Canadians at Liberty

Mikeelie Gale

Hometown: Hamilton, ON
Year: Junior
Major: Business Marketing

Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 31:30
Favorite Place on Campus: Jerry Falwell Library
Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant:  Waterstone Pizza
Favorite destination in or near Lynchburg: Charlottesville
Why did you choose to attend Liberty University? For someone who loves being near my family, if you told me 5 years ago I would be going to school in Virginia, I would have told you no way. I came for a CFAW with my cousin because she wanted to check out the school, but we ended up both leaving that weekend knowing without a doubt that Liberty was the place for us. The atmosphere at Liberty is so contagious. Everyone from the professors to the students really care about you as a person. You’re not just a “student”. More than anything though, I knew in my heart that the Lord wanted me here, and when you have a peace from Him, there’s no escaping it. I have never once doubted my choice. My experience at Liberty has been an amazing one so far!
What was your favorite Liberty course and why? My favorite course I have taken so far would have to be Evangelism. My professor, Dr. Wheeler is an amazing man of God. He teaches with such a passion that you cannot help but get excited about what you are learning. Every Monday night when I headed to class, I felt like I was going to a church service. I learned such practical ways to do ministry in that class, and I am truly grateful.
Outside of the classroom, what activities or ministries have you been involved in during college? While attending Liberty, I have been able to be a part of student leadership. I was a prayer leader to about 7 girls in my quad and it was an amazing time of getting to know them and the Lord on a much deeper and personal level.
What sets Liberty University apart from other schools? Liberty is a school that strives for excellence in everything they do. Every department is committed to giving you the best of everything their field has to offer. We’re a blessed student body!
What advice do you give future Canadian students? 

Your 4 years (or however long your degree is) at university are so important. Make sure you really do work hard in your classes, because it really is rewarding, but also, really invest in your friendships here. The friendships I have made here are lifelong ones. My experience would not have been the same without the people I have done life with for the past 3 years. I am a better person because of them!

Zachary Lamothe

Hometown: Canmore, Alberta
Year: Junior
Major: Commercial/ Corporate Aviation/ Minoring in Psychology

Favorite Bible Verse: Ephesians 2:8-9 – “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

Favorite Place on Campus: The Jerry Falwell Library is definitely where I spend most of my time. It is beautiful there. If the weather is nice though, and I am able to procrastinate with my homework, then you're going to find me at the Beach Volleyball Courts.
Favorite Lynchburg Restaurant:  Waterstone Pizza. It's downtown Lynchburg and is known for its delicious oven baked pizza, plus, the price isn’t all that bad, which is a huge bonus.
Favorite destination in or near Lynchburg: I’d have to say downtown Lynchburg. It’s a pretty cool place, for a bunch of reasons. They’ve got great “Lynchburg only” restaurants and shops there and the entire downtown has a really cool vintage and old town style to it. There are some downtown buildings that are really cool places to explore as well as some beautiful hiking paths.
Why did you choose to attend Liberty University? I always knew I wanted to be a pilot, so for the longest time I had planned on joining the Canadian military and flying for them. My mother was doing courses online at Liberty for her Masters in Human Services. During my grade 11 year my family and I were taking a road trip down south, and decided to take a detour to Liberty on the way back. I didn't know anything about the school, but when I took the tour around campus, I fell in love with it. It surprised me honestly, because I had been so set in going to military college, but a Christian school was important to me and when I found out that Liberty had an aviation program, I became even more interested. I toured the off campus facilities for the aviation program, both the flight line and academic building, and after I met the professors and talked to them about it, I told myself that I would apply to Liberty and if I was accepted by the end of the summer before my last year in high school, I would go, and the rest is history.
What was your favorite Liberty course and why? This is an easy question for me. As an aviation major, flying counts as one of our courses and we are given credits for it. So since my first semester at Liberty, I’ve been able to go flying multiple times a week. I have gone with my instructor, or once gaining my pilot certificate, gone with friends out for food on a weekend to other airports in North Carolina, West Virginia, and Virginia. It’s what I want to be doing for the rest of my life and I love that I am building the experience here at school. It doesn’t even feel like a class to me because I enjoy it so much and I love learning and studying for it.
Outside of the classroom, what activities or ministries have you been involved in during college? During my time here at Liberty, I have been involved in King’s Players which is a ministry team here on campus that travels to churches and other venues presenting short plays and skits about the Gospel. Since then I have been involved with student leadership here, being both a Prayer and Life Group leader and a Spiritual Life Coach.
What sets Liberty University apart from other schools? One of the biggest things that separates Liberty from other schools is the care that you will find from so many students, and not only the students, but the professors as well. You will meet some of the greatest people here. I have met my best friends here at school and they are people who I can talk to about anything. I feel confident going to my professors about more than just schoolwork, but also with personal issues. They have been extremely understanding of situations and have been great mentors.
What advice do you give future Canadian students? Have fun. Seriously, college is one of the greatest times of your life and every year goes by faster than the one before. Make sure you get your schoolwork done and stay on top of your grades, but get involved with your friends, activities, or ministries. You’ll meet more people living on main campus, but it’s a huge bonus having your own washing and drying machines on East campus. If you’re the least bit outgoing, it doesn’t make a difference where you live.