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February 28, 2016

Taking a break from community, but not breaking away from it.

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I love being around people. I love all the sharing that goes on. From sharing stories, frustrations, weird dreams, class discussions, passions, desires, who’s cute, who’s not, the list goes on and on. I believe community makes us better for each other. But could there also be a season of cutting back on people time, and increasing solitude time.

In the book of Ecclesiastes King Solomon has reached old age, and writes what I would call a  “this is what I’ve learned” book. His guidance sound much like one a grandfather would give his grandchildren. My favorite chapter in the book, and possibly even throughout scipture is Ecclesiastes 3:1-6

A Time for Everything

3 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

    a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

When I read this I hear Grandpa Solomon say that life is lived out through seasons. I hear him say no one season defines the entirety of your life. I hear him say all is healthy to go through if carefully balanced out.

I needed this truth as I toyed with the idea of solitude. I feared that I would come to enjoy not being around people so much that I’d never want to be social again. But this verse speaks truth to me. We live in and out of seasons. And this is my season to pull back, and find God in the solitude.

I think the comforting understanding that this new season is one God has lead me to, and when it’s time He’ll lead me out of it.

 

 

Isaac Walker

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February 27, 2016

10 Questions College Students Are Tired Of Hearing

February 27, 2016 | By | No Comments

Hey friends!

So I have been thinking lately and I have no idea what I want to do with my life.  I am majoring in sociology and I have some ideas about what I want to do, but I have not fully committed to anything.  I am only 21!  Sometimes I tell myself that I am young and I have plenty of time.  But other times I feel so old and that if I do not figure this out soon, I am going to die sad and miserable!  I was asked a few days ago what I am majoring in by an older man I had literally never spoken before.  After I told him I am majoring in Sociology, he asked me what I plan to do with that when I graduate.  I already hate it when people ask me that question, but he asked the question with a slightly condescending tone.  This leads me to the topic of this blog!  10 Questions all college students are tired of hearing.

  •  What are you studying?
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    Even ifI told you, you wouldn’t understand.

  • What do you plan on doing with that major?
  • I don't know! I still have plenty of time to figure it out.

    I don’t know! I still have plenty of time to figure it out.

  • Ready for the Real World?
  • Like this is not the real world now?

    Like this is not the real world now?

  • Are you going to get your masters degree next?
  • I still have to get through all of this first. Leave me be.

    I still have to get through all of this first. Leave me be.

  • Have you thought about going into ________ instead?
  • I picked this major for a reason.

    I picked this major for a reason.

  • Oh MNU?  Do you know _______ who goes there too?
  • There are a lot of people here. Odd are no.

    There are a lot of people here. Odds are no.

  • Are you seeing anyone?
  • Yes grandma. I'm in a committed relationship with anxiety.

    Yes grandma. I’m in a committed relationship with anxiety.

  • How do you like living on your own?
  • It has it's ups and down.

    It has it’s ups and down.

  • Have you gained the freshman 15?
  • Mind your own g dang business!

    Mind your own g dang business!

  • How are your classes going?
  • Oh ya they are so much fun and I love every second.

    Oh ya they are so much fun and I love every second.

Isaac Walker

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February 20, 2016

I Have Car Troubles Regularly

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Hey friends!  Let me just tell you a little bit of the awful time I had Thursday.  I have the worst time with cars and have car troubles regularly.  In October I wrecked my car and totaled it.  I have had multiple flat tires, ruined many break pads, and hit many, many mailboxes.

So my most recent fiasco all started last Wednesday night.  At dinner Amanda asked if she could see my phone.  She does this thing where she will ask to see something, and once the person hands it to her she immediately throws it over her shoulder.  I told her she could see it if she promises she would not do that.  She promised and then immediately threw it over her shoulder….

Well I have an awful memory and within 30 seconds forgot that even happened.  So I left campus center with out my phone.  I called security to see if they could let me in, but they were dealing with an on campus emergency and could not help me.

