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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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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Tips to Stay Healthy During and Flu Season

Frost is on the ground, coats are being worn and the Christmas lights are up. This can only mean one thing, cold and flu season is upon us. Living on a college campus it is already hard enough to stay healthy because of the amount of people you are around, but it is especially hard right around Thanksgiving and Christmas Break. This is also conveniently right around finals week. Below I have listed a couple practical ways to stay extra healthy during this time. 

Wash your hands.

  • It is crazy how many people don’t wash their hands either after they go to the bathroom or even before they eat. I will be honest and tell you that I don’t always do it before I eat. But now that it is the cold and flu season, it is so so soooo important because germs are spread like crazy!

Stay warm.

  • I do not care if you are from a northern state and you are used to the cold, you aren’t invincible. Wear your coats, hats and gloves. If you are from Florida or California and you don’t have a winter coat, I understand, but this is a perfect opportunity for you get one.

Get enough sleep.

  • There will be many days in college where you are running on five or less hours of sleep, but it is crucial to your overall health to try as hard as you can to get at least 8 hours of sleep each night. Your body needs time to rest. Otherwise your immune system will crash and so will you. 

Eat healthy and balanced meals.

  • Not sure why this one has to be said again, but eating pizza, burgers and ice cream everyday will not help you in your fight against the cold or fly season. It is important to eat lots of fruits and vegetables. If possible, eat things high in anti-oxidants like pomegranates, raspberries and blueberries. If you can’t do that, apples are great alternatives.

Don’t hang around sick people.

  • Hanging out with someone who is sick is like putting yourself right in the middle of a war zone. It is probably not the best thing you can do for yourself. This also applies if you are sick; don’t be around people because you don’t want to infect others!

Other tips.

  • Drink lots of fluids like tea, water and soup (I know you don’t drink soup).
  • Don’t share drinks or food
  • Think healthy thoughts, which is kind of a joke, but hey it might work.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

CFAW Weekend

This last CFAW weekend, I had the pleasure of hosting one of my friends from home while she visited the campus. It was so nice to have someone from home visit me while I am far far away. My friend, Sharon, is a senior in high school and is seriously considering coming to Liberty. We met the summer before my senior year while working at a camp and quickly became good friends. I also took her senior pictures this last summer, so it was so nice to see her again.

She did all the things you would normally do for CFAW weekend. She went to different classes, got some Liberty Gear and enjoyed her first college football game. I had a lot of work I had to do this last weekend, so I didn’t get to hang out with her as much as I wanted to. Despite my busyness, I made room for us to go to the For King and Country & Britt Nicole Concert. I loooooved Britt Nicole when I was in eighth, ninth, and tenth grade! She was my role model. I actually cut my hair like hers and got shoes that were just like hers. I may or may not have been slightly obsessed. I grew out of it, but I have always loved her songs. They take me back to sweet moments when I was first growing to love the Lord and want His will for my life.

Sharon and I on Saturday Morning

After the concert she was so exhausted and went to bed around 10:30, which is pretty early for a college student. I laughed at her and asked her if she was going to be able to handle the college life. She laughed at me and immediately fell asleep. It was kind of adorable.

The next day we had lunch together after sleeping in and then she met up with a girl she had met on our floor to go explore the campus a bit more and go to the football game. Like I mentioned before, I had a lot of work to do, I ended up just staying in my dorm for most of the day. On Sunday I brought her to church with me and then she was picked up by her Aunt and Uncle to take her to the airport. I was overall a fun weekend and I was happy that I was able to open up my dorm to her and help her experience Liberty in the best way possible! 

Below are more photos from the Concert

So pumped for the concert! 

We ran into a couple of my friends. This is Sarah. 

Another one

Sarah, Me and Brianna after the concert. These girls are wonderful! 

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Hall Meeting

Halloween week is here and that means Halloween Hall meeting. Hopefully you should already know that each Tuesday night at 10 pm each hall on campus has Hall Meeting. The meetings are great by themselves but they are so much better when you mix Halloween with it.

I remember my first Halloween Hall Meeting. My best friend Hannah and I dressed up as Thing 1 and Thing 2, and yes I know that costume is overdone, but we wore it best. This year Hannah, our friend Jordan and I dressed up as pieces from Pac Man. I was a Cherry, Jordan was a Ghost and Hannah was the Pac Man. We looked awesome and I am not exaggerating. Ok, maybe a little, but still.

If you are participating in your Halls Halloween Meeting, you should expect you brother dorm to be there, so make sure your costume is appropriate. Even if you brother dorm were not to be there, you still need to be in the Liberty Way. You should also expect for there to be games. All of the games we played this year were really fun. One of the games was a Carmel apple-eating contest, but some of the apples were actually onions. Another one was with black and orange balloons and we had to pop them but hugging another person with the balloon in the middle. They also had a contest to see which boy and which girl had the best costume.

Overall Halloween Hall meeting is one my favorite meetings. Hopefully if you come to Liberty you will agree.

Below are some photos from the meeting. 

Darla from Finding Nemo and no worries, that's a carrot in the bag. 

A pretty little flower. 

Honestly, this is my favorite. 

The Pac Man crew and I. 

Eating caramel apples/onions.

My sweet friend and I. 

Snow White:) 

Don't forget to vote for Pedroooo! 

 

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Pumpkins, Pumpkins and More Pumpkins.

