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November 16, 2013

Social Media: What Is It Really?

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I was sitting in my Sociology class a couple days ago when MNU’s beloved professor, Bo Cassell, brought up an interesting point.  Why do we have social media? What is the point of it in today’s society? Why is it so valued? How has it affected our culture today? We discussed our theories. But what stuck out in my mind was Professor Cassell’s statement, “Now days, we do things in life so we can post about it.” MIND BLOWN.

This got me thinking, what would our lives be without social media?  Think about it.  We go to a party, and we tweet at least a couple times about how awesome the party is.  We get together for coffee with friends and we have to instagram a picture with our friends and our Starbucks beverage.  We are approaching Thanksgiving, so we must post a status on Facebook about all the things we are thankful for.  The status’ I tend to see look like:

I am soooooo thankful for the most amazing family in the world, the greatest bff’s a girl could ask for, and the hands-down best boyfriend ever xoxoxo love you baby. #soblessed #myboyfriendisbetterthanyours #ilovehashtags

(okay that was a bit extreme ;) but side note, have you ever seen those hashtags? My boyfriend is better than yours? Because let’s be real, is he really? Who are you even talking to? Who is he better than? Everyone? Ah, oh well, love is blind so they say :))

Anyways… none of these things are bad! It is great to express thankfulness and gratitude (stay tuned for my next blog).  But look at the theme here, if we get down to the sociological factors, we all do this to put on a persona that our life is perfect and that others should want to be us.

Professor Cassell mentioned in class that in recent years, marathons have never been more popular. Why? Because everyone wants to post about it! If someone goes skydiving, bungee jumping, or something else extreme I guarantee they will post about it on social media.  Now I’m not going to lie, if I went skydiving I would definitely be posting about it like there’s no tomorrow. But you get the point.  Take this week at MNU for example, if you didn’t know (which if you don’t know and you attend this school, you probably are not active on social media) this is TWIRP week.  You can read some other blog posts if you want more information, but basically it is a girl ask a guy event.  But think about how many posts were made just about TWIRP!  Oh and let me guarantee you that on Sunday/Monday there will be some ice-skating pictures up from our MNU ASG event.

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Now I am not saying that any of this is bad, because I am guilty of it as well! And I am not even suggesting that this should change.  But be aware of these persona’s people try to create; there are some serious dangers.  We assume our sister is happy because she just instagramed a picture of herself smiling, we assume that our cousin is all good with life because she just changed her relationship status to “in a relationship”, we assume that our friend is having the time of his life  because he tweets about all these parties he is getting invited to.  The problem is we assume, and miss out on the personal communication.  So I am challenging you, not to change what and why you post on social media, I am only challenging you to see your friends beyond it.  It is easy to appear to be doing great, we do that on purpose daily. But get behind the surface of a persona on social media and you find a real person that may need a friend.

So that’s my blog for the week! It got a bit deep at the end, but I hope you take the challenge! I plan to!  Oh and by the way—if you are looking for a good class at MNU I recommend Sociology with Professor Cassell! It is great! (P.S. Don’t stop posting your TWIRP pictures! I only used it as an illustration! I love seeing them!)

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

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Kelsey Cranford

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April 17, 2013

the Real, the Beautiful

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This past week I received the extremely exciting news that I have officially been accepted as an intern at The Keeler’s Women Center for this upcoming summer! The past couple months have been spent in prayer asking the Lord to offer direction and guidance in my search for an internship, and I am so excited and relieved that He has provided such an amazing opporunity. The Keeler Women’s Center, located in downtown Kansas City, seeks to wholistically serve women in the urban core of KC in which they provide a number of different services and programs to do so. Some of these services include free counseling; English tutoring; spiritual formation classes; education on parenting, nutrition, and other subjects; care packages; a food pantry; and various clubs such as book clubs and knitting clubs. They are purposeful in serving these women from all different facets and I am so exctied to be able to be involved in each of these programs. In learning more about what God has called me to do in regards to a career or vocation, I know that he has created a passion wtihin me for coming alonside and advocating for women and that I really thrive off one-on-one time with others. In playing off of those 2 extremely vague ideas, I am praying that God would direct me through this internship and help me gain a better understanding of what He has called me to do at least for the near future. Needless to say, I am absoluley stoked about the learning that will take place this summer and for God to shape me through this experience!

Kind of going along with this and also going back to this passion I have to advocate for women, I found this video on facebook and had to share. The Dove Campaign has been promoting the following video in an effort to continue to foster healthy perceptions of beauty amongst women. It is extremely interesting and moving and I would highly recommend that you take a few moments to watch.

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April 6, 2013

I PASSED!!!!

