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  • Diary of … a non-traditional spring breaker | The Current
    no idea what to expect Normally I don t get nervous but as we entered the city on our first day of the trip I felt as though my heart was going to beat out of my chest and to be honest I didn t want to be there A total of 13 NSU students and staff set out on a mission to help New Orleans recover from the horrible nightmare of Hurricane Katrina which they still haven t woken up from We brought our support and we were able to assist a newly built elementary school by organizing books storage closets and assisting teachers who were overwhelmed with work We also went to a rescue barn where we fed bathed and nurtured horses that were once abandoned and abused The way the horse s eyes stared into mine I could see its pain penetrate through They looked at us as if we were the only hope they had in the world The powerful and intense encounter with the horses left many of us feeling empty wishing we could do something more Regrettably some days weren t as inspiring as others There were a few times when we all felt discouraged and unfocused During this time for the first time in my life I could blatantly see a spiritual battle against the powers of darkness We experienced individuals who were ungrateful of our support or some who would ignore us altogether But our apprehension slowly began to fade as we realized what we were truly there to do to care for someone else other than ourselves We experienced yet another powerful encounter A man kindly allowed us into his work a homeless shelter He shared his testimony and prayed and we listened as he told us how God has truly saved him and changed his life I felt so blessed to have the opportunity to meet him We were able to make sandwiches for the homeless and hand them out The amount of appreciation these people had just because of a small bag of food was breathtaking We all stood in silence no one spoke as realization floated through the air striking each of us Every day that I have been back I realize more and more how truly blessed I am I have three meals to eat every day I have a bed to sleep in a roof over my head and a place where I am safe Despite the incredible poverty and unimaginable suffering that they endure the people in New Orleans truly exemplify that through everything they are OK The people of New Orleans were so grateful for our help and would continuously say things such as Thank you for coming here and helping to change my life But I have to disagree they have changed my life far more than I could have ever changed theirs I encourage everyone to go on a service trip Seeing the amazing grace abounding mercy and steadfast love right before

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  • Diary of … a future religious scientist | The Current
    young man residing in two worlds who is advocating for their complementary natures I ve always loved mathematics and the sciences like chemistry and neuroscience in particular These have always been my highest scoring areas on any standardized test which led to my desire to learn all I can about them Many say that while advancing in the scientific arena there is no room for bigoted illogical thoughts from a biblical paradigm such as the concept of God creating the universe and everything in it or a global flood But I say that without these bigoted illogical thoughts scientific progress would probably have been hindered by many decades if not centuries Many past and present pioneering scientists either shared or share if not in full many aspects of this paradigm I can t remember the first time I heard of evolution it just seemed to always be there I took more notice of it when I saw how combative people became while discussing differing views on the topic even though you usually do not speak about religion or politics in casual conversation I also noticed it a lot more when I began taking my Christianity more seriously In my own desire to learn more about these so called conflicting ideals I began researching and learning more about both creation and evolution dogmas My personal explorations have shown me that religion and science aren t in a juxtaposed position but rather that science actually validates religion Throughout my college experience I ve had the opportunity to talk with students and professors about these topics and I always find them to be some of my favorite conversations These conversations not only shed light on what others believe but also show me how differently people can think I ve walked away from these conversations reaffirmed in my beliefs but also with a new perspective or vantage point on a topic I ve surprised professors because I have some irrational beliefs such as the concept of creation yet I can still do well on a genetics quiz or maintain a long conversation about anything from Neanderthals to the Miller Urey experiment One of the hardest challenges for me is not defending my faith and beliefs but tolerating people who automatically discredit me before I can even say anything It s challenging because I know I can show the same poor attitude toward their argument but I do my best not to for the sake of respect and intellectual development Ignorance no matter which direction it is coming from ultimately does more harm than good I always try to listen to the theories taught in my different classes or read articles and works from prominent evolutionists to strengthen my beliefs while also familiarizing myself with other paradigms Even though I may not receive the same treatment from those with opposing standpoints I still carry myself with honor Not for a reciprocated respect but because as a Christian I was taught to do unto others as

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  • Ezana Assefa | The Current
    heat don t skip a beat In Our Own Words Diagnosing autism lags in some communities Arts and Entertainment All Interviews Off Shore Calendar Reviews Soundbite Staff Picks Goodbye Netflix binges hello movie matinees Soundbite Album by The Sun Days Summer music festivals Off Shore Calendar for April 19 2016 Sports All Athlete of the Week Coach s Corner On the Bench Out of the Shark Zone Athlete of the Week Sherrelle Jordan Out of the Sharkzone for April 19 2016 On the Bench Equal pay for equal play Finding Fitness Boxing Opinions All Faceoffs On the Scene Satire Shark Speak Shark Speak for April 19 2016 Everyone needs a role model Are you even reading this Periods aren t gross period Home Authors Posts by Ezana Assefa Ezana Assefa 1 POSTS 0 COMMENTS Diary of a future religious scientist Ezana Assefa March 17 2015 0 Follow Us 588 Fans Like 453 Followers Follow 614 Followers Follow 9 Subscribers Subscribe Popular Articles of the Week I only speak Emoji Chantel Grant April 5 2016 608 0 Goodbye Netflix binges hello movie matinees Li Cohen April 19 2016 106 0 That time I auditioned for So You Think You Can Dance The Current April 19 2016 223 0 TGIF Shopper s guide to Black Friday Roddia Paul November 17 2015 1495 0 University School assistant coach found dead Li Cohen March 25 2016 438 0 Print Edition Student Media Partners Archives by Month 2016 J F M A M J J A S O N D 2015 J F M A M J J A S O N D 2014 J F M A M J J A S O N D 2013 J F M A M J J A S O N D 2012 J F M A M

