trying something new with a video this week! Hope to do more of these! I am currently studying for my Human Resource test I have on Friday of Homecoming week and my birthday week.. be praying! It is such a fun and crazy week I have in front of me but it will be a fun one.
As always comment and I would love to chat with you!
It has been another crazy week to say the least! But knowing that summer is only a short month away has been keeping me going! Which is absolutely insane! Where did the time go? This semester literally flew by and we still have Easter Break! The bad news about only having a month left (besides leaving all your best friends) is the end of year crams. Grades need to be up, and there is the stress to do well on every assignment, test, quiz, paper left! (P.S. The final countdown guy is awesome)
If you are anything like me, than you know it is a challenge to be motivated, to end out the year strong. I have always struggled with that. I have read 180 pages of one of my textbooks this week (because I am a procrastinator and waited until the week of the test to start reading) and I literally thought I was going to lose my mind. So here is some advice for you: Don’t lose your mind!
As the year comes to a close… don’t stress yourself out too much! Don’t wait until the last minute to do everything. Instead start early and pace yourself, allowing yourself time to relax. That way you won’t lose your mind studying like I have this week.
Next, get motivated! Set yourself a block time where you are going to get as much homework done as you can. These times work the best for me in the afternoon after class. That way I can spend time with my friends in the evening. Whenever you decide to block out your time, make sure it is without distraction. So if that means going to the library, turning off the TV, or turning off your phone… do it! Let every minute of this time not go to waste. When you finish, you will be able to relax and spend time with friends. A couple standard blocked off hours goes a long way if you make it a goal to do everyday or at least frequently.
Don’t forget to take a break and let the Lord give you peace! Finish the year out strong!
I leave you with this last piece of advice:
Thanks for stopping by
ALSO stay tuned for a video about the MNU production of Little Women
So let me just jump into things…lately, I’ve discovered that you have to do a lot of reading in college. Crazy, I know. ;] I didn’t fully grasp that fact until this semester when i got bombarded with 4 huge textbooks that I need to read to be able to do well in my classes. And it’s true, I know personally for me, if I read (and really read my books, not just skim over them) I will definitely better my understanding of what the professor is teaching in the class. Weird how it works that way…I mean, who reads anyways? Just kidding. I know that there are a lot of people that enjoy reading. I enjoy it at times, but if I’m really not too passionate about the subject, its hard for me to read the material. But it also says in Gods word that whatever we do, whether in word or in deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. sometimes its difficult to have that attitude about schoolwork, but I feel that that’s the attitude that Christ would want me to have towards it.
Anyways. So lately I have been kind of overwhelmed just thinking about the work load that I have. At the same time, I don’t want to get too overwhelmed and instead, be balanced in managing my time. Which also means taking time to rest occasionally. But you see, this is hard when this culture has convinced us that we have to be entertained and doing something every single second of every day. And you know what, we really don’t have to! It’s actually really okay to just do nothing. I’m not saying be lazy and sit around all the time, I’m saying that with this constant entertainment surrounding us, we can be so consumed with having to do things all the time and have a constant desire to be entertained. Managing your time well is always great, and getting things done and being diligent in your work is even better. But I think that taking the time to rest and be able to recap is extremely important. I also believe that this lines up with scripture.
Another thing I’ve learned about myself while being in college is that i really stink at time management. I also am really bad at saying no to people. I think that can be a good quality and a bad quality. A good one because the fact that I can’t say no to things can really open up more opportunities that i maybe wouldn’t have had if i had said no. But on the other hand, i can get carried away with saying yes to everything and end up being extremely overwhelmed. I know we’ve probably all experienced this at some point in our life. I know It happens to me almost daily! College has really stretched me in a way in which I have had to be conscious about who and what I’m saying yes to and how I’m managing my time. It is especially difficult to balance doing activities out of school and also being diligent in getting homework done and taking time to read.
So guys, I just thought I’d share a little bit about what college has taught me so far. I know there are so many things I am still learning, and are yet to learn, but for now I hope this was good insight to you guys in some way.
