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Friday, September 19, 2014

LaHaye Student Union Rock Wall

The campus at Liberty University has changed so much in the past year. We have a new library, new dorms and a new gym with a brand new rock wall. I have wanted to write about the rock wall for a while, but I am glad I waited because it is way cooler than it was last year. This year it has much more space for bouldering and climbing. Last year it was right next to the basketball courts in the Lahaye Student Center, but only 4 or 5 people could be climbing at once. Now this year over 10 people can be climbing at once.

Another great thing about the wall is that you can rent shoes out for free. Last year I always ran into the problem of not having climbing shoes because it is honestly really hard to climb in normal tennis shoes. By having shoes that you can rent, is going to make it a lot easier for people to get better at climbing.

I have to be honest. I have not been able to go to the wall at all this semester, so I feel bad writing about it especially since I haven’t used it. But I know that it is awesome!

The rock wall offers classes in top roping, bouldering and lead climbing, as well as a belay certification class. So if you get the chance, go and check it out. I promise it will be worth it! 

Check out some hyper lapse videos I made of the rock wall below. 

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

My Life is Crazy

These last two weeks have been so hectic for me. I honestly don’t know if I can remember everything that I have done since the bash. I will just start with this last weekend.


Friday Night:

            The girls on my dorm and I went to Snow flex to explore the tubing hill. It was a great time just getting to meet new girls and get to know whom they are. Living on the commons is great but there are almost 100 girls on each floor and it is almost impossible to know everyone.

It is absolutely beautiful on the Liberty Mountain.

Reason #3,334 why Hannah is my best friend.

One of my fondest "selfie" moments.

            After we enjoy tubing at Snow flex, we headed over to Cookout to grab some shakes and then headed back to the dorm to enjoy a movie with a brother dorm. I personally did not watch the movie; instead I played 20 questions with some people.


            I currently am in a class that meets on Saturday Mornings. It is a one-credit camera workshop that only meets four times the semester. This upcoming Saturday will be my last one. It has been cool to learn about cameras and lighting, but I wish it wasn’t 8–12 on Saturday mornings. Normally when that class ends, I go back to the dorm or I go to the Rot for lunch. This last Saturday I went to my dorm and tried to sleep. The past couple of weeks have been so draining so most of my Saturdays I spent just laying around and doing homework. I honestly don’t mind it because, well, I have to get my work done.


            I have been really trying to get most of my homework done on Saturday’s so that on Sunday I can rest, because most of the time last year I would be so stressed out on Sunday’s. This year I have been able to enjoy them and spend time doing things that I don’t normally get to do on Sunday’s.

            This last Sunday I woke up, went to church, went to lunch and came back. I got to take some time to just relax and paint with my friend Brenda. In college, you need days like that where you can do something that you want to do. After that I met my friend Avery, a girl from my hall last year, and went to Panera for dinner. It was so nice to have a day that wasn’t focused on school or running all over campus.

A piece I made for my friend Michelle. 
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014


Coming back to school is hard no matter what. Whether you worked as an intern 40 hours a week (like me) or if you tanned at the beach everyday with no care in the world, it is still a struggle getting into the swing of things. But one thing that I always look forward to is the Block Party that Student Activities hosts the weekend after school starts. There are carnival games, blowup slides, food, contests and a concert. I was especially excited for the concerts this year because they brought in The Oh Hello's and Needtobreathe, and if you don't know anything about those bands, you need to check them out right now! I actually didn't get any pictures of the concert because right when Needtobreathe started playing it started to downpour. It was incredible. Everyone was soaking wet, but I think it made everything 10 times better. I mean, of course if it didn't rain it still would have been amazing, but many of Needtobreathe's songs reference storms or rain, so it was just funny that it was storming. 

The block party really help to get everyone excited for the year. I mean, I am excited, there is so much to be done... and I am not just talking about my homework. If you want to know about more events that are coming up check out the Student Activities page. 

