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Fall Break

October 22, 2014

This fall break I had to pleasure of going to Hendersonville, North Carolina with some friends. The cool part about this is that I lived in Hendersonville when I was in fourth grade and had not been back in at least 10 years. I was able to go to my old neighborhood to see my house. When I lived in Hendersonville, there was a little restaurant called Hotdog World and I requested that we went there for lunch one of the days. It was exactly how I remembered it, if not better. While we were in the area, we also headed to downtown Hendersonville. When I lived there, my family and I would go downtown quite frequently. All along the sidewalks there are these cute bears that have different outfits painted on them.

When we were not out exploring, we were at my friend Isaacs house which was set ontop of a mountain. His family farms cows, so every morning we would wake to mooing and cows peeking in through the windows. One day as we were hiking up a river on Isaacs property and we ran into the herd of cattle. I should also let you know that I really love cows. If we (or I)  weren’t enjoying cows, homework was being done. I had a lot of homework due after fall break, so, unfortunately, I had to work really hard.

On Friday of fall break my friend Jamie and I headed to Greensboro to photograph a wedding on Saturday. This was quite the adventure because I had never done a wedding that wasn’t in my town.  Thankfully we made it there safely and the wedding went well! 

Fall break overall was very productive and exciting! I have learned that I am an active vacationer, meaning that I want to have productive days that start before 10 in the morning. Thankfully the people that I was with were very easygoing and fun to be with. 

Hotdog world food. So fresh right;) 

Downtown Hendersonville. 

A photo from our hike.

Jamie and I woke up to watch the sunrise! 

Courteny and I while picking Asian Pears.

My lovely assistant, Jamie. 

 

 

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Drawing Scares Me

October 8, 2014

Similar to my last post, there are so many talented and driven people here at Liberty. The SADA Department has been holding live drawing lessons every Friday afternoon from two to four. I had seen a couple of the posters advertising it around campus and I finally decided to go check it out.  I wasn't’t really sure what to expect, and I might add that I am not the greatest at realism, so I was intimidated. Despite my fears, I showed up to the room to find… nobody there. Don’t worry, after going to the SADA office, getting the wrong room number and just stumbling upon the correct room, I made it. When I got there, there was a girl sitting in the middle of the room lit by a spotlight surrounded by three to four people all drawing at easels.

I sat down and started to draw for a while, and like I mentioned before, I am not the best at drawing realism and to be honest, it really scares me. I can get the basic shapes, but I shy away from the face and more detailed things. I think that I shy away because I am a perfectionist and I know that I won't be able to "perfect" it.  We took breaks every 15 minutes from drawing to talk to each other. Basically everyone at the event was either a studio art or graphic design major, so it was cool to see every persons approach at drawing. 

Over all it was really cool to see and experience something like that. I really enjoyed it because it took me out of my comfort zone and inspired me. Let me also say that while in college, especially if you are interested in pursuing something "creative", make sure to never let your fears hold you back. Everyone has to start somewhere and most of the people attending the lesson were just as good at drawing as me. I encourage you to do things that scare you, because you never know what might come out of it. 

The guy from the photo above drew this! 

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Great Opportunities

October 3, 2014

Here at Liberty, there are many opportunities to learn from people who are extremely talented and skilled. In fact, most of the professors at Liberty have studied and worked within their field for many years and are, in fact, experts. 

Currently, I am a double major in Strategic Communications and Graphic Design. I may or may not remain a double major, but what I do know is that I will always love design. Thursday night the SADA held a workshop for students to learn from one of our own teachers, Kelsey Phillips. Kelsey is the owner of Clever and Bright Paper Company that is focused on typography and hand lettering. I had Kelsey for my first graphic design class my freshman year and one day I had to go to her office for a meeting and in her office was where I first fell in love with typography. Now this was way before she started Clever and Bright, but it was amazing the kinds of things she designed. Anyways, back to the workshop. Kelsey shared with us all of her techniques on how she comes up with her designs and she said that, ultimately, practice makes perfect. Honestly, she must practice a lot, because everything she makes is literally perfect. I know, I know, it really can’t be absolutely without fault, but her stuff is pretty darn close.

To sum everything up, take advantages of the opportunities to learn from people who are extremely good at what they do. You won’t regret it.

Below are some things that I have doodled up. 

So if you ever wonder how my brain works, this is what it looks like. 

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LaHaye Student Union Rock Wall

September 19, 2014

The campus at Liberty University has changed so much in the past year. We have a new library, new dorms and a new gym with a brand new rock wall. I have wanted to write about the rock wall for a while, but I am glad I waited because it is way cooler than it was last year. This year it has much more space for bouldering and climbing. Last year it was right next to the basketball courts in the Lahaye Student Center, but only 4 or 5 people could be climbing at once. Now this year over 10 people can be climbing at once.

Another great thing about the wall is that you can rent shoes out for free. Last year I always ran into the problem of not having climbing shoes because it is honestly really hard to climb in normal tennis shoes. By having shoes that you can rent, is going to make it a lot easier for people to get better at climbing.

I have to be honest. I have not been able to go to the wall at all this semester, so I feel bad writing about it especially since I haven’t used it. But I know that it is awesome!

The rock wall offers classes in top roping, bouldering and lead climbing, as well as a belay certification class. So if you get the chance, go and check it out. I promise it will be worth it! 

Check out some hyper lapse videos I made of the rock wall below. 

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My Life is Crazy

September 17, 2014

These last two weeks have been so hectic for me. I honestly don’t know if I can remember everything that I have done since the bash. I will just start with this last weekend.

 

Friday Night:

            The girls on my dorm and I went to Snow flex to explore the tubing hill. It was a great time just getting to meet new girls and get to know whom they are. Living on the commons is great but there are almost 100 girls on each floor and it is almost impossible to know everyone.

It is absolutely beautiful on the Liberty Mountain.

Reason #3,334 why Hannah is my best friend.

One of my fondest "selfie" moments.

            After we enjoy tubing at Snow flex, we headed over to Cookout to grab some shakes and then headed back to the dorm to enjoy a movie with a brother dorm. I personally did not watch the movie; instead I played 20 questions with some people.

Saturday:

            I currently am in a class that meets on Saturday Mornings. It is a one-credit camera workshop that only meets four times the semester. This upcoming Saturday will be my last one. It has been cool to learn about cameras and lighting, but I wish it wasn’t 8–12 on Saturday mornings. Normally when that class ends, I go back to the dorm or I go to the Rot for lunch. This last Saturday I went to my dorm and tried to sleep. The past couple of weeks have been so draining so most of my Saturdays I spent just laying around and doing homework. I honestly don’t mind it because, well, I have to get my work done.

Sunday:

            I have been really trying to get most of my homework done on Saturday’s so that on Sunday I can rest, because most of the time last year I would be so stressed out on Sunday’s. This year I have been able to enjoy them and spend time doing things that I don’t normally get to do on Sunday’s.

            This last Sunday I woke up, went to church, went to lunch and came back. I got to take some time to just relax and paint with my friend Brenda. In college, you need days like that where you can do something that you want to do. After that I met my friend Avery, a girl from my hall last year, and went to Panera for dinner. It was so nice to have a day that wasn’t focused on school or running all over campus.

A piece I made for my friend Michelle. 
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