Matt Meets Gordon: Episode 18

Posted by Matt '13 on Tuesday, March 23, 2010
“And going back won't feel the same if we aren't staying
Going back to get away after everything has changed”
-Paramore “Franklin” From the Album All We Know is Falling

I realize that quoting song lyrics on a blog is remarkably cheesy, but when this song came up on shuffle mode during the ride back to Gordon, I was struck by how perfectly the above line described how I felt about my spring break. When I went back to Pennsylvania over two weeks ago, I found that something felt odd. Home did not feel like home anymore. This is not to say that I did not enjoy my spring break. I had a great time with my friends and family and I was very glad to be home. As the week progressed however, I felt that something was missing. Just as the song says, home did not feel the same because I was not staying. I was simply going back on vacation after everything had changed. I could not figure out what was amiss, all I knew was that home felt a little different. It was not until I returned to campus and walked onto my floor that it hit me. The reason that things felt amiss at home was because my home in Pennsylvania is now only one of my homes. My other home is Gordon College. This might well be the corniest and must cliched post I have written thus far, but it is a sincere description of my experiences and feelings and one more reason that I am so glad that I choose Gordon.


Matt Meets Gordon: Episode 17

Posted by Matt '13 on Sunday, March 14, 2010
This time last year, I found myself making a very difficult and important choice. This choice is one that I am sure many of you are in the process of making right now. The choice that I am referring to is the choice of deciding which college to attend. By now, most colleges have sent out their responses and now you all as students have to make a choice. The process of making this choice is what this episode of Matt Meets Gordon is about. First, I do not have all or even some of the answers about how to go about making this decision. In fact, as I think back on how I reached my decision to come to Gordon, there is only one constant, which is what I will offer to you all as advice. The one constant through the entire process for me was asking God over and over again to reveal His will to me. And as I repeatedly prayed for His guidance, He gradually revealed His will to me. You see, in the end it came down to Gordon and another college that had been my first choice ever since I began my college search. However, as I continued to pray and ask God for His guidance, I found that I was liking Gordon more and more. As I prayed, my affection for Gordon grew, until on a visit to the campus in the spring I felt truly wanted and at home. It was in that feeling of comfort and acceptance that God revealed to me His will for where I would attend college. Before I left Gordon that day, I had decided that Gordon was the place for me and looking back now, I can see that God knew that Gordon was a perfect fit for me. If I had not constantly been asking God what His will was for me, I likely would not be as happy as I am today. For that reason, the only advice that I can offer to those of you who are deciding where to attend college is to be constantly asking God what His will is for your life. If you seek His will earnestly, you will wind up where He wants you to be. I truly hope that all of you will seek God as you make this decision, whether you wind up at Gordon or not. Thank you all for reading and God Bless all of you as you make your college decisions.


Matt Meets Gordon: Episode 16

Posted by Matt '13 on Sunday, March 14, 2010
Hello Readers! On the last day before I left Gordon for Spring Break, I took advantage of Gordon’s proximity to Boston and went exploring in the North End. I met a friend from high school who attends Northeastern at their dorm and headed over to the North End on the T. Before long, I was striding across a few of the seemingly inestimable number of bricks that were used in the construction of North Boston. I do not know why, but I have always loved the look and feel of old brick buildings, so I was happy as a clam in a neighborhood made entirely of bricks. Despite my love of bricks, the part of the North End that I found to be the most interesting was the people who lived there. The neighborhood that we walked through was almost entirely Italian. Not only were Italian bistros as plentiful as the bricks, but also the average person on the street was just as likely to be speaking Italian as they were to be speaking English. I felt almost as if I was in another country. In fact, if not for the cold weather and clouds, I could have been convinced that I was in Italy. I was amazed that a place so remarkably different from Gordon was only an hour away from the campus. As I got on the commuter rail and headed back to campus, I resolved to try to make it into Boston more often so that I could take advantage of Gordon’s wonderful geographic location and proximity a city as vibrant and fascinating as Gordon.

Boston's North End