Hey friends! I have a new obsession that I know is going to pass quickly. It is the new app called Face Swap. It’s an app that does exactly what it says it does. I love it so much! Here are a few pics I took.
This is the first face swap I took. Didn’t turn out too well.
Here is another one of Phil and I. This is a pretty good one.
Krystiana decided to get in on the swap. This one is great! 😂
This is mostly because I am now a part of four shows at MNU and all four were a part of my week this week.
I am super excited for Mousetrap! It is a show written by one of my favorite authors, Agatha Christie. It’s a murder mystery set in post WWII era London. I play Mollie who owns a guest house with her husband, Giles. The play begins with the opening of their guest house and as the play continues the audience sees how the young couple’s big plans are kind of interrupted by a murder investigation.
It’s an eight person cast which is incredibly fun because we get to know each other but it’s also incredibly difficult because we’re almost all on stage all the time. That means we have to be on our game and completely in control for the whole show.
Some other fun aspects are that Quinn is playing Giles so we get to be a couple on stage. It certainly makes stage kisses less awkward
I also get to talk in a British Accent which has been very difficult but I think I’m getting the hang of it. I’ve never had to do an accent for so long so it’s a nice personal challenge.
The show is going to be February 25th through 28th and tickets can be bought online. It would be a great show to go to if you want to have date night, or friend date night, girls night out, or just if you want to pretend to be Sherlock Holmes for a while and try to figure out “who done it.”
Enjoy some pictures that our director, Heather, took without us really realizing what she was doing.
2. Action Pact Improv Team/ The Complete History of the Old Testament in 20 Minutes
I have combined these two because they’re pretty much the same thing but also completely not. I am on Action Pact, MNU’s improv team that does improvised shows on campus but I am also on the travel team which does scripted shows as well as improv at churches in the area.
Thursday, we had an improv show on campus, which was incredibly fun. We tried Smith 200 as our venue that evening and it was great to have a larger stage.
Improv can really take you anywhere. At one point I was a chicken, another time I was a drunk alien, and of course, miming that I was giving a bath to Justin Bieber’s Demon pet dog was fun.
This is Elisa and Quinn doing a scene together. I honestly do not remember what it was about but this picture says a thousand words about the silliness that happens whenever our improv team gets together.
We also like going out together after shows with any audience members willing to put up with us for any length of time.
The improvised aspects of Action Pact are incredibly fun. The travel team is also fun, but it’s in a completely different ballgame.
This last Sunday night the travel team hoped in a giant white van and rolled down to Pleasanton, Missouri, a very pleasant town about an hour from MNU.
We enjoy singing to the radio loudly on the way to the churches as well as making decisions such as what games we’re going to play (if we need to play games), and where to stop for coffee so we don’t collapse from exhaustion before getting up to perform.
We performed in two services for the church we went to. The first service was in their main sanctuary where we performed “The Complete History of the Old Testament in 20 Minutes” which is an incredibly fun show.
There’s like a hundred characters so the six of us play multiple roles. I narrate a large portion of the show but also get to play fun characters such as Potiphar’s Wife and Delilah (yes, the team makes many jokes about that).
After we performed the show we played an improv game for the congregation and talked a little bit about what God is doing in each of our lives and on the MNU campus.
Their “Youth” service ended up being the youth plus the majority of their adults because so many members of their church wanted to see us do more improv. We played about four games with them and had a giant pizza and dessert party.
It’s great to fellowship with so many different people from different churches and share a little bit of joy with them. I never thought about theater as fitting so well into church until joining this team. It has certainly been an incredible experience.
3. Student Directed One Acts (It’s All About Lewis and Any Body for Tea)
Auditions for Student Directed One Acts were on Friday and the cast list came up on Monday.
Basically there are six students who are taking the “Directing and Play Productions” class that MNU offers so each of these six students are directing a one act play. All six plays will be performed in a huge festival that anybody can attend on March 31st and again on April 1st.
Since Quinn recently switched his major to be a Speech and Theater Education major, he is taking the class. I enjoy writing. Quinn needed a funny one act. It was a match made in heaven.
Over winter break I adapted a mini series that I had written into a one act play. I never really expected for the story to see the light of day so I was incredibly excited for the opportunity to get it up on its feet and in front of people.
It’s called “It’s All About Lewis” and it’s a comedy about a talk show host named Lewis Daily and the dysfunctional relationship he has with his show’s producer, Debora.
It was awesome to watch people audition for this show and see my script come to life. I can’t help but think what an incredible opportunity it is to get a little more exposure for my writing.
I auditioned for all of the one act plays and actually got cast surprisingly as Debora. It’s going to be an interesting challenge playing a character that I created. I also got cast in Elisa’s one act which is about a houseful of old women who begin killing each other off in order to get visited by the cute homicide detective who lives next door.
