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Mario Flores

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September 13, 2013

Attention Caught? This is my attempt at a clever title.

September 13, 2013 | By | One Comment

I must say, being a Pioneer is fo shizzle the bomb.
Before I move into telling you why, I’ve decided to share with you why I chose MNU in the first place. So sit back, (or forward- whatever is most comfortable for you) and (hopefully) enjoy reading a little bit about my story.

I am a Pastor’s kid. In fact, I’m a Nazarene pastor’s kid. Meaning, I’ve grown up going to and being brought to Church my whole life. And actually, I’m grateful for it. I’ve got amazing parents that love Jesus, love each other, and they love us kids. I am the youngest of four. I am from SouthEastern California, El Centro to be exact. A relatively small agricultural border town community.

I played football the first three years of high school, ran four years of track, and two weeks of soccer (We can discuss that later). I’ve grown up playing sports, but playing at MNU is still more of a DREAM than a reality… mainly cause we’re bosses at pretty much all our sports, and i’m no boss… Anyway, I enjoy playing the guitar. I started playing the summer going into my senior year and starting next Tuesday I’ll be teaching two guys in my hall all that I know!

Now to my choice of MNU.
I chose MNU over several other schools for a few deliberate reasons.
1. The Faculty and staff seem to be predominantly genuine lovers of God and lovers of people. More than just talk the talk, they authentically care for people, extend grace, and are patient (again this is in general). Anyway seeing that type of a person live their life in such a way obviously makes me want to learn from them!
2. The Community is off the chain. When I came on an extended SCOUT visit, I stayed in Snowbarger. While I was here, rather than being treated as some little high schooler, I was treated as a friend that just happened to be a couple years younger. I dig that.
3. Frankly I wanted to get away from home. Not that those who live close to MNU shouldn’t come! But for me, I wanted to get away from California and familiarity. I figured that if I went to a place where I wasn’t really known or knew of anyone else, I’d be forced to be more independent and be forced into “clinging” to God-depending on Him for support and family. I testify today that He is faithful to provide.
4. Referring back to the Faculty and Community, the attitude/atmosphere seems to be intentionally Kingdom-minded. What I mean by that is that the rhythms and standards and events and policies are attempts to make an environment that is Christ-centered and Christ-like. For the sake of others we choose to live the way we live. For example living in the dorms, we work to observe quiet hours when it’s late at night and early in the morning. This is because when you’re trying to sleep, people yelling in the hall or blaring their music often makes it harder to fall asleep. For the sake of others we choose to live the way that we do. I really dig that.

Finally (for now), after my first year of college officially in the history of mankind, I confess that I came away satisfied. And now that I am four weeks into my Sophomore year, I am still really enjoying it!
College is different from all of my previous school experiences. Most distinctly is in the fact that I now live and eat with the people that I go to school with. It makes for more “relational-building” time. For that I am ever grateful. I’ve got a great roommate, and the guys in my hall are stellar. I’ll be sharing more about them later on-some are in the photo above! For now though

Eeet's the Baist, I lave it! (Read that in a Nacho Libre accent and it'll make sense) Also, that's my car :D

Eeet’s the Baist, I lave it! (Read that in a Nacho Libre accent and it’ll make sense) Also, that’s my car :D

I’m going to say toodles and peace in the Middle East friends!

Grateful in Him,

Mario Paul Flores

Allegra Vieux

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September 9, 2013

Welcome to Senior Year

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Remember that one time when I wrote about living in California/Mexico for the summer? Well, my internship came to a close and I’m back in good ole Kansas. I traded the rolling oceans for this:

Kansas Sky

 

Strangely enough, the blank open space is refreshing after a couple of crowded cities. There’s no place like home! (sorry, I just vomited from my own corny-ness.)

 

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The picture above is of my good friend Stephen and me sitting in Accounting class. Before the lecture started, someone turned around and said “smile!” and snapchatted it to me. Pre-collegiate friends who are reading, take note of 2 things:

  1. SnapChat is permanent, no matter what people say or what updates they send to your smartphone.
  2. Don’t put off your gen-eds until senior year. They may seem awful when you’re a freshman or sophomore, but they’re even worse when you are in your senior year!

 

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Above is one of my roommates, Kassidy. We have already had time for a girl’s night out, event in the craziness of the first two weeks of school. She plays basketball and is like a sister to me already!

 

 

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This is Tara, she is an admissions counselor and she is AMAZING! We also were matching on the first day of school!

 

photo(4)…aaaand then we also had to throw in an impromptu end of the summer pool party!

 

It’s looking like a great year.

Hasta la pasta

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 26, 2013

Thinking Back

April 26, 2013 | By | No Comments

moments,life,memories,quote,quote,word,remember-5883bba7d4638f2ed6a2fdbf964f22b0_hHEY GUYS! So, it’s official, my freshman year is almost over. There are only two weeks of school left! Two weeks?? Where did the time go?  Where in the world have I been??  It feels like just yesterday I was going through NSO (New Student Orientation) Week.  And now I’m coming up on my lest week of school.  It’s crazy how fast time flies.

