Oct 10, 2006

A taste of Liberty: High school goes to college

by Cory Palmer

Prospective students from around the world arrived at Liberty campus over the weekend for one of LU’s most well-known events – College for a Weekend.

More than 1,600 high school juniors and seniors, along with their parents and youth leaders, took part in a weekend full of special events, including instructional seminars and workshops, plays in the Lloyd Auditorium, LU hockey games at the LaHaye Ice Center, late night skating at FunQuest and a concert Saturday night featuring Mercy Me, Audio Adrenaline and Phil Wickham.

CFAW is a time for students to experience a weekend in the life of a college student and to see what Liberty University has to offer them. They did this by attending classes on Friday and eating at the Reber-Thomas Dining Hall.

“I went to a couple of classes, and the teachers were pretty interesting,” said Hannah Bradley, a high school senior. “I checked out the computer lab too. The academic environment here seems really active.”

Workshops were held throughout the weekend to introduce students to faculty, to assist them in the admissions process and to advise those who may be unsure of what major to choose or how to pay for college.

Events were also held for those who brought students, including a breakfast for youth pastors, a luncheon for parents and seminars advising parents on helping their student succeed.

“It will be a lot easier seeing her leave for college now that we’ve seen the campus,” said Susan Bradley, Hannah’s mother. “It’s good to know she’ll have an environment that will edify her spiritually as well, without having to worry about all the partying (that occurs) at most colleges.”

But it is not all work and no play for the weekend’s visitors. Prospective students spent the weekend in the dorms with host students, which allows such students to see a side of college life that most campus tours simply cannot provide.

“We had a lot of fun in the dorms,” said Daniel Moore, a high school junior. “The guys were really cool — they acted like we were just one of them.”

“I went to the hockey game last night,” said Moore.

“Some weekenders went to convo and a couple of classes with me Friday, and then we had a movie night,” said Laura Ward, a student CFAW host. “It was really rewarding do be able to give them a good experience and show them a good time while they were here.”


Contact Cory Palmer at cpalmer2@liberty.edu.



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