Both shows are going to be incredibly fun.
Auditions were awesome too. It was a whole bunch of cold readings and I got to play about a dozen different characters and watch others do the same. It was probably the most fun experience I have ever had at auditions.
Here are some guys who were giddy and running around being silly at Bell after auditions.
It’s going to be an awesome semester for theatre at MidAmerica.
I just enjoy the opportunity to be able to serve God through my love of theatre as well as build some great relationships with people from all different walks of life and who are studying in all sorts of different areas. Theatre brings people together and when we get together in joy to celebrate God and the opportunities he’s given us, we bring people joy and show off his amazing creativity.
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!
Last week it dawned on me that my vocabulary has recently expanded. Upon coming to college, there are several new terms that I’ve had to learn and use in my every day vocabulary. I wanted to share those with you all in hopes that you don’t have to stare blankly back at those would use them on you in your years to come.
Love Language: This is the verbal and nonverbal communication between you and your significant other in which you express how you feel. I’d never heard anyone say this until this year…and now everyone does. The hard part is everyone has a different way of expressing that they love you. For some it’s time, others it’s gifts…so on and so forth.
Final Exam Schedule: You actually have a set schedule for when you take each final AND this is decided by the university AND it’s probably not the normal class time.This is new to highschoolers. When finals come, there will be a totally different schedule for when you’re allowed to take them.
Chapel Points: Spiritual formation credits that you have to complete. You must have 40 points each semester. Period.
Mark Hamilton is my academic advisor.
Academic Advisor: This is basically your new best friend. Get to know them so they can best help you in your academic needs. This is the person in charge of your major and you will meet with each other to help plan your schedule.
Kingdom Come: Once a month, on a Tuesday, there is another chapel opportunity. It’s a late night chapel service that serves as a communion service for anyone and everyone. It can be more hype than regular chapel and is a blast to attend.
No, but really?
Twirp: Whaaaaaat? This is the girls-ask-the-guys out dance. That’s right ladies, go get your men!
Legends Village West: If you’re from the area, then you know. If you’re not from here, you might be confused. Legends is the outdoor mall in Kansas City. I worked there for 3-4 years…so don’t expect parking on weekends. It’s fun and has lots of things to do!
Registrar: These are the college officials that are responsible for your schedule. Their office is located in Lunn (then take a right).
CLEP Tests: It’s this magical thing where if you’re smart, have an extra $100, you can pay to take a test. If you obtain a certain grade, then BANG, you get the credit for that course and DO NOT need to actually take the course. Magic.
Liz Lemon is a pretty strange woman from the hit TV series 30 Rock. I think that she perfectly and strangely captures the college experience here at MNU. I am sure that everyone here has experienced at least one of these Liz Lemon moments.
When you can’t figure out how to hook up the cable in your dorm room.
2. When you are looking forward to Glow With The Flow at the end of next semester because you know this year is going to wreck you.
3. When you walk into Campus Center the first time and and realize it is a buffet…
4. When you stay in your dorm instead of going out with your friends to do “homework”.
5. When you are trying to look on the bright side of things when school is trying to bring you down.
6. When you make new goals at the start of every semester to try and make better grades.
7. When you leave Kingdom Come feeling extra #blessed.
8. When you are in your dorm at night and see on Snapchat your friends are hanging out with out you.
9. When it is time to graduate and get your life together.
10. But then you realize you still don’t know what you want to do with your life…
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.
Time to schedule classes for next semester… already! Upon planning my new schedule, I realized a typical college daily routine will change semester to semester. So I wanted to illustrate to you all what your schedule MIGHT consist of going day to day. (Now let’s remember that I’m taking 16 credit hours and working full time. This might not be what YOU end up doing.)
I wake up around 7:30am, as a commuter I leave at 8:20am for my 9am class. Depending on the day, I might eat breakfast, spend a solid amount of time looking through news articles on my phone, and maybe print out a last minute assignment before driving to good Ole Olathe; all the while singing in my car.
On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I have public speaking at 9am, followed by freshman seminar at 10am (which is now over), then old testament at 11am, followed by my lunch break. Most of the time I will go buy an over priced salad from Dewey’s Cafe (inside the library) and eat while I study. Finally, I arrive to composition 1 in a food coma at 1pm. Tuesday and Thursday I have introduction to human communications at 12:15pm and digital media following that. BUT! We can’t forget chapel on those mornings as well. This semester I had 16 credit hours (which is how many you really need to take to graduate in four years, most of the time.)
Afternoons: 99.8% of the time, I have work at 2:30pm. This means I leave comp 1, head straight to my car, and go to work until close. I’ll study during my lunch break typically; and if I don’t have work, I’ll go home and write/edit this vlogs/blogs for you all.
