April 3, 2019
To the high school senior shopping for her prom dress while filling out scholarship applications in the car, and to the junior who is so ready for senior year he can’t wait for July to fade to August, I’m here to tell you to breathe. Deeply. Slowly.
College IS coming, so please don’t rush through your last two years of high school to get to where I’m standing. Don’t miss your present for your future.
When you’re visiting my campus this weekend, DO these five things. I hope you’ll love it here on the mountain just as much as I do, but don’t wish away your last few months of high school. Live life to the fullest NOW; the future will take care of itself!
1. DO attend scheduled events.
Our CFAW team works so ridiculously hard to prepare the greatest sessions and meet-and-greets for your weekend experience. You’ll have opportunities to meet with professors, admissions counselors, and the financial department while you’re here, and they all want to assist you in completing the application process with ease. If you have questions, write them down and ASK!
2. DO meet other CFAW students!
The greatest piece of advice I can share is to put away your cellphone and talk to the people around you. Your friends back home can survive without seeing your face on Snapchat; you’re only here for a few days! Look around for other students with the CFAW lanyard and introduce yourself. Liberty has SO MANY incredible people that’ll rock your world, but you’ll miss every bit of it if you’re viewing CFAW through your InstaStory filters.
3. DO introduce yourself to the professors.
When you attend classes on Friday, say hello to the professor afterwards! Professors love to hear what you want to study and why you’re looking forward to attending Liberty. One time I introduced myself to a professor, followed her to her office for a longer conversation, and walked away with a new book! I signed up for her class a year later, and she remembered my name AND our conversation that day.
4. DO be courteous to students in your dorm.
As a CFAW, you’re a special guest on our campus, and we are thrilled you’re here. However, all of us students just finished midterms and are working hard to keep up with big projects before finals week arrives. We can’t wait to meet you and spend time with you, but please be considerate of your hosts when you’re in your dorm. They need time to shower and sleep too!
5. DO fan the Flames with us!
I’ll never forget the moment I was officially accepted into LU. There’s something about getting your acceptance letter and t-shirt in the mail that feels like you’re living a dream. Maybe you’re the first person in your family to attend college, or maybe your family is full of Liberty alumni. Either way, I can’t wait to see you around campus soon! Go Flames!