Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Last day. Hm...I could be that really crazy girl that just writes a single post like..
"Goodbye, God bless." And then sign off. That's lamesauce. Who wants to read that?!
BUT you know me too well. I have to share my wisdom and babble on and on about Liberty - because well, it rocks!
So, to all the doubters, skeptics, and apathetic high school seniors who have no idea what's going on...I have some wisdom. Let me preach it, just one last time. On the other hand, let me rap it - hypothetically... (*cue beat box*)
Hello, my name is Caitlin and I'm ready to say
Liberty University is more than just okay
There's volleyball, baseball, softball, and more
Hey, you wanna workout? Ya sure! Get sore!
Convocation in the Vines - that's what we all do
Famous speakers, great concerts, Tim Tebow and his crew
Don't think because it's Christian that it's gotta be lame
We got 12,000 students here that would talk about its fame.
Do you wanna be a nurse? You can practice with the best!
Do you wanna be a pilot? You can fly as a test!
I'm studyin' business, and I can't help but preach
The professors in this school - dude, they really wanna teach
I be learnin' real knowledge that can help me in the end
Am I open for business?! You can say that again!
I'm off to the be a Champion for someone who's my Lord
That man is named Jesus, and He's the first one on the Board.
He's the center of this school and everything it does
It's the reason that we're famous and catchin' all the buzz.
So, don't go around probably actin' like you know
'cause Liberty University - they be puttin' on a show!
That writing really made me want to break out the video camera and start out in a rap. Almost, but not quite. A few more words of wisdom for my future Liberty Flames:
My memories. Treasured always.
It's been a pleasure.
Off to graduate now!
P.S. If any of you have questions about Liberty or the campus life, you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd be happy to convince you to go! :)
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Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Folks, it's my last week on the job - It's OK, you can all cry alongside of me... :) This week begins my list of "lasts" at Liberty University. It seems quite surreal to be writing this blog and talking about my graduation - which by the way is in 11 days, craziness! The time between my first day as a freshman and my last day as a senior flew by like that crazy fast roadrunner in Looney Tunes! It just always gets away from you!
Here's my lists of "lasts" that I have or will be experiencing this week. I hope you can feel the weight of sadness in my voice - or is that joy? I can never tell...
1. Last week as a Student Blogger for Liberty University - I've enjoyed this opportunity more than any other job. Amazing to get to share my heart and experiences with you all. If you're just really bored, you can read the first blog I ever made here.
2. Last day of residential classes - TODAY! Somehow I bribed (strategized) my way into having no finals during finals week, so today is my last test, last class...last time to sit in a classroom and listen to a professor speak for an hour!..for now, at least.
3. Last Convocation, which I didn't even attend. To my surprise...erm, disappointment...this convocation on Monday was probably the best of the entire semester. I heard it involved dancing, jumping, "God's Great Dance Floor," and Jefferson Bethke. Who messed up on that one? This girl!
4. Last small group with my girls - As part of my CSER, I lead and mentor two groups of high school girls for Thomas Road Baptist Church. During the last two years, I have nurtured these relationships and been able to have some amazing conversations. Best decision I ever made - some will be my friends for a long time to come. I will miss them dearly!!!
5. Last Sunday at Thomas Road Baptist Church - It's been my church away from home since freshman year. Amazing church leadership, including the preaching of Jerry Falwell Sr.'s son, Jonathan Falwell.
6. Last paper for an undergraduate assignment - It's for an online class, and it's due in 6 days. Easy peezy lemon squeezy, but with no motivation, it becomes a like a terrible brick wall! Lord, give me strength! Woo!
7.Last week to enjoy anything uniquely Lynchburg - including the T-Room (an amazing diner), Chipotle (don't have that back home), Liberty University, mountains, and of course, my friends!!
I'll be writing one more farewell blog this week, but for now let's soak in this last week together. Finally, I encourage you to make the most of every moment because honestly, none of us know when that day will be one of the "lasts."Posted at 8:31 AM | Comments (0) | Permalink
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Liberty did it again! They just can't be stopped...ever!
