Congratulations! You’ve reached the very last component of your Liberty University application… your application essay!
You’ve read the prompt: “How will your personal faith and beliefs allow you to contribute to Liberty’s mission to develop Christ-centered leaders?” How do you answer this question in only 200-400 words? How do you share your personality, your goals, your testimony, and your dreams in such a small window of text? I’ve compiled a few tips and tricks to help you write your best essay, so keep reading!
1. Think. And Think Again.
Before you even put pen to paper or power on your laptop, think. Think through how you want to answer. Think through what you want to say. Think about what you want the reader of your essay to learn about you. Think about the message you want to convey about yourself. Jot down a few notes and then think some more!
2. Share a Story.
Recruiters only spend a few minutes reading each essay. What snapshot moment can you weave into your essay to showcase who you are? Your story doesn’t have to be some kind of magical, fantastic moment; sometimes sharing the simplest memory can leave the biggest impact. Everyone loves a good story, so consider placing a story in your application essay!
3. Edit. Edit. Edit.
Call your English teacher, text your best friend, ask your parents, and edit your essay over and over again. Edit for content and clarity; look for spelling errors and grammar mistakes. Ask multiple people to edit for you as well. I know editing an application essay isn’t the most fun Saturday activity, but your ability to write well will set you apart from other applicants. I promise, careful editing is totally worth it.
4. Be yourself.
Confidence is key when writing your application essay. Colleges want to see who YOU are, not who you think you should be. You are a unique person with your own unique story, so don’t be afraid to tell that story in your essay! Picture your essay as if it’s a self-portrait. Be proud of the essay you submit, and write confidently.
College application essays may be intimidating, but I’m sure you will do a great job! We can’t wait to see you around campus next fall!
CFAW is almost here! Now that you’ve zipped your bags shut and double-checked your packing list (if you’re not sure what to bring, check out my list of CFAW Must-Haves), I’m sure you’re thinking about everything you want to experience while on Liberty’s campus. Even though classes are a super important part of your time here on campus, having fun is also an important part of life at Liberty. I’ve compiled a list of 5 places you’ll definitely want to check out while visiting us this weekend!
1. The Rock Wall. Located inside the LaHaye Recreation and Fitness Center over at North Campus, the rock wall is open to all students. If you love to climb and enjoy a challenge, add the Rock Wall to your CFAW plans. The gym offers classes for all experience levels, so anyone can learn how to climb!
2. Snowflex. If you enjoy skiing, snowboarding, or tubing, exploring Snowflex is a necessity! Our Snowflex Centre here at Liberty is open year-round, and you can access the facilities for free during CFAW. They have all the equipment you’ll need!
3. Climb Freedom Tower. The School of Divinity recently moved into its new home in Freedom Tower, the tallest building on campus. Students love climbing to the top of the tower to see the incredible views of campus and the surrounding mountains.
4. Explore the Library. Our library here at Liberty is absolutely fantastic. Grab a coffee at Starbucks, or run downstairs to Pizza Hut and Auntie Anne’s for a quick snack while you explore the various levels, museums, and displays in the building. Don’t forget to find the robotic book retrieval system!
5. The Bowling Alley. Liberty recently added a bowling alley in the lower level of the Montview Student Union behind Demoss Hall. Grab a couple of friends and play a game to finish out your CFAW experience!
I hope these ideas help you decide how to spend your free time while visiting Liberty University. We Liberty students work hard on our studies, but we also know how to have a lot of fun too. See you on campus soon!
The East Campus dorms are such a fun place to live! I currently live in a 3-person room, and my roommates and I LOVE our space. We recently rearranged our furniture and incorporated some fun décor to make our room feel more like home, so we thought we’d give you a grand tour! In the vlog below we’ll show you our closet, bathroom, and sleeping space. We even give a few tips, tricks, and dorm life hacks to help you out:) If you’re interested in living in an apartment-style dorm, definitely check out East Campus. If you’re trying to decide which dorm is the right place for you, check out my Liberty Dorm Quiz!
The first CFAW of 2018 is almost here! If you’re packing your bags for your first trip to Liberty’s campus, check out my list of CFAW necessities below.
Backpack- trust me, you’ll want a bag to carry your stuff around campus. If you pack lightly, you can even pack your stuff in your backpack instead of a suitcase, which makes it easier to maneuver through the dorms (You don’t need seven outfits and five pairs of shoes, I promise).
Sleeping Bag & Pillow- you’re going to love staying with a current student during CFAW, but you will be bunking on the floor. Sleeping gear is definitely a must-have! If you can’t decide which dorm to choose for CFAW, check out my dorm quiz here: Which Liberty Dorm Should You Choose?
Outerwear- Lynchburg weather can change at a moment’s notice, so definitely check the forecast before you finish packing. I’d always bring a sweatshirt or jacket (or even an umbrella) in case it gets chilly at night or rains!
Walking Shoes- Liberty has an efficient bus system for getting around campus, but you’ll definitely be doing some serious walking while you explore everything LU has to offer!
Extra Cash- With so many fun food options and a great campus bookstore, you’ll want a little bit of extra spending money for a late-night Dunkin’ run or some fresh Liberty apparel.
Notebook- part of the fun of CFAW is attending classes! If you bring paper and a pen, you’ll be able to write down what you learn or questions you may have about Liberty and our degree options. Some of the classes don’t allow cell phone usage for various reasons, so I definitely recommend bringing a small notebook!
Phone Charger- I never leave my dorm without a charger. You never know when you’ll need a little extra battery life to take photos from the top of Freedom Tower or film your favorite Christian artist singing your favorite song live in Convocation or a weekend concert!
Above all, I’d recommend bringing an open mind with you to CFAW. You’ll have many opportunities to meet fellow CFAWers, current students, and professors too (Fun Fact- two of my best friends first met each other at CFAW, and they got married last August. It’s rare, but you never know who you’ll meet)! Also, don’t forget that the students you’re bunking with are in the middle of classes. They are excited to meet you and host you during the weekend, but they’re also balancing exams, papers, and work schedules too. Be considerate of them whenever you enter or exit the dorm!
If you’re anything like me, trying to choose a residence hall for your first semester of college is extremely daunting. Liberty has so many incredible options, and I found it so hard to narrow my selection down to just one dorm. We want to help you choose your future dorm, so we’ve made our very own Liberty University Dorm Quiz! Take this quiz to discover which Liberty residence hall is the perfect new home for you :)