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  • Diary of … a former MTV cast member | The Current
    Territory and you have been selected I remember stopping in my tracks and screaming at the top of my lungs It was the craziest and most surreal moment of my life After I hung up the phone I actually cried with excitement Now I belonged to MTV I had to be ready to drop whatever I was doing at any point in the day to answer calls or FaceTime and I still had to keep it a secret For several months MTV spent time just getting to know me and my daily routines in preparation for filming On the first day of filming I ran outside my dorm and saw all the vans and film crew members and the reality of the situation hit me I walked into Flagler College s dining hall at the busiest hour with a full camera crew surrounding me It was a strange feeling at first having to act like myself while being followed by a crew with huge cameras and lights and microphones But by the end of the first day I felt so comfortable with the crew and producers that I hardly noticed them Filming every day was exciting but people don t realize how exhausting it can be It began the second I woke up and ended late at night every moment in between was fast paced I would always forget I was wearing a microphone and that they were recording my every word I had a blast getting my friends involved with filming and my daily routine remained the same Everyone always wants to know if my performance was scripted but I remained myself the whole time and the crew followed my lead It wasn t your typical drama filled show but instead my true life story I remained open and honest and never held back On the last day during final exam week I could barely film because I was so exhausted I had never been so stressed in my life I cried when it came time to say goodbye to the crew because we had developed a close bond But after they left I finally got to catch up on sleep I had no idea how much footage they were going to use or when the show was coming out and I was nervous about how they would portray me But one day without any warning from MTV there I was on MTV s Facebook page I nearly died the show was about to air I never saw any of the footage before so I watched the episodes each week along with the rest of America The first time I saw myself I was proud of the story I told because I felt it was the true me and it was never manipulated I went in thinking I am getting the opportunity to share my personal story with the world and that s what I did So many opportunities and cool experiences came after the first episode The morning

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  • Kyle Dansereau | The Current
    heat don t skip a beat In Our Own Words Diagnosing autism lags in some communities Arts and Entertainment All Interviews Off Shore Calendar Reviews Soundbite Staff Picks Goodbye Netflix binges hello movie matinees Soundbite Album by The Sun Days Summer music festivals Off Shore Calendar for April 19 2016 Sports All Athlete of the Week Coach s Corner On the Bench Out of the Shark Zone Athlete of the Week Sherrelle Jordan Out of the Sharkzone for April 19 2016 On the Bench Equal pay for equal play Finding Fitness Boxing Opinions All Faceoffs On the Scene Satire Shark Speak Shark Speak for April 19 2016 Everyone needs a role model Are you even reading this Periods aren t gross period Home Authors Posts by Kyle Dansereau Kyle Dansereau 1 POSTS 0 COMMENTS Diary of a former MTV cast member Kyle Dansereau March 10 2015 0 Follow Us 588 Fans Like 453 Followers Follow 614 Followers Follow 9 Subscribers Subscribe Popular Articles of the Week I only speak Emoji Chantel Grant April 5 2016 608 0 Goodbye Netflix binges hello movie matinees Li Cohen April 19 2016 106 0 That time I auditioned for So You Think You Can Dance The Current April 19 2016 223 0 TGIF Shopper s guide to Black Friday Roddia Paul November 17 2015 1495 0 University School assistant coach found dead Li Cohen March 25 2016 438 0 Print Edition Student Media Partners Archives by Month 2016 J F M A M J J A S O N D 2015 J F M A M J J A S O N D 2014 J F M A M J J A S O N D 2013 J F M A M J J A S O N D 2012 J F M A

