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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.