Matt Meets Gordon: Episode 21

Posted by Matt '13 on Sunday, May 02, 2010
When I was in high school, I would often hear prayer requests for college students who were going through final exams at the end of the semester. As a high school student, I wondered why finals were so hard for college students that they needed so much prayer. After all, I had been taking finals for several years in high school and that had not seemed all that bad to me. Now that I have experienced to different stretches of final exams in college, I can understand why all the prayers were needed. Over last several weeks, I have been as busy as a beaver. Between the LEAD Conference that I mentioned in my last entry, term papers, tests, group presentations and lots of other things , I have barely had time to breathe. In fact, in the last couple of weeks it seems like I have only stop moving to sleep, eat, breathe and pray. When things finally showed down this weekend, I found that I was in serious need of some rest and relaxation. I went to the beach with friends, slept in and managed to be as relaxed and unproductive as possible. This weekend will only be a brief respite for me however, as this week will bring the end of classes and the advent of finals. And in less than two weeks, I will be headed home with my first year of college in the past. I now know why those prayers were needed.

My messy desk as I work on an essay and study for exams.

Even though finals are stressful, the campus is blooming and beautiful.


Matt Meets Gordon: Episode 20

Posted by Matt '13 on Sunday, May 02, 2010
This past weekend I went on the LEAD Retreat at up in New Hampshire with around 150 other Gordon students leaders. The purpose of this weekend retreat was to begin to prepare Gordon students for the leadership roles that they have been selected for on campus next year. I went as a member of the residence life staff, since I will be a Resident Advisor (RA) in Ferrin Hall next year. When I left for the conference on Friday night, I was already incredibly excited to be an RA next year. I had wanted to be an RA since I arrived on campus in the fall, and when I got the letter telling me that I had been selected I could hardly contain my excitement. I was still remarkably enthusiastic when the LEAD Retreat began and that would not change as the weekend went on. One of the major goals of the conference was for the students to get to know the students that they would be working with next year. As a result, I got to spend a lot of time with the men and women that I will be on staff with this coming year. As I spent more time with them, I myself liking each of them more and more and by the end of the retreat I was even more excited for next year. Even though I was physically exhausted by the end of the weekend, I was spiritually renewed and full of anticipation for next semester.

The beautiful site of the LEAD Conference, the The Brookwoods Conference Center