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Liberty alums offer college advice

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liberty_collegeadvice_alumsLiberty Christian seniors learned firsthand what to expect in college from recent Liberty graduates who are now freshmen at the university level.

In a panel discussion held during lunchtime recently, Liberty graduates were asked questions that ranged from how to prepare for college to how to adjust to living away from home.

The panel included Caleb Bishop and Ross Earley who attend the University of Missouri, Lizzie Kevlin who attends Texas Christian University, Grace Dansby and Macy Manning who attend Texas A&M University, and Erin Selby who attends Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

Grace Dansby shared with seniors that they are the average of their five closest friends. “In college, pick friends who are for you,” she said. “Friends should not hold you back from who you want to be.”

She also challenged seniors to pick six values they want to achieve in college and strive for and make those values a part of their lives by graduation.

Caleb Bishop encouraged students to make college their new home, but also to stay in contact with their families, whether students are homesick or not.

“Parents will really appreciate your calling them,” he said.

Lizzie Kevlin took her father’s advice and studies her notes after each college class, then she is better prepared for tests and doesn’t have to cram or spend as much time studying before tests as her peers.

Ross Earley joked with students and said, “When you get to college, find the smart people!”

While at Liberty, students who are in College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) courses may earn college credit based on their AP exam scores. Erin Selby gave students insight about the tests she took the summer before college called the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests that gave her college credit based on the knowledge she received at Liberty.

Macy Manning said Liberty prepared her well, and she advised seniors to attend every class in college once they get there.

“It is important to go to class in college and understand the concepts taught in every course just like you do in high school,” she said.

Caleb Bishop encouraged seniors to be secure in their faith. “Show others what it means to live out your faith, and even invite your new friends to church,” he said.

Another student agreed, saying it was important to find a good church. Looking back, she said she wishes she would have built a stronger relationship with the LORD on her own while at Liberty, instead of leaning so much on her Christian friends for her faith and support.

Macy Manning agreed, “Find a group of Christian friends who will keep you accountable in your personal growth.”

Vivian Nichols is part of the public relations team at Liberty Christian School.

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