By the last semester of your senior year, you would think that there wouldn’t be many new experiences left. However, this semester I have been pleasantly surprised with how many things I have been able to experience for the first time! In my first semesters at Liberty there were so many events happening on campus that I never took the time to venture into Lynchburg and surrounding cities to experience all that they have to offer.
A few weekends back my friend invited a bunch of people over to his brother’s farm in Lynchburg. I was so excited because if you haven’t already noticed, I’m not exactly a country farm girl. The two firsts that I got to experience there were, I shot my first gun and I rode a real donkey!! I was really excited to learn to shoot a gun from friends who are very big into gun safety and I felt very comfortable and not afraid at all. I think I was more afraid to get on the donkey than to shoot a gun! I was pretty proud of myself though because people who have been shooting guns their whole life said I did really well for my first time ever shooting (see photo below). The donkey was pretty stubborn and didn’t like to walk very far but it was still really fun!
The next new experience I got to have was to go to the professional rough stock series in Roanoke! I had absolutely no idea what to expect but I had a blast. They had Bareback Riding, Bull Riding and Saddle Bronc Riding. I think my favorite was actually the Bull Riding because afterwards the Bulls went crazy chasing the clowns around! I was definitely on edge watching though and held my breath every time a cowboy would be thrown off. I think I’ll stick to riding donkeys!
The last thing I got to do was go to the open skate at LaHaye Ice Center. This was so much fun since I love ice skating (see my very first blog!). This was the first time I got to try hockey skates and at first I almost fell flat on my face but after a little while I got the hang of it and had fun!
It seems like just yesterday I was writing about my first day of senior year and I blinked and week two of classes is coming to an end. So, I’ve officially had my last first day of classes and in some ways I’m excited but in a lot of ways I’m sad. I’m sad to be done with the first week of classes because that’s the best week of the semester. Everything is new and exciting and you feel like you can conquer the semester and get straight A’s. Then as the next weeks progress you begin to realize the amount of work you will actually have to put in to get those grades you want. It’s a daunting task but at the end of the semester when you see your hard work pay off, it’s all worth it.
Christmas break was really nice to just get away and read books that I chose myself. I managed to read 4 non-school related books over the break and it was such a nice treat to relax and read. I had lots of fun with my family too! We did all of our Christmas traditions as a family and had lots of time together. It was definitely a reality check that this was most likely my last big chunk of time being home in Sweden but I’m definitely excited for what kind of job the future holds for me.
It’s so fun being back and a big part of that is getting to attend sporting and campus events again. The first weekend back we had a big basketball game against High Point University and it was a whiteout! I’ve never seen so many people attend a basketball game. In the last 2 minutes, Liberty was only trailing by 2 points but we just couldn’t catch up and win.
I’m so excited to see where the future takes me and I’m excited to share with you all my last semester at Liberty. I’m definitely going to miss blogging for Liberty after almost 3 years!
This semester (as I have already said) has been filled with many “lasts.” Since Liberty does Christmas BIG I have had quite a few “lasts” in the past few weeks. So I decided to combine them all into one blog big of all the different things I’ve experienced the past few weeks.
1. Thanksgiving Break. When people think about Thanksgiving they think, being with the family all bundled up in cold weather. Well this year I didn’t get any of that because I used my frequent flyer miles to go visit my best friend in Southern California. So my Thanksgiving was filled with sunshine and celebrating the holiday with new and old friends
2. Tree Lighting. A new tradition at Liberty that started since I came here is the tree lighting ceremony in front of DeMoss Hall. Becki Falwell (President Falwell’s wife) loves Christmas so this was her little project to make Liberty seem more like home for the Holidays. There was a huge crowd who came out and it was fun to take time away from school to enjoy this fun activity.
4. Ugly Christmas Sweater Party. What’s the Christmas season without ugly sweaters! This semester quite a lot of my friends are graduating so we had a fun Christmas party the night before reading day. Who doesn’t love good food and good fellowship before finals kick in.
3. Christmas Convocation. This is probably one of the hardest events to describe through writing. Christmas Convocation is filled with singing Christmas songs and making fun of all the silly things Liberty students do (and also the faculty). Campus band always has a funny video and students are always laughing hysterically. So if you want to know what this is all about, I guess you’ll just have to become a Liberty student (a.k.a the most awesome students).
