Frost is on the ground, coats are being worn and the Christmas lights are up. This can only mean one thing, cold and flu season is upon us. Living on a college campus it is already hard enough to stay healthy because of the amount of people you are around, but it is especially hard right around Thanksgiving and Christmas Break. This is also conveniently right around finals week. Below I have listed a couple practical ways to stay extra healthy during this time.
Wash your hands.
- It is crazy how many people don’t wash their hands either after they go to the bathroom or even before they eat. I will be honest and tell you that I don’t always do it before I eat. But now that it is the cold and flu season, it is so so soooo important because germs are spread like crazy!
- I do not care if you are from a northern state and you are used to the cold, you aren’t invincible. Wear your coats, hats and gloves. If you are from Florida or California and you don’t have a winter coat, I understand, but this is a perfect opportunity for you get one.
Get enough sleep.
- There will be many days in college where you are running on five or less hours of sleep, but it is crucial to your overall health to try as hard as you can to get at least 8 hours of sleep each night. Your body needs time to rest. Otherwise your immune system will crash and so will you.
Eat healthy and balanced meals.
- Not sure why this one has to be said again, but eating pizza, burgers and ice cream everyday will not help you in your fight against the cold or fly season. It is important to eat lots of fruits and vegetables. If possible, eat things high in anti-oxidants like pomegranates, raspberries and blueberries. If you can’t do that, apples are great alternatives.
Don’t hang around sick people.
- Hanging out with someone who is sick is like putting yourself right in the middle of a war zone. It is probably not the best thing you can do for yourself. This also applies if you are sick; don’t be around people because you don’t want to infect others!
- Drink lots of fluids like tea, water and soup (I know you don’t drink soup).
- Don’t share drinks or food
- Think healthy thoughts, which is kind of a joke, but hey it might work.
This last CFAW weekend, I had the pleasure of hosting one of my friends from home while she visited the campus. It was so nice to have someone from home visit me while I am far far away. My friend, Sharon, is a senior in high school and is seriously considering coming to Liberty. We met the summer before my senior year while working at a camp and quickly became good friends. I also took her senior pictures this last summer, so it was so nice to see her again.
She did all the things you would normally do for CFAW weekend. She went to different classes, got some Liberty Gear and enjoyed her first college football game. I had a lot of work I had to do this last weekend, so I didn’t get to hang out with her as much as I wanted to. Despite my busyness, I made room for us to go to the For King and Country & Britt Nicole Concert. I loooooved Britt Nicole when I was in eighth, ninth, and tenth grade! She was my role model. I actually cut my hair like hers and got shoes that were just like hers. I may or may not have been slightly obsessed. I grew out of it, but I have always loved her songs. They take me back to sweet moments when I was first growing to love the Lord and want His will for my life.
Sharon and I on Saturday Morning
After the concert she was so exhausted and went to bed around 10:30, which is pretty early for a college student. I laughed at her and asked her if she was going to be able to handle the college life. She laughed at me and immediately fell asleep. It was kind of adorable.
The next day we had lunch together after sleeping in and then she met up with a girl she had met on our floor to go explore the campus a bit more and go to the football game. Like I mentioned before, I had a lot of work to do, I ended up just staying in my dorm for most of the day. On Sunday I brought her to church with me and then she was picked up by her Aunt and Uncle to take her to the airport. I was overall a fun weekend and I was happy that I was able to open up my dorm to her and help her experience Liberty in the best way possible!
Below are more photos from the Concert
So pumped for the concert!
We ran into a couple of my friends. This is Sarah.
Sarah, Me and Brianna after the concert. These girls are wonderful!
Halloween week is here and that means Halloween Hall meeting. Hopefully you should already know that each Tuesday night at 10 pm each hall on campus has Hall Meeting. The meetings are great by themselves but they are so much better when you mix Halloween with it.
I remember my first Halloween Hall Meeting. My best friend Hannah and I dressed up as Thing 1 and Thing 2, and yes I know that costume is overdone, but we wore it best. This year Hannah, our friend Jordan and I dressed up as pieces from Pac Man. I was a Cherry, Jordan was a Ghost and Hannah was the Pac Man. We looked awesome and I am not exaggerating. Ok, maybe a little, but still.
If you are participating in your Halls Halloween Meeting, you should expect you brother dorm to be there, so make sure your costume is appropriate. Even if you brother dorm were not to be there, you still need to be in the Liberty Way. You should also expect for there to be games. All of the games we played this year were really fun. One of the games was a Carmel apple-eating contest, but some of the apples were actually onions. Another one was with black and orange balloons and we had to pop them but hugging another person with the balloon in the middle. They also had a contest to see which boy and which girl had the best costume.
Overall Halloween Hall meeting is one my favorite meetings. Hopefully if you come to Liberty you will agree.
Below are some photos from the meeting.
Darla from Finding Nemo and no worries, that's a carrot in the bag.
A pretty little flower.
Honestly, this is my favorite.
The Pac Man crew and I.
Eating caramel apples/onions.
My sweet friend and I.
Don't forget to vote for Pedroooo!
Fall is probably one of my favorite seasons not only because it is absolutely beautiful outside, but also because it means apple picking and pumpkin patches! Last weekend I went to a pumpkin patch with some girls on my hall. We left around 4:30 pm and didn’t get back until maybe 9:00 pm, partially because we stopped at Texas Road House. But either way, it was time well spent. We went to Yoder Farms, which is about 10-15 minutes away from campus. When we got there, we spent some time admiring little goats, pigs and cows, and just to let you know, cows are my favorite. Then we proceed to explore the farm. Like many other pumpkin patches they had really cute fall decorations and tractor rides (that we unfortunately didn’t participate in), so it put us all in a festive spirit. After exploring, we headed over to pick out some pumpkins. I ended up choosing a little pumpkin while some of the girls insisted on getting the largest one they could find. We also took a lot of pictures, as most girls would. As we were buying our pumpkins, some girls freaked out because they saw that they were also selling whoopee pies and honey stixs. Now being from Minnesota, those are not a big deal to me, but I was convinced to buy a whoopee pie, which I still have not eaten yet. I am just waiting for the perfect time to treat myself to it. When we were all done there we headed to Texas Roadhouse to eat and then went back to the dorm.
Since this happened a week ago, I have since then painted my pumpkin with a spider and his web on it. Scroll below to see it.
Some of the girls from my hall!
Adie and I
We are really proud of our pumpkins.
The whole group.
Olivia and I.
Hannah holding her pumpkin while I took a photo of her.
The final result.
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;)
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.