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Monday, June 1, 2015

Coming to a Close

The end of the year is always so bittersweet. Bitter because you have to pack, clean, and say goodbye to friends who you may never see again. But it is also really sweet because you no longer have to do classwork, take tests, or write papers and you get everything else that goes along with summer. I think that there are definitely more sweet things than bitter things, but it is still hard especially for those who don’t like change. I do ok with change, but after a while you just want some consistency. I think the hardest thing for me if that the hall your on changes. The reason it is hard is because you make some great friendships and you get comfortable with people and right when you are the most comfortable its time for you to pack up and leave.  But I think that it is a good thing. Staying in your comfort zone too long makes it easier to rely on yourself or your circumstances more than on the Lord. For instance, I am currently unsure of where I will be living next semester. Normally this would make me really stressed out, but I have decided that I am not in control and that the Lord is perfect in His time and he will put me on the right hall.

On a different note, this year has flown by so fast! I still can’t believe that the end is here! I remember flying to school at the beginning of the year and settling in to the newly build commons. Crazy (and scary) how fast it has all gone! I fell like I have learned so much about myself, who I am, and what I want to do! Looking back at the beginning of the year, I can see that I have changed a lot! I probably will say that about every year, but I really do feel that way. College changes and mature you and I won’t lie, a lot of the ways you are changed and matured can be tough, but it is totally worth it!

As far as this summer goes, I am not 100% sure what I will be doing. I hopefully will be working as a waitress and also taking pictures for people, but I guess I will just have to take it day by day!

Below are some pictures of my favorite memories from this year!

Me, Alexa and Gabs

Matt Wertz and Parachute Concert

The Gang at hannah nursing ceremony!

Thanksgiving with Caleb:)

Me, Ashlynn, Jenna & Jenna getting Dunkin Donuts

Hall Christmas Party

Christmas at home!

Lydia has become one of my best friends this year!

So many snow days!

These girls made prayer groups the bomb.com

Low quality photo, high quality friends

Mr. Goodies with Caitlin :)

Last Mr. Goodies run with some friends before we all leave!

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Leadership at Liberty

In high school, I had a friend from my church that went to Liberty, and whenever she came home, we would hang out and I would hear all her stories about school, her friends and all her experiences. One experience in particular, was her experience with being on Leadership. Here at Liberty, every student who lives on campus has the opportunity to be apart of a group of people who are “the spiritual leaders of the hall”. Leadership on a hall consists of two RA’s, two SLC’s and 10-15 prayer leaders depending upon the size of the hall. This past month and a half at Liberty has been pretty crazy as far as Leadership goes. The Office of Student Leadership has been busy interviewing RA’s, RA’s have been busy interviewing SLC’s and the SLC’s have been busy picking out prayer leaders.  I was a prayer leader this year on the 4th floor of the commons and I am happy to say that I will be a prayer leader on the 4th floor again next year!

Anyone who wants to be on leadership has to fill out the application the applies to the position that they are interested in and must be approved by their current RA’s and SLC’s. After that, for anyone who wanted to be a PL, you must go to the leadership fair, which is a big event where all the RA’s and SlC’s set up a booth where you sign up to interview with them to be a prayer leader.

Every prayer leader interview is a little different but the format of it stays generally the same. You interview with 4-5 other girls and the RA’s and SLC’s ask you different questions. My first year interviewing, as a PL I was really nervous, but this year I wasn't’t as nervous, and this was probably due to me know the people who I was interviewing with.  In my interviews they asked everyone various questions about being a prayer leader and the different tasks that they are supposed to partake in.  They also ask questions about your own relationship with God and how he has been teaching you.  I would say that the RA’s and SLC’s would want to know that you have a consistent relationship with the Lord and that you want to serve Him through being a prayer leader, and after knowing that, they choose based on if they think you would be a good fit for their hall. It can be a bit nerve wracking, but its really not bad at all if you are trusting in the Lord to work through you whether or not you become a PL or not.

This is a picture of my Leadership Team from this year! I love them all!

Click here for more information about Student Leadership.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Bistro is back

I finally around to making another video blog about some of the food on campus. This time my friends and I headed over to the newly re-opend "Bistro". The Bistro is a longtime favorite for a lot of Liberty Students, but this last fall semester Liberty got rid of it due to the exapansion of the Reber-Thomas Dining Hall that it once had been connected to. Now that it is back on campus, every student can enjoy their beloved Californian Flatbread. As my friend Hannah, likes to say, "The Bistro is back and better than ever"! 

Enjoy the video!

 

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Spring Break 2015

Ah, glorious spring break. This sweet week came just in time. Prior to spring break, I was extremely overwhelmed with the amount of work I had to get done. But, spring break came right on time! I know it sounds cliché, but it really was just what I needed.