So, for the first time in my entire collegiate career, I decided to watch a little track and field action on Friday. To my surprise, it was Big South Championship time, and about 9 other schools were there. Yikes! Schools, such as Coastal Carolina, Gardner-Webb, VMI, and High Point, were all present to compete on Liberty's home court...field...whatever. As you know, running is not my "cup of tea," but when I saw these women athletes getting 17 minute 5K times, I was beyond impressed. (I think my legs hurt just thinking of how fast I would have to run for that kind of time!) In the entire 20-year history of competing in this meet, Liberty University has not won one time...not two times...not even 5 times. Readers...Fans...my school has won the Outdoor Track and Field Big South Championship 18 TIMES! Like a boss, obviously...
Here are some highlights of Liberty's amazing win:
To add to the dominance of Liberty's athletic program, this championship caused Liberty to gain a 7th consecutive "Triple Crown" - winning the cross country title in October, the indoor track and field championship in February, and the outdoor track and field championship this past weekend. --"Liberty University Athletics - dominating in athletics since 1971"-- Congratulations to all the athletes! It was a pleasure to watch!Posted at 8:26 AM | Comments (0) | Permalink
Thursday, April 18, 2013
It's been a long time coming. After months and months of cold, harsh winter weather and random end-of-March snowstorms, Spring finally decided to show its lovely face around Lynchburg, VA. What does that mean for Liberty University? First of all, it means baseball. Lots and lots of Liberty baseball. A great way to tan - an even better way to spend a Sunday afternoon. It was a three game series last weekend. Liberty took on West Virginia University on Sunday, and although they lost 1-2, it was really fun to see the #FlameTrain in action (It's an actual hashtag now...apparently).
Two hours later, my legs were a little pink and Liberty walked away without a victory. Nonetheless, my friend and I decided to take a afternoon run and continue this amazing Spring feeling! That's another thing...as soon as the weather shows any sign of warmth, every student and their dog decides to put of those cute Nike shorts and run around campus like its their job. Bravo to the for getting in shape! That's what I'm talking about! Also, note (for the women) that warm weather equals cute sun dresses/skirts - the flowing kind that move with every breeze. If you mix that kind of skirt, a (liberty way approved) tank top, and a pair of aviators, you would definitely fit in among the Spring-time madness. For the outdoors-y kind, Spring brings out the Enos - I'm talking about hammocking!
Step #1 - Find two trees close together. Step #2 - Tie straps around tree to set-up Eno hammock, preferably higher so that your friend can set up his/hers below you. Step #3 - Use the "backwards jump and flip" trick to get into the hammock. Step #4 - Instagram your experience (This step is crucial). Now you are a LibertyU student in the Spring :)
Lastly, warm weather means that the engagements start popping up all over Facebook, but that's another story for another time...Ring before Spring. Myth or Magic? Hm...
Now that I've told you all my secrets, share your stories of Spring with me! What makes it officially Spring time for you?
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Friday, April 12, 2013
Out of all my time at Liberty, I have never witnessed an SA activity as great, funny, or simply amazing as last weekend's Late Night Coffeehouse! For my new readers, the Student Activities Coffeehouse is a bi-annual event that showcases the finest Liberty University talent, including dancers, singers, and videographers. The first Coffeehouse of the year is in December, which is Christmas themed and absolutely hilarious, and the second one, which can vary in theme from year-to-year, is in April. Tryouts are held throughout each respective semester to "weed out" the best and the brightest of the student talent, so all that is left is magical. This last one, MY LAST ONE (*tear tear*), highlighted the funniest moments of late-night television, including clips from the Jay Leno show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Saturday Night Live. It was BY FAR the best Coffeehouse I have EVER seen...like ever! Let's see if your time at Liberty can trump my experience - here's your chance to say "challenge accepted!"
A photo re-cap for my visual learners:
If you would like to watch any of the performances listed above (minus the boy band and interview), check out the Spring Coffeehouse portion of the Liberty University YouTube account. For those of you who thinks it takes to look to click that link, I'll hook you up with the most popular act of the night: "The Daily Saturday Night Whose Line is Mad TV with D-TREX Live" - That is definitely a mouthful!
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Friday, April 5, 2013
What's white and tall and colored all over? That's an awkward question, isn't it? (Dear Caitlin, please stop asking weird questions to your readers..) Ha, but for real, the answer is me! Small town, southern girl turned Color Me Rad crazy. Ever heard of this ridiculous 5K? It's only the most fun thing you'll ever do in your life - except coming to Liberty University, of course!