James Black; if you don't know him, you should.

L to R: Me, Matt, Lydia and Jared. We hid under a tent right when it started to downpour. 

Just a quick shot of Drew Snavely and the stage. 

The good ole' blowup courses. 

Me and Micah were accidently twinning. 

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

My Adult Summer

This summer was amazing.

In previous summers I’ve been playing soccer, traveling to different countries or working at a camp. So I guess you could say it was a little different. This summer I worked full time as an intern for a companies marketing department, so I am going to name this summer "my adult summer". I rarely got to sleep in, see my friends or go shopping (not that I really need to do that at all), but looking back I don't think I would change a thing. Even though I didn't get to sleep, see my friends or hang around as much as I wanted to, I learned the importance of being intentional and managing your time well. Monday through Friday I would wake up around 6:45, be at work by 8, and didn't go home till 5. By the end of the day I was utterly exhausted and wanted to just relax. I have a new appreciation for those who work a full time job, it is HARD. I had to learn to ignore my fatigue and go do stuff! This wasn't too hard, since I am an extrovert, but it was more challenging since I had a "grown up job". Through these long, tiring days Lord taught me more about who I am, who I want to become and where I am going. No matter where we are in life, God is working. It doesn't matter if we feel like it or not, He is God and He is faithful. 


Below are some snaps of the summer. 

My beautiful little sister Jordan and I on a date.  We went to a Greek restaurant in Rochester called Opa! Opa!

Fourth of July weekend with my siblings at an Amusement Park. Taylor (back left), Grant (front) Jordan (back right) 

My siblings are seriously the greatest. It is so cool to see how close we get each year. I love them so much. 

One of my really good friends trains horses, so whenever we hang out, we ride. 

Got to spend some quality time with my two best friends from high school. Jill (left) and Camillie (right)

I have recently taken up photography and I shot my first ever wedding in June. 

I wanted to be like Harry Potter and write with a quill, but I also needed  another creative outlet.

This summer I made so many new friends. I was not expecting this to happen, but I am so glad that it did, because it resulted in some great afternoon picnics. 

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Last Post Before Summer

The first day of school I was 18, drank coffee occasionally, and could barely sleep in past 8 a.m. Now, in my last week of my freshman year, I am 19, I cannot get enough coffee, and waking up for my 9 a.m. class is the ultimate struggle. I have come so far and learned so much this year.

Now that I have experienced one full year of college (I must be so wise), I want to give future students some helpful advice.

You will change your major.

  • When I showed up my first day on campus I was declared a Worship and Music Ministry major but little did I know that I would be inspired at the freshman convo to change it to what I really wanted to do, which is Communications. College is a time where you learn so much about who you are and about what you really want to do. Since the beginning of this year, I have not stopped learning about myself. My best piece of advice is to choose a major that is going to compliment your passions and let you do the things that you really care about.

You will do one of the following three: like someone, date someone, or break up with someone.

  • If you come to school single, you will eventually have crush on someone and possibly end up dating them. If you come to school dating someone, you might break up because at a school the size of Liberty you will realize that there are plenty of fish in the sea.

You will be challenged to grow in your faith.

  • One of the reasons that I chose Liberty was because of its dedication to the spiritual needs of their students. Each student is placed in a prayer group and is personally discipled by their prayer leader. We are also given so many opportunities to learn from well-known Christians like Clayton King, Bob Goff, and Christine Caine.

You will fail a quiz.

  • This is what will happen at least once. You will be invited to go out with friends and you will know that you have an assignment you need to do or a quiz/test you need to study for, but you will procrastinate and go with your friends instead. I have done this plenty of times, and thankfully only one resulted in a bad grade, but trust me; you will have at least one bad grade.

You will learn to say no to others and yes to yourself.

  • Do not be a people pleaser. You have to take care of yourself. Do not follow the crowd. Come up with your own idea and hang out with whom you want to hang out with.

