Seven “Must Haves” for Freshmen Attending Pensacola Christian College

So you’re about to go to college. More specifically, you’re headed off to Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola, Florida. Likely for the first time, you’ll be living mostly on your own and away from your family. Your main concern? You can’t even load the laundry without spilling bleach everywhere.

Don’t worry; I’m totally there with you. When I graduated from high school, Mom had to force me to go shopping for my graduation party. Sucking back tears in Party City, I remember admitting that shopping for graduation decorations was like planning my own funeral.

Life as I knew it was about to change forever.

But don’t panic! College is legit the best years of your life. It’s the perfect category between being a child and adult: You have enough freedom to take on adult responsibilities all within the safety of your family’s health insurance.

A lot of my internet followers found me through my college vlogs (and video projects) on YouTube, and I’m constantly getting questions about PCC, dorm life, tips and hacks, and general inquiries about packing and living as a college student.

In this article, I’m going to give you seven key must-haves as a college student at PCC:

  • Tide Pods
  • Bed Shelves
  • Mattress Pads
  • Hot Pot and Ramen
  • First Aid
  • Winter Clothes
  • Facebook

And if there are any current students or alumni that find this page, feel free to leave your own suggestions in the comments!

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Obon Festival Returns July 14 (Burke Connection)

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The Fairfax Station Ekoji Buddhist Temple prepares to host its annual festival for everyone in the community.

The Ekoji Buddhist Temple off the Fairfax County Parkway in Fairfax Station will be hosting the only Obon festival in the Washington DC area July 14. Admission is free, and the temple invites all visitors, no matter their religion or culture, to celebrate the annual event.

“It’s a time to show your gratitude and respect to all those people who’ve passed away before us, because they made the world; we are the next generation,” said Reverend Nariaki Rajan Hayashi, who has been Ekoji’s minister for the past three years.

Because of the growing number of visitors per year, with last year’s attendance at 1,700, the Ekoji Temple plans to extend its hours for the festival. The temple and grounds will be open starting at 3 p.m. and will continue until 9 p.m.

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Serving Meals and Blessings to Homeless (Profile: Vienna Connection)

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Karen Curtis of Antioch Christian Church helps feed 100+ visitors of the Lamb Center, a Fairfax homeless ministry

The minivan comes to a stop in one of the few remaining parking spaces outside the Lamb Center in Fairfax. Seatbelts pop and side doors roll open as a handful of members from Antioch Christian Church climb out of the gray-green vehicle to help unload the back.

Three crockpots full of homemade chili and nearly 100 baked potatoes are nestled in the back of the van, all prepared specifically for the homeless people who frequent the Lamb Center—a Christian-based ministry that serves people experiencing homelessness in Fairfax County. Continue reading

Burke Community’s ‘Living Room’ Relocating in July (Burke Connection)

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Burke Community’s ‘Living Room’ Relocating in July (Burke Connection)
The 20-year-old Hopsfrog Grille plans to expand its service by moving to a larger location

“The owners are very good people. They care about what they’re serving and how [the customers] get served,” said Paul Fouché, a customer at Hopsfrog Grille for 20 years.

In fact, manager Kostas Daskalakis cares so much, that he’s decided to expand his local bar and grill mid-July to accommodate more customers. Affectionately referred to as the community’s “living room,” the future Hopsfrog Grille is under construction only a mile away in the Walmart shopping center on Burke Commons Road.

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A Class Meant To Stand Out (Springfield Connection)

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Screen Shot 2018-07-11 at 6.33.52 PM.pngA total of 542 seniors graduated from West Springfield High School June 13. The commencement exercises took place at EagleBank Arena at George Mason University.

The high school band performed “Pomp and Circumstance” while the students entered, followed by the West Springfield High School Madrigals singing both the National Anthem and Stephen Paulus’s “The Road Home.”

Senior Class President Leah Knompecher gave the opening remarks, thanking the West Springfield students who befriended her when she first moved to the area.

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Lee Graduates Told: ‘Use Your Voices’ (Springfield Connection)

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Three hundred and sixty-eight students graduated from Robert E. Lee High School June 12. The commencement exercises were held at the EagleBank Arena at George Mason University.

Graduates entered the arena to the familiar theme of “Pomp and Circumstance” before the Lee Junior ROTC Color Guard presented the colors for the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Lancer Singers performed “Go the Distance” from Disney’s 1997 “Hercules,” before Jessica Escobar, senior class president, encouraged the students to use their voices to influence the world. Continue reading

Ribbon Cutting Delayed, Trail Open to Public at Lee District Recreation Area (Connection Newspapers)

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Ribbon Cutting Delayed, Trail Open to Public at Lee District Recreation Area
Rainy weather postpones ceremony to June 16; area residents enjoy the trail.

Due to foreboding weather Saturday, June 2, the ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of Chessie’s Trail at the Lee District Recreation Area has been postponed. The new date is June 16 at 2 p.m.

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