On most weekends, I sit down on my small plaid couch and turn on my brain to discussion boards and papers. Endless writing. If I'm lucky, there's some eating and some time to watch Doctor Who...but for the most part - homework. This weekend was atypical, and what a good atypical it was! Woke up 6 am and drove with some friends to Greensboro, NC to experience the most colorful run of my life!
So, what is this Color Me Rad nonsense? Back in the day...about 6 months ago...I wrote this little blog about exercising. I talked about the Color Run and making sure you move the body that the Lord God gave you. You can read it here, but here's the sum of Color Me Rad that I wrote:
Another running event that should be coming to Liberty soon is a Color Run - it's more a running rumor than a fact. But It's my dream! For every 1k or so, colored powder gets thrown on the runners for extra motivation and awesome-ness. By the time you finish, you look like a tie dye t-shirt..but from head to toe. The Website for Color me Rad says, "Each section of the run adds a new explosion of color to your clean, painter's palate until you cross the finish line into a final blitzkrieg of color." There's one in Blacksburg on October 27, but I'm not sure that my body will be ready to take another 5k. I'm no cross-country runner.
No, the Color Run didn't come to Liberty, but I thought driving two hours out of my way to look like a rainbow and chase an Easter bunny around a 5K track was probably a good idea!
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Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Freshman year. August 2010. Evangelism 101. Yes, it's a class. A required class. A wonderful class. Dr. Wheeler, the professor, spent every day, 3 days a week, refocusing the students on the power of gospel, the content gospel, the lies surrounding the gospel in the modern world, how to share it, and how others have shared it in the past. For one project in that class, we were told to share our faith with a person (a lost person) and report on the interaction and his/her response. At first, I got all "So, you're forcing us to evangelize?! Shouldn't that be a voluntary effort?" I was a freshman, and my faith and walk with the Lord was...raw. Looking back, I was ashamed that it took a required assignment for me to share Jesus Christ with someone. Three years later, thanks to professors like Dr. Wheeler and the work of the Holy Spirit, the gospel is my life goal, discipleship becomes a daily devotion, and my heart bursts with excitement to share at any chance. And now, I pray that passion never dies.
Last night, Dr. Wheeler took the stage at Campus Church and spoke again on this wonderful gospel. It's Holy Week, so the sermon was rather fitting. We opened to Matthew 7:21-23 and started with identifying the three types of people:
"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven." - Matt. 7:21
Dr. Wheeler was not identifying the "back slid" (#2) to say that all Christians were in this state. He simply laid out the warning of becoming callous to the sacrifice of Christ. When Christ isn't all that we are, he becomes nothing that He should be. (That was all me... you can tweet that ;) But really, it struck me (more reminded me) - hit me like a thousand bricks that this message, this Jesus, should be the center of our conversations, our lives, and our actions.
Dr. Wheeler told this story of a young, 20-year-old man with Epilepsy who had every reason to stay quiet and hide on the "side lines" of life. But God got a hold of his life, and every day was a new adventure for him to share the gospel with strangers, with friends...and with people sitting at a stoplight! True story. He stuttered and stammered through most of the gospel presentation, but at least he was sharing. It was the overflow from the impact of the Gospel on his life. The last part of that story was this hope - -that when the day came when that man's named was called before Christ, thousands would stand and cheer because of his impact on their lives. (I got chills) Let that be me. Let me never makes excuses to shy away from Jesus. If I say that I love him, why wouldn't I want to talk about Him? I guess that's the question to you today. Where are you with Jesus Christ? Is He your everything? Is His sacrifice and resurrection the only hope that you have in life? Has the plague of being terminally religious crept into your life? Let the gospel of Jesus' payment of your sins and defeat of death in His resurrection saturate your whole being and radically transform your view of Him today!
Holy Week reading: Matthew 27: 27-31
Guilty, vile, and helpless me;
Spotless Lamb of God was He;
Full atonement! can it be?
Hallelujah! What a Savior!
Monday, March 25, 2013
So, what does the most popular modern cable show and the largest Evangelical university have in common? Well, you know, the producers of such large projects obviously have to be friends! Kind of like best buds, but more formally...and professionally. I'm basically saying that we got the connections! Liberty students had the privilege to see extended footage of not-yet-aired episodes of this amazing show.
