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April 4, 2013

Stressed Out!

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Responsibility

So the end of the year is coming quickly! And thinking back, I can see that there is a lot I could say about what has happened to me this year.  There’s been some hard times and some good times.  There’s been ups and there’s been downs.  College has been an awesome experience, and I have learned so much about myself.  For example, I have learned that I am not very good at managing my time where there is enough space for homework :\.  I usually just plan right over homework time.  I also learned that I am very good a taking tests and writing papers last minute :P.  I once had a 5-6 page paper due on a Friday at noon, and I did it Friday at 9 and got a 95%! (I do not recommend doing this because not always does it end up very well, I recommend managing your time more wisely than that).  I also learned that I am not very good at managing my sleep schedule.  A good friend of mine always says the acronym O.L.U.E. (Out Late Up Early) because that’s what happens here.  Your up until 2 or 3 in the morning, and you have class at 8! (yeah I don’t know why I do this but I do, and every morning I regret it).

Overall I am not very good at managing my time, and I have really been getting better at this.  Learning my weaknesses and strengths has been a huge part of my college experience here at MNU.  I’m bad at planning and good at winging it! Now those may work well together but that is definitely not the way to deal with things.  It almost always leads to being stressed out..no scratch that, it DOES always lead to being stressed out.  And gosh does that suck :(.  College is stressful enough as it is.  A sense of responsibility really kicks in, and sometimes that responsibility doesn’t sit well in our stomachs

Responsibility…the word that brings more stress on college students than anything else.  College students are asked to be responsible to make it to class, to get homework done on time, to take care of themselves, and in some cases, I am an example, we have to pay for college are own.  Sounds fun huh?  You guys and gals who are just getting ready to go to college are really looking forward to that aren’t you?  WOOOOO for getting all of your assets in order and getting the job done! And speaking of getting the job done, some of us have to get jobs to support ourselves too.  So not only do we have to get homework done, but we also have to maintain a steady source of income.

I got a job because I am responsible for paying for college myself.  That let to another stressful decision I had to make: staying in Olathe over summer instead of going back home to Nebraska so I can make enough money to save up for school.  That really kinda sucks…a lot. I will miss my family a lot, specifically my little sisters.  But it’s worth it.  If I want to go to this school, pursue God’s call to ministry, and really fulfill what I know I NEED to do, then sometimes the tough decisions need to be made.  And I am willing to do that.  Yes I love my family, and yes I will miss them, but they’re not going anywhere.  Just because I’m not with them doesn’t mean they are out of my life.

So if there’s ANOTHER thing I’ve learned this year, it would be that life has it’s pros and cons, and sometimes the cons can be overwhelming, but if we do what God asks us to then the pros will always be worth the cons.  JUST like my “time management” problem.  It may suck and take some extra work to plan ahead, but the pros will definitely outweigh the cons.  So for you guys coming in to college, whether its here at MNU or somewhere else, just don’t be afraid to make the tough decisions if you know it will be worth it.  It may take a little bit of sacrifice, but that’s ok.  Christ did say that would happen. ;)

Just another lesson I have learned here at MNU that I decided to share with all of you guys!

Phillip Prado

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March 14, 2013

MIDTERMS!!!!

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HEY GUYS!! It’s MIDTERMS WEEK! Do you know what means?  It means that next week is spring break!! And this guy gets to spend his week in Nashville hiking and camping in the woods! The school is taking a bunch of us students down there for the week to have fellowship together and to just have a good time outdoors. BUT I will talk about that more in 2 weeks, after break, when I get back to blogging!

So this week has been INSANELY BUSY! Last semesters Midterms were not this bad.  Maybe it’s because I didn’t really have any last semester at all! And this semester I will have had like 4! I’m so stressed out.  And on top of that I have a huge English Comp paper due, I had to give a speech this week, I had a New Testament Test that I did not study nearly enough for, and then some.  I feel Like I don’t have time to study…

But can I tell you a secret?

Especially to you future Pioneers that will be here next semester.

I do have enough time.

I have plenty of time.

I have plenty of time to do homework and to study that is..  The problem is that I don’t have time for the things I love.  I just don’t let myself get overwhelmed so  I purposefully take time off of studying and homework to just relax, hang out with my friends, or even just to read something else other than homework.  I have noticed that taking one day off out of the week helps tremendously: that’s called the sabbath just so you know. But what also helps is taking mini-sabbaths off in the middle of the day.  20 minutes here, or an hour there to just kick back and forget about the stress helps so much.