I woke up the next day and had plans to go to Lawrence because I do not have classes on Thursdays.  Don’t ask how I managed to do that.  I really am not entirely sure myself.  And as I mentioned earlier, I have an awful memory and realized I still did not have my phone till I was half way to Lawrence.   I spent a few hours there with my friend.  We got lunch, went to a pet store, and then to a park with some older special needs people.  It was quite the day!  Around 1:30 I decided to head back to campus to pick up my phone then go to work.  I was slightly scared to drive with out my phone because of the small chance of something happening.

Ok. So when I say "car" this is what I mean. This is the vehicle I am driving since I wrecked mine. This is my mom's stylin mini van.

Ok. So when I say “car” this is what I mean. This is the vehicle I am driving since I wrecked mine. This is my mom’s stylin mini van.

I was driving and everything was going great!  I was singing along loudly to the radio and just having a good time all by myself in the car.  Occasionally someone would pass me and give me a weird look because I full on jam out hard in the car.  Then it happened.  Right after I passed Eudora, I my car started making a strange noise.  I turned off the radio and was listening.  It was driving weird too.  My heart was racing.  Then about 30 seconds of listening, my back passenger tire literally EXPLODED!  I screamed very loudly then proceeded to pull over.  I turned on my hazards and sat there for a little bit feeling lots of emotions.  I was scared because I did not have my phone with me.  I was also very angry that I did not have my phone with me.  I was also not too surprised that this happened, because I did not have my phone with me.

This is what my tire looked like.

This is what my tire looked like.

After I collected myself, I got out to asses the damage.  As I suspected the tire full on exploded.  But it was ok!  I know how to change a a tire!  I have had to do it multiple times!  This was just the first time I was alone.  But I am a capable 21 year old college student!  I can handle myself!  Or so I thought….. I popped open the back of the car and there was not a spare.  I moved all the stuff around to see if there was a hidey hole I could open and find the tire.  But to my NOT surprise there was nothing.  I was HACKED!  So I stood there like a fool in my Birkenstocks hoping someone would pull over so I could use their phone to call someone to come and help me.  I stood there for an HOUR AND A HALF!  No one stopped to help me!  Finally a police officer pulled over.  He asked if I had a spare tire and I told him there wasn’t one in the back.  He then informed me that a lot of times, they are stored under the car.  That was news to me!  And just like he said, there it was snug under the car.  Together we got it out, switched out the tires, and I was on my way.  By now it is about 3:30.

This obviously is not me or the police officer but this completely captures the feelings I had while changing that g dang tire.

This obviously is not me or the police officer but this completely captures the feelings I had while changing that g dang tire.

I did not have time to get my phone.  I had to go straight to work.  They were not too concerned that I was late.  I was just glad they noticed!  After work, I went with my mom to get a new tire.  That took the rest of my evening.  I finally got back to my dorm at 8.  I was so tired.  I just wanted to sit and watch Netflix alone.  For the rest of my life.

But things like this are regular events for me.  So I am use to it!

Until next time friends!

Katie Linsey

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February 18, 2016

KT’s Class Life

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I’m in a lot of interesting business and marketing classes this semester, so I thought I would just briefly explain what I’m learning in all of them! I promise it’s not boring stuff. 😉

Consumer Behavior: In this marketing class, we are learning about consumer buying behavior any how that affects the way businesses should market to it’s customers. We are currently working on a project where we have to go to a store, evaluate people’s buying behaviors, and give suggestions to the company about how they can improve their marketing strategy. It’s a really interesting and challenging project… but super hands on and totally something that I’ll use in the future.

Typography & Page Design: This is my first graphic design class ever, so it’s been fun getting to learn about how to design different elements. I’ve learned way more than I ever thought I would about fonts and I love it all. We recently had a project where we designed our own font, which was so fun. Right now we are designing menus.

International Business: This class includes being educated about current events and talking about them. I really like that because it’s relevant. It’s things that I will probably have to deal with in the business world one day. We watch interviews with the top business leaders in the world, which is beneficial as well. It’s not a time-consuming class, which is good, and it’s still great knowledge to have.