For the first 3 days of break (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) I went to my friend Caitlin’s house in Roanoke. We spent time, just relaxing. We cooked, we explored Roanoke and we did girly things, like painting our nails and watching chick flicks. In Roanoke, I wanted to go to the mall because they have an H&M, which I didn't’ buy anything from. Later on Saturday we walked around downtown for a little bit, got coffee from Mill Mountain Coffee, and also went to see the Roanoke Star. After that we stopped by the cutest little bakery call Bubble cakes. They make the cutest and most creative cupcakes. I got a carrot cake cupcake (to share with Caleb, because carrot cake is his favorite) and a little red velvet cupcake because that is my favorite. I will be honest, I liked the carrot cake cupcake better, but nonetheless they were both delicious! That night we were so tired that we just got in our sweats, painted our nails and watched a movie. If you are wondering what movie we watched, it was Father of the Bride, a movie that you should watch if you haven’t already.

The next day we got up early and went to church! We came back, took a nap, watched silly YouTube videos and then went to the store to get stuff to make dinner for my boyfriend Caleb and Caitlin’s friend Ayla.

Over break I also got to spend some time with Caleb and his family. We hiked Buffalo Mountian, cooked, watched multiple episodes of his favorite show House, as well as, Big Hero 6. We went running together; this is where I found out how fast Caleb can run and how not fast I can’t run! So that was a sign to me that I should run more! I am really glad that we could spend time together and I really do enjoy being with his family.

He scared me to death, becuase he actually climbed up all of that! 

 

I hope everyone else had a fabulous spring break! 

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Friday, March 6, 2015

South Pacific Musical

The Liberty University Theatre Department put on the Musical “South Pacific”, a story about a military nurse who falls in love with a plantation owner with a sketchy past. I had the pleasure of being accompanied by my lovely boyfriend, Caleb Taylor, who looked rather dashing that evening.  

We started out evening by hopping onto the closest 71 bus and heading towards North. Once we arrived at north, we had a lovely dinner provided by a fine establishment called SubCo. I ate a six-inch turkey sub, with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, olives, cucumbers with oil and vinegar. Caleb ordered a 12-inch barbeque chicken sub. We both got bananas with our food and enjoyed good conversation while eating our meal. Once we were finished we headed over to the Tower Theatre to be seated for the musical. I had a friend who was in the musical, so I was super excited to see her perform!

Caleb and I sat stage right kind of in the back, but I didn’t mind because I could still see everything! It was just fun to watch students at LU perform in a non-worship setting! All of the singers were amazing; it felt like a Broadway performance. I had never seen South Pacific before, nor did I know what it was about. So as far as the story goes, it was pretty good. It wasn’t my favorite, but it wasn’t horrible! I think I like a little easier going and funny types of musicals. But I was very impressed with the performance by the Theatre Department.

I have a few tips for those of you who are interested in going to Liberty’s Musicals/Plays etc…

  1. Make sure you buy your tickets early! They go fast because Liberty is just that awesome and because people come from out of town to see their kids perform!
  2. Dress nice! You don’t have to wear a prom dress, but DO NOT wear sweatpants. This is a professional event where people are debuting everything that they have been working for the past 3 months.
  3. Go with your friends! Who goes to plays alone anyways?;)
  4. Make sure to turn your phone off during the play. It is just a matter of respect for the performers and for the people around you. Also, you payed to watch it, not to look at your phone.
  5. GO TO THEM!

If you want more information about when the next show or the Tower Theatre in general then click here

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Baskin Robins Vlog

So here is my second try at vlogs. I live in the new dorms called the Residential Commons and not only do we have Dunkin Donuts in my dorm, we also have Baskin Robins! This is good and bad. Good becuase Ice cream is good, but bad becuase Ice cream isn't the healthiest option. I am an optimist so I mainly focus on the good. In the video my friends and I were going to get Dunkin Donuts, but they decided they wanted Ice cream, so I conformed and get Ice cream as well. I think it was the right decision and I am glad that I did it :)

So if you are planning on coming to Liberty or you already go to Liberty you should definitely check out Baskin Robins. It makes your friday nights 10x's better.

Also, don't forget to have your own dance party while you're there!

 

 

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Lets be friends!

As of recently I have been wondering who is looking at my blog! I am able to see what percentages of people are looking at my blog on/off campus and I am curious as to who lives on campus and is looking at my blog! So here is what I want you to do, if you see me, say HEY!  Don’t be scared, I really like people and it is actually super cool when I get to meet people who read my blog. I mean that is if you want to meet me… if not that’s cool… we can still be friends.

But seriously, I am curious as to who is reading my blog. Like do I need to give you my class schedule or where I live on campus…

And who knows… maybe you could be on my next post!

In the meantime, lately things have just been busy! I went to the doctor twice this week, first for my eyes and second for my stomach! I haven’t had my eyes checked in a long time, probably since 2nd grade and recently Ive had a little trouble seeing far away.  But they gave me a prescription and I will eventually get some glasses.

Below are some of pictures from the past couple of weeks!

 

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This is my boyfriend Caleb and we went to get tea the other weekend at my favorite tea room in downtown Lynchburg!

