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Matt Meets Gordon: Episode Eight

Posted by Matt '13 on Sunday, December 06, 2009
Hello everyone, and I hope that you are all enjoying the Advent season and making preparations for Christmas. Earlier this week, it was rather difficult for me to get into the holiday spirit. Then this happened to the tree I had written about before.


Two days before this was taken, it was 68 degrees at Gordon. It was so warm, that I was able to wear shorts and a t-shirt as I walked to class. By Saturday night however, this was not the case. I walked to the Gordon Christmas Gala through a cold, spitting rain with snowflakes mixed in. Roughly 30 minutes into the performance, the conductor of the orchestra told us that snow was coming down rather hard outside. As I sat in the audience listening to beautiful Christmas music sung by Gordon’s outstanding music program, with the knowledge that it was snowing outside, I could not help feel the Christmas spirit swelling up inside me. My seasonal enthusiasm built to a crescendo as I stepped through the massive doors of the chapel and into the snow. I meandered back to my dorm, taking in the ambiance that is unique to a snowy night in the Northeast. Snowballs flew around me as playful impromptu battles broke out around the campus. I woke up the next morning to the image that you see above. I was in a winter wonderland that seemed straight out of a book. Boy, was I wrong to be concerned about the weather at Gordon. In fact, the weather has been one of my favorite parts of my Gordon experience thus far. As always, feel free to email me any questions at Matthew.Clemmer@gordon.edu. Thanks for reading and God bless.

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Matt Meets Gordon: Episode Seven

Posted by Matt '13 on Sunday, December 06, 2009
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! This Turkey Day was different then any I had experienced up to this point in my life for one reason, I had to travel home from Boston to Philadelphia. All of my life I had heard rumors about the cataclysmic disaster known as Thanksgiving travel. I choose the bus as my method of travel, and it was not an ideal choice. It would have likely been a better experience if I had booked my tickets in advance. Alas, I booked too late and I wound up getting to experience 10-hour trips both ways with a layover in New York City. While it was not something that I would like to do again, I had many interesting and new experiences during the trip. I spent more time in Manhattan then I ever had before and I was able to see one of my favorite buildings, the Empire State Building, up close. I saw the massive flagship store of Macy’s and the world’s most famous sporting arena, Madison Square Garden (Which is actually a circle). While I saw many interesting buildings, the most intriguing part of my trip was the people that I sat next to on the bus. I sat next to a student from MIT, a man in his mid-twenties who was an aid worker throughout the Third World and an older man who had worked on Wall Street and now was an executive at an insurance company. I thoroughly enjoyed talking to each of these people and it made the 10-hour trips much more bearable. As usual if you have any questions feel free to email me at Matthew.Clemmer@gordon.com. Thanks for reading and God bless.

The WWII Memorial at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia.

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Matt Meets Gordon: Episode Six

Posted by Matt '13 on Sunday, December 06, 2009
Welcome back everyone. I left off last time as I sat in an empty and bland room that was supposed to be my home, feeling out of place but at home. I wondered why I intuitively felt at home even when people that I had never met surrounded me. Still confused by that intuition, I went over to meet my O Crew. The O Crew, a group of around 10 freshmen who are lead by an upperclassman, is the backbone of the Orientation experience. This older student is a member of O Staff, which I mentioned in my previous post. I found my O Crew experience to be very beneficial. While I do not see most of the people who where in my O Crew anymore, I still found the experience to be very valuable. It provided me with a group of people that I could transition to college with. As my O Crew played simple games, took part in elaborate scavenger hunts and even watched the O Staff do a Gordonized version of “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” from Mulan, I found myself rapidly realizing why I felt so at home at Gordon. The community at Gordon is so wonderful that even a randomly assigned group of freshmen from all over the map could come together and instantaneously feel at home. This outstanding community was why I felt at home sitting in my empty dorm room, and it is why I remember my experience at Orientation 2009 fondly today.

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Matt Meets Gordon: Episode Five

Posted by Matt '13 on Sunday, November 15, 2009
Hello readers! This has been a busy week for me here at Gordon College. I had two exams and spent most of my time studying. While I could tell you all about the Book of Joshua or conjugate a third declension verb in Latin, I doubt that you would be interested hearing that. Instead, I would like to take this opportunity to turn back the clock a few months and tell you all about my experience at Orientation 2009. I arrived on campus in late August as a bundle of nerves with no idea what to expect. Within moments however, my fears were alleviated by the smiling face of President Carlberg and his lovely wife, Jan, who greeted my family and me as they handed out bottles of cold water. My family and I were pleasantly surprised by the down to earth hospitality of the Carlbergs which, we would soon find out, they had passed on to everyone else working on the O staff. Everyone was remarkably helpful and went out of their way to help me adjust to what would soon be my new home. Before I knew it, the Residence Staff in my dorm, Evans, had helped me carry all of my belongings into the bland and empty room that I was assigned to. Even as I sat in a room that I had never set foot in before, surrounded by people that I had never met, I could not help but feel at home. Over the next few days, that feeling would be validated time and time again. Check back again later in the week for the conclusion of my experience at Orientation 2009. As always, feel free to contact me via email at Matthew.Clemmer@gordon.edu. God bless and thank you for reading.

The Carlbergs giving out water and greeting new students.