Tomorrow is supposed to snow a lot, so that means, SNOW DAY FOR MNU! When all of campus found out we were having a snow day, it pretty much felt like the world was going to end. Everyone started franticly rushing to Wall-Mart to prepare to be stuck in their rooms for days. I think all of us at MNU are actually hoping that we are stuck in our rooms for days. Maybe because we have procrastinated studying for the 4 tests that we have this week. THIS. WEEK. And you never know, they just might all fall on the same day. Which does happen quite often.
So yeah! Thanks for stopping by, comment if you would like, but until next time,
-Heather Rose :]
P.S. the video at the top is of the Baker vs. MNU game that we had last Thursday. WE WON by the way. :] but this was the half time show, and it was really odd, but really funny. So you should definitely watch it! :]
Well we have reached February finally. It’s a new year, new semester, so I thought I would bring you an update from my second semester at MNU.
My classes are relatively more challenging compared to last semester, however I have found them pretty enjoyable. My schedule goes:
MWF: Orientation to Psych, Old Testament, Life Span Development, Human Sexuality (let me tell you that one is quite an interesting/awkward/exciting class, if you are a psych major this may be one you may want to take)
T/Th: Physical Science and Prob and Stats
So that is what I have been up to lately. Between classes, nannying, and school events, you could probably find me in a study room at the library with some good friends. (And as short of a walk as it is… I will most definitely be driving as long as it going to be soooo cold!)
Another place you could find me this semester is watching basketball. Whether it be Sunday/Monday night intramural boys basketball, or our Pioneer boys demolishing Baker, you could find me cheering on the sidelines!
Yes we take pictures of ourselves instead of the game. Go ‘Neers!
Also there are some awesome things to do in Kansas City on the weekends! Last night you could have found me at Winter Jam! And it was awesome! I think my ears may still be ringing!
Ya no big deal or anything, but the drummer for Newsboys was spinning at a 90 degree angle… Crazy!
It was an awesome night of praising the Lord with the talents He has given to us.
Oh hey Lecrae
I also like to watch movies and hangout with some of my favorite girls.
From Left to Right: Mckenna (my roomie), Rachel, Me, and Randi
Also this semester has already consisted of more Applebee’s half-priced apps runs.
So that is about it… nothing too crazy but hopefully you get the idea of a pretty busy but fun semester already!
“We were created with the capacity to live life one day at a time. So make it to where your work load will only be that of one day.”
I confess that lately I have been rather stressed and disheveled with my schedule, roles, and responsibilities. But if the afore mentioned quote is truth, then I believe that with effort, diligence, and discipline-balance and peace of mind are possible.
So, paying attention to my schedules from school, church, and work I’m working to do this.
I have learned friends that in: staying up late (and not being able to sleep in with 8 and 9am classes-the struggle is real), not keeping up with assigned readings for consecutive days at a time, treating studying as a chore and not as an opportunity-an opportunity to please, serve, and worship the Lord-if all those negative things are done, feelings of being overwhelmed, high stress and high potential for breakdown are highly likely to take place.
I’m confident that nobody wants any of that.
Sure there is such a thing as eustress (stress that is actually good for you). Okay, I’ll concede that, but friends if we can manage our time wisely and focus on putting “first things first”, stress that has no benefit will affect us less negatively. Life will be more enjoyable and fuller.
“Take care of yourself.”-Wise words.
Peace in the Middle East friends! Know that you’re loved,
Mario Paul Flores.
PS Here are some moments from the past week I wanted to share with y’all:
This is just a wee bit colder than the 80 degree weather back home. But trust me when I say that I will take 10 degree weather over 100 degrees anytime (anytime as in I have warm enough clothes for it)
I’m continuing to learn Greek! The Top line says “God I love.” and the bottom says “The Lord Christ I love.”
Here’s the man that’s teaching myself and others Greek. And yes, Randy is trying on yet another hat.
I like seeing snow outside the window :D
Let it snow…as long as driving conditions can remain safe that it is.
I’ve mapped out my planner (This is just two pages of the 3 months worth of work I did! Credit to Jamie for her persuading motivational speech to manage my time more efficiently! Organization Station I might be on my way! Maybe… Hopefully…
I hope you all had a wonderful winter break! Right now life is all about getting back into the swing of things… New classes, new transfer friends, and for me a new roommate!