Matt wanted to wear my scarf, do you think he can pull it off?

Dunkin Donuts is in my dorm... this might be a problem

Did I mention that Baskin Robins is right next to the Dunkin Donuts? ;)

I got to rock these super cool sunglasses...

Might be a weird photo, but here is my dialated eye! Cool right!?

 

-Mere

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Friday, January 30, 2015

First Vlog !!

So I am starting to make more Vlogs (video blogs) of things around Liberty. Hopefully, the videos will show fun things on campus and help you get a feel for what Liberty is like in real life! I am super excited to be getting to do this and hopefully it pumps you all up as well! My goal is to post a video a week, so hopefully I can work hard enough to do that! So make sure that you stay updated so you don't miss a thing! 

Also leave comments of what you would like to see! Don't forget to change the settings to 1080p! :) 

 

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Back at it

I may or may not have started a blog like this before, but back to the burg, means back to the books. I think it might be inevitable for me to say that after I come back from any sort of break. Honestly, it makes coming back that much more fun.  Though I will miss sleeping in, spending time with my family and eating home-cooked meals, I am really happy to be back. I have mentioned this before, but Liberty is one of the greatest places on the planet.

I had an amazing break. Being able to spend time with family was probably the best Christmas gift I could have received. It keeps getting harder and hard to leave them, but Liberty is worth it. Over break I traveled to Dallas, Texas with my family to visit my aunt and grandparents. This was really nice, especially since I am from the land of negative temperatures, Minnesota. When I left to head back to Virginia, it was literally -15 degrees. Yeah, it was cold and I don’t like it, not one bit.

I will be honest and say that just because I love Liberty, it unfortunately doesn’t mean that I don’t have any fears for this semester. I do. I am afraid, first and foremost, of failure. I mean who isn’t? I pay a lot of money to hopefully do well, and if I don’t, I basically lose money. But I know that having that in the back of my mind will motivate me throughout the semester. As far as fears go, failure covers it all. I mean I could fail in so many different areas, health, relationships (including relationships with my friend, family and boyfriend), and like mentioned, school. I mean just thinking failing in all of the areas could make anyone anxious. But I have been learning that, as Christians, fear is unrealistic. I mean, there is a good level of fear that you should experience, it drives you to either obey or just to do well in school, but it should never let it give us anxiety or make us panic. In Philippians chapter 4, verse 6, it tells us the we aren’t to be anxious about anything but rather we should be prayerful about everything and also giving thanks to God for everything. So with this I have been intentionally thanking God for my stressful semester to come and believing that He will bring me though it. I hope that you all can do the same!

BTW I chopped all my hair off!

 

I cut my hair the day before classes... so this past sunday! #newhairnewmere 

Snow in West Virginia on my way home! 

I brought my boyfriend Caleb home to Minnesota for few days. 

My grandmas house was pretty cute, and if you look in the mirrow you can see my sisters unicorn pillow pet. 

Got to spend time with my best friends from home, Jill (L) and Camille (R). 

Finished the break by visiting my best friend Hannah in Ohio! 

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Fun in the midst of Finals

It is so exciting to done with my third semester here at Liberty, but it is also scary to think at how fast everything has gone by. It feels like yesterday that I was just starting my sophomore year. Though the end is sad, it brings lots of exciting events such as Christmas Convo and Christmas Coffeehouse. 

Each year on reading day the whole student body gets together for Christmas Convo. It is probably one of the most awaited events of the fall semester. Why is that? Well for one, it is on reading day, a day right before finals week where we have no class. And two, if you have reached Christmas Convo, you know that Christmas break is right around the corner. Christmas Convo is different than any other convo. For instance, we don’t sing worship song or listen to speakers. But we do sing lots of Christmas carols and watch funny parody videos. Most of the time they make fun of different things at Liberty such as our rules or different leaders like Jerry Falwell Jr. or now David Nasser. People also dress up in their ugliest or fanciest Christmas sweaters. 

Magic

The next long awaited event of the semester is Christmas Coffeehouse. This is an event where students audition to play music or enter in a video to be show. The whole event is Christmas themed, which means that if you want to sing or enter a video, it needs to be related to Christmas in some way! It is a late night approved event because it starts at 11:30 pm and doesn’t end till 2 in the morning. Though it is late, it is worth it. There are so many talented people here at Liberty, I am always amazed each Coffeehouse. I will post videos of my 2 of my favorite acts. It was hard to choose because everyone does so well. 

Follow these links to the Videos 

Red Nose -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zz2MLjLU_1w

Count it Loss Christmas- https://soundcloud.com/junglehype/illijam-and-magoh-count-it-loss-christmas-prod-jungle-hype

Keep watch on the Liberty University Youtube for more Christmas Coffeehouse videos.

Looks so magical doesn't it? 

 

Below are some photos from our Brother/Sister Dorm Christmas Party

Love my leadership team.

Caleb and I 

Me, Han, Jamie, Court, Christi & Jordan

HAVE A MEREDITH CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! 

 

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