few weeks. This is about the time when students start getting sick (strep throat) and tired (late nights studying) because classes have started to pick up with exams, homework, projects, etc. Besides school life, to be a top athlete you always have to be preforming at your highest level every practice. Being so far away from home, students start to get home sick. Realizing you cannot talk to your friends every day or plan a get away weekend, just to relax. Students may start to feel overwhelmed and feel as though there is to much to do and not enough time, in the day, to do it all. This is what people experience in everyday life. A coach told me, “Life keeps going. It does not care about your feelings or what is going on in your life. Deal with life as it comes at you, and no matter what, you, keep going.” 

   What God has taught me to overcome from these last few weeks is how to time manage, stay disciplined with my life, and focus on what it is that I want to accomplish.

   As we make our way through this hectic, fun, adventurous, stressful, tiring, vivacious, and energetic life . . . maybe, currently dealing with a challenge God has placed in front of you, know that you are not alone. Be thankful for the opportunities he has blessed us with. If it is rough, it too shall pass . . . and . . . if it is gratifying, enjoy every moment of it.


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Isaac Walker

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October 9, 2015

5 Signs You Transferred From A Community College

October 9, 2015 | By | No Comments

Hey friends!

Being a transfer student gives me a whole new perspective on things, here at MNU.  I’m a new student, but at the same time I have been in college for two years!  Here are just a few things I have noticed about being a transfer student from a community college.

 

  1. You walk around with your headphones in all the time.

People at community college aren’t the most social.  Almost everyone there walks around with headphones in and alone.  It’s almost a social taboo to have a conversation with someone else in the hall.

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2.   You do not mind eating alone in the cafeteria.

It is an everyday, normal thing to eat alone at community college.  It isn’t the easiest place to make friends honestly.  It also doesn’t help when everyone looks like they want to eat alone too.

3.    You are not use to paying this much for college…

Community college is significantly less compared to every other college really.  I wont give you the exact numbers I had to pay, but I will say I did not have to take out a loan for community college…I am not use to having no money!

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4.    You don’t mind having to walk everywhere.

When attending community college, I had to drive 25 minutes from my house to school everyday.  Once there, I would have to park extremely far away from the actual campus because it is so large.  So now, even walking from Colony to Dobson isn’t that bad!

5.    Not knowing what year you actually are.

I get asked all the time what year I am and I never know how to answer.  I give a different answer every single time I’m asked.   I am as old as a junior, I am on the first year class list, and I voted for homecoming as a sophomore.  So that is how I answer that question now.

6. (Bonus)     Living with your best friends is an amazing thing!

I am extremely lucky that some of the best people I know live here and go to school here!  While I was going to community college, I still lived at home.  Now that was not necessarily a bad thing, I would much have rather lived on campus with all my friends!

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To sum up, I love it here and there is no place I’d rather be!

Until next time friends.