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Haley Raydo

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November 2, 2013

Follow Me Around: Dorm Room, Basketball Game, Weird Squirrels

November 2, 2013 | By | No Comments

Hello friends!

So if you want to know what a (semi) normal day looks like for a freshman at MNU…. Here you go! Meet my friends, walk around campus with me, and get to know what campus life is like! I had a lot of fun filming my day.  The only thing I missed was the Masquerade that night for Halloween.

If you make it to the end… Major props to you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

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Joey Alligier

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October 30, 2013

Passion in Pictures

October 30, 2013 | By | No Comments

Pictures capture a moment in time. A spot in history that can never be truly replicated. Snapping the obnoxious laughter from a more-corny-than-actually-humorous joke or catching the relief of a runner crossing the finish line is a fulfilling feeling. But it’s not fulfilling simply because the picture isn’t blurry. It’s fulfilling because there’s a story behind the picture. This story can impact the way you live because it molds the way you view life, people, and individual moments. Maybe it’s obvious and maybe it’s up to interpretation. For example, the corny joke is from a blooming friendship that is an answered prayer and the relieved runner has been training for months after forgetting what running meant.

There are numerous different things in life that can present opportunity for you to pour yourself into. For me, photography is one.

Here’s some of my “work”
(LOL, work? I was just being creepy, well like, kind of, never mind…)
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Such a Time Cam Mario Madsion Deal Kylee Dylan Dr. Spittal Pumpkin RunLook at life through a different pair of glasses; who knows, maybe it will be a perfect fit. Don’t be afraid to try new things. They can become the things that mean the most to you. It doesn’t matter how good you are at it! The passion is yours, do with it what you will and make it matter.

Keep on and keep God,
Joey

Haley Raydo

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October 18, 2013

Top 10 Best Things About College So Far…

October 18, 2013 | By | No Comments

Hello friends!

So it has only been a couple of months since I first moved in on campus and started school. Currently MNU students are on fall break, so I had the chance to meet with some old friends.  A lot of them ask about my favorite parts about being in college, which gave me the idea of writing about them in this blog!  (Some of these are unique to MNU and others are just about the college life in general)

Here they are, my top ten favorites!

1. Late night Walmart runs! 

IMG_1952Walmart runs usually are a last minute decision, and they almost always happen near curfew.  My friend Rachel here is stocking up for the week.

2. Eating in Class

IMG_1944The answer is yes, yes you can eat in class in college!  This picture is of my breakfast (a devoured blueberry muffin) that I didn’t quite have time for that morning.  No worries!  Finish it in class!

3. Ice cream machine in Campus Center

IMG_1947I am aware that the last few have been all about food, but what can I say! I’m a college student.  This one I’m sure is most students’ favorite.

4. NAPS

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In college you get many opportunities. They are especially needed on the late night-early morning combination days.  (Monday, Wednesday, Friday are my days)

5. Movie nights with your best friends nearly every night!

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This has become a daily event in the dorms.  Which may not be the best idea on the night before 8 am classes….. but you know! :)

6. All of the many ASG events!

IMG_1935Thrift Store Prom, White Light Event, Car Bash, Smoovie night, and many many more!  There is an event it seems nearly every week.  This was at the hoedown last week.

7.  Going to a small school…. But not too small :)

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There are many perks to this in my opinion.  People you’ve met once remember your name and care about you, yet you can still meet more new people all the time! Another perk is making the website fairly easily.  Look at me, I was so ready for that picture. ;)

8. Choosing classes your interested in! 

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Now of course you have your common core classes you have to take, but you still have options with those.  You can choose your schedule, your classes, and overall you just feel very independent!  And something I love that is unique to MNU is having professors of those classes that care.  You aren’t just a number at MNU, but you matter!

9. Spiritual Life

IMG_1973Chapels at MNU are amazing! You have so many different options throughout the week to experience the Lord.  This chapel is from student-led chapel in Bell on Thursday.

IMG_1906MNU gives you opportunities to join small groups as well!  This is my girls small group!

10.  MEETING SOME LIFE-LONG FRIENDS :)

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IMG_1886These people are some of the greatest I have ever met!  I am missing a few, but I truly love all of them!

