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Matt Meets Gordon: Episode Fifteen

Posted by Matt '13 on Monday, February 22, 2010
Hello everyone. As I told you all in my last post, this semester as part of my Great Conversation class I have been given the opportunity to spend my Monday afternoons volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club in Lynn. The Boys and Girls Club is one of the community partners of the Gordon in Lynn Program (go to http://www.gordon.edu/gordoninlynn for more info) which oversees the service learning portion of the Great Conversations course. I have been to the Boys and Girls club around a half dozen times thus far, and each time I go there, I enjoy myself more than I did the last time. I came into my volunteering experience not knowing what to expect. I had no idea what it would be like to be thrown into the midst of 400 children, and I was nervous about it. However, within my first few minutes at the Boys and Girls Club, my fears were alleviated. I was given a fascinating and complete tour of the facilities by one of the boys and I met many of the wonderful staff members. As I was led around the Boys and Girls Club by my younger guide, I was amazed at the amount of activity, the kindness of the children and the boundless energy and compassion of the staff. My initial impressions of the Boys and Girls Club have not been altered by my subsequent visits; rather, they have been reinforced by my new experiences. Whether I am officiating a foursquare game, being defeated by one of the kids at bumper pool or just talking with a child or staff member, I keep finding that I am genuinely enjoying myself. In fact, my visit to the Boys and Girls Club is often one of the highlights of my week. Below are some pictures of the Boys and Girls Club, sorry if they are a bit blurry. Thanks for reading and God bless.


The Boys and Girls Club of Lynn


The Downstairs Gameroom

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Matt Meets Gordon: Episode Fourteen

Posted by Matt '13 on Monday, February 08, 2010
As I watched this year’s Superbowl, I found myself facing a conflict over which team to root for. Even though I have always liked Peyton Manning and the Colts, I found myself drawn to the Saints. The main reason I felt this way was because I thought that it would mean so much to the people of New Orleans to win the Superbowl after all they had been through. When the final whistle blew and the Saints were declared champions, I thought about all of work that volunteers and residents have put into rebuilding and improving the city the Saints represent. As I thought of the need that continues to exist in New Orleans, my found myself thinking about a place very close to Gordon that faces many of the same issues as The Big Easy. The city that I was thinking of was Lynn, a city full of people in need that is located not even 30 minutes from Gordon’s campus. Gordon has created the Gordon in Lynn program (go to http://www.gordon.edu/gordoninlynn for more info) to work with the wonderful people of Lynn to improve the community. Students are given many opportunities to serve and learn from those in Lynn during their time at Gordon, the first of these opportunities coming in the freshman seminar class The Great Conversation. Students can choose whether to not to enroll in the Service Learning section of the course, and if they do they will be placed in a volunteer position with one of our many wonderful community partners in Lynn. I am in the service learning class and I was placed at the Boys and Girls Club of Lynn. This experience has become one of the highlights of my week, and in my next post, I will give you all a detailed account of a day at the Boys and Girls Club. Thank you for reading, and God Bless.

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Matt Meets Gordon: Episode Thirteen

Posted by Matt '13 on Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Hello readers! As I have mentioned before, one of my favorite aspects of my Gordon experience thus far has been the wonderful community and fellowship that can be found all over campus. Last week I told you all about floor fellowship, an example of planned fellowship within my residence hall that I have experienced. This week, I experienced a more spontaneous but equally beneficial kind of fellowship with my fellow Evans inhabitants. This fellowship centered around an unusual event, an inter-mural basketball game. This particular game featured my team, made up of freshman from Evans, against a team made up mainly of sophomores from Evans. This was our third game and third loss of the season, but even though the my team did not win, I genuinely enjoyed myself. In fact, I would count Monday night’s game among my most enjoyable experiences playing basketball. I was rather surprised by how much I enjoyed myself, especially as someone who has many good memories of shooting hoops and someone who played organized basketball well into high school. However, when I thought about it, I quickly realized why I found this particular game to be such a pleasant experience. The reason is what I mentioned earlier, fellowship. Monday night, I was able to play a fun game with and against good friends of mine. I was given a chance to not only get some exercise and blow off some steam, but I was able to spend time with friends whom I truly respect and care for in a different context than I usually do. As our group was walking back to Evans, someone said that the game might as well have been a hall event because so many people from the dorm showed up. When I heard those words, the community and fellowship that I had unexpectedly found myself in the midst of struck me and the fact that I was a part of that community filled me with joy. I walked the rest of the way with a smile on my face as I thought about how blessed I am to be part of the wonderful community of Gordon College.