The TV miniseries called "The Bible" aired over three weeks ago on the History Channel and has since then gained the largest audience of ANY cable show on today. Take that Jersey Shore! ;) I hope some of you have caught at least a glimpse of this show - seen the plight of Abraham as he steps in faith through his journey or the epic deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt through God's servant, Moses - even the virgin birth of Jesus and his adulthood compassion on the people brought goose bumps to my soul...and arms.
As I watched Convocation on Wednesday in the comfort of my apartment, I was excited to hear Judah Smith, pastor of The City Church is Seattle, WA. He brought "the WORD" at Passion early on in 2013, and I was ready to hear some more profound 'hipster' truths! Bring it brotha! But, to my surprise, before Judah spoke, Johnnie Moore decided that we deserved a 7 minute clip of the next episode in "The Bible" Series..for free!! I was dying. I kind of love that show...so much! So, 7 minutes later, I had goose bumps again, was almost crying, and then got to hear from Judah Smith. What a day!
Regrettably, I did not attend the Easter Communion Campus Church event that night and missed another free 20-minute section of the episode. The Easter Communion was a special time of reflection of Jesus' death and resurrection as the Easter season approaches. A cross-shaped structure in the middle of the Vines Center held the elements for communion and students were encouraged to come and partake, as the Lord commanded. I've been to an event like this one before, and it's refreshing and really sets my heart straight to remember the sacrifice of Christ. The 20-minute episode spot showed the scene of Jesus' communion with His disciples as well as the events that occurred at Pentecost.
Don't worry friends, I've been using my fact checking skills to follow this miniseries and its visual portrayal of the Bible. It's emotional. It's visually appealing. It's addicting. But it's also been accurate. I've even learned things from the Bible that I had never read before (and I've grown up in church all my life!). Sure, to crunch the entire Bible in 5 two-hour episodes is impossible - So, many scenes and stories were left out and shortened. But the message has been the same - we must trust God and Jesus is the ultimate Savior! Bravo to Mark Burnett for producing such an accurate, moving, and impactful production. It is a true example of taking back the secular culture to glorify God - Champion for Christ!
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The nights of watching the tide creep up to my sunburnt legs...the days of bathing in the warm (but not too hot), spring sun...and the afternoons of doing nothing but reading stories from Elisabeth Elliot, basking in God's Word, and journaling for hours are...gone. Goodbye Spring Break! Hello final stretch to graduation!
My friend and I were trying to figure out the right term for a person who takes pictures to tell the story of his or her life. Videography? No, that can't be it. Photographer? No, too general. Trust me, I think it took us a good two hours to find the right word. We will call this "personal photo journalism." That one has to be at least semi-correct, right?
I thank God for days of rest, moments of encouragement from His Word, and friends to walk with me through this short period of time called life.
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"My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise YOU with joyful lips, when I remember YOU upon my bed, and meditate on YOU in the watches of the night." - Psalm 63:5-6
Friday, March 15, 2013
It's March 8th! Yes! Yay! Perfect! I'm stoked! Like beyond happy! Sleep deprived...but pumped!! Why you may ask? Oh let me let you in on a little secret - - it may or may not be Spring Break at Liberty University. Ok, Ok, you're right - it IS that time for a week-long, awesomely fun, relaxing, mind-numbing break! So, you're sitting around with your friends trying to figure out what to do. You could go home...But home is more than ten hours away. That kind of drive is usually not worth it for a week (I should know). You could just take a stay-cation and stay around Lynchburg...but really, who does that?? Oh, Oh I GOT IT! Pick me! You guys could go to the beach and spend four days sun-bathing, reading, exploring, and sleeping. How does that sound?
On Sunday my friend and I are off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard called the OCEAN! I feel like Liberty is strategically located to allow the mountains as an escape in one direction and the beach only a few hours away in the other direction. It's f-a-bulous! Now you ask, "How would one go about planning such a trip on a college budget?" I got your answer in my pocket! Right here...Let me find it...Ok! Got it. Here we go!
1. Find a beach to visit
2. Find a place to stay
3. Calculate food and travel expenses before leaving
4. Research tourist must-sees and find addresses to your favorite spots
5. Finish all pending homework before break
6. Find a good book to read while taking in some rays on the beach
7. Go, forget your worries, relax, and have some fun
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