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Matt Meets Gordon: Episode Twelve

Posted by Matt '13 on Monday, January 25, 2010
On a clear and cold night at Gordon College, two groups of young men stand on opposite sides of a clearing between several dormitories. A shout sends both groups into motion and within moments the air is full of snowballs soaring in parabolic arcs towards their intended targets. I am admittedly over dramatizing a snowball fight, but it was more than just a bunch of guys throwing snowballs at each other. This was actually an example of one of the most crucial aspects of Residence Life at Gordon, floor fellowship. The concept of floor fellowship is simple. Once a week, each floor gets together and spends roughly an hour together doing a variety of different activities. This week, my floor had an epic snowball fight on the mini-quad in front of Evans, but we have done lots of things together. We began the year with each roommate pair hosting fellowship for a night and giving their testimonies to the rest of the floor. Going around to each room on my floor not only gave me free food once a week, it also gave me a wonderful opportunity to truly get to know the men that I live with. This experience not only made me feel more at home on my floor and around campus, it allowed me to begin forming friendships that I hope will last for a long time. Along with these more serious benefits, floor fellowship has often just been a good time. Whether dodging snowballs, watching Elf, or just hanging out, spending time with my floor has often been one of the highlights of my week. Floor fellowship has been a wonderful part of my college experience thus far and is just one more reason that I am incredibly happy that I choose to attend Gordon College.

The Evans Snowball Battle Field several days after the skirmish

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Matt Meets Gordon: Episode Eleven

Posted by Matt '13 on Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Happy New Year everyone. After a fun but all too short Christmas break, I have returned to my home away from home, Gordon College. I actually had a couple of Freudian slips over the holidays and referred to Gordon as my home. Whenever I would make one of these slips, I tried to figure out why it had happened. After only a few moments of mulling it over, I had come to the conclusion that the reason I kept calling Gordon home was that it had become a second home to me. This feeling was new to me, a person who had only lived in one house my entire life and had only ever known one home. Gordon felt like home to me not just because it was the roof that had slept under for a few months, but because of the relationships that I had begun during my first semester. As I sat around at home, even though I was enjoying my family, I found myself missing my friends from school. The anticipation only built as I waited at the terminal in Philadelphia, knowing that I was only a few hours from being back at my second home. I realize cliched this sounds, but it is the honest to goodness truth. Over the last two days, as I saw the people that I had missed for the last several weeks, I found myself have the same Freudian slips that I had over break. Only now, I knew it felt like home because it was home.

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Matt Meets Gordon: Episode Ten

Posted by Matt '13 on Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad or for those of you who take Latin like I do, Natale hilare et Annum Faustum! This Christmas was different from any other in my life, it was the first one that I had to travel home to celebrate with my family. This was a whole new experience for me, but it was one that I thoroughly enjoyed. I got to fly on a plane for only the third time in my life and after experiencing the joy of airport security, I flew home and got to see my family at long last. Fortunately, they had waited until I got home to decorate our home for Christmas. I was able to decorate the Christmas tree that you see below. Despite my love for my family, they were not the only the people that I was looking forward to seeing. I got to see all of the people at my home church that I had missed during my time at college and a lot of my friends from high school. As I spoke to people at home, I found myself constantly telling people about Gordon and how much I had loved my first semester. Even though I was enjoying my time with my family, I could not wait to get back to campus and begin the second semester. But for now, I get to enjoy my last couple of days at home with my family before returning to Gordon for my second semester.

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Matt Meets Gordon: Episode Nine

Posted by Matt '13 on Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Hello readers! I hope that you all are preparing for a Merry Christmas and enjoying your winter break. Seeing as I just finished my first semester at Gordon, I would like to take this entry to tell you all about the fantastic fun of finals. While I am being a little sarcastic here, I actually enjoyed some aspects of finals week. One of these enjoyable experiences took place in the last class period of each course that I took. As the class was wrapping up, each professor handed out evaluation sheets not only for the students to grade their teaching performance but the value of the class itself. I did not expect these evaluation sheets, and I was presently surprised when they were passed out. What pleased me about this process was not the evaluation, but the spirit behind it. To me, these evaluations represented a conscious effort on the part of Gordon’s administration to improve the quality of the education that the university provides. While the improvement education on its own is a noble goal, I was even more pleased that the administration desires to actively include its students in this process. This not only demonstrates the college’s deep commitment to providing a great education, but also their humility and willingness to truly make education a partnership between student and faculty. As cliched and corny as that sounds, it is the truth. Even though I did not know about these evaluations, they have given me one more reason to be happy that God led me to Gordon. This brings me to my final point; as college acceptance letters begin to arrive at all of your homes, I hope that you all end up where God wants you to be. If that place is Gordon College, wonderful. If it is not, God bless. Thanks for reading and Merry Christmas.