Sales & Sales Management: Before going into this class, I didn’t think I had any desire to work in sales. I still don’t know how I feel about it, but this class has definitely warmed me up to the idea. There are so many aspects of sales that I didn’t know about. In this class, we are reading a book called “How To Win Friends and Influence People.” It’s a great read that I would highly recommend!

My other two classes are newspaper and my internship, which are fun too!

For all those out there thinking about majoring in business or marketing, I highly recommend it! The professors at MNU are phenomenal and really know what they’re talking about. :)

-KT

 

Mackenzie Theiler

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February 15, 2016

The Road to Recovery

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The first few days after surgery, all I wanted to do was sleep, sleep, and more sleep. The pain medication, the doctor provided me, made me sleepy within, 30 minutes. I would say by day three or four, the pain was excruciating. So, I made sure to just stay in bed and keep it elevated. Crutches, are for sure, my new cardio. Within the first couple of days, I knew, I had to get my tolerance built up. I did not start actually crutching a lot, until, day five or six; but my arms sore the first few days. The hardest things for me to do is, crutch up and down stairs, stand on, just, my one leg, and showers. I have fallen twice on the stairs, once, going up and once, coming down. Luckily no one was around. I ended up getting a few little bruises, on my arms. It was quite comical! 😅 It is hard to balance on my one leg, because it, too, has no stability. It has gotten a little easier, but still, quite, difficult. What is showering, anymore? I tried to shower a couple of nights, after my surgery. I ended up getting my whole boot, very, wet. I had to blow dry it. Then, the following day, I went and saw the trainers to have them look at it; just to make sure my stitches and wound did not get wet. Luckily they were dry. So now, I use baby whips, and exfoliating clothes, to wash my body. I wash my hair in the sink. One downfall of living in the dorms is, not all of them have tubs. So, it is difficult to stick my leg out of the standing shower, with no tub.

Today, I went into the training room to have them clean my dressing (bandage). They cleaned where the doctor made his incision and gave me new bandages.  Hopefully within the next few weeks, when it is completely healed, I will be able to get my stitches taken out. For now, one step at a time. I cannot wait to get back out there on the track, but it is extremely important, I do not rush my recovery or this surgery would have been for nothing.

I will continue to keep you all posted.


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Div Tosinglo

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February 12, 2016

VALENTINE’S DAY MEANS….

February 12, 2016 | By | 2 Comments

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When we were younger Valentine’s Day meant getting lots of candy, Hannah Montana stickers (pre -wrecking ball Miley was DABOMB.COM) Valentine’s Day meant buying candy the night before, then praying that your classmates didn’t buy the same kind, but most importantly Valentine’s Day was the victorious feeling you felt at the end of the day. You know that feeling you felt when you came home with a backpack full of cavities, I mean candy.

By the time we reached high school it was less about how much candy you could get, but more about if you’d be watching “The Notebook” with a big spoon and a big bucket of ice cream or a significant other.

Now we’re in college and I was curious to know where we stand with Valentine’s Day. So I took to campus, and asked students to share what Valentine’s Day meant to them.

Alexis Cara

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“It isn’t Valentines day, it’s single awareness day.”

Melissa Johnson

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“I hate Valentine’s day.”

Avery Sunnarborg

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“Don’t forget to send a can of crush, and there is hope in chocolate.”

Kelsey Kennedy

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“Why celebrate love one day when you have 364 more days to do so?”

Shay Foster

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“It’s way too Americanized. Don’t blow it out of proportion.”

Emma Bowers

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” I think valentines day is stupid, but I do love the cheap candy on February 15th.”

Jonny Melton

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“I ignore it, because I’ve been single for a very long time.” Like How? He’s a good-looking man! MNU ladies get this man off the market (Low-key shout-out for MNU Mingle)

David Luna

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“Sadly, we live in a culture that makes it all about sex.”

Jazmine Navarro

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“I love it only because I love Chocolate. Campus center goes all out!” She then pops a few chocolate covered M & M’S in her mouth.