Evenings: During the eventful weeks of the Trailblazer, I’ll spend my evenings in Dobson’s computer lab working on the layout. The evening is the typically study time for me and when I prepare my work for the next days classes.
Photo credits to Buzzfeed.
If I closed at work, I’ll get home around 9:30pm. I will probably eat, shower, and simply watch Netflix. Not much homework gets done on the evenings that I close…I’ll be honest.
Semesters to come…I’m the Full Time Assistant at work now! That’s right guys, I officially got promoted yesterday. I tried to make my schedule more accommodating for that. MWF I’ll only have one class and they’re at 6pm. Tues-Thurs, I’ll go to class (and chapel) from 8-1 and then I’m home free! I’ll take 1 online class, but still maintain my 16 credit hours.
Being a smaller university it is important to note that we only have X-amount of opportunities to take each class. It’s typically only going to be offered a few times; especially when you get into the upper level classes of your major. For me, this means taking summer classes, and working split shifts at my job, and working hours in a sorta-kinda flexible schedule with it all together. It is totally possible to get in the classes you need, but you need to be determined.
On a side note, this past weekend the ROYALS became WORLD CHAMPS, it was HALLOWEEN, and I had the weekend OFF! So I combined a series of Snapchat stories to give the opportunity of showing the best 10 second moments throughout the weekend…and I’ll post it later tonight!
Hey guys! I hope everyone passed midterms! It’s another week down, and this week I’m skipping the video entry to write out my thoughts for y’all! Whaaaaaat
So college has been one heck of an adventure so far and we’re only three months in. I wanted to provide future, and current students, with some helpful advice -academic and otherwise- that will help you get through your first year and years to come. So without further ado, here are some lessons that might last a lifetime.
Create new networks! Make connections with friends, reach out to new people…don’t be afraid! By doing this you can meet so many new people and also build excellent mentors for your professional life.
Figure out if you like coffee; and if you do, get GOOD at making it!
Understand that you can take action! Want to make a new club? Want to improve your school or community? You, as a young adult, have that power; take it and run with it.
Take advantage of your professors extra credit assignments and make appointments with them when you have questions. This could make or break your GPA.
Just because you can skip class and get your notes online, doesn’t mean that you should. (Personally, I broke down how much I’m paying -about $36 per class, per day- who wants to lose that money?)
Get involved. Get an internship. Get a job. Require as much experience as you can in what you want to do to benefit your future.
Highlighters and index cards are your new best friends.
Straight A’s aren’t what is most important. Remember my last vlog? I mentioned that you’re in college to earn an education for you, not an A for your professor.
Find a work-life balance. It is NOT easy, but it is important.
Accept the fact that your student ID photo is going to be awful. Join the club, buddy.
Who’s your academic advisor? Figure that out, quickly.
Find the best place for you to study. Set yourself up for success, not failure. My place is upstairs in the library. It’s quiet and allows me to focus.
Learn how to do your own laundry. Nobody wants the “Mom, what’s the difference between darks and whites?” phone call.
Know the dining hall hours like the back of your hand. Let’s be honest, we all love food.
Call your parents, often. This will help prevent homesickness and more importantly, that relationship is changing, you need to work hard at maintaining it and all it’s new glory.
You can eat whatever you want now! But it doesn’t mean you should have ice cream for breakfast.
Be studious… and then be spontaneous.
Purchase a decent hard drive. Save your files often, and ALWAYS double save your papers/projects.
As important as going home is and maintaining ties with people you love, don’t let that stop you from building new relationships on campus every now and then.
Expect to grow and change. I promise it’s okay. Scary, but okay.
Hey friend! So I have a feeling that most of you have the app Snapchat or even heard about it if you don’t have the app on your phone. It’s a great way to communicate and keep up with people that is fun and creative. But I think it’s safe to say that my best friend Chelsea is a Snapchat master. She has conquered the art of Snapchat. Chelsea can take a selfie and turn it into something beautiful. Here are a few examples!
Here she is the infamous Queen of Hearts from the live adaptation version of Disney’s Alice In Wonderland.
Going along with the Wonderland theme, here is Chelsea as the lovely Alice.
Feeling the colorful breeze as Pocahontas.
Who doesn’t want to be a wizard?!
A shout out to any Twentyone Pilots fans out there.
Any soul who follows Chelsea on Snapchat isn’t poor and unfortunate!
Here she is as the baddest Disney Villan there ever was.
This is literally my favorite one she has ever made.
And if you’re lucky, she may even let you be her work of art.
As you can see, Snapchat is what you make it. It can be a great way to keep up with people you don’t get to see often, but it can also be your canvas, allowing you to be a creative master mind.