I can’t believe that I’m actually sitting here writing my last blog for Liberty. On Saturday, I will walk across the stage and finally graduate. So as my farewell blog I though I would give my top 10 pieces of advice to incoming freshman.
1. Put your relationship with Christ above all others. At Liberty it can be so easy to go with the flow of going to convocation, prayer groups, bible class & campus church. If you don’t have a personal relationship with Christ outside of all of that amazing stuff Liberty offers, you will be setting yourself up for failure. If you learn to cultivate one discipline during your 4 years at Liberty make sure it’s a personal quiet time with our savior. Everything else will just fall into place after this foundation is made.
2. College will fly by, so enjoy every moment. It seems like just yesterday I was sitting in my freshmen seminar class overwhelmed by so many changes and the new environment. Now I’m sitting here thinking of how much I wish I could just start over and do it all again. Well, not necessarily the school work but definitely the fun moments with friends. I would even do over the tough moments because it’s made me the person I am today. Don’t be looking for the future, but live in the present and live with no regrets.
3. Don’t date the first person you meet the first week of freshman year. Trust me on this one guys, so many of my friends jumped into relationships too quickly. At Liberty, dating and relationships are strongly encouraged but make sure you take time to get to know the person as a friend and brother/sister in Christ first. You’ll hear about the ‘ring by spring’ phenomenon soon enough but don’t feel pressured by it! And guys, LU crushes is just lame go up to a girl and ask her out!
4. Don’t stay up late. Freshman year we stayed up way too late and did not get enough sleep. This piece of advice should be something you try to stick to all four years. If you get enough sleep you’ll not only be a much nicer person to everyone around you but your GPA will also appreciate it!
5. Anytime you say you’re bored freshman year, go have an adventure. If there’s one thing I would change about freshman year it would be that too many times we would sit around the dorm and say there’s nothing to do. By the time you get to your senior year you would kill to have those boring times back to fill with everything you don’t have time to do anymore.
6. Don’t cut your hair into a bob. Lets just not and say we did. We all know my hair was on the struggle bus sophomore year. Just don’t do it.
7. Enjoy every break at home with your family. I have been so fortunate to spend so many of my breaks at home in Sweden during my time at Liberty. Now that I am moving into a full-time job at Liberty, I will not longer get those times back. Tell your family you love them every time you talk to them and never cease to thank them for supporting you. I could not have made if through my four years at Liberty without the unconditional love and support of my incredible parents.
8. Pizza at midnight is always a good idea. Let’s be honest, it’s probably not the wisest health decision but we’re only young once. That being said, make sure you are eating well-balanced meals the rest of the time. I can speak from much experience that on the weeks when I really get my veggies in and workout I have so much more energy. Liberty has really done a great job in my four years here of improving the healthy options and rumor has it the Reber-Thomas Dining Hall is getting a huge makeover in the fall!
9. It’s ok to not know what you want to do with the rest of your life. When I came in as a freshman I was an international business major, then I switched to psychology but now I’m going to be working in marketing. The great thing is that you don’t have to have everything planned out. It will all fall into place, just make sure you are pursuing something that you enjoy! The best part about it all is that God knows what is going to happen and his plan is perfect.
10. The people you surround yourself with can make or break your college experience. I cannot begin to explain how the friendships I have made in college have helped to mold me into the person I am today. I am so thankful that I met so many of my best friends here at Liberty. I have been challenged by them, loved by them, encouraged by them and cried with them. I’ve also made some of the craziest memories with them. I can honestly say that college was amazing because of their friendships and saying ‘see you later’ is going to be one of the hardest things of my life.
I can’t thank you all enough for reading my blog over the past three years. I have been blessed by your encouragement and honored to represent Liberty University and my experience here. I’m excited for my next chapter in life but I will dearly miss this one.
As you've probably noticed after three years, I love pictures! Although I really enjoy writing, sometimes I just prefer to show you all about my life here at Liberty. It's so crazy that in almost two weeks I will be putting on my cap and gown and graduating from college! Look out for a blog coming with all my top tips for surviving college! Enjoy the photos below of what all spring has entailed for me.
There has been a lot of buzz about the Son of God movie and guess what Liberty did for the students? They bought out the entire River Ridge Movie Theater for students to see the midnight premiere of the Son of God movie. In the week before the premiere Liberty was handing out tickets to students and some of my friends and I were fortunate enough to score some tickets!
The movie was so well done and it was very touching to see a movie about Jesus’ life make it on the big screen. A few weeks before the premiere, Liberty students had the chance to hear from producers, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey in convocation. They spoke to students about how they integrate their faith into producing movies and television shows. They encouraged us to go out and see the movie but little did we know, Liberty was going to provide us the opportunity to see it anyways!
By the last semester of your senior year, you would think that there wouldn’t be many new experiences left. However, this semester I have been pleasantly surprised with how many things I have been able to experience for the first time! In my first semesters at Liberty there were so many events happening on campus that I never took the time to venture into Lynchburg and surrounding cities to experience all that they have to offer.
A few weekends back my friend invited a bunch of people over to his brother’s farm in Lynchburg. I was so excited because if you haven’t already noticed, I’m not exactly a country farm girl. The two firsts that I got to experience there were, I shot my first gun and I rode a real donkey!! I was really excited to learn to shoot a gun from friends who are very big into gun safety and I felt very comfortable and not afraid at all. I think I was more afraid to get on the donkey than to shoot a gun! I was pretty proud of myself though because people who have been shooting guns their whole life said I did really well for my first time ever shooting (see photo below). The donkey was pretty stubborn and didn’t like to walk very far but it was still really fun!
The next new experience I got to have was to go to the professional rough stock series in Roanoke! I had absolutely no idea what to expect but I had a blast. They had Bareback Riding, Bull Riding and Saddle Bronc Riding. I think my favorite was actually the Bull Riding because afterwards the Bulls went crazy chasing the clowns around! I was definitely on edge watching though and held my breath every time a cowboy would be thrown off. I think I’ll stick to riding donkeys!
The last thing I got to do was go to the open skate at LaHaye Ice Center. This was so much fun since I love ice skating (see my very first blog!). This was the first time I got to try hockey skates and at first I almost fell flat on my face but after a little while I got the hang of it and had fun!
It seems like just yesterday I was writing about my first day of senior year and I blinked and week two of classes is coming to an end. So, I’ve officially had my last first day of classes and in some ways I’m excited but in a lot of ways I’m sad. I’m sad to be done with the first week of classes because that’s the best week of the semester. Everything is new and exciting and you feel like you can conquer the semester and get straight A’s. Then as the next weeks progress you begin to realize the amount of work you will actually have to put in to get those grades you want. It’s a daunting task but at the end of the semester when you see your hard work pay off, it’s all worth it.
Christmas break was really nice to just get away and read books that I chose myself. I managed to read 4 non-school related books over the break and it was such a nice treat to relax and read. I had lots of fun with my family too! We did all of our Christmas traditions as a family and had lots of time together. It was definitely a reality check that this was most likely my last big chunk of time being home in Sweden but I’m definitely excited for what kind of job the future holds for me.
It’s so fun being back and a big part of that is getting to attend sporting and campus events again. The first weekend back we had a big basketball game against High Point University and it was a whiteout! I’ve never seen so many people attend a basketball game. In the last 2 minutes, Liberty was only trailing by 2 points but we just couldn’t catch up and win.
I’m so excited to see where the future takes me and I’m excited to share with you all my last semester at Liberty. I’m definitely going to miss blogging for Liberty after almost 3 years!