Matthew Smith

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“I think Valentines Day is a good way to get guys to spend money on girls. Are you going to use my name in this blog?” HEHEHE….. I’m kidding of course I told him I would… I think.

Leah Messamer

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“This Morning My Professor prayed that this weekend especially we would keep love in the same manner that God intended. I like that one.”

What do I think about Valentine’s Day?

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I love it because growing up this day would always mend the tension between my parents. In its simplest form, when it’s not over-thought, it’s just showing someone that you appreciate and care for them, and like Kelsey said shouldn’t we want to do that every day?

Feel free to leave a comment in box below on your thoughts of what Valentine’s means to you.

 

Katie Linsey

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February 9, 2016

Being Sick in College

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This past week, I’ve been sick. The worst kind of sick I’ve been since being in college.

It’s lasted for 7 days and counting. It started out being a stomach bug and then turned into a terrible cough/cold. I have no clue what’s going on, but lemme tell ya, being sick away from home is not fun.

BUT, people at MNU are awesome and have helped in making it not as bad as it could be.

I had to miss class for a day, so when I e-mailed all my professors, they told me to rest up and get better. One of my professors even offered to get me anything I needed.

My RA is also great. She went out and grabbed ice cream for me because my throat was on fire. I love having friends that care about me enough to sacrifice their time and energy to take care of a sick friend.

MNU always advertises about how the professors here truly care about the students… and it’s so true. I’ve experienced that on multiple occasions. Even when you’re sick and can’t come to class, they understand and are still there to help you get better.

At MNU, it’s about more than academics. It’s about being a community that cares for each other. It’s been a blessing to have people in my life that randomly text me asking if I need anything.

Being sick is not fun, but I couldn’t imagine a better university to be sick at. :)

Pray that I get better, because I’m getting tired of my couch and Netflix can only entertain so much. 😉

-KT

Mackenzie Theiler

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February 3, 2016

Surgery is Near

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The start of my MNU Track and Field career, has taken a turn. What may, some days, feel like a set back, is actually a step forward in the right direction. It has been a while since, I have talked about track and the new team on campus. This last fall, I was hit with some, saddening news. The news was, that, I was going to need surgery on both my ankles; if I wanted to continue running, and be able to walk in the future.

Towards the end of last semester, I found out that my season had come to an end, before my  season had begun. I tried to do everything I could, not to go through with the surgery. I tried strengthening, rehab, continuing to run. Nothing was working and the pain continued to grow worse. So, I had to come to the realization that surgery was my only option, if I ever wanted to step back out on the track. As for this season, the first season, of having track and field back at MNU, I am sad that I will not be contributing, physically, to the success of our teams season. Instead, I will be contributing by, supporting, cheering, and rooting my fellow teammates on, at the finish line.

This season, I had set, extremely, high goals and expectations; but now, those goals and expectations are on hold. What I have to focus on, now is, the road to recovery and rehabilitation. It is going to be a long process but I have great doctors, physical therapists, and strength trainers. I am going to have a strong recovery and come back even stronger. Though, I have never had surgery, I am not that nervous, because I know, in the end, it will get rid of the pain and I will be able to be more successful on the track, than, I ever thought imaginable.

My surgery will be taking place tomorrow and I plan to keep you all posted on, how everything goes, and share with you, my journey back to preforming next season! Crossing my fingers, it all goes well!


 

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Katie Linsey

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February 2, 2016

Ask The Trailblazer

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Hey everyone! So, if you didn’t know, I’m video editor for The Trailblazer at MNU.

This semester, we’re trying something we’ve never done before. We’re launching a video series called “Ask The Trailblazer,” where students can submit anonymous questions regarding anything (yes, anything) about MNU. Then, The Trailblazer chooses questions to find the answers to.

The videographers find the right people to interview, and get the answers to the questions you’ve always wondered, or the questions you’re too worried about asking in public.

We’re hoping to launch our first video in the next week or so.

I’m really excited about this video series, so if you have any questions, ASK!