If I were to push all the things I love to do off to the side, biking, working out, reading my bible, hanging out with my friends, than I would easily get overwhelmed and do even worse on the assignments and tests I know I should’ve done better on.  Just like anything, too much of a good thing is a bad thing. I have noticed that, in weeks like this, over stressing myself does more bad than good.  I feel worse, I get upset easily, I’m tired, I lose motivation.  It’s just not a good place to be, and I definitely don’t want to be stuck there.

So studying for midterms isn’t just about pushing through the week as hard and fast as you can.  I’ve said this before, but college isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon, and pacing yourself is key.  So taking a coffee break, hanging out with friends, going out to eat, or even just relaxing and watching your favorite tv shows are not a problem. I said I’m stressed now, but if work work work was all I did then I would be SWIMMING in stress. I’m happy with where I am at.  I am calm, cool, collected, and confident I will do well. So if you are new to this college life, another less I have learned that I would like to share with you guys:  Don’t be afraid to stop and just chill.  You don’t want to become overheated and break down now do you?

 

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March 7, 2013

One Does Not Simply Choose A Major.

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HEY GUYS!  I have a thought for the incoming Pioneers, or any other high school senior preparing for college.

I bet you can guess what it’s about!

Yep!

You guessed it!

It IS about choosing a major!

In coming to school sure you’re overwhelmed with trying to find a way to pay for school, you’re worried about making sure you have everything to bring to school, and you might even be worried about meeting new people.  Some of us aren’t as out going is the rest of you and the fear of isolation can get the best of us sometimes.  But I think the one thing that is the hardest to deal with above almost all else is choosing a major.

I mean think about it!  That can be a tough pill to swallow.  You are not only choosing a set of classes to take, but choosing a major is the beginning of how you will choose to spend the rest of your life.  This decision doesn’t just affect you in college.  It doesn’t even just affect YOU!  This decision affects your future spouse, kids, grandkids, and so on and so forth.

Wow…that’s insane to think about.  That’s really hard to grasp.  The idea that now you are starting to choose how to spend the rest of your life.  It almost seems so surreal.  We just got out of high school, and all the way up until this moment we experienced something different every year: new class rooms, new classes, new teachers, sometimes new schools, new people, new school supplies, new, new new new NEW NEW!! There’s summer break, winter break, days off, we could call in sick, we had no worries, and now we are about to make a decision that will, hopefully, be constant for years to come.  How in the world can we make a decision like that?

So now that we understand how important this decision is, I think there is one more thing we have to understand as equally important, if not more important. That is simply taking your time. Don’t rush to make this decision!  I have SO many friend who have NO idea what they want to do for the rest of their lives, and that’s perfectly fine because you have the rest of your lives to make that decision! So don’t hurry, pray about it, and make sure it’s something that makes you happy.

Choosing a major is not simple, so don’t try to shove it in a box.  Take your time, enjoy yourself in college, and make memories that you will be happy spending the rest of your life remembering instead of thinking back to that time that you were stressed and unhappy. So make the best of the present, and try not to rush into the future.  The future will come soon enough.

 

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March 1, 2013

Just Another Coffee Engulfed, Library Stationed, Book Digging Session

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It was a nice break while it lasted, but our snow days are officially over!  Now it’s back to the dreaded homework we have been putting off and the horrid tests coming up we neglected to study for.  The bustle of school is back and it is time to get into the common groove once again.  So it’s time to load up on coffee, hit the library, and dig our Pioneer noses in the books.

Now, during one of my coffee engulfed, library stationed, nose digging sessions….wait, I probably shouldn’t say nose digging should I? It doesn’t quite sound like what I am trying to say if you know what i mean. :\  What about nose booking??  Hmmm…nah.  What about book nosing???  Hmmm…nope.  How about dig booking???? Ugh that doesn’t work either!!  WAIT! Book digging?!  Well, that sucks too, but I guess that will have to work now won’t it?  So let’s start over, shall we?

During one of my coffee engulfed, library stationed, book digging sessions, I had another moment.  It’s one of those moments that hit me oh so often and I am struck by an idea or I become inspired.  I have blogged about a few in the past and I’m sorry if you don’t like them but I enjoy sharing what it is I am thinking so here it goes!

Lately I have been spending some of my time with someone in particular who I believe really needs a friend now.  He’s going through some things and I feel a calling to be there for him when he needs someone most.  Now, I’m not gonna say who this person is, or what’s going on in their lives but I will share my thoughts behind the situation.  I feel like God has asked me to reach out to this person in any way possible whether it’s staying up late and hanging out, inviting him to events and things around the school, or just being there when he needs to talk.  I have been doing my best to show him that not only I love him and care for him, but God loves and cares for him WAY more than I could ever dream!

