During Christmas time I blogged about an event called Christmas Coffeehouse which is basically a talent show in front of the entire school. Every Spring we have a very similar event except there is a theme to the event. This year the theme was 80’s Coffeehouse! Now even though I was a 90’s baby, my mom played 80’s music around the house constantly when I was growing up (and even still does to this day!). I could often be found trying to learn a Michael Jackson move or belting Whitney Houston, all to my family’s dismay! I definitely appreciate the 80’s and their love for bright neon colors!
Spring Coffeehouse this year was really great because we got a good well rounded mix of talent. There were bands with incredible musical ability, creative videos and great dance crews. I hate picking favorites for these events, however, I really enjoyed the Michael Jackson dance troop and the Whitney Houston tribute performed by Ray Jones and his band called The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. I also really enjoyed the different videos in between acts that Liberty students compiled. Overall, this was a very successful Coffeehouse and I was entertained from start to finish!
For those of you who live in North Carolina or have ever been to North Carolina, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of the restaurant Cook-Out. Just this past weekend Lynchburg got it’s first Cook-out and its been packed all hours of the day since opening. I am a huge Cook-out fan and whenever I go back to Greensboro for the weekend, a trip to cook-out is a must! Now I can go whenever I want, and I’ve already been for the past three days straight! Cook-out is famous specifically for their milkshakes and everytime I go I get an Oreo-Mint milkshake!
Everyone has been really excited anticipating the arrival of Cook-out and Chipotle (a restaurant opening sometime in the near future). Something I’ve noticed about Liberty students is that we really do love food! Hopefully Cook-out will soon start taking Flames Cash so that we all don’t go broke! On Wednesday night Caitlin (one of the other student bloggers) and I went for a late night snack/dinner for her to experience Cook-out for the first time and she LOVED it! It was still packed at 9:00pm and when we left it didn’t look like it was slowing down anytime soon!
Last year during spring break I didn’t go anywhere special or far away but this year I decided to go somewhere tropical! Over Christmas break my friend Kasey and I were looking into places to go that were warm and eventually we decided to go to Key West, Fl and stay with her cousin! Spring Break comes right in the middle of the semester and when I left this year, I was in great need to just get away and relax! I didn’t exactly get a huge week of relaxation because we were constantly busy seeing things in the Keys!
We spent lots of time on the beach, in the pool, and eating incredible food! We met so many awesome people there and I just loved experiencing a new place! We were walking on a dock one day and got to see a manatee. One evening we got to go out on a sailboat for a sunset cruise and it was definitely one of the highlights of the trip. One big tourist attraction we got to see was the southernmost point on continental USA. On my way back to Liberty I flew to Jacksonville, FL for 2 days to see my uncle's family and my mom visiting from Sweden! It was so great being with family and hang out with my young cousins.
Spring break was great but now we have come back to the reality of school. This week I started two new online classes and looks like things are about to get really busy but I know with God’s strength I will finish this semester strong. I’m sure there’s a lot of high school seniors out there that are feeling the effects of “senioritis” and it’s hard to put a lot of effort into your work. Remember to give it your best the last few months, you won’t regret it!
Today, I got to be a part of an important day in Liberty history. Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. and other board members broke ground on the construction for the new library dedicated to his father, our founder Jerry Falwell Sr. During Convocation today, everyone moved from inside the Vines Center to outside next to the Schilling Center. The new library will be where the Schilling center is now.
When we got outside there were people everywhere! I loved that all the students came out and supported our school in making history! Dr. Elmer Towns, Dr. Ron Godwin and Jerry Falwell Jr., all spoke to the students about the new library and what it will offer the students. One thing that blew me away was that one of the Dead Sea Scrolls, which are currently on display in the Vatican, are going to be on display in the Library when it opens. Towards the end of the ceremony, Chancellor Falwell got into an excavator and began demolishing the building right away! We definitely have a really cool Chancellor!
There have been times since I came to Liberty that I found myself saying “We never do anything adventurous!” I’ve heard that there were fun things to do here but I had never experienced it for myself. So I went on a search for the things to do here that are out of the ordinary. Last week I went to Ivy Lake with my roommate for my first adventure and this weekend I took an ATV safety course with one of the other student blogger’s Kimi! Student Activities is a department at Liberty that organizes events (concerts, coffeehouse), recreational activities and much more. Their facilities include Ivy Lake, the Equestrian center, hiking trails, disc golf course, motocross, ATVs, and Bow Hunting. I don’t know of many other schools that can offer all of those things! Hopefully over the next few months I will be able to participate in some of those activities (I think bow hunting might be too much of an adventure for me!)
This past year, Student Activities added the use of ATVs to their list of activities they offer. In order to use the ATVs you have to take a safety course up on Liberty Mountain with an instructor. The steps to riding the ATVs is that you have to take the safety course, get your membership card and then whenever you want to rent an ATV you have to do so 24 hours in advanced! So this past Saturday, Kimi, her roommate and myself headed up there for the course. I had no idea what to expect because riding an ATV is something completely new to me. If you talk to any of my friends or my mom, they would tell you that seeing me on an ATV (or anything involving mud) is a rare sight. I decided that this semester I would get out of my comfort zone and get a little muddy!! Hopefully after spring break I will go up there and get on an ATV!