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Matt Meets Gordon: Episode Four

Posted by Matt '13 on Monday, November 02, 2009
Hello readers! As I told you in my last post, one of the things that I have enjoyed most about my first semester at Gordon has been the setting of the campus. While the campus itself is beautiful and full of life, the area around campus is even more vibrant and exciting. I already have plenty of stories to tell about my adventures on the North Shore and around Boston, but one story stands out in my mind. It happened last Saturday night, when I went with about ten other men from my dorm to a place called the Cliffs of Magnolia. Cliffs is a misnomer for this area however, as it is more of a beach that is made of boulders instead of sand. Having been there a few times, the first world that comes to mind when I think of The Cliffs is gray. I realize that this my initially make The Cliffs sound drab and uninteresting, but I have found the beauty of those hulking colorless rocks under the night sky to be as striking as the glowing radiance of the tree before my window. As we sat around the fire that we had made in awe of our surroundings, our normally outgoing group was surprisingly silent. We listened to the waves pounding upon the rocks and the wind whipping through the sparse vegetation. After a while, we returned to our usual sociable ways and truly enjoyed each other’s company. Even though the rain brought our evening to a premature end, we still went back to campus ready to sleep after a thoroughly agreeable night. As always, feel free to email me at Matthew.Clemmer@gordon.edu. Thank you for reading and God bless.

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Matt Meets Gordon: Episode Three

Posted by Matt '13 on Monday, October 26, 2009
Hello readers! I would like to use this entry to indulge the English Major in me and to tell all of you about a wonderful experience that I had about a week ago. This experience involved the wonderful beauty of Gordon’s campus. I had this experience in the comfort of my dorm room early in the morning as I awoke before class. As I opened the blinds, a flash of red light poured into my room that temporarily blinded me. When my eyes had adjusted to the light, a beautiful sight emerged right before my eyes. I saw the tree before my window glowing in the full radiance of a New England autumn. In that moment, the absolute and stunning beauty of God’s creation overcame me. Seeing that sight at the beginning of my day put me in a good mood until I fell asleep. From then on, each morning the same beautiful sight has awakened me. Ever since I was given my new natural alarm clock, I have found myself repeatedly struck by the beauty of God’s creation. Walking around this exquisite campus, I have been constantly seeing God in his creation, and as a result, he has rarely been far from my mind in the past few weeks. I can only hope that this beauty persists through the winter. I would love to tell you more about this experience, but since I am out of space and a picture can tell a thousand words, here is a picture of the tree that so inspired me. As usual, if you have any questions, feel free to email me at Matthew.Clemmer@gordon.edu. Thanks for reading and God bless!

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Matt Meets Gordon: Episode Two

Posted by Matt '13 on Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Hello Readers! I hope that you all are enjoying (or tolerating) the beginning of a new school year. I would like to use this entry to talk to you about a key part of the freshman experience, Gordon’s Outdoor education program. As you may have already heard, every Gordon student is required to take one of two outdoor education classes while they are at Gordon. There are two ways to fulfill this requirement, either going on a La Vida trip or taking the Discovery class. For more information about the outdoor education program, go to http://www.gordon.edu/lavida. Anyways, I chose to take Discovery during my first quad at Gordon. I went into the class not very excited about the idea and treating it just as something that I had to do. However, now that I am done with Discovery, I would choose to do it again in a heartbeat. Not only have I had all kinds of fun with my group on the high and low ropes courses, but I have learned a lot about myself and Discovery has given me lots of opportunities to work on parts of my life where I need to improve in a safe and loving environment. Even though I have loved every aspect of the Discovery experience, my favorite part was the group camping trip that I went on a few weekends ago. While this trip was not nearly as intense as La Vida, it gave me an opportunity to spend time in God’s magnificent creation and a chance to step back and honestly reflect on my transition to college thus far. For me, the weekend camping trip was a miniature version of my Discovery experience, challenging me physically, in my faith and in my relationships with others. In conclusion, even though I was not very excited at the outset, I am so thankful for my experience in Gordon’s wonderful outdoor education program. Here are some pictures from the weekend.


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Matt Meets Gordon: Episode 1

Posted by Matt '13 on Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Hello readers! As I have told you in the About Me section, my name is Matt Clemmer and I am a Freshman English and Philosophy Major at Gordon College. What you are currently reading is my blog, which I have titled Matt Meets Gordon (MMG) in homage a TV show I have never seen, Boy Meets World. In this first entry, I would like to introduce you to MMG and tell you what I hope to accomplish with this blog. MMG will be my best attempt to provide prospective students with an idea of what the Freshman Experience is like at Gordon. Looking back on my college search, I really wish that something like what I hope MMG will become had been available to me as I was trying to decide where to go to college. In this blog, I will try to cover as many different aspects of being a freshman at Gordon as I possibly can. This will include my thoughts on roommates, Residence Life, Campus Life, Chapel, Athletic Events, REC IM, Academics, adventures in Boston and many other subjects. By truthfully and completely recording my experiences as a freshman and making them available to you, I hope that God can use this blog to provide you with a valuable tool for use in your college decision process. Also, if you have any questions for me or anything you want me to write about, feel free to send me an email at Matthew.Clemmer@gordon.edu. Thanks for reading and God bless.