College Life

College Life: Senior year

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Kelli Carter ~ Staff Writer

     I hope everyone is having a good week so far. Now that classes are fully online and we can not have visitors, we honestly have to make the best out of each situation. So here are some things that have been keeping me and my housemates busy.

    First off, we really love cooking. Lately we have been having these themed dinners and they have been such a blast. For example, one night we did a Tiger King theme and had tacos, Another night we had a Punk Rock theme and we played Punk Rock music while eating dinner. Each night we try to change up the theme and make it fun so we do not get bored.

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A Confused Hornet in a Pandemic

A Confused Hornet in a Pandemic

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Our First Day of Sophomore Year… Didn’t know we were in for such a wild ride! Photo from Anna-Catherine Keung

By Anna-Catherine Kueng

Where do I begin with my perspective as a student, specifically, a Lynchburg Hornet, in the midst of a pandemic? 

First, I want to acknowledge that I could never say what virus I am referring to in this article, and you would still know. Turn on the news, get on Facebook, look at the toilet paper aisle at the grocery store, or basically talk to another human being, and you will hear about the Coronavirus. It has sparked conversation around the world, put masses into panic, and most impacting for me, it has moved my college classes online. 

Recently, I saw a meme on Facebook announcing a girl was starting college at “Da Crib University.” I chuckled, yet at the same time, it is alarming to think about how seriously the virus is affecting everyone and that it has closed UL’s campus. 

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College Life: Studying amidst the Coronavirus

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Kelli Carter ~ Staff Writer 

     This week has been such a hectic and crazy week with everyone in my program and the world worrying about the Coronavirus that has been affecting so many people. The most affected country in Europe last week was Italy. As a result, everyone was on high alert. A lot of my friends who went to Milan for fashion week were actually scared that they might have been infected.

     My friends who went to Milan for the weekend said that not only did they have to go through security to get on the plane, but when they got off the plane, they had to get a body scan in order to see if they were sick or had a fever. Some of my friends indicated that it was surreal, like something out of  a movie.

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College Life: Study Abroad Edition 

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Kelli Carter ~ Staff Writer

     Every year more than 300,000 students leave America to start their study abroad Journey. About 10 percent of college students will study abroad at some point in their college career. This allows for students to feel immersed in the culture that they are living in and better understand it. As students are in the country of their choosing there comes a time when they start to  feel at home. Here are four stories of when students in Barcelona felt like they were home. 

     Abby Owen, a sophomore at the University of Texas, has lived in 2 countries in her lifetime. She grew up in Mexico then moved to the states when she was in middle school. She has also gotten used to calling places that she lived in her home. Owen has had many places to call home but now she is a Student in Barcelona.

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College Life: Study Abroad 

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Kelli Carter ~ Staff Writer

     Last weekend was Valentine’s Weekend, which meant that love was in the air, whether it be with a partner or just showing your friends love. Last weekend, I also got the opportunity to visit one of my bucket list travel locations: Paris, France.

     I went to the city of love on the most commercialized love holiday of the year and actually loved it. It was everything that I expected Paris to be. Unlike my friends, who arrived in Paris on Thursday night, I arrived on Friday, allowing me to have all day Friday. My friends, on the other hand, arrived early Thursday morning, so they also had Thursday to explore the city. 

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College Life: Study Abroad Edition 

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Photo taken from aljazeera.com

Kelli Carter ~ Staff Writer

     When people think about Americans, a lot of things come into their minds. Being a student from America on a study abroad can also come with a lot of stereotypes. For example, we are too loud, we only want to party, we do not have respect, and the list can go on.

     Being here, I feel like I have helped to change some people’s minds about how they will look at Americans. When people ask me where I am from, they are surprised that I say America, because I do not act the way that they expect me to, but then it also leads into a conversation about how I think about America and also the politics that are occuring. Here, I feel like people are more open to talk about risky topics and it is not too taboo.

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College life: Study Abroad Edition

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Kelli Carter ~ Staff Writer

     I officially have been away for a month now and it feels like home each and everyday. This week started off as every week would go with the same routine of going to class, but this past weekend I traveled to London.

     I have always wanted to go to London since I was a little kid. I loved the accents, the idea of royalty, and just being able to have high tea. The fact that I am studying abroad makes it so much easier to travel to different countries.

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College Life: Study Abroad Edition

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Kelli Carter ~ Staff Writer

     Traveling has always been something that I loved doing. It is a way to learn more about a culture that an average textbook can not tell you. Going into college, I always knew I wanted to do a study abroad, whether it be a J-Term or for a whole semester. I was scared at first of missing out on what was going on back home at Lynchburg, but then it just hit me that this place is now my other home

     This semester, I am doing a semester abroad in Barcelona. I have been to this city before and knew that I needed to come back. Actually getting the chance to live here has been so amazing so far and I am excited to see what this semester has in store. 

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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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