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Katie Linsey

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October 30, 2014

Homecoming Week

October 30, 2014 | By | No Comments

Homecoming week was full of fun, excitement, and adventure! Watch this video to see many of the events that took place. (Stick around until the end for a message from a few of our past bloggers, Joey and Mario.)

Enjoy!

-KT

Haley Raydo

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October 27, 2014

Life Update: Homecoming & A Thought on Hope

October 27, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

Hello friends!

So, homecoming week has come and gone… and let me just say it was a blast! SO many fun memories were made; ASG did a fantastic job! Also I have a random thought I have been thinking about this last week.  Although it was nice to have a bit of distraction from some of the struggles of life with all the fun events of Homecoming week… I have in the last few weeks been a little down…. But don’t worry there is HOPE!  I have a quick thought I would like to share on that in a bit… but here are some pictures of a FANTASTIC Homecoming week!

We had a movie night, a hoedown, a homecoming dance, and a football game where we BEAT BAKER (if you aren’t a Pioneer you may not understand but that is a big deal around here!).

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(Yes I wore my Royals jersey over my dress… I am that dedicated).

All that to say it was a crazy and busy week let me tell you!

Now thats homecoming, let me give you just a quick thought of the day and then I’m done rambling.

I have really been reading and thinking a lot about hope the last few weeks.  For many reasons I have been kind of in the dumps with some personal issues but mostly with the uncertainty of life and exactly my calling.  Whether you’re a Christian or not we all go through these times.  And these are times that help you grow.  But beyond all that I have been realizing there is hope.  Some lyrics from a song, Anchor, by Hillsong go like this:

There is hope in the promise of the cross, You gave everything to save the one you love, and that hope is an anchor for my soul, my God will stand unshakeable!

Man I love that! It gives me the chills! I think when I am sad or overwhelmed sometimes I think God is surprised or He can’t handle it.  But He is UNSHAKEABLE.  And because of His promise of love on the cross, we can have hope!  Hope that there is a God who is constant, who loves and cares, and who wants what is best for us.  When everything around us seems chaotic or maybe there is a lot of hurt… remember these song lyrics! I think if we can have hope in Christ (who He is and what He has done) which coincides with trust, we can be more diligent in being patient through the trials and the pain.  Just wait and see what God will do when you regain a piece of hope in Him.

What that has to do with Homecoming, or what Homecoming has to do with Hope?  No one will ever know.  It has just been my life the last week though :)

Anyways..

Thanks for stopping by

Haley

Aaron Merrell

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October 26, 2014

Good Nights

October 26, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hey everyone!

 

Hope you had a stellar week! I’ve been helping out with a few of the homecoming events, which has been SO much fun.  A lot of the events, and this evening, got me thinking about the fact that everything fun seems to happen at night: most of this week’s events, stargazing with awesome friends tonight, city events like the plaza lights. I could go on and on.

 

I have a mindset that business gets done during the day, and all the fun happens in the evening/at night.  Maybe I shouldn’t feel that way, and there is a lot of fun to be had during the day, but I am at my happiest at night-time.  Something about the darkness, or maybe it’s the stress of the day coming to an end, brings conversations, jokes, and just being with people to a different level.  Some people get crazy as they get tired, others grumpy, and still others just laugh, but it is so much easier to get to know people as the day comes to a close, though perhaps we feel this way because we can dwell on these things as we sleep afterward?

 

I’m not sure what brought this up, but I’ve been thinking a lot about it recently.  It seems like ties are made and severed after nightfall: making new friends, maybe losing some that made you emotionally unhealthy.  But, sometimes it’s just trying to figure out what’s still open late in Olathe, and packing up the car to head to McDonald’s or Waffle House, or just to drive because it’s free (kinda).

 

These experiences are something you can’t get back, hours well spent, so I encourage you to stay up late once in a while, study all day so you can stay up late, and just be with people.

 

That’s all I’ve got for this week, I hope you all are blessed as you live your lives this week, and I’ll see you soon!

-Aaron

 

Samantha Moore

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October 21, 2014

HOMECOMING WEEK PEOPLE!