So here I am, studying, when this person crosses my mind.  I start wondering how he’s doing and if he is alright.  And that’s when I begin to notice that not only have I been doing what I can to help him, but he is also helping me just as much.  He is showing me a way of caring for someone in which I really haven’t put into perspective before.  He is teaching me what it’s like to love and be loved simply for being a child of God.  This is even more true because we both have almost nothing in common.  I don’t hang out with him to gain anything or to profit in any way, and he doesn’t accept me because we have the same interests or share the same hobbies.  We merely grow together for one devouring, overpowering, and deep truth:  God created us both and the love he has for us is perfect.

Because of this person, I am looking at the world through new eyes.  I am beginning to see my professors, friends, co-workers, strangers and every one else in between the way I believe God sees us.  Since I work at a daycare, this is how I have looked at the children I work with already, but thanks to this person that I now call a dear friend I am beginning to bridge the way I see those kids to the way I see the rest of God’s creations.  This is huge to  me.  It is a point in life I think every disciple of Christ needs to come to in order to further their spiritual life. Christ is amazing and I have known that for some time now, but if it wasn’t for this school, and the people I have met here, I might not have begun to realize how infinite his perfection really is.

This school has allowed me to grow in so many ways it’s not even funny.  From the good times, to the bad times, MNU is playing a huge role in shaping who I am going to be for the rest of my life.  Whether it’s from the people, the classes, or even my personal relationship with God, I am learning what it means to be a true disciple of Christ here, and I am so thankful for that.  And anyone else coming to this school better hang on because MNU will take you on one heck of a ride!  But hey, don’t worry, no matter how bumpy the ride is I can guarantee you will be happy with how it ends up.

 

Phillip Prado

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February 14, 2013

English Comp. Inquiry :P

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HEY GUYS!! SOO the other day in one of my classes we had a little discussion that really made me think a lot, so I would like to share that with you guys.

BUT! First of all, as most of you know, it is Valentine’s day!  So happy Valentine’s day! I really hope all of you enjoy your day!  This is definitely not my favorite holiday but I can still appreciate it.

Anyway, back to the original topic: the conversation I had in class.  In my English Composition II class, we were talking about an essay that we were given and what to write it about.  The whole class was going around talking about their topics and we were to bring up why they were important, which was a big part of the assignment: to establish why the topic was worth reading and why it really mattered in the first place.  There was a student who brought up human trafficking and slavery, and how it’s a bigger problem now then it ever has been in the past.  That’s when another student brought up a point that made me think: “But why should I care?”

At first this this statement seemed pretty rude, but once the professor had asked him to elaborate, then the question began to make a little bit more sense.  He said he couldn’t do anything about it, so why would he let himself get upset about it.  That with huge world problems like politics, poverty, sex trafficking, etc. there is nothing he can do about it.  That he’s not gonna be able to change them so why would he let it upset him?  He said he accepted that he can’t do anything about it and moved on.

Now, this made sense to me that someone might feel that way: inadequate and to minuscule to make a big difference in the world.  But, on the other hand, I do not agree with that the slightest bit.  Isn’t that why Christ died for us?  To show us that each and everyone of us make a difference in the world.  I honestly think we can make a difference in the world.  From making someone’s day with a simple little compliment, to making the world a better place by fighting for human rights.

I think we just need to stop being afraid to love one another.  We were created to be so much more.  Like i’ve said in a previous blog, we can’t be afraid to speak out and to stand up for what we believe in.  Whether it’s in school, at home, on Saturdays, on Valentines day, in America, in the world, or anywhere or anytime else we can make a difference.  That’s just what I feel.  I hope you guys feel the same way!

Well that’s what I was thinking about and I just wanted to share that with you.  I hope it made sense, and I hope you can somewhat get what I’m trying to say.  So, again, have a happy Valentine’s day and an amazing rest of your week!

Phillip Prado

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February 8, 2013

Vices in the Life of an MNU Pioneer

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1 Assignment! 2 Assignment! 3 Assignment! 4! 5 Assignment! 6 Assignment! 7 Assignment! MORE!

Then there’s a speech.

And an essay too!

I’m so overwhelmed!

My world is consumed!

I need to focus!

To get my work done!

Even if it’s boring!

And it’s really no fun!

