I attended my last Liberty University Coffeehouse Saturday night, March 29.
Like many of my friends and fellow graduating seniors, I expected to be overcome with a bittersweet feeling watching the biannual Student Activities (SA)-held showcase for the last time. However, with each British-themed act to take the stage, the realization that this was the beginning of the end of my time as a Liberty student became overshadowed by the extraordinary amount of talent on display.
Despite the recent trend of focusing on disappointing Coffeehouse acts, the response to Saturday’s Coffeehouse was overwhelmingly positive. Even President Jerry Falwell, Jr. expressed his approval of the show.
“Tonight’s #SAcoffeehouse is the best that I have attended in the last seven years at LU!” Falwell tweeted Saturday night.
After performances of songs such as The Beatles’ “Come Together” and The Who’s “Baba O’Riley,” as well as one of the funniest Coffeehouse videos in recent memory involving one Liberty student awkwardly holding hands with strangers set to The Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” I have to agree with Falwell.
Despite attending the event with multiple friends who will also graduate this May, the nostalgia of past Coffeehouses and the knowledge that this would be our last before graduation faded as our focus shifted to the stage, and with good reason.
The amount of talented Liberty students I have watched in the eight Coffeehouse shows I have attended is nearly immeasurable. After almost every one of those eight shows, Liberty students took to Facebook and Twitter to express their amazement at the gifts God has given their peers. Whether through dance, music or comedy, Liberty students never cease to amaze me.
Although I am sad that my last Coffeehouse is behind me, I am glad that the final one I attended exceeded the enormous expectations that students often have for the event, thanks to SA and the students who performed.
As Liberty quickly becomes a part of my history, the nostalgia that neglected to overwhelm me that night is slowly making its way to the forefront.
As I reminisce about my time at Liberty, I have realized that this year’s Coffeehouse stands as a monument of my time here. Though there have been ups and downs, good grades and difficult classes, good friends and trying times, I will leave this place knowing that my collegiate career far exceeded my expectations.
For that, I will be eternally grateful. So in the spirit of the British, “Cheerio.”