October 21, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hey guys,

trying something new with a video this week! Hope to do more of these! I am currently studying for my Human Resource test I have on Friday of Homecoming week and my birthday week.. be praying! It is such a fun and crazy week I have in front of me but it will be a fun one.

As always comment and I would love to chat with you!

Mariah McCommon

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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!

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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.

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*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!

Aaron Merrell

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October 19, 2014

Road Trip!

October 19, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hey guys!

Sorry this is coming at you a day late, but I hope everyone is having a great weekend- it’s the last day of fall break for MNU students and I’ve had a great time.
School breaks or even weekends can be a great time to get to know some friends better- by having them come to your hometown or you going to theirs.  It’s so fun to see all of the places in their hometown your friends talk about, meet their family and friends from back home, and get a home cooked (free and delicious) meal!
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Having friends over to see my house when we need a break from the non-stop busyness of the campus is a great time to connect with them, but going out of town to someone else’s house is amazing, and that’s what I’ve been doing this weekend.
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This weekend, my friends Rico, Taylor and I all packed up into Grace’s car and headed to Carthage, Missouri for their annual Maple Leaf Festival.
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We got to have fun with her family, eat smoked ribs and chicken, stay up late and watch movies, and even go to a haunted house in Joplin, Missouri. The Maple Leaf events were exciting as well- we saw an almost three hour parade featuring some great marching bands, saw a band festival/competition, and got to do some great people watching.
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We’re on our way back to campus today feeling refreshed and ready to take on the rest of the semester, ready to see all of our other friends, and ready to talk to them about their fall breaks and ours.
I hope you have an amazing week, and I’ll see you this weekend!
Aaron
Samantha Moore

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October 15, 2014

Shout outs to my homies!

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This week is all about the shout outs to some of my favorite people on and off campus! You meet so many people during your four years at MNU you could practically fill up a book of yellow pages! That is what makes MNU so amazing, is all the people you meet along the journey. So this week I dedicated to a few special people!

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These girls mean a lot to me! They understand me and have been there for me since the very beginning when we all found out we got elected as executive members for Assocaited Student Government! Presley, Alyssa, Kristi, Lauren and Kylen (starting from the left).They encourage me to keep going even when times are frustrating. Thanks for the support girls! #girlsruleboysdrool

becca senior

This is Becca. If you have guys read my last blog you would remember that she has been one of my best friends since Freshman year and last year we lived together. Well her senior night was last night and it was amazing. They beat Benediction in a 3-0 upset. I made this collage for her from pictures since freshman year of us at her games. She is a great volleyball player and a great friend!

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A few weekends ago some of my friends and me went to the lake to help celebrate my friend Nancy who was getting married. It was such a fun and relaxing weekend. This is Bre, she graduated from MNU with a nursing degree and her husband Rustin also graduated from MNU and played basketball. She is such a sweet girl and we had a blast at the Lake of the Ozarks.

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This is Kristi. She is on ASG and her role is Director of Pioneer Spirit, which means she gets people pumped about the upcoming games that are happening. This was from our first football game when ASG put on a tailgate. The team won and we had a great turn out at the event. She is a great planner and a even greater friend. She also happens to be hilarious! This is someone you want to get to know if you do not already know her.

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These are my awesome parents. This picture is from this summer when we went on a family vacation to Colorado. These two people mean the world to me and so I felt a shout out was in order. They support me and love me no matter what and push me to be a better person. They are always showing up for me and make me want to strive to be a better person. Plus my dad loves watching sporting events so we are buds when it comes to going to different games whether it be a MNU game or the Royals.

Ramsey 3My last shout out goes to my roommates in Ramsey 3! Four of them play soccer. This was from a soccer game they had at the beginning of school. These girls let me love life and teach me how to. They are hilarious and always know how to make me laugh. We have grown so close these first few months from school and I can not wait to see where the year takes us. Thanks for putting up with me and always making me laugh!

 

Well that is it for this week! As always, comment and I would love to chat with you about any questions you have for me! Stay awesome and stay blessed!