I hope you enjoyed that poem right there!  I worked really hard on it. A whole three minutes maybe! But it is very fitting, don’t you think?  Homework is SOOOO consuming sometimes.  Yet we still need to focus and get it done.  I personally need to focus on my studies even more than I do now.  Procrastination is a weakness of mine, a vice!  If I think about it, there are a lot of “vices” that I have: my longboard, my bike, my lack of motivation to do homework, friends, the internet, and an unending list of other things that hold me back from reaching my full studious potential.  There really are a million things I can think of that I would rather do than my homework. No matter how much time I set aside to do my homework I still have to make it a point to get it done.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t HATE homework.  Honestly, it’s not that bad.  I just have a lot of other things I would rather do.  So here is a little incite to the college life: the hardest part about homework in college isn’t that it is difficult, but that there is a lot more fun, cool, exciting things to do than to do work and be bored.  Just keep that in mind as you are going into college for your first time.  Try building the habit of doing homework and eliminate the vices that hold you back.

P.S. – So this week is SCOUT week, by the way! SO HELLO to all you SCOUTers that came out here to MNU to “check out university turf!”  We are all glad you guys could make it and we hope you see something special in MNU like the rest of us here already do!  Thank you guys for coming out and we hope you enjoyed your time here.

Phillip Prado

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January 20, 2013

BREAK!!

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HEY GUYS!!!  So, first off, this break has been crazy! And since my computer has been incapacitated for some time now I have not been able to keep anyone updated.  But now that this week everything was fixed and I am finally within the range of a successful Wi-Fi connection I can recap my break!  So here goes!!!!

Let’s start with a list of the things I did this break:

1. Work

2. Work

3. Work more

4. Work even more

K done!

Just Kidding! BUT it sure felt like that was the case!  Working 9 or 10 hour days at a daycare everyday takes its toll on a guy.  This was not a break for me!  I was more tired over break than I was ever during school.  That made me miss MNU even more.  This place is my home now, and going back to live with my family was weird.  I mean readjusting is kinda hard.  I missed the fellowship, the campus, the food, the professors, and even the homework!  Call me crazy but everything about MNU feels like home now.

I mean I had fun over break, don’t get me wrong.  It was good to see my family and the friends back home, going on endless coffee shop adventures and out eating out.  I enjoyed the holiday season and the snow in Nebraska was fun while it lasted, but it’s not the same as it use to be.  It was good to have a change of scenery coming to MNU the first time and I’m still not even close to being sick of it, but I have had enough of my hometown.  MNU is the next step in my life and I am more than ready to keep on with this step and to stop looking back.  I came and visited friends in Olathe over break! I couldn’t wait all 5 or 6 weeks, or however long it was (all I know is that it felt too long).

Overall it was a good break!  I loved it even though I was busy working all the time!  But it is good to be back at MNU.  This is now my home and I love every part of it!

So HELLO to all of you Pioneers! I have missed you all!

And to all of you upcoming freshman next year: I hope you love this place as much as I do!  You won’t want to leave once you call this place your home.

That’s a small recap of my break and tomorrow I will update on what I am looking forward to for the rest of the year so stay tuned!!

Life At The Daycare!

 

Out to eat with my friend Ty Hall

 

One of my many coffee shop endeavors to Scooters

 

Snow Storm in Nebraska

 

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December 13, 2012

People

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HEY GUYS!!! So this is the last MNU Blog I will post before the end of the semester :(.  But hey, its ok!! I’m not quite done yet AND we will all post a few times over break!  But as of now I have four finals down and only ONE more to go.  Finally I’m almost done!  This week has been something else, let me tell you.  So first of all, I have had five finals to get through and that has been CRAZY!  Studying was definitely NOT my focal point this week and I’m a little more unprepared than I would have liked to be.  So in this lesson of mixed priorities, there is a word of advice I have learned that I would like to give to any upcoming freshman: Make the best of your study time, no matter how easy the class is.  Trust me!  

This next semester is gonna be something else though.  I mean I know this will sound weird but I am really beginning to enjoy doing homework! What is wrong with me!?!  I have no idea!  I guess just the idea that I am preparing for the rest of my life has been enough motivation for me.  This isn’t high school anymore, this isn’t just something you have to try to get through, this is what we are doing to train us for the rest of our lives.  And this training is brutal!  SOOO many distractions and things are always there. This is the time of our lives we are taking to find ourselves and to really see who you are going to be for the rest of your life and that is really important to me.  I really do want to be prepared for my future: for my career, my family, and just for anything the world throws my way.  I really need to buckle down and focus in if I want to get this done right.

