First Year Vibes: Changing Your Major

Anna-Catherine Kueng ~ Assistant Editor

When I was eighteen-years-old, which comically was only two months ago, I thought I wanted to be a nurse. More than that, I thought I wanted to be a pediatric nurse with a speciality in cardiology. Before I started college, I ordered the cute laptop stickers relating to the major; for example, “I can’t. I’m in nursing school.” (Since starting college, I realized that if you take out the ‘nursing’ part of that sentence, it is still accurate).

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College Life: Your Boyfriend Can Be Your Best Friend

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Katherine Daniel ~ Editor-in-Chief

I have never been the type of girl to have a lot of “girl” friends. I always had more “boy” friends in high school because I got along with them better. The girls at my high school were sometimes really mean and stuck up, but of course, that is at almost every school. The few “girl”  friends I had were mostly upperclassmen and graduated before I did. I have had many people, who at one point in time I thought were my best friends, but turns out they were just using me or we fell out of contact. But, the one thing I will always say is that my significant other is my best friend. He has been there through so much and even though there are some rough days, I still love him at the end of the day. Some people do not like when significant others do almost everything together, but Adam and I do a lot together, and we both enjoy it. We have been together since the beginning of high school and are now engaged in college. We are best friends and have been together for almost six years now. It is okay to consider your significant other your best friend. Your significant other should be there for you to cry to and to celebrate with in your biggest accomplishments in life. Here are some of the reasons why my fiancé is my best friend:


  1. He annoys the t-total crap out of me. Yeah, that is right. I said it. This is what best friends and significant others do and that is annoy the t-total crap out of you. There are times when Adam does certain things really aggravate me but I love every minute of it because I love him. Somehow later, I will end up laughing at myself for being annoyed at something so stupid or end up apologizing for overreacting over the situation.
  2. He is always there for me, no matter what. He might not answer his phone sometimes because he is playing his video games and his phone is on silent, but he is always there for me.  There is no doubt in my mind that he would drive three hours one day to the beach to make me feel better and get away for a relaxing time at my favorite place. Want to know why? Because he did over Christmas break when I was down and wanted to get away for a couple of days.
  3. He makes me laugh and smile. After a long day, he always knows how to make me laugh and smile, even when I am in the worst mood possible. If you can find someone who can make you laugh at the stupidest things and smile by just doing the smallest thing, then keep him because that is really hard to find. Trust me on that.
  4. He believes in me. Everyone needs someone to be their “cheerleader” in life and help them get through their biggest strengths and their worst weaknesses. Fun fact, I was his actual cheerleader on the cheer squad during football season when he played in high school. Just as I was his cheerleader for the sport he played, he has been my cheerleader throughout life. He and I both try to pick each other when we are worried about schoolwork and have certain things going on in our lives. The most important thing is for the two of you to believe in each other.
  5. I am his princess, but I am also treated like one of the guys. If you do not get this, then he might not be your best friend after all. You know the saying, “you date one, you get them all”? Well this is what I mean about his friends. I know so much about all of his guy friends because we are at “the farm,” the place where the guys live and hang out every once in a while. It is kind of awkward for me to be the only girl in the group when we hang out, but that is okay. I am hoping they will get girlfriends soon, but we will see.
  6. There is no such thing as private. If you two are best friends, you both do not really care what the other one thinks because they are used to it and understand. There is no such thing as awkwardness or privacy in your relationship because you are both open with each other. Getting to be my complete self around my significant other is probably the best thing ever.
  7. He knows EVERYTHING and still LOVES me. Adam knows literally everything. From the good parts, to the bad parts, and to the real ugly parts. Trust me on the real ugly part – he has tried to wake me up in the morning sometimes and figured that out. No one is perfect in life. I mean no one and if you think that, y’all got a reality check coming soon. It is nice to have someone who knows I am a human being and will make mistakes in life. I am pleased to have someone who picks me up when I am struggling and I can go to him and say, “I am having a real bad day, please love me.”
  8. We are A LOT alike. After being together for a long time, we have found out that we are much alike and like a lot of the same things. We love watching Netflix and movies together. I like watching him play video games because I used to play a lot of video games when I was in my teens. Yeah, I was a gamer for a little while, but I like to play on the Wii. I am still learning how to play Battlefield with that Xbox controller, but it is still kind of hard. We like the same foods. When we go to the beach we love to go to Duck Donuts and then go get all-you-can-eat crab legs. This girl can gobble up some crab legs, y’all.  You have no idea.