Anyways that’s my blog for the week…

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

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Joey Alligier

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October 14, 2013

Friendz Fuh Dayz

October 14, 2013 | By | One Comment

Eleanor Roosevelt, in all of her sorta-creepy-I-married-my-fifth-cousin, wisdom tells us,

“Many people will walk in and out of your life, But only true friends will leave footprints in your heart”

While I would respect this opinion and agree that it could hold some weight in a normal person’s view, I would contend that true friends don’t just leave footprints.

True friends come in and jack stuff up.

They decide to rearrange the completely thought out organization of your life. They even like to steal your popcorn maker your mom got you for your birthday or prank you with literal dog poop. See, you don’t always realize the impact these type of friends leave because you’re too busy laughing and having no idea what  is actually happening. You realize the impact when you look back and see how their life has collided with yours and now that’s just the norm. 

I would like to dedicate this blog to one of my great-not-always-mentioned-and-makes-a-big-deal-when-she-isn’t-in-my-blog-obnoxious friends

Annie Huff 

Annie and I met last year at the White Light event. Josh, my roommate, knew her and her roommate Lauren (Josh and Lauren are dating now, totes dorbs). My name tag said, “Yosef”. The beast I am, I pulled it off, at least for about 20 minutes. I am ridiculed to this day about how our friendship is based on lies. I think that’s why Annie and I got on each other’s nerves on and off for a large part of our freshman year. Yet, something changed when we found out we were going to be on the MNU Serve Team together this summer.

This is where Annie and I’s friendship took off. We put aside our differences and Annie even started a count-up of our legitimate friendship. We even reserved the back two seats of the van for all of our shenanigans. Needless to say, it got REAL crazy.

We had endless inside jokes, numerous random photo ops, spurts of energy that annoyed everyone in the van, great deep theological talks, and even some pranks.

IMG_8637 IMG_1118This is just a sample of how we get. I like to classify Annie as THAT friend that brings out the weird in people. It’s literally a phenomena that even the scientific method can’t come close to comprehending it.
Through all of the crazy, off-the-wall ventures of this summer Annie’s and I friendship no longer needed a count-up. I think we became actually friends.

In all reality, Annie is one of the most inspirational to me. She is someone who has a heart for missions and is always seeking God in that. Her insight is typically a breath of fresh air to my typical narrowed-man thinking. She is who she is and she isn’t ashamed of it. I can honestly say she has impacted my life in such a positive manner;  whether keeping me in check or putting things in perspective.

Now, you may be wondering how this reflects MidAmerica; understandable. See, friendships like Annie and I’s are not hard to come by at place like this. You can see the transformation the Lord has done in both of our lives which has allowed our friendship to flourish. To be honest, we have both matured. Which is weird because we are pretty immature. Anyway, this one example just reflects the Lord’s power and is an example of how he uses people to direct your life.

Shortly put, THIS IS MNU

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Keep on and keep God,
Joey

 

Joey Alligier

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October 6, 2013

Run Pumkpin Run!!

October 6, 2013 | By | One Comment

Hearing the roar and cheer of over 2,000 people accompanied by the footsteps of yours and those around. Out of nowhere the corner is rounded to match the noise with bodies and visible encouragement, the unspoken knowledge as well as feeling is that this is the moment. This moment defines the past 22 minutes. The strides get bigger and the breath gets heavier. The mind and body start to focus and run off of pure adrenaline. The focus on that finish line and the one guy left ahead. Pushing harder and harder even when the energy reserves seem to be depleted. The line is crossed and there is partial relief and some aspects of “What if?”.

This past weekend was the 15th annual Jared Coones 5K Pumpkin Run/Walk. This was my 2nd time participating under the 2 year head sponsor team of MNU. This being my 3rd 5K I am obviously a pro…..okay definitely far from! However, this is the one I came the most prepared for. Throughout the week, the forecast seemed to predict my despising of the cold and dropped in temperature day after day. My utility belt the day of the race contained a jacket, long johns, beanie, ear muffs, another hoodie, nasal spray, cough medicine, another shirt, and gloves. Needless to say my body and mind feared “44 and cloudy”, yet I was prepared.

Besides the fact I was more prepared, this race was also different because of my blog about the same event last year. At the annual MNU community fair this year, Jared’s dad and Jayne’s husband, Tom approached me and expressed the gratefulness for what I had wrote. This seems so simple, yet it was powerful. Powerful because it proved that this blog outreach for MNU goes beyond our gorgeous campus, but into the lives of many. Also, it proved the sincerity of this man. He has been through so much and is still so selfless enough to give gratitude to a young man who wrote a blog.