Now for me when life starts to get kind of crazy (going to classes, working, trying to get homework done, keeping a semi-clean dorm room, and attempting to maintain a social life) I get a bit overwhelmed. But there are a few things I can always rely on!
1. Spend time with the Lord! This is by far the most important and helpful thing you can do! Just taking a break from life for 15 minutes to read God’s word and to cast worries onto Him is a big relief!
2. Listen to some music! You can really listen to any kind of music (I am in love with Frank Sinatra and a lot of classical music lately) but anything works! Especially some good worship music! (I love All Sons and Daughters) Listen to it while you are cleaning, doing homework, or whatever!
3. Try to keep your room clean throughout the week! Instead of waiting until it gets unbearable… make sure each day you clean up a little so you don’t get overwhelmed with stuff! Now it may not bother you as much as it bothers me, but if you are like me it helps! I can’t sit and do homework in a room that just looks like a mess!
4. Take a nap, or commit to going to bed early every once and awhile! Making time for sleep is important so make it a priority to take a little nap or go to bed an hour earlier than normal for a night! A good nights sleep can make a big difference in your day!
5. Give yourself a break and hangout with some good friends! Studying and working is important… But don’t work yourself too hard! Hangout with some good friends! At MNU we have tons of movie nights, play ping pong, and go to Applebee’s for half-priced apps! No matter what you do… make sure you give yourself a break to have fun!
We also went bowling for an ASG event!
My friend Dan Wright playing pingpong with his one of a kind paddle.
Start the semester off right! Don’t overwork yourself too early on! There is no need for stress! You need to work hard, but don’t do it to the point of wearing yourself out and then not be able to finish!
Hope this helps all you students! Even if you’re in high school!
Blog world: It’s finals week. I’m not going to bore you with another post about it, but I did just kill my Strategic Management final. Whoop!
Strategic Management is the business capstone, and I learned so much in it that I couldn’t even begin to tell you about how awesome of a class it was. However, after taking my final, I feel pretty confident about the information I learned.
Has anyone been on Facebook lately? Can anyone tell me why I’ve read more about yoga pants than the fight for world peace in the last 3 months? I’ve seen so many religious/Biblical arguments on the subject, most of which are against wearing the polyester/spandex blend articles of clothing.
First of all, I don’t know why everyone has to agree one way or another about everything all the time. But since I’m forced to pick a side, I’m going to refrain from using Biblical references to manipulate my audience. The word of God doesn’t have much to say on Yoga pants specifically, so I’m not going to mold it to defend what I think it should defend. Instead, I’m going to walk you through everything I’ve learned in my Strategic Management class and bring hopefully a refreshing perspective.
Without further adieu, I present
What Strategic Management taught me about Yoga Pants
So in my class, we had to read 1. a text book, 2. Seven Habits of Highly Successful People by Stephen Covey, and 3. Good to Great by Jim Collins. The source of my information comes from those three books and the infinite wisdom of Dr. Jamie Myrtle.
In Covey’s book, the first habit of 7 is Be Proactive. The big idea is that our basic nature is to act, not to be acted upon. Holding people responsible for their actions is not demeaning, it is affirming. Don’t be scared off because of the language I’m about to use, because I’ll break it all down. Covey talks about the theories of determinism, aka, why we become who we become. Genetic determinism says “I am who I am because of my heritage or genetic makeup,” Psychic determinism says “I am who I am because of my upbringing and childhood circumstances,” and Environmental determinism says “I am who I am because of the environment around me.”
So there are a lot of things that can determine who we are if we allow them to. When we live using a reactive paradigm, this is essentially what it looks like.
“Something else caused my reaction.” This is a victim mentality.
Covey talks about the space between the Stimulus and the Response. We have the freedom to choose. This is called being proactive. The model looks like this:All that to say, no one can force you to do anything. You have the opportunity to choose. Just because your mother makes chocolate chip cookies doesn’t mean you have to eat them. Just because someone cuts you off in traffic doesn’t mean your day is ruined. Just because a girl wears yoga pants doesn’t mean you have to lust after her. Similarly, just because a girl is wearing yoga pants doesn’t mean you have to be uncomfortable. The freedom to choose, friends. Look away. Are yoga pants form fitting? Yes. Are skinny jeans? Yes. The thing here is that they cover more than most shorts, skirts, or dresses. I’m not seeking to condemn, I’m just telling you how it is. People are going to wear these pants whether you rant about it on Facebook or not. Nobody’s forcing you to wear them, therefore: let’s not waste time and energy trying to force people out of them either.
