It’s Beginning To Feel A Lot Like Christmas

By Hunter Tadlock | November 22, 2013 | Leave a Comment

It’s Beginning To Feel A Lot Like Christmas

My favorite memory on Campbell University’s campus is the annual Christmas tree lighting sponsored by the Student Government Association.  People might say that we light our tree too early in the year and should wait until after Thanksgiving, but I feel like Campbell does it perfectly.  Since there is only one day of classes left after Thanksgiving before exams start, you do not get much time to celebrate the holidays with the friends who have become a part of your family.  Doing this gives us a time to fellowship together, and you really start to notice the love from fellow students and professors.  This event on campus is not just for students and faculty. We have plenty of families from the community who bring their little children to see the tree light up, and they get so excited.

The night usually starts off by students lining up early to get a ticket for the awesome free t-shirts we receive.  You have to get there early because they have a limited number, and some students get very serious over a free shirt.  You have the choice of standing in line until the actual event starts or you can join members of SGA and faculty in Butler Chapel for a Christmas service.  I honestly think this is my favorite part of the entire night.  The chapel is usually packed full of people ready to fellowship together and show the true meaning of Christmas.  There are carols sung, prayers said, and a wonderful service. Being a part of a service like this is just one of the many benefits of going to a Christian university where fellowship is a main part of your everyday life. 

People really get into the Christmas spirit around Campbell University for the Christmas tree lighting.  There is a band that plays Christmas music outside while people sing wonderful carols, hot chocolate with brownies, and tons of smiles coming from every student.  After the chapel service is over and all the shirts are handed out, the countdown beings! Everybody circles around the tree, waiting for those lights to grace us with their presence and when they do, people cheer loudly. 

Once the tree is lit, the chaos begins.  Everybody starts their picture taking with friends that they may not have seen for a while, or just so they can have a memory.  Usually the group of friends that I am a part of is never in one place together, but every year we get a “family” picture in front of the tree so we can always cherish those memories.

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Meet Hunter Tadlock

Hunter Tadlock


Exercise and Sport Science




Williamston, NC

My Story

I plan to further my education in occupational and speech therapy for disabled children.  I am originally from Williamston-a small town in eastern North Carolina.

My whole family revolves around Campbell University. My older sister also goes to Campbell, and we live together in the same apartment. My mom is an alumna of Campbell, so, growing up, she talked about the university a lot. My dad grew up three miles down the road in Erwin, North Carolina, where my papa and uncle still live today.  I love Campbell University because it is my home away from home!  The close-knit atmosphere here is what I love the best.  Almost everybody knows you, including the professors. I know I can go to any one of my professors and they will help me in any way possible. 

During the summer, I worked as a nurse at Camp Caroline, a church camp in Arapahoe, North Carolina. I have been a camper there since eighth grade, and this past year was my first year on staff. It was such a great experience to work with children and fellowship with them!

One of my main hobbies is fire and rescue. I started that as a freshman in high school, where I became an explorer at Williamston Fire and Rescue.  My dad was an employee there when I was born, so I grew up around the fire trucks and ambulances. It was always a second home to me.  Last year, I decided I would take and emergency medical technician class, and I could not be any happier helping people in that way. On the fire side, I mainly refill air packs for the firefighters going into the fire, and I also do rehab to make sure the firefighters coming out are safe to return or to make sure they do not need to be transported for medical attention. 

I am very passionate about photography, but I mainly do it for fun. Editing photos is not really my ideal thing because the real beauty is in the picture itself.  Scenery pictures are more my focus because they can be more abstract than individuals in pictures.  I am also on the yearbook staff for Campbell, where I am a photographer. 

Golf is another passion of mine. I started playing in middle school. When I was a junior in high school, I joined the men’s golf team and was the only girl on the team. We made it to State’s that year and it was the best experience!  We started a women’s golf team my senior year, where I was the team captain leading five other girls to regionals. Now golf is just a hobby of mine, and I play every now and then with my dad.

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