We were talking about this the other day in class (how time has gone by so quickly).  There was a group discussion about our experiences in our past and it was almost completely focused on this school year and how fast it has gone. We talked about how each of us has learned a lot in these past few months, how we’ve grown a lot, how we have met a lot of new people, and so on and so forth.  The most interesting stories to me were the ones that were about the ridiculous things that happened in Campus Center, or the one time during an intramural game when someone got hit in the face with a ball, or just times when we were just together and having fellowship. There were stories about character building,  insane amounts of homework, or even times that were “alter” moments (which were very influential and I am very glad we had these too),  but the stories I related to most were the relational ones.  I feel like we all felt this way.  We related easier to each other when we talked about relating (ironic huh?). It made me think “Man…I’m really gonna miss these people.”  I’ve made so many new friends and had so many new encounters.  Some times it was hard, but this year taught me a lot about how important it is for us to be together.  I would not have been able to do it had I not connected withe people the way I have here at MNU.

A few weeks ago I blogged about MNU Secret Admirers.  This is a perfect example of how we long to connect to other people, even if it is in secret :P. MNU has been awesome to me, and listening to these other people’s stories really helped me think back on everything I’ve experienced.  This year has been really important to me, whether it’s what I learned in class, friendships I’ve gained, or just things I’ve done.  Now that I look back, I can see how thankful I really am for coming to a Christian school like MNU, and if I had the chance to go somewhere else I would still pick MNU.  This has become a second home to me, I will miss it terribly, and I know any of you incoming Freshman who will be here will feel the same way!

Allegra Vieux

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April 25, 2013

Photoboothin’

April 25, 2013 | By | No Comments

Once upon a time, there were 7 girls named Katy, Konner, Debbie, Lindsay, Ashley, Morgan, and Allegra. These awesomely talented and beautiful ladies were all in Public Relations, in which they were assigned a project. The project was to create a benefit event for a local nonprofit organization. The nonprofit chosen was Teen Challenge, and at the event, they decided a photobooth would only be appropriate. So the girls searched the highs and lows of Pinterest and found the above background, made with colored table cloths from the dollar store.

A party busted out in Spindle 102, also known as Allegra’s dorm, also known as the HQ.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, and you should DEF be there!

But what event would be complete without including the many faces of the Teen Challenge ladies?

Phillip Prado

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April 18, 2013

Life Lessons From the Mouth of an English Teacher

April 18, 2013 | By | No Comments

Stock Photo of the Consitution of the United States and Feather Quill

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. :)

 

Phillip Prado

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April 11, 2013

MNU Has Secret Admirers? What???

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HEY GUYS!! Story time!!!

So I was in class the other day, taking notes on my laptop, and this girl in front of me starts discretely chuckling to herself.  At first I ignored her, and continued listening to the EVER SO EXCITING lecture that was being presented by the very entertaining professor in the font of the class :|.  The only problem was that she continually kept giggling, and showing her computer to the girls sitting beside her, who then in turn began giggling themselves.

Now I’m not gonna lie, I was struggling to stay awake.  This was definitely one of the most…unadventurous classes I have had in my very minimal college experience.  So in my fatigued state I gave in to my curiosity and wanted to see what was so funny.  So I slowly leaned forward to look at this girls computer to see what was so funny, trying not to be noticed so I didn’t look like a total creeper.

NOW I KNOW I shouldn’t have been nosey! And I know I should’ve just continued to do my notes! But I didn’t…so oh well boo hoo :P.

ANYWAY! So i’m looking at here computer right?  And what do I see?? Facebook… At first I was like “DUUUMMBB!” because I thought they were probably laughing at stupid posts or little memes. But then I looked again and realized it wasn’t just any Facebook page. Oh no!  It was about MNU! And not only was it about MNU, but it was a confessional! After a second of snooping, I could see that this page was a place for MNU students to anonymously confess their feelings for one another! This really really off set me at first.  I was like “WHAT THE HECK??” So I quickly opened up Facebook on my laptop and navigated to the page MNU Secret Admirers.  At first I was kind of turned off to the idea.  I thought it was a ridiculous idea and that it could open up a window to some bullying/pranking.  But once I began to read it, I found that it seemed that MOST of these confessions were pretty sincere.  It turns out that college students can be somewhat mature :P! Of course there are some fake ones, and some joke posts, but these are pretty easy to weed out from the authentic confessions.  I spent the rest of class reading this page (which was a bad idea! Never browse the internet during class!), and actually found it to be pretty amusing.

It doesn’t say who started the page, and the submission process goes through google docs, which is explained on the page itself, and is completely anonymous.  Someone had to be pretty creative to think something like this up, and has to be pretty committed to keep up with managing the page. To me, its a place where people can say the things they can’t get the guts to say to the people that they feel need to hear it.

So if you don’t go to MNU quite yet then this is a little peak to what’s on the minds and hearts of some of your soon-to-be fellow Pioneers.  So just go see whats up, read some posts, and learn some things about some people without actually knowing who they are…yet. :)

And if you DO go to MNU, then check it out, post the things you wish you could say to the people you wish could hear it, or just read what’s going on with some people.  And WHO KNOWS, you might read one about yourself!

 

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Phillip Prado

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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!!!!

March 14, 2013 | By | No Comments

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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?

 

Phillip Prado

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March 7, 2013

One Does Not Simply Choose A Major.

March 7, 2013 | By | No Comments

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.