    Original URL path: https://nsucurrent.nova.edu/author/kd955/ (2016-04-28)
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  • Diary of … a singer/songwriter | The Current
    studio where I began vocal lessons Before I knew it music became my passion Throughout middle school I learned as much as I could as quickly as I could and nothing was going to stop me I began to learn how the body works during singing such as which muscles are required to breathe properly and how to execute a solid sound in the right way Once I developed my voice I started to perform more and also picked up instruments to accompany me while singing As soon as I started to learn piano by ear and taught myself basic chords I started to write my own lyrics and melodies After a while I noticed that I had developed my own style and I just kept writing as much music as I could for as long as I was inspired In high school I was in the chorus and also played some lead roles in school musicals such as Fantine in Les Miserables Belle in Beauty and the Beast Little Red from Into the Woods and Kim in Miss Saigon Although I enjoyed all of those roles my main focus was still creating my own sound and learning as much as I could about my craft I eventually taught myself how to play guitar and messed around with the drums and as I continued to write my own songs I also performed at local malls coffee shops carnivals the beach and pretty much anywhere I could I started out doing covers of songs with karaoke tracks but it eventually evolved into me playing with live music and making a lot of my own acoustic material This is when I realized that stripped sound is really what grabs people s attention Flashing forward to my senior year in high school I began to lead retreats and put together the worship music for them and during this time I knew that no matter what nothing would stop me from reaching my goals and staying humble in the process When applying to colleges I knew what I was going to study and I got extremely lucky when I received a music scholarship to attend NSU I was excited to take on music theory and production and learn everything I could I decided to also major in exercise science because I believe that music and keeping the body healthy are definitely connected On Jan 27 2015 I released my first EP which is a small album with some original songs on iTunes and Spotify The album is called Everything in Between and has a mixture of acoustic and pop electronic music It is fully mixed and mastered and is something I am proud to have accomplished after all of the hard work patience and dedication that I put into all these years of doing music I breathe music there is nothing I have ever been so passionate about and I am sure that it is my calling I just want my music to connect

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  • Carolena Albert | The Current
    In Our Own Words Diagnosing autism lags in some communities Arts and Entertainment All Interviews Off Shore Calendar Reviews Soundbite Staff Picks Goodbye Netflix binges hello movie matinees Soundbite Album by The Sun Days Summer music festivals Off Shore Calendar for April 19 2016 Sports All Athlete of the Week Coach s Corner On the Bench Out of the Shark Zone Athlete of the Week Sherrelle Jordan Out of the Sharkzone for April 19 2016 On the Bench Equal pay for equal play Finding Fitness Boxing Opinions All Faceoffs On the Scene Satire Shark Speak Shark Speak for April 19 2016 Everyone needs a role model Are you even reading this Periods aren t gross period Home Authors Posts by Carolena Albert Carolena Albert 2 POSTS 0 COMMENTS The time I released my first album Carolena Albert April 12 2016 0 Diary of a singer songwriter Carolena Albert February 25 2015 0 Follow Us 588 Fans Like 453 Followers Follow 614 Followers Follow 9 Subscribers Subscribe Popular Articles of the Week I only speak Emoji Chantel Grant April 5 2016 608 0 Goodbye Netflix binges hello movie matinees Li Cohen April 19 2016 106 0 That time I auditioned for So You Think You Can Dance The Current April 19 2016 223 0 TGIF Shopper s guide to Black Friday Roddia Paul November 17 2015 1495 0 University School assistant coach found dead Li Cohen March 25 2016 438 0 Print Edition Student Media Partners Archives by Month 2016 J F M A M J J A S O N D 2015 J F M A M J J A S O N D 2014 J F M A M J J A S O N D 2013 J F M A M J J A S O N D

    Original URL path: https://nsucurrent.nova.edu/author/ca1075/ (2016-04-28)
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  • Diary of … a Proud Venezuelan | The Current
    and I would say Venezuela their response was usually the same You mean Minnesota At the beginning I used to get very angry that people did not know where I was from However after some time had passed I became accustomed to such comments I remember a time when a girl asked my friends and me where we were from and I told her South America to which she responded Like Texas South America We were so familiar with such comments that we chuckled and just kept talking as if she had not just made that comment However there was a time when someone was not only ignorant of my origin but also disrespectful of it I went to Ocala Florida and I wanted to put gas in my car at a gas station I walked in like at any other gas station and asked the cashier to put 20 on pump two and he did not reply at all The man at the station refused to serve me solely because of my ethnicity I was aware of my Spanish accent so I tried to pronounce words better and requested the same thing one more time But the guy just stared at me and did not say a word and when I was about to ask for gas a third time two more guys came out of the back of the store and stood next to him Now there were three guys with crossed arms looking at me in a very intimidating way I quickly drove away from there As I drove away from the gas station I saw a poster on one of the houses nearby that said KKK Territory Once I read that poster I understood what had just happened at the station This experience opened my eyes in many ways and from that moment on I realized that I wanted to do something to educate as many people as possible not only about where my country of origin is but also about other foreign countries I believe that racism starts with ignorance and a lack of attachment to the person being judged If people start feeling more attached to people who are different from them in either race religion or nationality this country will be a better place I often question what kind of education we are giving our students and having some geographical understanding of the world is the first step to creating a more accepting society in the United States I often try to educate people that I am not from Minnesota or Louisiana or South America I do not try to sound rude when I do it because I understand the source of their confusion so I try to tell them the world is a bigger place I try to break the mental boundaries we place on our perception of what the world is by providing information that some people have never heard before The fact is there is an exciting and beautiful place

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