But on that note there’s another piece of advice that I myself am trying to filter through too:  Live a little.  This doesn’t mean party and go out and get crazy!  Just don’t be afraid to make relationships, ya know?  When you hear people talking about college what do they say?  They don’t talk about how great finals were, or how important the class work was to them.  I mean YEAH that’s important but people talk about the fun times the had, the love they shared, the friends they made, and the people that made a difference in their lives.  There was a reason that in the beginning God said “It is not good for man to be alone.”  We are built to be together, to be in fellowship, and just to love one another.  So no matter how important school is, no matter what you’re going though, just don’t forget to love people.  Because in the end, the people you shared your life with are going to be the most important things to you.  So whether you’re in high school, college, or working full time, don’t hold yourself back from the thing we were designed to surround ourselves with: people.  You can’t look back on a life full of love, happiness, and joy and feel regret.  God made us to be together.  So GO and BE TOGETHER!  We need to stop taking each other for granted and cherish our time with one another.  That time spent with people really is what makes everything worth it.  So study, laugh, have fun, just please don’t forget the one thing that is most important to every human being whether they want to admit it or not: To Love People.

Phillip Prado

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November 29, 2012

THE SICKNESS!!

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It’s that time of year isn’t it?  The moment the weather begins to get colder, the coughing and stuffy noses begin to increase rapidly.  Thats right, the sickness is coming back and the cold season is here, as expected.  Many of us here at MNU have fallen victim to this evil health factor. I being one of them.

This has been enough of a stressful week already, and now this!?  The aches and the pains, the sneezing and the sniffling, the coughing and the hacking, it’s all part of the endless circle of reasons we continually have to struggle to just get by.  With finals just around the corner, and winter break immediately after that (WOO), our health is the last thing we need to be worrying about right now.  We should be studying, doing homework, and psyching ourselves up for this big tests.  HA who am I kidding?  We would be procrastinating, hanging out with friends, and just simply being college students.  Most of us can’t even focus on anything but winter break!  But NOO! No we are stuck in bed, too achey to do anything, too sick to be around people for an extended period of time.  These are the times when you say to yourself life sucks sometimes

But amidst all of the illness and all of the sorrow there is hope!  There is a light that shines in this tunnel of sore throats and swollen sinus cavities!  There is good in every negative and the good is plain to see once you look.  Before we were all sick zombies we lived life as aimless procrastinators: Kings and Queens of wasting time and goofing off!  We were lazy without cause, did stupid things for no reason, and there was simply no excuse.  So remember you’re not alone friends! I am with you, and many others like myself.  Just keep your heads up and look at the bright side:  at least now you have a legitimate reason not to do your homework! ;)

 

 

 

And this is one of my favorite poems by Shel Silverstein that I added just for fun:

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November 9, 2012

God Loves Us All: Even the Discouraged

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Discouragement:

  1. A loss of confidence or enthusiasm; despiritedness
  2. An attempt to prevent something by showing disapproval or creating difficulties; deterrent

 

Why do we deal with discouragement so much?  Why does there always have to be something in the way?  Why does life have to be so hard?  These are questions I hear people ask every day.  There’s so many things in life that discourage us, as humans, that we can’t seem to avoid: death, failure, loss of friends, an abrupt change in plans.  Why does it seem that after we just get out of a bad time, and we finally experience peace, something has to throw us out of our happiness and into another trial?

I have noticed that in college, every day has a new trial.  Whether a paper is do, or you have a million things that need to get done, or you have to meet with your advisor, or work, or all of the above and a million more things.  My point is that there are a million things in this world that constantly bring us down.  Yet we still have to have faith as Christians that we can get through this.

In my Old Testament class we are going over the book of Job.  If anyone in history had an excuse to be discouraged it was Job.  In just the first few chapters of the book, Job loses everything: his family, his possessions, his health, he even loses his sense of connection with God.  Yet no matter what happened, he NEVER once curses God.  Even after his wife tries convincing him to curse God Job resists.  In chapter 2 verse 10 Job says “shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?”  Job is accepting God, no matter what happens.  That’s so amazing to thing that even through his darkest times, Job was in love with the one and only God of the universe.  And in the New Testament, James says to “consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance” (James 1:2-3).  Not only are we to loved God in trials and discouragement, but we are to be joyful in them.  Why?  Because that is when we show God we love Him the most!

No matter what you’re going through, no matter how much you lose your confidence or enthusiasm, God is definitely something to be enthusiastic about.  So whether you have a series assignment due, you have to organize an event, your job is keeping you on your toes and you just don’t have the time to relax, or you just have your own personal trials to face, just remember it will be ok! Jesus says that “..in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  For I have overcome this world!” (John 16:33).  Jesus is more than this world, and He loves you with all of His heart.  No it is up to you to trust Him, even when you find trusting Him to be the hardest thing to do.