I may or may not have started a blog like this before, but back to the burg, means back to the books. I think it might be inevitable for me to say that after I come back from any sort of break. Honestly, it makes coming back that much more fun. Though I will miss sleeping in, spending time with my family and eating home-cooked meals, I am really happy to be back. I have mentioned this before, but Liberty is one of the greatest places on the planet.
I had an amazing break. Being able to spend time with family was probably the best Christmas gift I could have received. It keeps getting harder and hard to leave them, but Liberty is worth it. Over break I traveled to Dallas, Texas with my family to visit my aunt and grandparents. This was really nice, especially since I am from the land of negative temperatures, Minnesota. When I left to head back to Virginia, it was literally -15 degrees. Yeah, it was cold and I don’t like it, not one bit.
I will be honest and say that just because I love Liberty, it unfortunately doesn’t mean that I don’t have any fears for this semester. I do. I am afraid, first and foremost, of failure. I mean who isn’t? I pay a lot of money to hopefully do well, and if I don’t, I basically lose money. But I know that having that in the back of my mind will motivate me throughout the semester. As far as fears go, failure covers it all. I mean I could fail in so many different areas, health, relationships (including relationships with my friend, family and boyfriend), and like mentioned, school. I mean just thinking failing in all of the areas could make anyone anxious. But I have been learning that, as Christians, fear is unrealistic. I mean, there is a good level of fear that you should experience, it drives you to either obey or just to do well in school, but it should never let it give us anxiety or make us panic. In Philippians chapter 4, verse 6, it tells us the we aren’t to be anxious about anything but rather we should be prayerful about everything and also giving thanks to God for everything. So with this I have been intentionally thanking God for my stressful semester to come and believing that He will bring me though it. I hope that you all can do the same!
BTW I chopped all my hair off!
I cut my hair the day before classes... so this past sunday! #newhairnewmere
Snow in West Virginia on my way home!
I brought my boyfriend Caleb home to Minnesota for few days.
My grandmas house was pretty cute, and if you look in the mirrow you can see my sisters unicorn pillow pet.
Got to spend time with my best friends from home, Jill (L) and Camille (R).
Finished the break by visiting my best friend Hannah in Ohio!
It is so exciting to done with my third semester here at Liberty, but it is also scary to think at how fast everything has gone by. It feels like yesterday that I was just starting my sophomore year. Though the end is sad, it brings lots of exciting events such as Christmas Convo and Christmas Coffeehouse.
Each year on reading day the whole student body gets together for Christmas Convo. It is probably one of the most awaited events of the fall semester. Why is that? Well for one, it is on reading day, a day right before finals week where we have no class. And two, if you have reached Christmas Convo, you know that Christmas break is right around the corner. Christmas Convo is different than any other convo. For instance, we don’t sing worship song or listen to speakers. But we do sing lots of Christmas carols and watch funny parody videos. Most of the time they make fun of different things at Liberty such as our rules or different leaders like Jerry Falwell Jr. or now David Nasser. People also dress up in their ugliest or fanciest Christmas sweaters.
The next long awaited event of the semester is Christmas Coffeehouse. This is an event where students audition to play music or enter in a video to be show. The whole event is Christmas themed, which means that if you want to sing or enter a video, it needs to be related to Christmas in some way! It is a late night approved event because it starts at 11:30 pm and doesn’t end till 2 in the morning. Though it is late, it is worth it. There are so many talented people here at Liberty, I am always amazed each Coffeehouse. I will post videos of my 2 of my favorite acts. It was hard to choose because everyone does so well.
Follow these links to the Videos
Count it Loss Christmas- https://soundcloud.com/junglehype/illijam-and-magoh-count-it-loss-christmas-prod-jungle-hype
Keep watch on the Liberty University Youtube for more Christmas Coffeehouse videos.
Looks so magical doesn't it?
Below are some photos from our Brother/Sister Dorm Christmas Party
Love my leadership team.
Caleb and I
Me, Han, Jamie, Court, Christi & Jordan
HAVE A MEREDITH CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!
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.
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