Welcome, Welcome, Welcome! My name is Hailey and I’m honored to be one of the freshman bloggers at MNU this year. My first video is just a little about me, what I will be posting, and what to expect. Please enjoy
As we begin to wrap up the school year, I don’t know about anyone else, but my stress meter has exploded. I just finished a 1500 word paper, which, that sounds really bad, but I actually quite enjoyed it! It just took too much time.
Lately my mind has been everywhere in attempts to process everything that’s going on all at once. I feel like I’m trying to relive the past school year in hopes to make sure they’re real. If that makes sense. Being a sensitive person, the end to this school year has really got me on an emotional roller coaster. Speaking of roller coasters, I’m SUPER pumped to go to World of Fun on Friday!!! That is my motivation to get me through this week. Then parts of me wants this week to drag out so it’ll last longer.
I’m excited for the school part of school to be over, but I will without a doubt bawl my eyes out without the day we leave. That means only one Sunday left at Drexel too. If only college was a big fun camp to hang out with people. I’m just kidding, I love school, it’s so great. Learning things is fun (my mom reads my blogs).
One really important aspect of my life right now RA training. We recently were kidnapped twice, once for iHop and the second for 7 Eleven slushies. It was all worth it. I’m already thinking of ideas for next years RA’s: better watch out! We also had our induction ceremony which honestly wasn’t even a ceremony. Our RE’s were in animal costumes and we played kickball. It was possibly the greatest thing ever. We start getting serious about training after school is out. As much as I don’t want school to end, I’m excited to start training. I have high hopes for next year and can’t wait to see what God has in store for me and the girls on my hall, along with the other RA’s. It’s going to be a blast!
With these next couple of weeks before school is out, I have to keep reminding myself that the four months of summer will go by in the blink of an eye, just like this past year did. All the flowers and leaves that are blooming on campus get me all giddy inside and ready for summer. Our campus is truly beautiful.
Really sad I did not team up with KT this week, fellow blogger, for my blog post. If you haven’t seen our blog from last week you definitely need to check it out, http://www.mnu.edu/mnublogs/senior-segment/. BUT, I do have a lot to say this week as I am gearing up to leave this school in 32 short days… 32 PEOPLE. Is this even real?
I have recently come into contact with a few things going through my mind that have starting hitting the surface in my life. Leaving school I have a great job set up as an Executive Team Leader at Target on the management track, I hope to be on Forbes 100 most powerful women in the World some day. I have been thinking a lot about what this new job will look like for me and what store I will be placed in to start off after my 5 weeks of training. And it occurred to me, it’s not in my control. Target was wanting to send me a little far outside my comfort zone about an hour and a half way and I found myself stuck with this decision of what should I answer. I wish it were as easy as letting someone make my decisions for me. I was worried and stressing over what I tell them, because if I told them yes I would have to immediately live in a state and a city I was unfamiliar with, on my own, paying rent for a apartment right out of college. I think sometimes we are tested on how faithful we will be when tough questions are thrown our way that all affect our future. This answer was clear and it should have been the moment it was presented to me, but I think sometimes we question things because we are challenging ourselves. So many people are afraid of the what ifs and not enough interested in how this will help me grow. We as Christians are challenged daily with the question of what if, but it is what we do with our what ifs that define who we are.
If you are wondering what I told Target, I told them I did not think it was best for me to be so far away from home right now. I also think many college graduates think they need to be on their own and make their own decisions right off the bat coming out of college without their parents help. I think without my parents I would drown. They really do know what is best even if it feels like they are not on your side sometimes. I am thankful for parents who put my best interest in front of their own and are willing to give me a reality check sometimes when I need it.
I am excited to start my new journey in 32 days… 32 PEOPLE! As my time is closing here at MNU, every day I try to remember something great I received from going to this school. It is my own version of 30 days of thanks for MNU being shown to me and shaping me. This was one of my thanks I give to MNU for allowing me to know that it is okay to sometimes question and challenge our own thought process and decisions making, if we didn’t we wouldn’t grow into the people we were meant to be.
With Spring Break approaching quickly, I’ve been cramming to get everything done. Last week, I had a midterm on Thursday, and 2 tests and a paper due on Friday. I was up pretty late on Wednesday and Thursday to say the least.
Lately I’ve been deep in thought with life. Life is so full of great moments. As cliché as that sounds, it is cliché because that’s just how I roll. This semester as flown by and I can’t even begin to describe how blurry everything seems. I don’t even remember what I had for lunch yesterday! After awhile, the days really do start to blur together with being so busy all the time. It’s discouraging at times, but it makes me appreciate those days when I can take a little break and relax. In high school that’s all I ever did. I never did homework and worked all the time. I sat at home in front of the TV being completely unproductive. I can’t say that now! I honestly don’t like watching TV anymore unless KU is playing. I rather be with people making memories.