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 I can imagine that I wasn’t the only one who has asked, “What if?” when it comes to a race and this race specifically. Tom Coones has got to be one of my inspirations that definitely continues to tug on my heart strings. This event has gone from simply hundreds of attendants to a record number of 3, 583 race participants. It may be ignorant of me to infer, but I have to think that Tom has faced the breakdown in his own mind of battling with powerful questions similar to, “What if?”. Obviously he has been encouraged and answered those questions with a hopeful heart. A huge heart at that.

Tom’s life was not defined by a moment just as the fact I didn’t catch that darn guy in the blue shirt did not define my success. Success is not win and lose, seems contradictory right?, it is defined by what you say it is. I ran a personal best and finished 7th in my age bracket. Plus, I was met with nothing but love from my MNU family and maybe a hand-fed cupcake from Nate Howard. It was a successful day, except at Baker University….

 The gain and success in this event has not been based on the loss of lives, but found in the living on of those same lives through more than 3,583 people who challenge themselves and fight to find a cure and stand behind a great man who is Tom Coones.

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Keep on and keep God,
Joey

 

Haley Raydo

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October 4, 2013

My Journey…

October 4, 2013 | By | No Comments

 

Hey friends! So this is my first blog post and I am pretty excited! It has been a bit of journey this last year to say the least, but these last five weeks as a freshman have been so worth it!

So my journey starts (at least for the sake of this story) at a private Christian school in Shawnee, Kansas.  It was my first day of school (literally I was in preschool).  I don’t remember much, but that was the last time I went to a new school.

So you can imagine my excitement, fears, and anxiousness as I was in the process of choosing a college.  I honestly had put off looking at schools altogether until around December of my senior year (which if you are in high school do not follow my example…YIKES!)  I was blessed enough, however, to know what I wanted to study and do with my life.  Around sophomore year of high school I decided I wanted to be some kind of counselor.  I didn’t receive a sign, hear a crash of thunder, and the skies definitely did not open but I believed this was where God had given me my talents and passions.

Because of this decision, I felt like I needed to attend some kind of Christian university.  I knew very little about different Christian colleges, especially MidAmerica.  The only thing I knew about it was that it was some college really close to my house that all my Nazarene friends always talked about.

By March of my senior year, I had not even been on a college visit.  As I am sure you can imagine I had a little freak-out.  I remember thinking that MidAmerica wasn’t too far; I could just go one morning and visit.  I had no intention of attending in the fall, but I didn’t have anything to lose.   But after the tour and discussing the MNU experience with people in admissions, I really felt that there was something special about this campus, and I wanted to be apart of it.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t that easy.  Money and other obstacles seemed to get in my way.  By graduation I had no idea where I was going to end up in the fall.  But God is and was faithful to provide and allow me this opportunity!  I was extremely nervous to come in August, but I have met so many amazing people and have created so many memories already!

Here are just a few of them I have had so far:

 

 

My beautiful hall girls all dressed up for White Light Event!

Part of our freshman seminar group... you know just workin out ;) or maybe more like we found the gym on a scavenger hunt!

Part of our freshman seminar group… you know just workin out ;) or maybe more like we found the gym on a scavenger hunt!

Thrift Store Prom!

Thrift Store Prom!

And this is what I come home to in the dorms :)

And this is what I come home to in the dorms :)

 

Thanks for stopping by—

Haley

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Joey Alligier

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September 26, 2013

Kickin’ it Old School

September 26, 2013 | By | One Comment

Well, in honor of Throwback Thursday, let’s take a trip down the memory lane of
Joseph Blake Alligier

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Starting off I was born premature at 27 weeks, addicted to illegal substances, and I also had a brain atrophy. In short I wasn’t supposed to live and when I did, I was not supposed to walk, talk, or really function in a sufficient manner. Little did the world know,
this is where my life would start.

*fun fact- my biological mother is 4ft 8in, Caucasian, has blonde hair, green eyes, and no recollection of who my father is. Just let that sink in and then take a gander at my features…

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Shortly after I was born I was adopted by my Great Aunt Karen, who from this point on would be; “Mom” and the best one I could ask for at that. Another twist in the plot is that my name changed. It went from being Izrael (Izzy) DeShawn to Joseph Blake (Joey was chosen based on the premise of a nurse’s comment and a babysitter’s dream) after official adoption. I like this change as well. About three years later we adopted my half sister Brieana (same biological mother, different dad). Yes, you got it, my Mom was brave enough to adopt two kids Oh, and did I mention she was 48 at this point and divorced with 2 other kids already basically raised.

