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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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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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