Category Archives: College Life

College Life: Tips from a College Graduate

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Katherine Daniel ~ Guest Writer

     Now that I have graduated from the University of Lynchburg, I am missing the University of Lynchburg campus. Being that my fiancé is still finishing his senior year for the spring semester, we are still in Lynchburg at this time. I am currently doing my Masters online, so I am mostly home throughout the week until I get a full-time job, but that is a different story for another time. I did not expect to come back on this campus anytime soon or be writing. Still, I was asked to write an opinion piece this week, and I had to come for an interview for the magazine sent out by the university, so I thought maybe I could give some tips to the seniors about to graduate in May

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College Life: Thank You UofL

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Photo taken by Katherine Daniel of Hopwood Hall.

Katherine Daniel ~ Editor in Chief

 

     As I sit here writing this opinion piece, it hits me that this is the last time I will be writing an opinion piece as the Editor-in-Chief for the University of Lynchburg and the Critograph. In this piece, I want to reflect over the years of being a part of this university, reasons why I chose the university as my place to call home for the past three years of my undergraduate degree, and want to thank those who have helped me along the way through my time at UofL.

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College Life: The Stage of Senioritis 

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Katherine Daniel ~ Editor in Chief

     Thanksgiving Break is over, and I have been in the stage of what we call, senioritis. Over the break, I said to myself “Oh, I am going to get my senior thesis paper done and this website, and be ahead of things.” Did that happen? Nope! Over the Thanksgiving Break, I ended up waitressing at my dad’s new restaurant, Black Friday shopping, and babysitting. I am grateful for making money over break and going shopping, do not get me wrong, but I really wanted to get the stuff done. But it is okay, I will work hard this week on it and get it done. To get me through the next three weeks left, I have thought of some things to do to keep me in the spirit to get things done.

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College Life: Thanksgiving Break is Here!

 

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Katherine Daniel ~ Editor in Chief

We came back from fall break a few weeks ago, and all I can think about is how much I am looking forward to Thanksgiving break. While fall break was a few days to relieve the stress I had with my midterms and all my assignments, it definitely was a tease. Fall break is just a taste of being home for a long weekend, but as soon as you adjust to being home for a long weekend, it is time to go back to school. I cannot help but look forward to Thanksgiving Break, and here are a few reasons why.

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College Life: My Mom is My Best Friend

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Photo of Katherine Daniel and her mom. Taken in July 2019.

Katherine Daniel ~ Editor in Chief

    My mom is an amazing, hard working woman. She does so much for everyone and I am not sure how she does it. I feel that sometimes people just do not understand how much my mom does for everyone. She takes on so much responsibility with her job, classes to  get her Ph.D., still helping out my travel softball organization, and much more! She is always really busy! Even through the roughest days, my mom pushes through it with a smile on her face. I really think I get it from her because I am always busy with my job(s) and extracurricular activities. If I was older, I could probably be my mom’s twin because we are so much alike. The one thing that I cherish the most is the relationship that my mom and I have. She is my best friend and I can go to talk to her about anything. Whether it is to vent about all the homework I have or things that are just not going right in life, I can talk to her about anything. Here are some of the reasons why I love having my mom as my best friend. 

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College Life: 10 Ideas For Your Birthday

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Photo of Katherine Daniel on her 21st Birthday. Taken on November 3, 2019.

Katherine Daniel ~ Editor in Chief

     This weekend is my 21st Birthday! My birthday was on a Sunday this year, so I could not get too lit since I had class the next day. My weekend has been very busy with taking photos for my photography business and also going to the annual Lake Country Crusher’s (old travel ball team) picnic. I got to play a slow pitch softball game on my birthday and got to see all of my old teammates. It was a lot of fun. My birthday was surrounded by my old teammates and family and that was really fun. Here are some ideas to do for your birthday when you turn 21.

