November 9, 2009 : Julie Celano
After attending Liberty's College For A Weekend (CFAW), many of you are trying to make the decision of whether or not to attend Liberty. It is important to evaluate your CFAW experience carefully to make sure you make the right decision.
The people: Do not base your decision to come to Liberty on a select few people you met at CFAW. Unfortunately, some of you might have had hosts that were not as friendly as they should have been. There are bound to be those types of people at any school, but there are just as surely welcoming and Christ-like people. Many people also take into account the new love of their life, also known as the cute boy or girl they met during CFAW. Many people do meet the person they will marry here at Liberty, but do not let someone you spent three days with influence you in making such an important decision.
The changes: Don't base your decision to come to Liberty on changing factors, such as: the food at the dining hall, the traffic or the hockey game you watched. Things like the dining hall menu and the sporting events are always changing. The exciting campus activities are a good reason to want to come to Liberty, but your decision to come here should not be based on one or two fun things you got to do during CFAW.
Academics: A huge reason to decide to come to Liberty is for academic purposes. There are many factors you should evaluate to make your decision, but ultimately, you are going to school to get an education, so it is vital that you like the academics provided at Liberty. A good way to judge your CFAW experience is to evaluate the experiences you had in the classes you attended and to find out information on the program you are interested in. If you have questions about the department you are interested in majoring in that you did not ask at CFAW, you can search www.liberty.edu to find phone numbers and email addresses of professors and department heads. Also, Liberty is rare in that it is a Christian university and has just about any major you can think of. If you want to go to a school that can provide you a Christian education without you having to choose a major like theology or missions, Liberty is likely to be a good choice for you.
Spiritual Life: Another reason to consider choosing Liberty is for the great spiritual life it provides. In addition to the obvious spiritual aspects like convocation and campus church, also think about the teachers that pray as they open class and genuinely care about their students, the RAs, spiritual life directors and prayer leaders who are constantly praying for you and helping you to grow in your walk with the Lord, and the Christian fellowship you will experience by attending a school with thousands of believers. Are those things important to you? Do you feel as if you should attend a Christian college to edify and strengthen your faith so that you do not fall into temptations that will be more evident at a college without Christian values? If your answer is yes to these questions, you should definitely consider choosing to attend Liberty or another Christian college. If you are interested in serving in the ministry, Liberty provides many opportunities to serve from missions trips to playing with unprivileged children in downtown Lynchburg.
Be sure to evaluate what you have seen here at Liberty thoroughly and intelligently. Do not make your decisions on changing and trivial aspects, but focus on the big picture. Of course the campus life and other factors will influence your decision, but remember that academics and spiritual life should be the most important factors in determining your decision about Liberty.
- Julie Celano