Here are a few examples of things people have already submitted:

-Why do students have to get the unlimited meal plan?

-How to REs decide when open dorm hours are/why did they choose those times and days?

-Did MNU get Google Fiber? Are we using it?

So… if you have a question to ask, here’s the link to the Google Form that you can submit it anonymously!

http://goo.gl/forms/bIkNsJFRvx

-KT

Isaac Walker

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January 29, 2016

My Hymn For The Weekend

January 29, 2016 | By | No Comments

Hey friends!

I don’t know if you know, but Coldplay released their music video for their awesome song Hymn For The Weekend feat. Beyonce and it is amazing.  I titled this blog after their song and also because I am going to tell you about a great weekend I had two weeks ago.

Two weekends ago, I drove me and a van load of my friends to the River Market to do a little shopping.  For those of you who are new to the KC area or just do not know much about it ( I am one of those people.  I don’t know much of anything.), the River Market is a part of the Downtown Kansas City area. On the weekends, there is a lot of local produce sold.  It is not the best in the winter though, because it is not as big.  Not as many people are there selling their goods.  It was definitely still worth the trip though.  We mainly bought fruits and vegetables.

Before we went to the market, we stopped by Quay Coffee for some caffeine goodness.  From there we walked over to the market.  Once there, we began to look for some good stuff because we wanted to come back and cook dinner with all the things we bought.  I got some peppers, hummus, pomegranate tea, and some bubble tea!  We also stopped by an Italian store to get some pastries.  They were ‘fracking’ delicious.  I also saw a man carrying a mesh sack with two LIVE CHICKENS!  I panicked a little when I saw them….I have a strange fear of chickens.  Don’t ask why.  That’s a long story for another time.  Maybe next week’s blog?

After we bought all of our goodies ( I hate that word and I have no idea why I used it.  I am sorry.)  We walked over to the the big Chinese market across the street.  I LOVE Chinese markets.  This one smelled like fish though.  Like it smelt really bad!  They had a big fish market in the back.  They would chop it all up for you on the spot!

When we had our fill of culture and diversity for the day, I drove us back to cook our dinner!  We had kale salad (did not like it.  Kale is overrated), avocado spread for pita bread, hummus, and peppers.  It was a pretty successful day, if I do say so myself!

Amanda served as our photographer for the day!

This was the gang for the weekend. Amanda, Me, Wyatt, Phil, Ty, and Erin

This was the gang for the weekend.
Amanda, Me, Wyatt, Phil, Ty, and Erin

This is what Amanda got to drink at Quay.   V artsy and hipster.

This is what Amanda got to drink at Quay.
V artsy and hipster.

Amanda is also a master of getting candid pictures.  This is me awkwardly trying to decide of I should get the spearmint tea or the pomegranate tea.

Amanda is also a master of getting candid pictures. This is me awkwardly trying to decide if I should get the spearmint tea or the pomegranate tea.  It was an overwhelming task for me!  Look at all my options!!!

Here Amanda is fascinated by the pickled octopus.  Shortly after this was taken, the man running the cash register told her that if she is going to take a picture of it, she had to eat it.  So she did and she did not hate it.

Here Amanda is fascinated by the pickled octopus. Shortly after this was taken, the man running the cash register told her that if she is going to take a picture of it, she had to eat it. So she did and she did not hate it.

Here is a pic of the guys right after we got our bellies full of Italian pastries.

Here is a pic of the guys right after we got our bellies full of Italian pastries.  Look at our cute heads.

Amanda got some v artsy pics of the stands.  Here are some spices.

Amanda got some v artsy pics of the stands. Here are some spices.

Here are some v artsy apples.

Here are some v artsy apples.

I was not aware that the picture was taken.....

I was not aware that the picture was taken…..

If you were wondering, I did make a typo! I meant to say “v artsy”.  V means very.  As if it was not short enough already.

But I suggest that everyone go check out the River Market sometime!  Especially in the summer when it is a lot bigger and hoppin.

Until next time friends!