Fall is probably one of my favorite seasons not only because it is absolutely beautiful outside, but also because it means apple picking and pumpkin patches! Last weekend I went to a pumpkin patch with some girls on my hall.  We left around 4:30 pm and didn’t get back until maybe 9:00 pm, partially because we stopped at Texas Road House. But either way, it was time well spent. We went to Yoder Farms, which is about 10-15 minutes away from campus. When we got there, we spent some time admiring little goats, pigs and cows, and just to let you know, cows are my favorite. Then we proceed to explore the farm. Like many other pumpkin patches they had really cute fall decorations and tractor rides (that we unfortunately didn’t participate in), so it put us all in a festive spirit. After exploring, we headed over to pick out some pumpkins. I ended up choosing a little pumpkin while some of the girls insisted on getting the largest one they could find. We also took a lot of pictures, as most girls would. As we were buying our pumpkins, some girls freaked out because they saw that they were also selling whoopee pies and honey stixs. Now being from Minnesota, those are not a big deal to me, but I was convinced to buy a whoopee pie, which I still have not eaten yet. I am just waiting for the perfect time to treat myself to it. When we were all done there we headed to Texas Roadhouse to eat and then went back to the dorm.

Since this happened a week ago, I have since then painted my pumpkin with a spider and his web on it. Scroll below to see it. 

Some of the girls from my hall! 

Adie and I 

We are really proud of our pumpkins. 

The whole group. 

Olivia and I.

Hannah holding her pumpkin while I took a photo of her. 

The final result. 

 

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fall Break

This fall break I had to pleasure of going to Hendersonville, North Carolina with some friends. The cool part about this is that I lived in Hendersonville when I was in fourth grade and had not been back in at least 10 years. I was able to go to my old neighborhood to see my house. When I lived in Hendersonville, there was a little restaurant called Hotdog World and I requested that we went there for lunch one of the days. It was exactly how I remembered it, if not better. While we were in the area, we also headed to downtown Hendersonville. When I lived there, my family and I would go downtown quite frequently. All along the sidewalks there are these cute bears that have different outfits painted on them.

When we were not out exploring, we were at my friend Isaacs house which was set ontop of a mountain. His family farms cows, so every morning we would wake to mooing and cows peeking in through the windows. One day as we were hiking up a river on Isaacs property and we ran into the herd of cattle. I should also let you know that I really love cows. If we (or I)  weren’t enjoying cows, homework was being done. I had a lot of homework due after fall break, so, unfortunately, I had to work really hard.

On Friday of fall break my friend Jamie and I headed to Greensboro to photograph a wedding on Saturday. This was quite the adventure because I had never done a wedding that wasn’t in my town.  Thankfully we made it there safely and the wedding went well! 

Fall break overall was very productive and exciting! I have learned that I am an active vacationer, meaning that I want to have productive days that start before 10 in the morning. Thankfully the people that I was with were very easygoing and fun to be with. 

Hotdog world food. So fresh right;) 

Downtown Hendersonville. 

A photo from our hike.

Jamie and I woke up to watch the sunrise! 

Courteny and I while picking Asian Pears.

My lovely assistant, Jamie. 

 

 

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Drawing Scares Me

Similar to my last post, there are so many talented and driven people here at Liberty. The SADA Department has been holding live drawing lessons every Friday afternoon from two to four. I had seen a couple of the posters advertising it around campus and I finally decided to go check it out.  I wasn't’t really sure what to expect, and I might add that I am not the greatest at realism, so I was intimidated. Despite my fears, I showed up to the room to find… nobody there. Don’t worry, after going to the SADA office, getting the wrong room number and just stumbling upon the correct room, I made it. When I got there, there was a girl sitting in the middle of the room lit by a spotlight surrounded by three to four people all drawing at easels.

I sat down and started to draw for a while, and like I mentioned before, I am not the best at drawing realism and to be honest, it really scares me. I can get the basic shapes, but I shy away from the face and more detailed things. I think that I shy away because I am a perfectionist and I know that I won't be able to "perfect" it.  We took breaks every 15 minutes from drawing to talk to each other. Basically everyone at the event was either a studio art or graphic design major, so it was cool to see every persons approach at drawing. 

Over all it was really cool to see and experience something like that. I really enjoyed it because it took me out of my comfort zone and inspired me. Let me also say that while in college, especially if you are interested in pursuing something "creative", make sure to never let your fears hold you back. Everyone has to start somewhere and most of the people attending the lesson were just as good at drawing as me. I encourage you to do things that scare you, because you never know what might come out of it. 

The guy from the photo above drew this! 

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Great Opportunities

Here at Liberty, there are many opportunities to learn from people who are extremely talented and skilled. In fact, most of the professors at Liberty have studied and worked within their field for many years and are, in fact, experts. 

Currently, I am a double major in Strategic Communications and Graphic Design. I may or may not remain a double major, but what I do know is that I will always love design. Thursday night the SADA held a workshop for students to learn from one of our own teachers, Kelsey Phillips. Kelsey is the owner of Clever and Bright Paper Company that is focused on typography and hand lettering. I had Kelsey for my first graphic design class my freshman year and one day I had to go to her office for a meeting and in her office was where I first fell in love with typography. Now this was way before she started Clever and Bright, but it was amazing the kinds of things she designed. Anyways, back to the workshop. Kelsey shared with us all of her techniques on how she comes up with her designs and she said that, ultimately, practice makes perfect. Honestly, she must practice a lot, because everything she makes is literally perfect. I know, I know, it really can’t be absolutely without fault, but her stuff is pretty darn close.

To sum everything up, take advantages of the opportunities to learn from people who are extremely good at what they do. You won’t regret it.

Below are some things that I have doodled up. 

So if you ever wonder how my brain works, this is what it looks like. 

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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.

Saturday:

            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.

Sunday:

            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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