In the book Good to Great, Collins talks about good vs. great leaders. There are 5 levels of leadership, as pictured below.
Throughout the text, Collins compares level 4 and level 5 leaders. When things are going wrong inside an organization, a Level 4 Leader will “look out the window” to find it, or push blame on others. He/She will also “look in the mirror” when things are going well. This is where Level 4 and 5 leaders contrast.
Level 5 leaders look out the window to apportion credit to factors outside themselves when things go well (and if they cannot find a specific person or event to give credit to, they credit good luck). At the same time, they look in the mirror to apportion responsibility, never blaming bad luck when things go poorly.
When things in your life aren’t going well, do you look to yourself first, or to the outside world? If you are struggling with lust, do you first cast blame on all the yoga-pant wearing girls around you that you have no control over, or do you examine your own heart? If you are insecure about your body, do you blame the media or other girls who rock yoga pants, or do you look to the real issue: your own heart?
Don’t be thrown off by what I’m about to say.
The Macro-environment effects you. The external, uncontrollable factors in the environment will influence your decisions. We can evaluate which are the relevant factors in the macro-environment through a PESTEL analysis.
Political factors (taxes)
Economic conditions (local to worldwide, age distribution)
Sociocultural forces (ethnic values, family structure, cultural attitudes)
Technological factors (updates in cellphones, computers, electronics)
Environmental factors (the natural environment)
Legal/regulatory conditions (new legislature)
Hang with me.. it’s about to get easier. Okay so when we think about all of these factors, it totally makes sense that yoga pants are booming in the US of A, specifically in Economic and Sociocultural forces. People are busier than ever. Women are working and child-rearing. With the rise of divorce, there are many single, working moms. One of the things I like about fashion is that it follows societal trends, not the other way around. Due to all of this, women feel more free to wear their workout clothing in the midst of picking up groceries from the store while the kids are at soccer practice after working 8-5 with a 30 minute workout at the gym over lunch. Fashion followed this- it is now trendy to wear yoga pants in public. The factors in the macro-environment have led to the popularity of comfortable, chic, informal clothing. If you just don’t like the trend, that’s a completely other argument. If you think there is a moral issue with the trend, then you are saying there is a moral issue with the entire society, and your yoga-pants argument is illogical. Fight what the real issue is here, such as women raising children on their own- volunteer to help some single moms in your community.
Okay it’s time to land this plane. As I know that everyone will continue to argue this subject, I would like to assist you in doing so. In Covey’s novel, he discusses a Win-Win character. Here are the 6 fundamental attitudes about conflict you can have in life.
Win-Win: Both interests are met
Win-Lose: I win, you lose
Lose-Win: Victim mentality, people pleasing
Lose-Lose: War. 2 people who won’t back down from their interests
Win: I don’t care what you lose, I just win
Win-Win or no deal: Both interests are met regardless of how long it takes to work it out
The point is this. People are more likely to hear your point of view if you listen to theirs first. There is difference between listening and waiting to respond. Be sure to stop formulating your argument to listen to the interests of those around you. Maybe we can find common ground this way instead of an ageless argument.
Okay so that’s what I learned this semester. I’d like to thank Professor Myrtle for the wisdom. Peace, Love and Yoga Pants.
So, right now I am currently at Starbucks.. drinking coffee.. and studying for the 4 finals, added on with 3 unit tests that I have.
In college, for me at least, coffee shops and MNU’s library are two of my favorite places to be. Lately, I have spent a lot of my time at both of these places. For me today, Starbucks has taken a little bit of the stress off of the insane amount of information I have to cram into my brain this week. So thank you Starbucks!
Also, this is maybe one of the only places that I get wifi…so that’s cool.
This past week/weekend was just full of everything Christmas! Let me show you guys some pictures:
SANTA! He came to the Merc! If you don’t know what the Merc is, it’s our merchandise store located in our Campus Center.