4. Christmas Coffeehouse. This year I was one of the unfortunate students who completely forgot to get a ticket and the event sold out 3 days beforehand. So I shamelessly put up on a “free and for sale” Facebook page that I was looking for a ticket. Within an hour I had a student comment saying he had a ticket. I then messaged him asking how much he wanted for the $3 ticket thinking he was going to say $10+. He then responded…FREE because he wanted to spread Christmas cheer to students like myself who were not so smart. So thank you William Nott for blessing me this Christmas season!! Oh and check out this Hilarious video from Coffeehouse!
5. Fall Semester Finals. Now this is probably my favorite last, why you ask? Because that means I only have one more semester and one more finals week left in my college career. This was probably my hardest finals week because it meant the difference in a letter grade in most of my classes.
Overall this semester has had its ups and downs. I’ve had moments where I’ve been extremely happy and then there have been moments of just wanting to be done with school. I am so thankful though to be at a place where no matter what my circumstances, I am pointed to Christ and I’m always growing in every season. I hope you all have an amazing Christmas and you get to celebrate the true meaning for the season. I’ll be back in January for my LAST semester at Liberty, so incredibly bittersweet.
One of the most important questions to ask when going to college is: How am I going to pay for this? The majority of college students nowadays are taking out student loans which means that when we graduate we have to begin to pay it off. As I’ve mentioned before, I was originally planning on going to a big state school before God changed my plans and brought me to Liberty. When I received my financial aid package from Liberty, it was close to $10,000 cheaper/year for me to attend Liberty. However I will be honest, I do have some student loans I will need to pay off when I graduate. So I’m sure you’re think, Lizzy this is boring, why are you telling us this?! Well keep reading to find out…
As my last semester is approaching and I’m going to begin to pay off my student loans (as quickly as possible!) I wanted to get some help with how to do that. The answer was put right in front of me in last week. Liberty offers a free course called Financial Literacy based off of The Lampo Group (founded by Dave Ramsey). This course will teach all about how to live within one's means, budgeting, and working to achieve financial stability. Not many other schools would be this invested in student’s futures to offer this kind of a course but I am so thankful that Liberty cares!
Two of the best convocations I've heard occurred in the past week and that was with Dave Ramsey and then his daughter Rachel Cruze. They both gave such great talks about money and Rachel gave such practical advice to students about managing their finances. If I could leave one thing with you that she told us that is to search for scholarships!! Yes it takes time but it will save you so much money if you are awarded one! Check out the videos below for their convocation talks!
This past weekend was one of the best and busiest weekends I’ve had in a long time (very different from last weekend)! A bunch of my friends who graduated in May were back for their first homecoming since graduation. Since it was only for the weekend, we tried to pack way too much into two days. For any alumni out there, here’s a quick recap of just a few things you could be a part of next year!
We started Friday off by heading to convocation where we got to hear from Liberty’s new softball coach, Dot Richardson. Talk about one outstanding woman who loves the Lord and has been given so many talents.
That evening we headed to the Liberty vs. Davenport Hockey game with a group of our friends. That was definitely one of the most intense games I’ve seen at Liberty and we all had a fun time catching up on life (usually what girls do at sporting events, lets be honest). After the game we stopped by for the end of the homecoming bonfire and drank hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows. We headed to bed early that night because we had a early morning ahead of us!
Remember a few weeks back when I said that as long as I was healthy I would be running in the Deep Hollow 5k. Well, I was healthy so therefore I ran! A group of 11 of us girls decided to run this together and we had a blast. It was straight up hill the first 1.5 mile and then straight downhill the second half. My official time was 35:39 and I was extremely happy with that time since it was my very first 5k race! Not sure if I’ll ever run a trail race again but I’m definitely going to keep training because I have a new found passion for running!
We all quickly went home and got ready for the big rivalry football game against Coastal Carolina. Last season, several of my friends and I would go to the game about 2 hours early to get good seats and we continued the tradition this year. It was great to be right up with the action again. Unfortunately we lost the game in double overtime but we had a great time being together cheering on the Flames!