 I am going to miss Hannah so much this summer while she is in Colorado

Sparky and I are basically BFFs

Alexa and Gabi are a breath of fresh air

I took a selfie with the campus Batman at movie night

On Sundays we go to Docs. From left to right: Summer, Cass, Adie, Jenna, Lydia, myself

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Easter Weekend

This last weekend was Easter Break and since I can’t go home to Minnesota, I went to Virginia Beach instead with a group of friends. We didn’t actually go to the beach because of the weather, but we stopped by for about 30 minutes just so I could experience the ocean again before I go back to the land of a thousand lakes.

While down in Virginia Beach I mostly stayed at my friend Adie’s house and met all of her family. Her family is hilarious, just like Adie, but they are also very sweet and hospitable. On Easter it was a little hard not being with my own family, but Adie's family took me in with ease. On the first night I stayed with my friend Jenna. A fun fact about these girls: Adie and Jenna have been best friends for over 10 years so they are a lot of fun! Jenna comes from a big family where she has 6 siblings, not including herself. Not all of her siblings were home this, but her three younger siblings were home and her new baby cousin.

Living far away from home is always bittersweet. Bitter because I can’t always go home, but sweet because on breaks I get to go home with people and deepen relationships. As the year has gone by I have become more comfortable with the distance that is between me and my family. I have become more independent and dependent all at the same time.


Adie, myself and Jenna found a great wall for photos


Micah, Myself, Jared, Matt

O'doodle Doos donuts are the best donuts. My favorite one was the red velvet in the bottom left corner of the box.

The beach was super windy, but we made the most of it.

It is crazy how the ocean can be the most beautiful thing you've ever seen and at the same time be the most frightening thing you've ever seen.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Almost the End

I can’t believe that my freshman year is over in less than a month. Seriously, it seemed like yesterday that I moved into my dorm. Looking back I can’t help but be so thankful for everything God has done and that I have been able to do! He has lead me in so many amazing directions and to so many people who have impacted my life greatly. But before I get ahead of myself, I still have 3-ish weeks to make memories, friends and most importantly, good grades (which is a struggle).

It is just a struggle to keep pushing through. I am not a procrastinator, but it has been a struggle to keep up with my crazy schedule, especially when the sunshine is so welcoming.


Leaving school will be bittersweet, so here is a list of the bitter and of the sweet:



I will miss

  • all my friends (you know who you are)

  • the Rot cookies

  • #jflibrary

  • sharing clothes

  • my job

  • Johnnie Moore (but really)

  • Flames Cash

  • the loft bed

  • The Muse, the White Hart, The Tea House, and Market on Maine



I can’t wait to

  • sing with my mom and sister

  • watch movies with my dad

  • sleep forever

  • hang with my brothers

  • not spend money (I need help)

  • see my friends from high school

  • go to Thursdays on First and the farmers markets

  • do laundry for free

  • drink Dunn Brothers Coffee, Spyhouse Coffee, and my mom's sweet tea




I went to Rita's for the first time and got a mango gelati. It was the most spectacular thing I've ever had.



My friend Lydia and I have been using the LaHaye Center at 6 a.m. every morning.



My friend got a husky named Beta. She is the softest husky in the world.



This beautiful lady is my friend Alexa and together we swam at David's Place Saturday night.



This is a picture of my broken window after some boys hit a golf ball through it on accident. It is rather hilarious.


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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Here Comes the Sun

I love spring.

Partially because my birthday is on the first day of spring, but also because I love the sunshine!  After living in Minnesota for the past 9 years, I have been anticipating warm weather in exchange for snowstorms. Unfortunately, I can’t have my cake and eat it too because last week it snowed. But on the bright side, Hannah (the best friend) and I made friends with a snowman.

Like I said before I love spring. The flowers blooming, the sun shining and being able to wear dresses all make going to class easier. I'm not sure what I will do if it snows again. You can never really know with the weather in Virginia. 

