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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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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BLOCK PARTY

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:

 

Bitter:

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

 

Sweet:

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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