 

Mariah McCommon

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October 12, 2014

Philippians 4:13

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Today I’ll be talking about something very personal to me and something I don’t normally share with strangers. I’ve never posted the whole story so here it is for the first time!

This past April I was sitting in my Civil and Criminal Rights class in high school watching a movie and noticed an abnormal bump on my neck. I had never noticed it before so I went to the nurses office. She had no idea what it was but advised a visit to the doctor. Naturally, I went to the doctor and they weren’t sure either. The next step was a biopsy and if anyone has ever had one done, you feel my pain. Those suck. They stuck a needle in my neck twice (while I was awake mind you), and let me just say it was the most painful thing I’ve ever experienced physically. Lord have mercy.

So then we had to wait a week or two on results and when they finally arrived, we still didn’t have a clear answer. The results came back “suspicious” of something. Now I’m not a doctor, and I don’t even like science, but suspicious is just not a good word. After more waiting, the doctors decided it was too sketchy not to remove. I went in for my first surgery April 23, 2014. Before this, I had never had surgery or even been in a hospital bed so this was all new to me.

Going into the first surgery happier than a clam

IV’s freak me out so that was really the only downside to the whole surgery thing. All went well and a week later they called and were like, “by the way, you have thyroid cancer.” So that was a real shock to me and my family, but it was okay!! It took me about a minute to process it. Cancer doesn’t run in my family all that much and that was the confusing part. Other than that, I wasn’t worried one bit. I spent the rest of that night with my best friend as if nothing changed.

A week after the first surgery, I went in for the second one to get the rest of my thyroid removed. I kept telling myself that I was going to be okay cause I knew I was. The second round was a little tougher to recover from, but I missed two weeks of school so I mean, that’s a fair trade.

Treatment for the cancer wasn’t awful either. All I did was take a radioactive Iodine pill and stay in a hospital for a couple days because I was radioactive. How cool is that! I kept singing that song by Imagine Dragons too. When I got out of the hospital, I had to keep my distance from people so they wouldn’t be affected by my amazing radiation. Beyond that treatment, all I have to do is take a cute little pink pill before bed the rest of my life since I kinda sorta don’t have a thyroid anymore. I have a nice scar on my neck now and whenever I feel it or see it, I’m reminded of how God has worked in my life. It could’ve been a lot worse, but it wasn’t and I’m thankful. I am still here with my family and friends living a great life.!

Moral of the story, nothing is too big to handle when you have an even bigger God on your side! :)

Keep calm and stay strong friends!

Aaron Merrell

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October 11, 2014

All Eyes On You

October 11, 2014 | By | One Comment

Hope everyone had an awesome week!

This time, I’m gonna talk about something I’ve had to remember this year especially.

It is SO easy to just act however you want and act however you think will impress your friends. It’s even easier to say things behind people’s backs, or take judgmental posture, but we need to remember that people are always watching, and people are always listening. Whether you know it or not, someone may be modeling their behavior off of yours.

I’m a Freshman Seminar Mentor this year, so it’s been even more important to remember this than ever. The freshmen in my group are an awesome bunch of people and I can’t wait to continue to get to know them this year.

I’m guilty not only of being a bad example at times, but of following someone else’s bad example. We need to look at positive examples and be able to discern between positive and negative behavior. It’s great to have friends that you can laugh with, but what/who are you laughing at? It’s better to have friends you can sit down and open up with, who can make you laugh at yourself, or at their stories; these are the ones that will last a lifetime.

Even while still in high school, you can start to seek out deeper friendships with friends you already have, and you can look for new ones. It’s been hard to cut poisonous people out of my life because I genuinely cared about them, and I still do, but it’s so important to surround ourselves with people we can rely on, people who can help us tackle the hard times, and the tough questions.

That’s about all I have for this week! Thank you so much for reading, and I’ll see you next weekend!

-Aaron

Katie Linsey

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October 9, 2014

MNU is…

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This week, I went around campus asking students and faculty to describe what MNU means to them in a few words. This is what they said… Enjoy!

-KT