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.
This last weekend was Easter Break and since I can’t go home to Minnesota, I went to Virginia Beach instead with a group of friends. We didn’t actually go to the beach because of the weather, but we stopped by for about 30 minutes just so I could experience the ocean again before I go back to the land of a thousand lakes.
While down in Virginia Beach I mostly stayed at my friend Adie’s house and met all of her family. Her family is hilarious, just like Adie, but they are also very sweet and hospitable. On Easter it was a little hard not being with my own family, but Adie's family took me in with ease. On the first night I stayed with my friend Jenna. A fun fact about these girls: Adie and Jenna have been best friends for over 10 years so they are a lot of fun! Jenna comes from a big family where she has 6 siblings, not including herself. Not all of her siblings were home this, but her three younger siblings were home and her new baby cousin.
Living far away from home is always bittersweet. Bitter because I can’t always go home, but sweet because on breaks I get to go home with people and deepen relationships. As the year has gone by I have become more comfortable with the distance that is between me and my family. I have become more independent and dependent all at the same time.
I can’t believe that my freshman year is over in less than a month. Seriously, it seemed like yesterday that I moved into my dorm. Looking back I can’t help but be so thankful for everything God has done and that I have been able to do! He has lead me in so many amazing directions and to so many people who have impacted my life greatly. But before I get ahead of myself, I still have 3-ish weeks to make memories, friends and most importantly, good grades (which is a struggle).
It is just a struggle to keep pushing through. I am not a procrastinator, but it has been a struggle to keep up with my crazy schedule, especially when the sunshine is so welcoming.
Leaving school will be bittersweet, so here is a list of the bitter and of the sweet:
I will miss
all my friends (you know who you are)
the Rot cookies
Johnnie Moore (but really)
the loft bed
The Muse, the White Hart, The Tea House, and Market on Maine
I can’t wait to
sing with my mom and sister
watch movies with my dad
hang with my brothers
not spend money (I need help)
see my friends from high school
go to Thursdays on First and the farmers markets
do laundry for free
drink Dunn Brothers Coffee, Spyhouse Coffee, and my mom's sweet tea