Yes, yes, she is a superhero.
Mom by day and Mom by night.

As my life progressed I was extremely blessed. I was raised in the church, attended a private school for 6 years, and the Lord always provided. 


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From the pictures above you can see I may have been a bit too blessed…..
Let’s just say my cup, or in this case plate, runneth over. From 2nd grade to about mid junior year of high school my weight fluctuated. Whether from delicious fast food brought in by the private school to having a “too-comfortable” attitude while having a girlfriend during my sophomore and junior year of high school. Below is the time span of all four years.

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Some parts of my story are definitely more serious than others, but they both serve a purpose. My life has been formed by my story and where I have “traveled” in my own little Haysville, Kansas world. Sports, extra-curriculars, clubs, organizations, friends, family, struggles all have played their part in who I am today. In the search to find out who I am, with mistakes and successes, I have learned to lean on the Lord and his promises; even when I wondered off the path of the Christian life and had NO idea what I was doing.

*this is all an overview and not necessarily the depths of my story,
FEEL FREE TO ASK QUESTIONS!

Needless to say, I am a changed man today. I owe all of it to the Lord’s choice of vessels in the foundations I obtained when I was younger and through the years and also to MidAmerica. I can truly say my time here has helped me to take a 180 degree turn in a lot of areas. This summer was ESPECIALLY a part of that. The best part is that I’m still growing with no plans of relenting. I’ll keep going where He leads me #fuhdayz 

IMG_1739In the midst of the #throwbackthursday you have seen the past of my life in multiple facets. I hope it gives you some sense of satisfaction; maybe the sick kind of seeing my fat pictures or the joyful kind of seeing my superhero of a mother.

Take a second this week to take a look into your own life and the people who share in the same community and “Kick it Old School” by reminiscing on your fat pictures or hopefully how God has transformed you.

Keep on and keep God,
Joey

*for more fat pictures and other information on my life check out my Instagram- @praya_warrior

Allegra Vieux

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September 17, 2013

The Society: Dallas Conference

September 17, 2013 | By | One Comment

IMG_2168Greetings blog fam.

For those of you just tuning in, I’m the President of The National Society of Leadership and Success: MNU Chapter. Last year I did an internship and started our chapter, and this is our second semester in the making. Holla!

Over the weekend, one of our amazing advisers, Dr. Clark, took us to the regional leadership retreat in Dallas, TX. Dallas is about 8 hours away from Olathe, and the conference was from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon. Pictured above is Dr. Clark, me, Savannah Hoit (treasurer,) and Katy Ward (Secretary.) [Not pictured: Ron Jackson (Co-Adviser) Emily DeLong (VP) and Stephen Rowell (IT Coordinator.) They couldn't make it this weekend and we missed them dearly!]

We are STOKED on the new direction our chapter is going. We have Orientation tomorrow (Wednesday night) at 9pm in Smith. Anyone is welcome and encouraged to come! A little preview: Glow sticks and balloons are involved!

No road trip would be complete without a super sketchy hotel experience! On our way to Dallas we stayed the night in Oklahoma City. I won’t go into grave detail, but I will say we are happy we made it out with our lives.

IMG_2163When we arrived to our hotel in Dallas (the Hilton) all memory of the Ramada was erased. This hotel was 5 star in my book. The decor was beautiful, the staff helpful, the elevators glass (ignore my reflection above,) …I felt like a PRINCESS! We were on floor 11 (Except Savannah who was technically in room 1408- muahaha!) it was AWESOME!

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IMG_2170The pictures above are with the national executive officers from the office in Hoboken, NJ. The top photo is with Reema and Claire and the bottom is with Dede (WHO IS FROM OVERLAND PARK. AND A JAYHAWK FAN. ROCK CHALK!) We had to take a Kansas Picture!

Finally, what we’ve all been waiting for: The Sleeping Selfies!

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This is my friend Greg who is from New Jersey but I met him in Mexico doing an internship. He has nothing to do with MidAmerica but he def is a true friend. Look at that snapchat!

