September 19, 2018
3 Tips to Find Scholarships
Let’s face it, college can be expensive. And if you’re able to smash your piggy bank and find enough pennies and nickels to cover your tuition, pleaseee let me know your secrets!
1. Look @ Liberty.
Congratulations- you aren’t alone. Most students struggle to find the money to pay for their schooling because dollar bills simply don’t grow on trees. However, Liberty understands that you need assistance, so our financial aid office compiled a handy-dandy list of scholarships that LU offers to incoming, transfer, current, and online students. If you’re looking for scholarship opportunities, check out this link here.
2. Consider Your Community.
If you’re hoping to find scholarships from outside the university, look at websites such as Fast Web and Big Future. Ask the guidance counselors at your school if they have recommendations for scholarship sites too. Your counselors often know of scholarships local to your community! Banks, nonprofits, and chapters of organizations in your community will sometimes offer scholarships to local students, so ask around! Don’t be afraid to ask for help finding scholarship opportunities, and don’t sleep on small cash scholarships either. They may not cover your tuition expenses, but don’t forget that you’ll need to buy textbooks every semester!
3. Work for What You Want.
Exhaust every possible avenue for finding scholarships. Get a job at a company that offers tuition assistance after working for them for a few years, and work hard for promotions. Research, research, and research some more! Don’t give up if you don’t land a stellar scholarship immediately; keep applying! Even if you never receive a huge scholarship, several small ones will add up over time. Continue looking and applying; you can do this!
September 19, 2018
Freedom Tower is the tallest building in Lynchburg, Virginia. The 17-story tower houses the Rawlings School of Divinity and the Rawlings Scriptorium, and it also serves as the landmark of Liberty University. This was the first time that I have ever explored Freedom Tower, so I thought I'd take you along with me!
School of Divinity: http://www.liberty.edu/divinity/
Liberty's Instagram: @libertyuniversity
Abby's Instagram: @abigailbrewer_
August 30, 2018
If you’re new around here, I’m Abby, a junior Communications major and ASL minor here at LU! I am a returning student blogger, and I am SO PUMPED for this semester! Now that I’ve finished my summer internship and spent some much-needed time with my family, I’m thrilled to be back home in Lynchburg, Virginia.
I spent my summer working as a summer intern at Abilene Baptist Church in Augusta, Georgia. If you’re looking for an opportunity to gain valuable ministry experience within a local church, definitely consider spending your summer at Abilene! I worked hard, played hard, and laughed A LOT. I had the opportunity to help run VBS, Kidz Camp, youth camp, and a summer missions trip. My intern team planned events, taught Sunday School, and even completed a book study together! It was a great summer, and I cultivated friendships that will last a lifetime!
Now that I’m officially back in the ‘Burg (and back in the office!), I’m super excited to continue my classes in my degree program and share my Liberty experience with you! This year I have moved off campus, so I’m now navigating the commuter life (whoop whoop!). I’m also continuing leading a Life Group with the Ascent College Ministry at Thomas Road Baptist Church, and we’re getting ready to launch in just a few weeks! If you’re looking for a church to call home, come check us out!
This is going to be a great year, and we’re just getting started. To see a glimpse of my summer, check out the pictures below, or visit my Instagram! Can’t wait to see you around campus!
May 16, 2018
Your dorm is your space to let your creativity roam freely (as long as it stays within the Liberty Way). After two years of living on campus, I’ve seen a wide variety of dorm room layouts. Read below to see what style best fits you!
1. The Social Butterfly: If you have the gift of hospitality and dream of your dorm room being the gathering place for girls on your hall, loft your bed! I have several friends in the Residential Commons who lofted their beds and brought futons or couches into their rooms to create more seating. If you’re hoping to keep your bed lower to the ground, buy cute seats that double as ottomans or can be folded and tucked away to save space when you’re cranking through your homework assignments!
2. The Interior Designer: Newsflash- you don’t have to deck out your dorm room in Urban Outfitters or Pottery Barn to have stylish décor, I promise. My friends and I usually check out secondhand shops or local department stores whenever there’s a big sale. If you’re all about trendy design, Lynchburg’s TJ Maxx is a favorite among students.
3. The Tech Guru: I’ve seen several dorm rooms with fancy computers and complex sound systems set up for digital media work, video games, and movie nights. If you have a lot of tech equipment, bring an additional desk or table with you. You’ll find that you have plenty of space to maximize your equipment and live your best life!
4. The Kitchen Savvy: No matter which dorm you choose, you can always find a way to make some of your favorite dishes. If your dorm doesn’t provide a fridge, bring one! You’d be surprised how many meals you can make in the microwave, so challenge your culinary creativity! If you’re wishing for a full kitchen, check out the dorms on East Campus and the Quads as well.
5. The Organization-Oriented: I love reading blog posts about organization tips and storage hacks for dorm rooms, and I’ve found that all of Liberty’s residence halls have quality space for your belongings. Consider bringing storage tubs to keep your off-season clothing tucked away under your bed, and buy a little ottoman that serves as a seat, a step, and a secret storage spot! I also recommend bringing a desk organizer to keep papers separate and neat.
No matter who you are or what influences your design style and sparks your creativity, command hooks will be your absolute best friend. I hang everything from ball caps to coffee mugs to string lights with command hooks, and my roommates and I own them in every size imaginable. We also highly recommend bringing a lamp or your favorite string lights so that you won’t have to use the industrial lights in your room as your primary light source. Secondary lights cast a softer glow in your room, and they also serve as quality décor. ((Pro Tip: freshen up your space with cute succulents, because a little bit of greenery will go a long way toward transforming your dorm!)) My roommates and I intentionally decided not to color-coordinate our belongings, and we have each enjoyed having our own styles in our room. After all, your dorm is your home for nine months, so make it a place you love! If you can’t decide which LU dorm to choose, take my dorm quiz to find out!
May 16, 2018
Are you totally ready for your first semester of college? Before you finish loading your car, check out my list of 8 Dorm Necessities!
- Command Hooks in every size will be your best friend. You’ll use them to hang everything from artwork to string lights to coffee mugs to baseball caps. Bring extra and make fast friendships on your hall during move-in weekend!
- String Lights will light up your world like nobody else. Use them to soften the lighting in your room at night; your dorm room will feel so cozy!
- Power Strips can be tucked behind your desk and provide easy access to all your chargers and cables. A surge-protected extension cord is helpful too!
- Dishes for late-night snacks and leftovers are a must. You never know when you’ll be handed cupcakes on the hall or when you’ll need to heat up a quick container of ramen.
- Dust Cloths make cleanliness checks (and White Glove!) a breeze. Buy a 2-in-1 Swiffer and you’ll be able to dust and mop your room in no time AND make it to Convo in time to check-in with your RA!
- A Steamer will keep you looking sharp on presentation day. I recommend buying a small steamer rather than an iron; you’ll be able to save space AND keep your clothes wrinkle-free! After all, who wouldn't want to look their best for their date after class?
- Water Bottles and Travel Mugs will be your saving grace when you race out the door for your 8:15. I always keep a water bottle in my backpack so that I can fill it up at the water fountains around campus, and I use my travel mug to buy coffee refills at Starbucks, Dunkin, the dining hall, or my own coffee pot that I keep in my room. Save money AND the planet! ??
- Laundry Hampers are a worthwhile investment, I promise. When I lived in Commons, I bought one that hung in my wardrobe closet, but when I moved to East Campus I purchased a different hamper that I could keep under my bed. Whether you’re carrying clothes to the laundry facility near your dorm, the laundry room on your floor, or the washer and dryer in your quad, you’ll definitely want a sturdy hamper!