Second Year Vibes: Embracing Differences

Illustration by Nicole Freewalt

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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The College Life Podcast

College Life with Katherine Daniel

Episode 1:

Episode 1 is about my senior year of college finally being here. Listen to the advice I give the freshmen class and tips on how they can get through their first year of college.

Click Here: Senior Year is Finally Here

Episode 2:

Episode 2 is about tips on ways to staying organized during the college semester.

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Episode 3:

Episode 3 is about the fall weather is coming in the state of VA. There are many things to do in the fall season and ways to embrace it without spending a lot of $$$.

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College Life: Seven College Budget Fall Décor Ideas

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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Mystic Magic: Mid-Semester Stress

Illustration by Nicole Freewalt

Grace Cavanaugh ~ Copy Editor

 This past weekend, I was super busy and stressed. Usually, this is just how Fall semester goes, but not this early. It has only been a few weeks, but the amount of homework and work-work I had to do was getting to me.

     Over the weekend, I was getting over a particularly difficult essay that I was not proud of and had another report due for the same class. On top of that, I had two shifts at work that felt longer than they were, and a family event planned that my mom informed me they would not actually be coming as soon as me and my roommates got there.

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Second Year Vibes: Every Mile Matters

Illustration by Nicole Freewalt

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!


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 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 

Second Year Vibes: Reflecting on Memories at the Annex


Anna-Catherine Kueng ~ Assistant Editor

On Sept. 14, I moved into the new residence hall after spending about three weeks at the Annex. If you have not seen the residence hall, but you have heard rumors about it being amazing, I can testify that the rumors are true. I am very happy with my new living space and I have no complaints about the NRH (except for the 2:30 a.m. fire drill during my third night of being there). 

     However, it has been harder to adjust to being in the new building than I imagined. I guess I did not realize how used to the Annex I had gotten. Even as I am writing this, I feel like I am supposed to head to the gravel lot to catch the next shuttle. Sometimes, when I am walking back from class, I start heading to the parking lot before I remember that my dorm is in the opposite direction. 

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