In honor of spring I have made a playlist of songs all about sunshine. So while you are doing your homework outside make sure to listen to a couple.

Playlist: Here Comes the Sun

  1. Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles
  2. Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves
  3. Island in the Sun by Weezer
  4. Brighter than the Sun by Colbie Caillat
  5. Sun by Sleeping At Last
  6. Pocket full of Sunshine by Natasha Bedingfield
  7. Sunshine and Rain by The Icarus Account
  8. The Shadow Proves the Sunshine by Switchfoot
  9. Sunshine by JJ Heller
  10. Sun by Two Door Cinema Club
  11. Sail into the Sun by Gentleman Hall
  12. Sunshine on my Shoulders by John Denver
  13. Sun Giant by Fleet Foxes
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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Post Birthday // Birthday Post

Last Thursday was my 19th birthday and it honestly was the best birthday I had ever celebrated. One of my friends put it well when she said, “people just want to love on you” here at Liberty.  That is one thing I love the most about this school - the community. Everywhere I went I had people wishing me “Happy Birthday” and surprising me with hugs. Students at Liberty not only care about you on your birthday, but they care even when it isn’t your special day. Another thing that sets Liberty apart from other schools is that they give you a balloon and a personal birthday cake. I felt so special when I got mine, because it’s not everyday that you get a free balloon and cake.

Doesn't it look yummy?:)

If you know me, you will know that I am very outgoing and that it wouldn’t be unusual for me to do something that is out of the ordinary. Well, on my birthday I did just that and sang with Justin Kintzel. For those of you who do not know who Justin is, he is the Leader for our Campus Band (He is kind of a big deal around here). My encounter with him was well… awkward to say the least. He was in the Marketing Department and I got the guts to ask him if he would sing Happy Birthday to me for my birthday. We ended up doing a duet, which adds to the awkwardness because I sang Happy Birthday to myself. But you can check out the video below.

When I got back to my dorm after work, my roommates surprised me by decorating our room with balloons and streamers. We ended up having a dance party in our dorm with a bunch of other girls on the hall to some random birthday music. When we were done dancing my roommates and I headed over to Macado’s with my best friends Hannah, Matt, Micah, and Jared. Like I said before, I had the best. birthday. ever. 
Left to Right: Me, Matt, Jared, Micah, Hannah, Lydia and Emily
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Friday, March 21, 2014

Spring Break 2014

This spring break I was invited to cabin just outside of Charlottesville, Virginia. I went with 3 other girls and we had a blast sleeping in, eating out and laughing hard. Here are some places that we check out over break:


The cabin that we stayed at was 45 minutes away from Charlottesville and so we took a couple trips to shop and walk around downtown. My aunt and uncle own a chain of boutiques called Bluetique, so we visited the one in Charlottesville. We also went to an urban Mexican restaurant. It was cheap and delicious! On one of our other trips to Charlottesville, we went to the Urban Outfitters and a cute restaurant called Brookeville Café. Overall Charlottesville is a phenomenal place.

This place had the best food.

Charlottesville is filled with beautiful architecture.

Sharp Top

We came back to campus Friday afternoon, which was nice because I wanted to get settled in before school started again on Monday. That Saturday I met up with some other friends and we decided to climb Sharp Top to see the sunset. I ended up climbing in jean shorts and a pair of Vans. This wasn’t the best idea but I made it. If you haven’t hiked at all while you’ve been at Liberty, you need to. Being nature helps us to recognize Gods glory. Also, being on top of the mountain reminded me of how small I am compared to the rest of the world. 

Can't handle this beauty.

Sharp Top has a little house on the top of it that people can camp in.

It was super windy on top of Sharp Top, but it was totally worth it.

Overall I had a fabulous break. It was nice to get away but I am definitely glad to be back to my crazy life on campus. Here are some extra photos from the break. 

We spend time doing a lot of this. Chilling.

Our cabin was right on the water.

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