Anyways, enough of my talking because I am already hitting 1,042 words. My one hope for you all is that you find that significant other in your life who is your real, true, best friend and hold on to them tight. Cherish them for life.


College Life: Things for True Southerners


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Katherine Daniel ~ Editor-in-Chief

There are many things that describe a person, some more than others. In the south, there are certain descriptions that describe everyone. Growing up in the south has made me the southern girl I am. No matter where I go in life, I will always have my southern roots to follow me and a piece of home that is with me. My senior year of high school, I was SO ready to move away and get out of the “boonies” or the “middle of nowhere”, but there will always be a special place in my heart for my southern living. There are many things that make a southerner, a true southerner, but there are many things that every person down south can relate to, and if you know, you know.

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Mystic Magic: Herbs and Crystals


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Grace Cavanaugh ~ Staff Writer

Candles are not the only thing used in spell work. While I was doing my research for the Vernal Equinox on candle colors, I decided to also take a look into crystals and herbs.

Crystals are also used in Tarot work. Crystals are meant to be used to draw energies out of the cards after use. They are made into necklaces as well. It is interesting to look at all the different meanings behind crystals.

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College Life: Plan through the semester

Katherine Daniel ~ Editor-in-Chief

Having time for yourself is something you should ALWAYS have. Even if you have a boyfriend, fiancé, or are married, you still need time for yourself, girlfriend; trust me on that, I know. There are many times you need your “me time” and here are some times that you need it.

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First Year Vibes: Change is a Good Thing

Anna-Catherine Kueng ~ Assistant Editor

Since coming back from break, I have been noticing a change in the weather, the scenery, and just the overall atmosphere on-campus. The temperature is rising, the flowers are blooming, and the sun is setting later. I am starting to see students doing homework on the Dell again. All these things remind me of my first few weeks of college, and it is a bittersweet feeling.

So much has changed since August and it is crazy how fast time goes. Sometimes I feel like I have been in college forever, while other times I cannot believe I am actually out of high school. When I look at my academic report and see my credits, I almost forget that I have already completed one semester of college!

With only a few weeks left of second semester, I am starting to have mixed feelings about my freshman year coming to an end. I am relieved that summer break is coming, but I also am going to miss being in Lynchburg with my friends for three months. I know I still have three more years as a Hornet, and thank goodness I’m not graduating yet because I don’t think I could emotionally handle it, but it’s still bittersweet to realize I will never be a first-year college student again.

For example, I have made so many happy memories living in Montgomery, but soon I will be packing up my things and telling my residence hall goodbye. I am trying to accept that change is a good thing and there is a certain point in life when you need to move on from things, but it’s not always easy to realize that in the moment.

If I spend my days wishing I could go back to the past, I am wasting the present and inhibiting myself from being excited about future opportunities.

I think change is hard to accept because the past feels safer. It’s comfortable, and you know what to expect; but, when a new season of life arrives, it can be frightening. I remember on the way home from my last youth group mission trip, I started crying because I swore I would never be as happy as I was during the trip. My mom reassured me that I would have just as awesome trips in college, and she was right.

Change can be scary, but is is a natural part of life. More than that, it is a good part of life. Just like I didn’t want to stay in high school for the rest of my life, I also realize I am not meant to be a college student forever. It’s all about enjoying where you are while looking forward to what is to come.

As one of my favorite bands, Sleeping At Last, says, “I understand the past will be the past, and nothing changes that, but the future is brighter than any flashback.”