Stressful seniors leaving Liberty

Somber seniors head out into the real world

(Print News Story)

 By: W. Bennett Brown

 What? Graduation & Commencement

When? Friday, May 13 – Saturday, May 14

Where? Graduation ceremonies will be held at Williams Stadium.

Who? Seniors

Over 35,000 people are expected to be visiting Liberty University’s campus this weekend in honor of the seniors who are graduating May 14, 2016 at Williams Stadium.

With over 14,500 residential students, nearly 2,000 students will be leaving Liberty’s campus Saturday, according to Liberty’s website.

Over 19,000 graduates will be recognized. Approximately 17,000 of the graduates studied through Liberty Online. For some of those students, senior year has been a great time, for others it may have been the hardest year of their long academic career.

It is a great feat to complete over 17 years of schooling, and is worth celebrating. On the contrary, as seniors look back on their college memories it can be bittersweet and even depressing.

“About 54% of men and 61% of women “occasionally” or “frequently” feel depressed their senior year,” according to a study by the Education Advisory Board.

There are many changes that seniors are experiencing in their last year of college. They are leaving friends and the school they love. Also, graduates are attempting to join the competitive workforce. It can be a tough challenge to face, and that’s why a study by EAB found that one in 10 seniors feel depressed “frequently”.

“I’m really bummed because I’ve made some awesome friends and long lasting relationships with people who I’m sad to see so far away. It will test our friendships. I’m a little bit nervous, but not too nervous,” Juan Moscoso, Senior at Liberty University, said.

As the end of each year gets closer, so do finals. Finals add to the stress that many seniors are facing, along with the reality of leaving a place they’ve called home. Business majors, a popular major across the country, experience additional stress with a course called Capstone.

“I’m pretty bummed, it’s a bittersweet moment. I’m very excited to be done with all the work. Capstone was definitely the biggest challenge for me,” Jonathan Sage, Senior at Liberty University, said.

At Liberty University there are plenty of caring people to help those in need of counseling. If students are facing anxiety or depression, it is a good idea to visit a counselor. Counselors are available for confidential treatments, for up to six sessions, lasting 45 to 50 minutes each.

“The most bitter aspect of it is: the past four years at Liberty have been the most incredible years of my life. That whole saying you hear, “College is the best time of your life,” I don’t doubt it. While I’m excited for the future, I’m also bummed to leave everything that I have grown so accustomed to,” Sage said.

Being able to handle stress appropriately is a skill that is important for the entirety of life. Moscoso has been at peace with the graduation process, because his parents have been very relaxed and lenient.

“This semester I have taken it really easy, with no classes on Monday, Wednesday or Friday, this semester I go out take photos go on hikes so I can de-stress,” Moscoso said.

Advice for students and seniors from Sage and Moscoso:

  • Keep pressing on.
  • Keep searching for jobs.
  • Don’t give up.
  • Don’t stress out.
  • If your friends invite you to go have fun, just do it.
  • Give everyone a chance, even if they are weird.
  • Read your books.
  • Always talk like there is a microphone on you.

“There were moments of uncertainty at the beginning of the semester like: What am I going to do with the rest of my life? Am I going back home? Am I going to get an apartment? Or be at home and just sleep on the couch,” Moscoso said.

When asked about strategies to relieve stress during school: “I just go off campus and call my friends to go take pictures or drive around. Anything that is not school related to keep my mind off things,” Moscoso said.

Moscoso believes that God has a greater plan for his life than anyone could imagine. God is always consistent and never changing according to Moscoso.

No matter how challenging senior year has been, or will be, it is important to continue to work hard and face adversity.

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Congratulations to the 2016 Graduates

(Web News Story)

By: W. Bennett Brown

Approximately 35,000 people are expected to be visiting Lynchburg, Virginia for Liberty University’s Class of 2016’s graduation Saturday, May 14, 2016.

Over 19,000 graduates will be in cap and gown, thanks to an overwhelming amount of 17,000 students graduating from Liberty’s online school.

The Class of 2016 is diverse, with students from Canada, Korea, Nigeria, China and Germany. Nearly 6,000 of the graduates are involved with the military, or are married to a member of the United States military.

A huge recognition goes out to 500 individuals who will be receiving their doctorate and 1,143 students who maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Top Residential Majors:

– Business Administration

– Psychology

– Nursing

– Criminal Justice

– Communications Studies

The graduation process is fun, but can be stressful. Many students are trying to plan graduation parties, and families are flying in from all over the world. Fortunately, Liberty University has all the ceremonies and events clearly planned out in the Commencement Weekend Guide Mailer that has been sent out in the mail to all graduates.

According to Liberty’s website, the Baccalaureate Service will be Friday, May 13 at 6 p.m. in the Vines Center, where evangelist Tim Lee will speak.

The Commencement Ceremony will start at 10 a.m. Saturday with New York Giants running back, Rashad Jennings, giving the keynote address.

Graduation should be a beautiful day. The weather for Saturday, during graduation, is expected to be in the upper 70s. There is only a 10 percent chance of rain, according to weather.com.

If anyone is unable to attend the graduation due to travel or inconvenience, viewing of the ceremonies can be seen online. The Baccalaureate service can be seen here. The Commencement ceremony can be seen here on liberty’s website.

There is parking available for guests and graduates throughout liberty’s campus. Maps will be available. No tickets are required for family members and guest of graduates to attend various events during graduation weekend.

The Class of 2017 will have commencement May 13, 2017, and the graduation for the Class of 2018 will be held May 19, 2018.

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BROADCAST NEWS STORY

BY: W. BENNETT BROWN

GRADUATION FOR SENIORS IS SATURDAY MAY FOURTEENTH 2016 // THE GRADUATION CEREMONIES WILL BE HELD AT WILLIAMS STADIUM // LIBERTY UNIVERSITY EXPECTS THERE TO BE OVER 35-THOUSAND PEOPLE VISITING CAMPUS ///

WITH FINALS LOOMING AND GRADUATION IN SIGHT / SOME SENIORS ARE STRESSED AND ANXIOUS ABOUT THE SUDDEN CHANGE AFTER GRADUATION // IN INTERVIEWS WITH TWO LIBERTY SENIORS / THEY BOTH MENTIONED FEELING BITTERSWEET ABOUT NO LONGER BEING IN COLLEGE ///

SENIORS CAN RELAX BY SPENDING TIME OFF CAMPUS DOING THINGS LIKE BIKING / HIKING AND TAKING PHOTOS // GRADUATING SENIORS WILL BE LEAVING CLOSE FRIENDS AND SEARCHING FOR JOBS ///

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