So this year I am living off campus, taking 18 credits, working a job and an internship. So let us just say that life is sorta crazy. But I am super excited to be back at LU!
To give you a glimpse of what my summer looked like, I worked for a news station in Minnesota running their social media! It was a dream, considering I was paid to go on Facebook and Twitter. I also made them a SnapChat! But overall I learned a lot from working there, because I was able to follow the anchors and reporters around and shoot stories. It gave me a whole new respect for news, because so much work is done in one day for just a 1 or 2 hour show. Needless to say, if you ever need a cool summer job, work for a news station, you won’t regret it.
Now that I am back at school I am working like crazy. This is my last year, so I feel like I have so much to do! But in the midst of doing a bunch of homework and just work in general, I have decided to make a bucket list of fun things to do to keep my sanity. So here it is:
- Go to the Virginia drive-thru Safari!
- Rent something from Camp Hydaway and go somewhere to use it
- Meet John Luke and Mary Kate Robertson :)
- Go on a legit picnic with a basket and plaid blanket
- Go to Peaks of Otter (hike)
- Make cold brew coffee
Let me know what I should add to this list (preferably things that don’t cost $$)!
Below are a few pictures from summer!
My brother, Taylor, and I out to eat with the family.
Let's just say I worked with some amazing people this summer.
My sister, Jordan, and I just goofing around.
At an outdoor movie with some of my friends from high school
Caleb made his way to Minnesota this summer. :)
I live with these two beauties. (Deb and Kennedy)
The end of the year is always so bittersweet. Bitter because you have to pack, clean, and say goodbye to friends who you may never see again. But it is also really sweet because you no longer have to do classwork, take tests, or write papers and you get everything else that goes along with summer. I think that there are definitely more sweet things than bitter things, but it is still hard especially for those who don’t like change. I do ok with change, but after a while you just want some consistency. I think the hardest thing for me if that the hall your on changes. The reason it is hard is because you make some great friendships and you get comfortable with people and right when you are the most comfortable its time for you to pack up and leave. But I think that it is a good thing. Staying in your comfort zone too long makes it easier to rely on yourself or your circumstances more than on the Lord. For instance, I am currently unsure of where I will be living next semester. Normally this would make me really stressed out, but I have decided that I am not in control and that the Lord is perfect in His time and he will put me on the right hall.
On a different note, this year has flown by so fast! I still can’t believe that the end is here! I remember flying to school at the beginning of the year and settling in to the newly build commons. Crazy (and scary) how fast it has all gone! I fell like I have learned so much about myself, who I am, and what I want to do! Looking back at the beginning of the year, I can see that I have changed a lot! I probably will say that about every year, but I really do feel that way. College changes and mature you and I won’t lie, a lot of the ways you are changed and matured can be tough, but it is totally worth it!
As far as this summer goes, I am not 100% sure what I will be doing. I hopefully will be working as a waitress and also taking pictures for people, but I guess I will just have to take it day by day!
Below are some pictures of my favorite memories from this year!
Me, Alexa and Gabs
Matt Wertz and Parachute Concert
The Gang at hannah nursing ceremony!
Thanksgiving with Caleb:)
Me, Ashlynn, Jenna & Jenna getting Dunkin Donuts
Hall Christmas Party
Christmas at home!
Lydia has become one of my best friends this year!
So many snow days!
These girls made prayer groups the bomb.com
Low quality photo, high quality friends
Mr. Goodies with Caitlin :)
Last Mr. Goodies run with some friends before we all leave!
In high school, I had a friend from my church that went to Liberty, and whenever she came home, we would hang out and I would hear all her stories about school, her friends and all her experiences. One experience in particular, was her experience with being on Leadership. Here at Liberty, every student who lives on campus has the opportunity to be apart of a group of people who are “the spiritual leaders of the hall”. Leadership on a hall consists of two RA’s, two SLC’s and 10-15 prayer leaders depending upon the size of the hall. This past month and a half at Liberty has been pretty crazy as far as Leadership goes. The Office of Student Leadership has been busy interviewing RA’s, RA’s have been busy interviewing SLC’s and the SLC’s have been busy picking out prayer leaders. I was a prayer leader this year on the 4th floor of the commons and I am happy to say that I will be a prayer leader on the 4th floor again next year!
Anyone who wants to be on leadership has to fill out the application the applies to the position that they are interested in and must be approved by their current RA’s and SLC’s. After that, for anyone who wanted to be a PL, you must go to the leadership fair, which is a big event where all the RA’s and SlC’s set up a booth where you sign up to interview with them to be a prayer leader.
Every prayer leader interview is a little different but the format of it stays generally the same. You interview with 4-5 other girls and the RA’s and SLC’s ask you different questions. My first year interviewing, as a PL I was really nervous, but this year I wasn't’t as nervous, and this was probably due to me know the people who I was interviewing with. In my interviews they asked everyone various questions about being a prayer leader and the different tasks that they are supposed to partake in. They also ask questions about your own relationship with God and how he has been teaching you. I would say that the RA’s and SLC’s would want to know that you have a consistent relationship with the Lord and that you want to serve Him through being a prayer leader, and after knowing that, they choose based on if they think you would be a good fit for their hall. It can be a bit nerve wracking, but its really not bad at all if you are trusting in the Lord to work through you whether or not you become a PL or not.
This is a picture of my Leadership Team from this year! I love them all!
Click here for more information about Student Leadership.
I finally around to making another video blog about some of the food on campus. This time my friends and I headed over to the newly re-opend "Bistro". The Bistro is a longtime favorite for a lot of Liberty Students, but this last fall semester Liberty got rid of it due to the exapansion of the Reber-Thomas Dining Hall that it once had been connected to. Now that it is back on campus, every student can enjoy their beloved Californian Flatbread. As my friend Hannah, likes to say, "The Bistro is back and better than ever"!
Enjoy the video!
Ah, glorious spring break. This sweet week came just in time. Prior to spring break, I was extremely overwhelmed with the amount of work I had to get done. But, spring break came right on time! I know it sounds cliché, but it really was just what I needed.
For the first 3 days of break (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) I went to my friend Caitlin’s house in Roanoke. We spent time, just relaxing. We cooked, we explored Roanoke and we did girly things, like painting our nails and watching chick flicks. In Roanoke, I wanted to go to the mall because they have an H&M, which I didn't’ buy anything from. Later on Saturday we walked around downtown for a little bit, got coffee from Mill Mountain Coffee, and also went to see the Roanoke Star. After that we stopped by the cutest little bakery call Bubble cakes. They make the cutest and most creative cupcakes. I got a carrot cake cupcake (to share with Caleb, because carrot cake is his favorite) and a little red velvet cupcake because that is my favorite. I will be honest, I liked the carrot cake cupcake better, but nonetheless they were both delicious! That night we were so tired that we just got in our sweats, painted our nails and watched a movie. If you are wondering what movie we watched, it was Father of the Bride, a movie that you should watch if you haven’t already.
The next day we got up early and went to church! We came back, took a nap, watched silly YouTube videos and then went to the store to get stuff to make dinner for my boyfriend Caleb and Caitlin’s friend Ayla.
Over break I also got to spend some time with Caleb and his family. We hiked Buffalo Mountian, cooked, watched multiple episodes of his favorite show House, as well as, Big Hero 6. We went running together; this is where I found out how fast Caleb can run and how not fast I can’t run! So that was a sign to me that I should run more! I am really glad that we could spend time together and I really do enjoy being with his family.
He scared me to death, becuase he actually climbed up all of that!
I hope everyone else had a fabulous spring break!