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! 😂
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.
“It isn’t Valentines day, it’s single awareness day.”
“I hate Valentine’s day.”
“Don’t forget to send a can of crush, and there is hope in chocolate.”
“Why celebrate love one day when you have 364 more days to do so?”
“It’s way too Americanized. Don’t blow it out of proportion.”
” I think valentines day is stupid, but I do love the cheap candy on February 15th.”
“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)
“Sadly, we live in a culture that makes it all about sex.”
“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.
“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.
“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?
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.
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. 😉
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!
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!
Going to MNU has definitely taught me a lot about what it means to live in community.
Coming into my freshman year, I had a lot of unrealistic expectations about the community at MNU. For example, I expected to be best friends with everyone. I didn’t expect cliques, drama, or really any hardships at all.
I’ve now been going to MNU for 3 full semesters, and in that time I’ve learned some simple truths about community.
Truth #1: You won’t be best friends with everyone
The community at MNU is unique because it’s giant. When I hear the word “community,” I think of a small group of people. But the community at MNU is made up of over 1,000 people.
When you’re living in a community of 1,000+ people, expecting to know everyone is unrealistic… and exhausting. I tried to do that my freshman year and it was brutal. It was great to walk into Campus Center and know I’d have someone to sit with all the time, but the relationships I formed couldn’t be deeper than surface level. You simply can’t have that many close friendships without going on at least 29 coffee dates every week.
I think of community as a big family. You’ve got your “siblings,” or your closest friends, that you see all the time and tell everything to. Then you have your “cousins,” who you love to talk to when you see them, but don’t keep up daily. And then there’s your “second cousins who live far away,” who you really don’t ever see, but if they ever needed anything, you’d be there simply because you’re family.
I would classify a majority of the students on this campus as my “second cousins who live far away.” I love them and would do anything for them, simply because we live in the same community, but I wouldn’t call them close friends. The cool thing about the community at MNU is that we can come together to worship, laugh, and cry together without being best friends. There’s a special connection you have with people when you share a community with them.
Truth #2: Community is made up of human beings
I have had drama at MNU. I have strained relationships on campus. There have been times when I’ve been frustrated with the community. But, I should’ve expected that, because anything made up of human beings is going to be imperfect. People don’t love the community at MNU because it’s perfect. They love it because it’s real. Because, at the end of the day, even with all the imperfections, it’s beautiful. Being a part of this community has taught me love, forgiveness, and grace on deeper levels than ever before.
Truth #3: You won’t love everything about it
I don’t love everything about MNU. I hope I don’t get fired for saying that. But in all honesty, if you’re planning on coming to MNU, chances are you won’t love everything either. I don’t know if there’s any community that you’ll love absolutely everything about. Sometimes I don’t feel like going to chapel. Sometimes I sit in my room while everyone else is at an ASG event. Sometimes I need to get away. And that’s okay. I had the expectation coming to MNU that I would love every second of every day. That it would be rainbows and butterflies all the time. But I thank God that’s not the case. Living in community with imperfect people creates great opportunity for growth. And that’s exactly what I’ve done while I’ve been at MNU. I’ve grown so much.
If you’re thinking about coming to MNU, I hope that being honest and vulnerable with you has opened your eyes to what community is all about. I hope that this excites you about the possibility of attending a university with an authentic community.
I hate watching the news. It’s full of hatred and anger. I can’t tell you the last time I turned on Fox News and heard a story of peace and love.
Why is it that we live in a day and age where my Bluetooth speaker can tell me the weather report and my daily schedule, but I can’t feel safe walking out to my car after dark?
This week we celebrated Martin Luther King Jr Day and I sat through a passion filled chapel, but the whole time I was struggling with the concept of “peace”. Dr. King called for it and yet we haven’t gotten any closer in the last 43 years.
In Tuesday’s chapel, Michael Randle spoke about loving God with everything and loving our neighbors as ourselves. “We don’t need justice. We need to extend mercy to one another” -M. Randle
Michael Randle preaching about loving our neighbors.
Randle spoke about showing mercy to all people, just like God does for us.
We live in a time where things can still be changed. Yes, I’m white, but that doesn’t matter. God calls us to love all people, no matter their race, religion, or walk of life!
I want to leave a legacy worth leaving, so maybe this is the first step. If we join together, we really can change the world. My parents always taught me to leave a place nicer than when I arrived, so why isn’t that applicable to the world we live in?
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.)
It’s a new semester, a new year, with new classes, a new job, and a time to try new things and start new habits.
This week I have begun all sorts of new things.
First of all I began my new job as Managing Editor and News Editor of the Trailblazer. I have a new office on campus and brand new coworkers.
I got to decorate my office which was awesome and it’s really nice to have a place of my own to get some work done during the day.
I’ve been loving my new classes but probably my favorite so far is Hebrew. I have been missing learning languages. In High School I took French and American Sign Language but neither were nearly as challenging as I predict Hebrew is going to be.
First of all, it reads right to left and the written version has no vowels. I’ve been kind of obsessive about learning the alphabet and it’s one of the most fun things I’ve had to do for a class in a while. It sounds crazy but I love languages and writing. Learning how to write in completely new characters has been awesome.
It’s good to take on new challenges. Isn’t that what college is for? Learning new things and challenging ourselves in order to grow? Hard classes are some of my favorite things. Next to raindrops on roses of course.
Speaking of a challenge, I have been looking for new things to do with friends on campus. Just because we live in Olathe, Kansas and attend a smaller private school doesn’t mean we can’t have wild and crazy times.
So naturally we have taken to starting fires, setting up hammocks, and playing Dungeons and Dragons.
Fire is fun.
Contained and mostly safe fire is probably the best for our uses. It’s a really good winter activity, especially if one has a craving for marshmallows and allergy friendly hot dogs.
Gabe hung a hammock in his suit in Uphaus. It is incredibly fun and added some much needed extra seating to the suit for watching movies, and Youtube, and Netflix, and really anything. It’s like camping…but with air conditioning and a bathroom with running water.
Dungeons and Dragons is awesome. I very much enjoy it much more than I thought that I would. It reminds me of pretend games that I would play when I was a little kid, except for with dice…and five other nerds on the same quest.
Basically Alex wrote a game for us and helped us create characters and we all learned how to play. I’ve played twice now and have absolutely loved it so far. it’s something I never would have tried before but I very much enjoyed it.
Try new things, especially when it’s harmless fun like using fictional characters to explore magical elf scholar caves and fight skeletons.
Another new thing I’m trying this semester is being more intentional about date nights.
There are lots of great places to go on cheapish dates around MNU. Quinn and I went to Black Dog Coffee house in Lenexa on Thursday. They have some awesome specialty latte’s and the atmosphere is just so cute. Quinn and I sat in the bakery next door.
I really want to make sure that in this semester I take care of things that are really important to me. One of those things is definitely Quinn. Setting aside a date night out of our weeks keeps our schedules from getting too busy to make time for each other.
This semester is going to be full of new challenges and new things to enjoy, but I want to always have time in my life for my friends, Quinn, my family, and God.