Canadians at Liberty

Emma Shurr

Hometown: Guelph, Ontario
Year: Junior
Major: Family and Child Development

Favorite Bible Verse: Colossians 3:23
Favorite Place on Campus: Probably my dorm room where I can sleep - just kidding. I like the Vines Center because it offers so many different events in it such as, convo, athletic games, concerts, movie nights, coffeehouse, and campus church.
Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant: Can I give two? First, I would have to say Osaka’s - great Japanese food priced for college kids (cheap!), and with your student ID card you get a free drink! The second place is Waterstone, awesome oven baked pizza and it is downtown in a rustic building.
Favorite destination in or near Lynchburg: Charlottesville. A super cute city about 45 minutes from the Lynchburg. There are awesome restaurants and cool little shops that line the downtown.  The city has a very diverse and authentic feel to it.
Why did you choose to attend Liberty University? I first heard about Liberty through my brother who attended. I came down to visit him during a CFAW and fell in love with the school.  I ended up going to many CFAW’s just so I could be at Liberty. There was always so much going on and the atmosphere on campus was addicting.
My parents and I both agreed that the University I attended must be one that I am excited and passionate about. Liberty definitely had my vote. My parents saw how determined I was to go to Liberty and only wanted the best for me. They felt confident in the fact that I would be getting a solid Christian education and be surrounded by fellow believers in my time of learning.
Through much prayer, Liberty seemed to be the consistent answer and finally my parents and I decided that I should apply.  Needless to say, I was accepted to attend for the fall of 2008 and I am now a Junior.
What was your favorite Liberty course and why? Gerontology (The study of elderly people).  This course was such a great learning experience for me and was very practical.  We got to watch a series of movies and take part in many hands on activities that allowed us to experience the difficulties of being old.  We also got the chance to visit an assisted living facility at the end of the semester.  Our professor gave us candy when we had tests too - that’s always a plus!
Outside of the classroom, what activities or ministries have you been involved in during college? I work for Student Activities, which pretty much means that any sweet event that goes on at the school, I get to work at.  We put on concerts, movie nights, scavenger hunts, trips, and so much more!
I have also been involved in a local church called Brentwood.  I have been serving there in the children’s ministry and absolutely love it.
What sets Liberty University apart from other schools?  When most people hear the statement that Liberty is the most exciting University in the world they probably do not believe it.  I know for a fact that it is.  I guess you have to experience it to believe it, but after experiencing it there is no doubt in my mind that the above statement is true.  From campus church, to intense athletic events, to dorm life, to late skate, to amazing concerts, to having a Chick-fil-a on campus, to meeting new people, to sharing a common bond with other believers, to have the coolest President, Liberty truly is a remarkable University.
What advice do you give future Canadian students? Do not be afraid to go far from home.  Liberty has become my second home and my friends here are like my family.  The diversity here makes everyone feel welcome.  Be proud of where you come from. People love to hear about you when you come from a different country.  Get involved in activities around the school, it allows you to meet a ton of new people! Just be yourself and enjoy the college experience.

Dylan Watson

Hometown: Brampton, Ontario
Year: Sophomore
Major: Broadcast Journalism, Minor in Photography

Favorite Bible Verse: “Many are the plans in the minds of man, but the purpose of the Lord will stand” – Proverbs 19:21

Favorite Place on Campus: Campus East Clubhouse and the C-lab (computer lab). The 3rd floor of the C-lab is a giant room with tons of couches and tables all over the place and it is one of the only places on campus you can hang out after curfew. 
Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant: La Carreta.  There are two located within 10 minutes of school and it is honestly the greatest Mexican place I have ever eaten at.  It is super cheap and my friends and I go there every Sunday after church like a family.  There was actually one week this semester I ate there 4 times.
Favorite destination in or near Lynchburg: Dollar Movie Theatre & The Drowsy Poet (coffee shop)
Why did you choose to attend Liberty University? I was looking for a place where I could get my university degree and have the best opportunity to grow spiritually during my college years. 
What was your favorite Liberty course and why? COMS 234 (Copy Editing).  The course itself wasn't the most exciting, but my professor was a former anchor for NBC and ABC and that is exactly what I want to do as a career so that was awesome.  Also, for some reason he really liked me and used to point out stuff like how cool my shoes were in the middle of class. 
Outside of the classroom, what activities or ministries have you been involved in during college? I go to a ton of concerts and sporting events both on campus and all over Virginia, but the GREATEST ACTIVITY at Liberty University is Mustache March.  “What is Mustache March?” you may ask, well let me tell you. Mustache March is yearly tradition where all of the manly men at Liberty grow mustaches for the entire month of March.  This is my first year participating in Mustache March and it has been one of the best experiences of my college career.
What sets Liberty University apart from other schools?  Honestly, my favorite thing about Liberty is that you can be sitting in the computer lab doing homework, in the food court, or basically anywhere on campus, and it is perfectly normal to see people talking about God, reading their Bibles, praying together, etc.  It’s such an encouragement to be at a place where we are surrounded by people who share our faith and can build us up in it.
What advice do you give future Canadian students? Live on the hill. Haha. But seriously you should live on the hill if you can.  Also, bring your own skates if you plan on skating here because the free rental skates are not very good (at least for people who have skated before in their lives and know a good skate from a terrible one).