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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Coming back to school is hard no matter what. Whether you worked as an intern 40 hours a week (like me) or if you tanned at the beach everyday with no care in the world, it is still a struggle getting into the swing of things. But one thing that I always look forward to is the Block Party that Student Activities hosts the weekend after school starts. There are carnival games, blowup slides, food, contests and a concert. I was especially excited for the concerts this year because they brought in The Oh Hello's and Needtobreathe, and if you don't know anything about those bands, you need to check them out right now! I actually didn't get any pictures of the concert because right when Needtobreathe started playing it started to downpour. It was incredible. Everyone was soaking wet, but I think it made everything 10 times better. I mean, of course if it didn't rain it still would have been amazing, but many of Needtobreathe's songs reference storms or rain, so it was just funny that it was storming.
The block party really help to get everyone excited for the year. I mean, I am excited, there is so much to be done... and I am not just talking about my homework. If you want to know about more events that are coming up check out the Student Activities page.
James Black; if you don't know him, you should.
L to R: Me, Matt, Lydia and Jared. We hid under a tent right when it started to downpour.
Just a quick shot of Drew Snavely and the stage.
The good ole' blowup courses.
Me and Micah were accidently twinning.
This summer was amazing.
In previous summers I’ve been playing soccer, traveling to different countries or working at a camp. So I guess you could say it was a little different. This summer I worked full time as an intern for a companies marketing department, so I am going to name this summer "my adult summer". I rarely got to sleep in, see my friends or go shopping (not that I really need to do that at all), but looking back I don't think I would change a thing. Even though I didn't get to sleep, see my friends or hang around as much as I wanted to, I learned the importance of being intentional and managing your time well. Monday through Friday I would wake up around 6:45, be at work by 8, and didn't go home till 5. By the end of the day I was utterly exhausted and wanted to just relax. I have a new appreciation for those who work a full time job, it is HARD. I had to learn to ignore my fatigue and go do stuff! This wasn't too hard, since I am an extrovert, but it was more challenging since I had a "grown up job". Through these long, tiring days Lord taught me more about who I am, who I want to become and where I am going. No matter where we are in life, God is working. It doesn't matter if we feel like it or not, He is God and He is faithful.
Below are some snaps of the summer.
My beautiful little sister Jordan and I on a date. We went to a Greek restaurant in Rochester called Opa! Opa!
Fourth of July weekend with my siblings at an Amusement Park. Taylor (back left), Grant (front) Jordan (back right)
My siblings are seriously the greatest. It is so cool to see how close we get each year. I love them so much.
One of my really good friends trains horses, so whenever we hang out, we ride.
Got to spend some quality time with my two best friends from high school. Jill (left) and Camillie (right)
I have recently taken up photography and I shot my first ever wedding in June.
I wanted to be like Harry Potter and write with a quill, but I also needed another creative outlet.
This summer I made so many new friends. I was not expecting this to happen, but I am so glad that it did, because it resulted in some great afternoon picnics.
The first day of school I was 18, drank coffee occasionally, and could barely sleep in past 8 a.m. Now, in my last week of my freshman year, I am 19, I cannot get enough coffee, and waking up for my 9 a.m. class is the ultimate struggle. I have come so far and learned so much this year.
Now that I have experienced one full year of college (I must be so wise), I want to give future students some helpful advice.
You will change your major.
- When I showed up my first day on campus I was declared a Worship and Music Ministry major but little did I know that I would be inspired at the freshman convo to change it to what I really wanted to do, which is Communications. College is a time where you learn so much about who you are and about what you really want to do. Since the beginning of this year, I have not stopped learning about myself. My best piece of advice is to choose a major that is going to compliment your passions and let you do the things that you really care about.
You will do one of the following three: like someone, date someone, or break up with someone.
- If you come to school single, you will eventually have crush on someone and possibly end up dating them. If you come to school dating someone, you might break up because at a school the size of Liberty you will realize that there are plenty of fish in the sea.
You will be challenged to grow in your faith.
- One of the reasons that I chose Liberty was because of its dedication to the spiritual needs of their students. Each student is placed in a prayer group and is personally discipled by their prayer leader. We are also given so many opportunities to learn from well-known Christians like Clayton King, Bob Goff, and Christine Caine.
You will fail a quiz.
- This is what will happen at least once. You will be invited to go out with friends and you will know that you have an assignment you need to do or a quiz/test you need to study for, but you will procrastinate and go with your friends instead. I have done this plenty of times, and thankfully only one resulted in a bad grade, but trust me; you will have at least one bad grade.
You will learn to say no to others and yes to yourself.
- Do not be a people pleaser. You have to take care of yourself. Do not follow the crowd. Come up with your own idea and hang out with whom you want to hang out with.