On this past Thursday night, my friend Jazmine and I had a movie night and we made coffee in our room! It might have been a slight mistake though because it was around 10:00 p.m. when we made it. Lets just say that I was up pretty late that night. But it was delicious, so it was definitely worth it! This isn’t really Christmassy, but I thought i’d share with you guys my coffee masterpiece.
This is a picture from our Freshman Christmas sweater party! I came a little late so I missed out on the dance party, which was really upsetting, but other than that it was a wonderful time! There was hot cocoa, egg nog, snacks, and our MNU improv team (Action Pact) came and did an improv show for us! Okay, I know what you’re thinking.. “Who is this super attractive lady with a Rudolf nose coming out of her mouth?” Well my friends, this is my RA Faith Koker. She is the bomb. I mean just look at her. :]
To start the Christmas season off right, some of my friends and I decided to watch Elf this weekend! I think I have maybe seen this movie 15 times, but it never ever gets old. :]
MNU also got some snow this weekend! It was a really light snow so we barely got any at all, but it was still snow! Which makes it feel even more like Christmas! I also took this picture in our piano rooms and I thought it really captured just how beautiful they are. Well, I think they’re beautiful at least. I do find myself spending a lot of my time in here as well as in the library and Starbucks. :] You can also kind of see the little bit of snow we got on top of the roof of my dorm outside the window.
Well guys, I don’t know about you, but I am ready to be done with this week, not just because it’s finals week, but because that means next week is the start of Christmas break! It’s going to be wonderful having a whole month off to see my family and friends again. I will definitely miss my MNU family though.
So I decided to start a series on my blog! I am going to be giving advice on miscellaneous subjects throughout the rest of the school year. My biggest passion in life is giving advice to people… that’s what I’m studying in school! So not only is this great practice for me, but I also know that I enjoy reading people’s thoughts when they are extremely passionate about it and authentic… And hopefully you can take something away from it!
This week I felt it only fitting to talk about… studying. I know most of us cringe at the very sound of the word, but it is inevitable in high school and college life. Finals are coming up next week, and let me tell you I hope I can take my own advice! But I decided to take what I’ve learned and what others have learned from this semester and give you some last minute advice.
First of all, try your best to start in advance. Now I am one of the biggest procrastinators you will ever meet, so this is something I need to work on to. But when it comes to studying, especially in college, overnight crams just don’t get it done. Also last minute studying brings upon unneeded stress and not a lot of sleep. Do yourself a favor and begin studying a week before. Spend an hour a day reading over your notes, creating a study guide, or whatever you need to do so that you can spend the last day going over things you don’t understand. You can also find help with tutoring and from your professor easier if you start in advance and find the right questions to ask.
My next tip would be to figure out what kind of studier your are. Do you study better alone or in groups? For me, I am not typically a very motivated person. Although I am fairly independent, I work better in groups because of my “chill personality” (basically I get lazy). Now if you’re a talker, you may not want to study in groups if you want to get anything accomplished. I know it may be uncomfortable because your personality type longs to be with people, but in the end you will have accomplished more working alone.
Another big one I think most of our generation struggles with is putting away the electronics. I know your phone is legitimately glued to your hand… but it will be a huge distraction! It always is for me anyway! I would recommend to grab a cup of coffee and/or a snack and get COMFORTABLE. I am not talking in front of a t.v.! Find a quiet place and get comfortable… you may end up staying there for awhile.
This next tip was something I never did in high school, but in college I have had to do quite a bit That is… read your text book. I understand, it’s soo boring. But in college there will be things on the test that you will not know just by listening in class. Now I have learned a bit of a cheat on this one over the course of the semester. What I do is read over my notes, then I head over to the book and find where it talks about what I read in my notes. I learn a lot more examples and get a greater understanding of the concept after doing it that way. I don’t have to read the in between stuff, but just learning more than what is in my notes has been very successful so far. This may not work for all of your class (for instance math and some sciences) but it’s a start.
My last tip is more of a plead… GET SLEEP. It is so important to sleep before exams. I have always done better and felt more confident when I have had a good night’s rest. It may seem dumb and overrated but believe me it works! Studies have shown that sleep helps you retain the knowledge that you have studied. It may seem uncool… but you will feel a lot better and remember a lot more!
Hopefully this helps! Happy finals! Oh and may the odds be ever in your favor…