Here at MNU I have gained so many great friends and made lasting relationships with people. At the beginning of the year I was so concerned about making friends: now I have too many to count! Plus I’m big on photo taking and love capturing moments I’ll never get back just like any other girl. I have been slacking this year with taking photos, but honestly it’s because I’m so busy all the time. I barely have time to even think. I wish I had a better memory and could remember each of them vividly, but that’s just not what God gifted me with. I will say, that the photo at the top of this post means so much to me. This little girl was shy at first, but once she opened up to me, friendship instantly ignited. I’ve only gotten to know her three Sundays, but if there’s one thing to know about kids, it’s that they steal your heart and never give it back. This girl stole mine and I don’t think I’ll be getting it back any time soon. I also work with kids at my off-campus job.
Here are some other memories I’d like to share:
I love children, and this girl can brighten any bad day
Love my job!
The picture explains itself
My mini me
Watched my beautiful friend play a fairy in A Midnight Summer’s Dream
We needed our chicken from Tipping Point
Trip to the mall
I was just telling my grandma yesterday how it feels like high school was a different lifetime. Let me explain. I never moved growing up so I was around the same people Kindergarten through Senior Year. It was all I’ve ever known. Coming here without knowing many people at all was a struggle. By the way, I taught my grandpa how to use the phrase “I’m driving/riding the struggle bus.” Anyway, since time has flown by, I feel like I’ve been in college longer than I truly have. High school faded like a dream. Then again, I may just have a terrible memory, which I’m pretty sure I do.
I may not be the best advice giver, but I really encourage taking every moment for what it is because you’ll never get them back. I’m still learning that myself so I’m not saying I’m perfect at it by any means. Plus with this weather, I don’t understand how you can’t admire the beauty of the outdoors.
I’m excited to mention that my next blog post will be from Colorado!! I’m going on a mission trip for Spring Break and not to make anyone jealous, but it’s in the mountains. God has amazing things planned for this trip and don’t worry, I’ll do better at taking pictures!!
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the past. Not just my past, but just “the past.” Times are rapidly changing as we are all aware of, but I think it’s healthy to take a moment to breathe and appreciate where we come from. As a student of MNU, I should probably know more about the history of MNU, but don’t you worry! I’ve done my research.
First off, a pioneer is someone who “is among the first to explore a new country or area” (Google’s definition). We have this phrase or motto which clarifies “We are NOT settlers, we are PIONEERS!” It’s pretty catchy if I do say so myself. My take on our motto is: we don’t settle for less, but we strive for greatness and look for all the possible opportunities in life.
Some guy a long, long time ago had this wild idea to start a school. I couldn’t find in my research but if I recall correctly, this guy was given loans from the Nazarene Church. They saw his passion and decided to help out. Then, in 1966, God said, “Let there be MidAmerica Nazarene. On top of a hill. In Kansas.” And at that time it wasn’t quite a University. All of the buildings that stand tall now weren’t always here obviously. I wish I could say when the dorms were built, but I’m not exactly sure.
In 1968, 263 students walked through the doors of MidAmerica. The president at the time was R. Curtis Smith. He seems like a pretty cool guy! He was the first of five total presidents that this school has seen. Our wonderful president now, Dr. David Spittal is doing a tremendous job of keeping this school on its feet and growing the people in it.
MNU was at one time called “MANC” which also stands for MidAmerica Nazarene College. My parents and grandparents still sometimes call it Manc and I have to ask them to say it again correctly. The “College” part of the name was replaced with “University” in 1977 because we’re just special like that.
With all this lovely information I have given you, there’s also a video to go along with it. As freshman we were shown this at the beginning of the year. It’s pretty cool and it’s short stay entertained for another minute or two!
I am writing today to inform everyone how much fun it is working at MNU! On top of classes, school work, and another job, I work on campus in the best place possible: The Registrar’s Office! I was able to get the job mid last semester and started training by putting files away. I worked my way up to where I am at currently. Now, if you know me, you would know that I utterly and completely despise talking on the phone. It scares me. As the newbie, I didn’t have to answer the phone at first, but I knew I would have to eventually. I am proud to say that now I answer the phone all the time without fear. That’s a huge step for me!
We titled this one: Mariah’s First Phone Call and yes I was nervous
The people I work with are just absolutely incredible. They have been a tremendous blessing to me and it really is like a family. We get our work done, but we have fun while we’re at it! Plus there’s food every single day because my boss makes popcorn every night. This was my breakfast this morning and I am not one bit ashamed:
Here are some crazy, fun photos of a day in the life of a Registrar’s office worker:
Making cookie dough in a cup
Front desk awesomeness
I wasn’t there for this, but I wish I was!
We also decorate the office according to whatever holiday it is, so you could say we’ve been quite festive lately. We try to also bring in even more food for the holidays. I don’t have photos from that day, but believe it or not, we celebrated Kansas Day. Sunflower cookies and quizzes to prove how Kansas we truly are.
If you are confused by the title of this post I understand. Basically, along with a lot of the Midwest, Kansas City woke up to several inches of snow. So snow day, but not really because classes weren’t cancelled… However, I have the whole afternoon off (yay) so I am going to pretend this latter half of the day was a snow day. I don’t know about anyone else, but snowy days make me want to curl up and go into hibernation. So those are my plans for the day… I am being super responsible obviously.
