This semester (as I have already said) has been filled with many “lasts.” Since Liberty does Christmas BIG I have had quite a few “lasts” in the past few weeks. So I decided to combine them all into one blog big of all the different things I’ve experienced the past few weeks.
1. Thanksgiving Break. When people think about Thanksgiving they think, being with the family all bundled up in cold weather. Well this year I didn’t get any of that because I used my frequent flyer miles to go visit my best friend in Southern California. So my Thanksgiving was filled with sunshine and celebrating the holiday with new and old friends
2. Tree Lighting. A new tradition at Liberty that started since I came here is the tree lighting ceremony in front of DeMoss Hall. Becki Falwell (President Falwell’s wife) loves Christmas so this was her little project to make Liberty seem more like home for the Holidays. There was a huge crowd who came out and it was fun to take time away from school to enjoy this fun activity.
4. Ugly Christmas Sweater Party. What’s the Christmas season without ugly sweaters! This semester quite a lot of my friends are graduating so we had a fun Christmas party the night before reading day. Who doesn’t love good food and good fellowship before finals kick in.
3. Christmas Convocation. This is probably one of the hardest events to describe through writing. Christmas Convocation is filled with singing Christmas songs and making fun of all the silly things Liberty students do (and also the faculty). Campus band always has a funny video and students are always laughing hysterically. So if you want to know what this is all about, I guess you’ll just have to become a Liberty student (a.k.a the most awesome students).
4. Christmas Coffeehouse. This year I was one of the unfortunate students who completely forgot to get a ticket and the event sold out 3 days beforehand. So I shamelessly put up on a “free and for sale” Facebook page that I was looking for a ticket. Within an hour I had a student comment saying he had a ticket. I then messaged him asking how much he wanted for the $3 ticket thinking he was going to say $10+. He then responded…FREE because he wanted to spread Christmas cheer to students like myself who were not so smart. So thank you William Nott for blessing me this Christmas season!! Oh and check out this Hilarious video from Coffeehouse!
5. Fall Semester Finals. Now this is probably my favorite last, why you ask? Because that means I only have one more semester and one more finals week left in my college career. This was probably my hardest finals week because it meant the difference in a letter grade in most of my classes.
Overall this semester has had its ups and downs. I’ve had moments where I’ve been extremely happy and then there have been moments of just wanting to be done with school. I am so thankful though to be at a place where no matter what my circumstances, I am pointed to Christ and I’m always growing in every season. I hope you all have an amazing Christmas and you get to celebrate the true meaning for the season. I’ll be back in January for my LAST semester at Liberty, so incredibly bittersweet.
One of the most important questions to ask when going to college is: How am I going to pay for this? The majority of college students nowadays are taking out student loans which means that when we graduate we have to begin to pay it off. As I’ve mentioned before, I was originally planning on going to a big state school before God changed my plans and brought me to Liberty. When I received my financial aid package from Liberty, it was close to $10,000 cheaper/year for me to attend Liberty. However I will be honest, I do have some student loans I will need to pay off when I graduate. So I’m sure you’re think, Lizzy this is boring, why are you telling us this?! Well keep reading to find out…
As my last semester is approaching and I’m going to begin to pay off my student loans (as quickly as possible!) I wanted to get some help with how to do that. The answer was put right in front of me in last week. Liberty offers a free course called Financial Literacy based off of The Lampo Group (founded by Dave Ramsey). This course will teach all about how to live within one's means, budgeting, and working to achieve financial stability. Not many other schools would be this invested in student’s futures to offer this kind of a course but I am so thankful that Liberty cares!
Two of the best convocations I've heard occurred in the past week and that was with Dave Ramsey and then his daughter Rachel Cruze. They both gave such great talks about money and Rachel gave such practical advice to students about managing their finances. If I could leave one thing with you that she told us that is to search for scholarships!! Yes it takes time but it will save you so much money if you are awarded one! Check out the videos below for their convocation talks!
This past weekend was one of the best and busiest weekends I’ve had in a long time (very different from last weekend)! A bunch of my friends who graduated in May were back for their first homecoming since graduation. Since it was only for the weekend, we tried to pack way too much into two days. For any alumni out there, here’s a quick recap of just a few things you could be a part of next year!
We started Friday off by heading to convocation where we got to hear from Liberty’s new softball coach, Dot Richardson. Talk about one outstanding woman who loves the Lord and has been given so many talents.
That evening we headed to the Liberty vs. Davenport Hockey game with a group of our friends. That was definitely one of the most intense games I’ve seen at Liberty and we all had a fun time catching up on life (usually what girls do at sporting events, lets be honest). After the game we stopped by for the end of the homecoming bonfire and drank hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows. We headed to bed early that night because we had a early morning ahead of us!
Remember a few weeks back when I said that as long as I was healthy I would be running in the Deep Hollow 5k. Well, I was healthy so therefore I ran! A group of 11 of us girls decided to run this together and we had a blast. It was straight up hill the first 1.5 mile and then straight downhill the second half. My official time was 35:39 and I was extremely happy with that time since it was my very first 5k race! Not sure if I’ll ever run a trail race again but I’m definitely going to keep training because I have a new found passion for running!
We all quickly went home and got ready for the big rivalry football game against Coastal Carolina. Last season, several of my friends and I would go to the game about 2 hours early to get good seats and we continued the tradition this year. It was great to be right up with the action again. Unfortunately we lost the game in double overtime but we had a great time being together cheering on the Flames!
The Lazy Weekend…
Every once and a while God will bless (yes I said bless) us with a rainy weekend. Now to some this might sound like the worst thing possible but for me it meant, CHILL weekend. I’m not very good at taking it easy because I never want to miss out on the hustle and bustle of college life.
So here’e your play-by-play of my super exciting (not) weekend. On Friday night I went to the hockey game with friends, which was a blast. Even though we didn’t win it was great to be back in the hockey atmosphere! Afterwards we headed over to the Jacuzzi’s at the aquatic center to relax and then I went to bed early (very much needed long night of sleep). On Saturday I got a good workout in and then treated myself to a much needed relaxing pedicure. On Sunday I went to church, came back and took a 3-hour nap, I wasn’t lying when I said I had a lazy weekend. So there’s a snapshot of a very low-key but oh so enjoyable weekend here at Liberty!
Throughout the 3+ years I’ve spent at Liberty, we’ve had some big name speakers in Convocation. We’ve had huge names like Donald Trump, Tim Tebow, Kirk & Candace Cameron, John Piper, Mike Huckabee and the list goes on. This past week Liberty added to the list of incredible speakers by bringing in Duck Dynasty star, Willie Robertson. The line outside of the Vines center at 9am (1 hour before Convo even started) was so long!
This past summer my family watched all of the seasons of Duck Dynasty and I’ve never seen my dad laugh this hard in his entire life. I love that this family has created one of the leading reality shows, simply by sharing about their love for Jesus, their family and duck calls.
Willie had one of the best Convocation messages I’ve heard because of how real he was with students. The Robertson family is not ashamed of sharing their story and where they came from. It’s amazing to see a family stick to their values even when they became very famous. I only wish Willie would have brought Uncle Si with him to Liberty!