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College Life: 6 Tips to Feeling Better When Sick

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Katherine Daniel ~ Editor in Chief

     It is finally that time of the season for…sickness! The flu, stomach bug, and allergies acting up, are all around in our air. It is around that time in the school year where everyone on campus is getting sick, especially if they live in the dorms. For me, my allergies have been the worse because of the weather changing from 75 degrees one day to 40 degrees another day. It is hard to take care of yourself while being sick at school, but here are some tips to get you on the path to feeling better and getting out of your room to go to class.

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College Life: Never Give Up

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Katherine Daniel ~ Editor In Chief 

     All it takes is something simple, like waking up too late, having to rush around in the morning because you forgot about an assignment that was due, not knowing where your car keys are, spilling coffee on yourself before going to work, or forgetting your notebook for one of your classes. In that one instant, a day at college can go from being one of the greatest days to being one that you just want to be done with so you can go back to sleep for the rest of the day.

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Six Things to Do While on Fall Break

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Katherine Daniel ~ Editor in Chief

     Fall break is finally here, heck yeah. It is finally time for that break to go home and see your friends and family. This is the time to catch up with those that you have not seen in a while. The only problem about going home for fall break is that it is a teaser before Thanksgiving and Christmas break. By the time Christmas break is here, I will be done with my undergraduate level too! (Woohoo!) Here are some things that you can do while being on fall break.

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College Life: Fraternity Life Rush Week

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Five new members of Phi Kappa Tau Zeta Epsilon from fall rush week 2019. Photo retrieved from: Phi Kappa Tau Zeta Epsilon Instagram page.

Luis Lastra ~ IFC Internal Affairs VP

     This past week, the fraternities of the University of Lynchburg held fall rush week. The fraternities on campus include Phi Kappa Tau, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Sigma Nu and Phi Mu Delta.

Each night of the week, the fraternities held their own rush events to recruit new members with a high turnout. Phi Kappa Tau held events such as Hot Dogs and Brauts, Jump Lynchburg, Dodgeball in Wakefield House, Snowflex, and ended it with an invite dinner on Friday. 

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Second Year Vibes: Embracing Differences

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Anna-Catherine Kueng ~ Assistant Editor 

     In schools across the U.S., the idea of tolerance for everybody is promoted. Examples of this include: not judging a friend because she is a Morman or not treating the foreign exchange student as if he is an exhibit on display. 

     However, if you Google ‘tolerance,’ you will see that its definition, according to Merriam-Webster, is “allow the existence, occurrence, or practice of (something that one does not necessarily like or agree with) without interference.” In my opinion, tolerating something or someone is one of the least things you can do. 

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College Life: Seven College Budget Fall Décor Ideas

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Photo by Katherine Daniel

Katherine Daniel ~ Editor-in-Chief

Now that fall weather is coming, it is now time to decorate your dorms/apartments with fall décor. The leaves are starting to fall from the trees, the pumpkin spice lattes are out at the coffee shops, and the weather is FINALLY cooling down to bearable temperatures. I love to decorate my apartment with fall décor to get in the spirit of fall and spooky season. Now, some fall décor can be expensive, but I am going to give you some ideas that are good in the price range for college students!  We have to have that college student budget. So here are seven fall décor ideas.

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Second Year Vibes: Every Mile Matters

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Anna-Catherine Kueng ~ Assistant Editor

From a young age, I knew I wanted to eventually be a college graduate, wife, and mother. As of right now, I am none of those things, but I am getting closer to reaching my goals every day. Also, I have added wanting to become an English teacher to that list as well. 

     You may think my dreams are too traditional, but I am convinced that I am called to be those things in the future. On the other hand, you may have dreams that are not as traditional, such as wanting to travel the world after graduating or opening a bizarre new business. Whatever your dreams are, I want you to know, they matter. They do not just matter in the future, but they matter in the present too. 

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College Life : Fall Weather is Coming!