Peace and Blessins

KUHKAW

 

Phillip Prado

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May 10, 2013

3 More Years!

May 10, 2013 | By | No Comments

A year later, and here we are,  finishing the school year off and continuing on with our lives.  Finals are finishing up, and we are tying all of the loose ends of our assignments up and getting them all turned it. Some of us will be back next year, and some of us won’t be. We all have memories we will never forget, people we will never let go of, experiences we will never get the chance to be a part of again, and it all plays into our life we have encountered here at MNU.

As the hallways clear out, as the people pack their things, and as all of my friends drive away, it’s kind of sad. I think of the times I spent with people studying, messing around in the dorm late at night, going on  midnight Taco Bell runs, and just living a college life, and it is pretty upsetting.  Summer is here and all of that is gone.  A new path is unfolding and I’m still caught up on the last one.  I’m still wishing I didn’t have to leave even though I am excited that I am DONE with homework!  I will have no more of that!  No more ridiculous papers, no more 2 hour tests, or 4 hour study sessions! I…get…to..SLEEP!  But no matter how excited I am about less work, I will still miss this life more.

But, despite the constant weight of the end of the school year, even though summer is here, MNU isn’t going anywhere! The home of the Pioneers will be right here where we left it.  So I’m gonna keep my head up, keep my hopes high, and await the storm (by storm I mean summer :P)!!  So get ready MNU!  Cause I’m not done with you just yet!  I still have 3 more years of this place;  3 more years of memories, 3 more years of people, and 3 more years of experiences;  3 more years of studying and 3 more years homework for hours on end :(;  3 more years of the college life and 3 more years sleepless nights.  I still have 3 more years of living life as a Pioneer!

3 more years!!

So here we are, saying goodbye to freshman year!  And hello to the rest of our lives!

Phillip Prado

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April 18, 2013

Life Lessons From the Mouth of an English Teacher

April 18, 2013 | By | No Comments

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HEY GUYS!! Lately I’ve been sharing some of my classroom stories with you guys, and I think it is about time for another one.  Don’t you?  OF COURSE YOU DO!  So here goes! :P

The other day I was in class, English Composition II, and we were talking about our government.  The professor handed out a citizens test to see if we were knowledgable on our government and it’s history.  A series of groans and mumbles echoed across the room as he began telling us about this test we were about to take.  The class wanted no part of this.  I heard some students say things like “Why do we need to know this for English class?”  or “We’re not even getting a grade so I’m not doing this” and even a few “This is pointless” remarks.  The professor just laughed and continued to hand out the test. We got into groups, filled out the test, and the the professor gathered out attention again to go over the answers.

At first it seemed like this did, in fact, have no relevance to the rest of the class.  Some of us know a lot about our government, while others not so much.  But after we had gone over the answers, and after we had wrapped up the test the teacher asked us “So why did I have you go over this?  What was the point of this?”

The class had no idea.  We were all under the assumption that this had no relevance to the other papers we were writing and essays we were analyzing.  This test seemed to stick out like a sore thumb, and to have no place in our regular curriculum. Then the professor began to explain that it wasn’t to just see how much we knew about our government, but that we need to make ourselves knowledgable.  Knowledgeable about our government, about our essay topics, about the culture and situation behind the essays we are reading, even about our faith and our own lives.

So here is a class, not wanting to cooperate, complaining, and neglecting to open up to this teacher. Then all of the sudden, this professor comes out and gets really deep and meaningful with us.  It made us feel kind of shallow and mean.  What the professor said was true, and real, and we needed to hear that for the class; we needed to hear that for life in general; we needed to put our own assumptions aside and just listen for once.

This was awesome!  I’ve never been in a class that has been as personal as this one before.  We talk off topic, we communicate, both by listening and speaking.  Most classes are just lecture, lecture, lecture.  But this class we learn by conversation, by sharing stories, opinions, and beliefs.  In this case the professor showed us an important life lesson that was intended to make us more successful in our curriculum, yet that’s not where it stayed.  I believe the point of class is not to learn a subject enough to pass a test and then go on with our lives, but to gain useable, applicable life lessons and knowledge that we can use to make us better holistically.

I am thankful that MNU has professors like this.  Professors that aren’t afraid to actually communicate with us, to bring us in, and to send us out of the class with a lesson we can apply.  You had to be there to really understand what I am trying to say, I just hope you can see how important this is to me, and how important it should be to any college student across America.  So don’t shut off these opportunities.  They are really vital to you. Especially in college, the time of your life when you are really trying to find out who you are and where your place is in this vast world. Just pay attention. You might learn something here and there. :)