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I’m sorry I’m so late in the game in updating you guys on what’s been going on lately! This last week has been absolutely CRAZY. Technically I am Junior in my undergrad but since I’m graduating a semester early, this past week I HAD TO TAKE THE SENIOR COMP. For those of you who are unaware, the Senior Comp is an exam you have to take your senior year which is basically a cumulative final for all of the classes you’ve taken during your four years that are in your major. I found out about this exam right before spring break, so the past couple weeks have been filled with studying, studying, studying. Thursday was the moment of truth. Took the exam, which lasted a couple hours, and walked away feeling like I had absolutely no idea how well I did. Yesterday I got the awaited news from my professor that I had passed and that everyone did extremely well on the exam (PRAISE THE LORD!!!!) All this to say, despite the upcoming papers and projects, I am feeling so excited and relieved! The Lord most certainly provides :)

Also, as you can see in the picture, another most prominent highlight of the week was going from my dumbphone of 3 years to an iPhone 5. UPGRADE OF THE CENTURY.

That’s all folks! Have a wonderful weekend!!!

 

Kelsey Cranford

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March 5, 2013

Academia.

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I’m at this point in the semester where all the homework and craziness is getting the best of me. This past semester I had some upper division elective spots to fill and, since being a Sociology major and Psychology minor, I thought it’d be good to take some classes from the one remaining behavioral science major–Criminal Justice. Now, having taken no Criminal Justice classes prior to this semester, I of course thought it  best to jump into a senior-level course focusing on the most debated and controversial issues within Criminal Justice. NBD. Piece of cake.

Needless to say, the confidence has waned a bit since then. This class as well as the two other Criminal Justice classes I’m taking have proved to be a challenge. The first couple weeks of classes I pretty much spent most of the time feeling like a dumdum, having absolutely no clue about anything that was going on. Yet, they all have proved to by extremely interesting and I am so glad I made the decision to take the classes I did. Right now I’m brainstorming and researching internship opportunities in the area now that I’ve technically hit my senior year (graduating in Dec ’13!) and need to do my internship/practicum here soon that’s required to graduate. As much as it may seem like a burden to some, I’m super stoked about it and feel more prepared due to the Criminal Justice classes I’m in. I’m at a place where I have a general idea of what I want to do after I graduate but its still pretty vague. I’m hoping that through this internship the Lord would provide a clearer direction on what I’m supposed to pursue after graduation.

All this to say, a lot of the internships and/or future job opportunities are in the realm of Social Work and often involve some sort of casework. This is when you work with and represent people who are disadvantaged in society and need treatment or help. Taking the Criminal Justice classes that I am  I think I will help me feel more prepared for this kind of work and opens up ideas for different types of internships or future jobs.

Sorry if some of this is dry, I know Academics isn’t the most invigorating topic to read about, but its incredibly important! I have been so blessed by the education I am receiving here and have felt so challenged by my professors. Bo Cassell, my Sociology professor, is phenomenal and always has such interesting insights that provoke tons and tons of class discussion and learning. He is also someone I greatly respect because of his spriritual depth and leadership. What could be cheesy devotional thoughts or quick prayer times at the beginning of class are refreshing, insightful, challenging, and completely heartfelt. I’m so blessed to have a professor to learn from, not simply from an academic aspect, but in a completely holistic way–by simply watching him live.

That’s All Folks! Enjoy the coming week!

Kelsey Cranford

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September 24, 2012

HELLO WORLD.

September 24, 2012 | By | No Comments

Today is my very first post of many to come! I am so excited to get to share with you all a glimpse of what my life looks like throughout this coming year!

I guess an introduction is in order… Kelsey Rae Cranford is my name and I am a junior here at good ol’ MidAmerica. I am studying Sociology and Psychology and have yet to discover what to do with all that yet.  Regardless, I absolutely love what I’m learning and love how it challenges me every day. I’m from Manhattan, KS, and have the most amazing family I could ever ask for—two sisters who bring the hilarity and parents who model true love every day. I am no one extraordinary, but simply a young woman who is learning how to love the Lord. I love me some people time, especially deep, intentional conversation. I love being outside, especially on sunny days with a high of 75 or really any day within spring or fall. Music inspires me and if I had the time during the semester I would read more (I’m not talking textbooks). The people who are most important to me are those who challenge me. I am that person who laughs at everybody else’s jokes but has no one laugh at mine. People-watching is a hobby of mine as well as scaring people when the opportunity so presents itself. And lastly, I have 11 cavities. Real talk.

All in all, I am so stoked for all that is to come and to give you a peak into MidAmerica life! Welcome to my reality!

HERE.WE.GO.