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Katherine Daniel ~ Editor-in-Chief

Fall weather is coming and I can feel it. The mornings are starting to become cooler and the leaves are starting to change and drop from the trees. When fall comes, that means there are many things that you can do! I know for me, I love to take that trip to Target or Michaels and get some fall décor for the house. I could stay in these places for hours if I wanted to and spend a lot of money, but let’s not talk about that. Here are a few things that you can enjoy when the fall weather comes!

  1.     Go to a pumpkin patch. These are so much fun. There are many pumpkin patches around the Lynchburg area that you can go to and take a trip. It could be fun to take a group of friends and have a little photo shoot at the pumpkin patch and pick out some pumpkins for your dorms or apartments. Back at home in Dundas, we have a pumpkin patch called Parrish Pumpkin Farm. You can take photos, pick out a pumpkin, ride on a hayride, etc. They are so much fun just to get out with friends and family and experience a fun-filled weekend.
  2.     Go on a fall clothes shopping spree. If you are the kind of person who loves clothes shopping, this is definitely the time to go shopping. Pick out some cute outfits for the fall and rock them to class one day. I love going to American Eagle for flannels and also they have some deals during the fall sometimes, which is great for us college students. I love rocking a flannel, vest, leggings, and bean boots to class during the fall. It is just something you can easily throw together and it looks good to go to class. I also love the cute flannel dresses too that are cute for the fall. Get you a cute flannel dress and booties and rock that outfit to class.
  3.     Fall candles. If anyone knows me, I LOVE candles. Fall scented candles are my favorite at that. Bath and Body works has the greatest smelling candles for the fall, so go out and get you some. I am a “candle-a-holic” because I literally have a candle in the kitchen, the main hallway, and bedroom. They are all different scents, of course. I have a pumpkin marshmallow in the main hallway, a caramel swirl latte candle in the kitchen, and on the other one in the bedroom, which I have not lit yet. Just to walk in the door and smell the fall scents, just gives me this happy feeling, after a long, stressful day.
  4.     Trips to Bold Rock Cidery. I just recently went to Bold Rock Cidery for the first time two weekends ago, and I loved it. Getting cider and hanging out with friends, is just a great experience. Even the views are great. I loved going with a group of friends from back home the other weekend. They sometimes hosts events throughout the year too, so then it will be fun.
  5.     Take fall photo sessions! My October is full of taking photos of engagements, homecomings, and senior sessions. Get a group of friends or take some photos during the fall! These photos always turn out so great with the color changing of the leaves. If anyone needs photos this fall, check out my website at www.katherinedanielphotography.com or go check me out on Facebook or Instagram at Katherine Daniel Photography.
  6.     Go to Scaremare, Hallo-scream, or Halloween Haunt. These are always so much fun to go to. For me, I feel Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion is the best, but the other two are great too. Scaremare is in Lynchburg and it is not far from the university, so get a group of friends and go out and have some fun. Halloween Haunt is cool to go to for a day trip too with family and friends. We have a tradition to go every year to Halloween Haunt.
  7.     Go to the movies. During the fall, I feel a lot of the movies come out each year. Go see IT 2 or Hustlers. I want to go see these two movies so bad, so do not spoil it for me if you have seen it. I love seeing a variety of movies: comedies, horror, and romance. Get your boyfriend/girlfriend or friends and go and have a good movie night to destress from all of the homework you have.
  8.     Football season is here. For me, most everyone knows, but I love football season. I was a cheerleader in high school, and I loved to be one of the only cheerleaders who knew what was going on during the game. It was fun to tell them when we were on defense and offense. Now even though we do not have a football team at UofL, I do go over to Liberty to watch the football games, since I am a big football girl. Grab a group of friends and go to VT, Liberty, or UVA for the weekend and tailgate and watch some football.

     I could go on and on about more ideas to do for the fall, but I guess I will stop here now. If you have any suggestions on what to write about, shoot me an email at daniel_kh@lynchburg.edu. 

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