As I have posted a couple times already, I am trying to find joy in the ordinary things of life. That includes non-snow day snow days and Mondays. I think it gives me a better attitude.
Here are some other things for a life update:
My sister won Homecoming Queen at her high school! (Also in the background you can see my lil freshman brother, suited up for varsity I might add, walking away in the right corner) My sibs are the best! It was good to be with them this last weekend.
Also I can’t even begin to describe how much I love these girls Missing a few of my roommates, but these girls here are beyond beautiful inside and out. This was from the Sock Hop, our 1950s dance thing. (Also I don’t know how to explain my face in this picture)
I mentioned in my blog last week about this cool conference called M15 that I had the privilege to attend. This conference takes place every four years in different places. The fact that it was in Kansas City this year and I was able to go as a freshman was an incredible blessing!
My friend Jaque and I left Monday afternoon and headed to downtown Kansas City. MNU took care of most of the costs: hotel, the conference, and lunch on Tuesday. We stayed at the Crowne Plaza hotel. There’s 28 floors to that thing and we were on the 17th. I despise elevators to no end because I made the mistake of watching Devil on Halloween one year, but there was no way I was climbing 17 flights of stairs. It was a sacrifice I was willing to make. BI love any form of adventure I can get, and being from the country, tall buildings and busy traffic is something to get used to. I’m still not used to Olathe traffic so I hardly ever go anywhere that I have to drive to.
Fun in the City
The conference started off with a service Monday evening after dinner and registration. There were five services total with six workshop sessions available. I went to 4 workshops and by the time I left, my brain hurt from all the information. The first one was “Capturing the Hispanic Heart.” Since I plan to be a missionary in a Hispanic country, the workshop touched on how to interact with Hispanics and fully accept their culture.
The next session was called “Hospitable Church.” Shawna, pastor and leader of the session, talked about why the younger generation is falling away from the church. I’ve been wondering about this topic for awhile now and the reasons vary, but the “Y” generation feels relationally detached from the church once they graduate high school. The funny thing is, I am writing a paper for Comp II about this very topic. The information I obtained I am definitely using in my paper. I’m excited about that.
Each service, a different speaker spoke. My favorite was Cheryl Sanders. She was hilarious and you could tell she was on fire for God. She also spoke on the subject of younger generations, but that was pretty much the theme for the conference, hence the motto “Honoring the Past, Shaping the Future.”
Monday evening service
Monday evening worship
Tuesday evening worship
Tuesday morning service
The last workshop I went to had to do with a controversial topic in today’s society: “What to do when a congregant member says, “I’m Gay!” I’ve been curious myself as to how to handle these situations throughout my everyday life. Without getting too much into what was said, it was a great discussion. The panel of people was helpful in the way that different viewpoints were shared.
Panel of pastors from different churches
I am immensely grateful for the opportunity I had to go to this conference. As much fun as it is to be at MNU, being able to skip a couple days of class, not wearing shower shoes, eating at Chipotle and going to Starbucks was definitely a great time. Surprisingly, I ended up getting to bed earlier too. Each night I try to reflect back on my day and figure out what I can do differently the next day. Monday night, there was this beautiful sunset. It was one of those sunsets that was so beautiful that a phone can’t quite capture all of its beauty. I see God in every sunset and I knew when I saw that one that He was ever so present throughout the conference. He hasn’t left me yet either. I hope to attend many more of these conferences in the future. If you would like to know more about the M15 conference: http://www.m15conference.org/
I hope you guys have a fantastic week. Thanks for reading!!
I honestly couldn’t tell you, because I don’t have one.
I used to think that my life had to be balanced. That I had to have a set schedule. That I had to have everything together.
Being in college has forced me to realize that I don’t have to have a balanced life, and certainly that it’s nearly impossible to have one.
If I told you my priorities, showed you my calendar, and then you saw how my days actually played out, you would be very confused. But that’s okay, because it used to confuse me too.
I used to think because I couldn’t “get my life together” that I was a failure. I thought I was doing everything wrong and I didn’t know how to suddenly start doing everything right.
My top priorities in life include spending quality time with Jesus, doing my schoolwork, and living a healthy lifestyle. However, those priorities don’t always make it into every day of my life. It stinks to say that, but it’s true.
There are days when I don’t open my Bible. There are days when I don’t open my backpack. There are days when I don’t workout.
…and I think that’s okay.
Life isn’t about checking things off of a to-do list or having enough time to do everything or beating yourself up when your day didn’t go as planned.
Life is about recognizing what’s important to you and finding purpose in everything you do.
Life is about waking up every morning and handing your day to God.
Here’s the prayer I pray every morning before I even get out of bed or check my phone:
I give my day to You… do whatever You want with it.
Give me opportunities to glorify You. Create divine appointments.
Give me strength and energy to get through this day.
I can’t do this alone.”
I’m not saying it’s bad to make plans and have to-do lists. I have both of those, and they help me immensely. I’m simply saying that when we hand our days over to God and live to glorify Him, we don’t need to worry about having a “balanced” life. God works through the chaos, stress, anxiety, and fear. He’s glorified in all of it when we let Him take the wheel.
God’s plan for your day may not be the same as your plan for your day.