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This week marked a momentous occasion in the life of a Gardner-Webb student. The first week of not having Dimensions!

Dimensions is a weekly assembly of sorts for Gardner-Webb students that is held every Tuesday morning at 9:25. There are about 16-18 per semester, and each student is only required to attend 10 of them. In addition, each student is required to attend Dimensions for 6 semesters. If you attend Dimensions like you are supposed to, you don’t have to attend your senior year.

Dimensions is often very interesting because the school brings in inspirational speakers from all walks of life. Coaches, artists, musicians, comedians, etc…

While I can look back on my time in Dimensions as rewarding, the end of this era does have one very big implication…. Senior year is approaching!!

In just 5 short weeks, I will have completed 3 years of undergraduate study and the “real world” everyone talks about will be that much closer! All of the hard work that has gone into the last three years will be coming to a close with the pinnacle that is the great and highly idealized Senior year of college. Here’s to a year of only 12 hour semesters and hanging on to every precious moment to come!

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Staying Connected

For those of you that are high school seniors, you may be freaking out a little bit about all that is up ahead of you for the next few months. Graduation, summer jobs, and moving away to college. At the forefront of some of your minds is the thought that you may be losing some of your best friends in just a few short months.

Admit it, the thought has crossed your mind. You already have plans to go to the beach with your friends for one last hoo-rah, you’ve already calculated the miles that will separate you and how much time it will take you to travel them, and you’ve already promised each other 10,000 times that you’ll be best friends forever.

This is completely normal. Everyone fears that they will lose their best friends if they are attending different colleges or if one of them isn’t attending college at all. However, I’m here to say that it IS possible to maintain those valuable friendships.

My best friend from high school ended up not going to college. She actually got married during my freshman year and moved to Mississippi. I didn’t know how we would keep up our friendship, but after three years of missing out on each other’s daily lives, we can still pick up right where we left off as if nothing has changed.

In fact, my friend Jordan was finally able to come and spend the weekend with me here at Gardner-Webb and experience what it is like to be a college student. We had a blast, and now she knows what it’s like for me here at school.

My friend, Jordan, and I during a fun-filled weekend at Gardner-Webb.

My friend, Jordan, and I during a fun-filled weekend at Gardner-Webb.

Remember, your friendships are valuable, and if they are meaningful to you, you will find a way to maintain them. Weekend trips are great, and Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Spring and Summer breaks are always great for catching up. Keep in mind though, wherever you are, choose to be all there. Be fully committed to wherever you are attending school and trust that those friendships will be there when you need them.

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For Narnia!

Last week was an exciting one for Gardner-Webb! All week long, showings of Gardner-Webb’s own “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe” were in full-swing. The cast and crew had been working hard on this production since February, and all of their hard work was evident in the show! I was so excited to see the show because this is probably the largest-scale production Gardner-Webb has ever taken on.

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The theater department does a wonderful job at putting on various productions year-round here at Gardner-Webb, with their major production taking place each spring.

This screen helped with the numerous scene changes.

This screen helped with the numerous scene changes.

From the extremely beautiful make-up to the acting of everyone on the cast, this show was a great time for all who attended. I was really impressed with the younger actors especially. The kids who played Edmond and Lucy had so many lines to memorize, and they didn’t miss a beat! I can’t forget the kid who played the Witch’s dwarf/sleigh driver. He was so into his character that he ended up being my favorite!

Keep an eye out for future productions, because this department can’t be beat!

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SAT…GRE… ABC…..

The SAT is a term that all high schoolers are all-too familiar with. If you want to go to college, the SAT is a must. Algebra, geometry, reading comprehension, and writing. All of these things are essential to doing well. Whenever a senior has decided to take the SAT for the last time, an eternal weight is lifted off of their shoulders. But there’s one thing they don’t tell you.

You have to take another test if you want to go to Grad school…

Yes, its the GRE. You may be thinking, “Why would I go four years to school, only to go another few years in more school?” In today’s world, there are many people who go to college, so in order to stand out, another degree is often a necessity.

I had my first experience with the GRE on Saturday. Intimidating as it can be, here are a few tips that can help you with any big test, whether it be the SAT or the GRE:

1. Take a practice test. It really does help to understand how the test works. You’ll be better able to pace yourself and you won’t be as intimidated by the unknown.
2. Eat breakfast and get a good sleep. Yes, these are cliche. Yes, these are important.
3. Realize that your worth is not determined by the results. You got a perfect score?! Great for you! You didn’t do so hot? Try better next time! Either way, you are not defined by this number. Realize that your future is what you make it, and everything will turn out alright!

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The first win of the season…

Well folks, after three years here at Gardner-Webb, my friends finally convinced me to join their intramural indoor soccer team. I’ve been avoiding their request for so long, but this year, I finally decided to cave…

Let me preface this by saying that I have not one athletic bone in my body. Coordination is zero for me. Needless to say, I was really nervous about getting out there and trying to play.

Fast forward to our first game of the season! We rounded out the games for the night, beginning at 9:45, and within the first 5 minutes, I had already fallen to the ground. In my defense though, it was in an effort to stop a girl from the other team from scoring, and we collided. Nevertheless, I got back up and I actually got more comfortable with the game as it went on.

5 of our 7 teammates!

5 of our 7 teammates!

After two, 20 minute halves, our team actually pulled out a victory for our first game of the season! Here’s to hoping our “let’s go out there and have fun” mentality pays off like that in the future!

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Alpha Chi conference, St. Louis, MO!

Last weekend was a full of fun when Gardner-Webb’s Alpha Chi Honor’s society took 13 students, led by our fearless leader, Dr. Hobbs, to St. Louis, Missouri for a conference.

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Let me tell you guys, I have never been as proud of my school as I was when I was in St. Louis. Gardner-Webb was kicking butt at this conference before student presentations had even begun!

At the Friday morning meeting for region III (Gardner-Webb falls in this region geographically), one of Gardner-Webb’s very own students were elected as the student representative to the national council. He ran against 5 other students for this single spot, gave a great speech, and took the title! At that very same meeting, it was announced that one of our students had won a scholarship based on a paper she had submitted before reaching St. Louis!

Then the presentations started…

Alpha Chi decided to host a collaborative research project competition this year. The only requirements were that the project must have dealt with water, no more than 5 students were allowed per team, and 3 majors needed to be represented. Once again, Gardner-Webb swept the competition, and our 5 researchers won $1000 each!

To top it all off, another student won a scholarship for one of her papers and two of our students won best presentation prize for their discipline. All of this goes to show just how awesome my school is and how my #gwupride is soaring to new heights.

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Can we have another Spring break?

This week is insanely busy. Like for real, can I have a personal assistant to keep me on track because I’ve already begun to forget things that need to be done. Here’s a look at how homework, jobs, and social life can collide to create craziness:

Monday: make up a missed test, have to skip a class due to no time to study for a quiz, print off papers for a group project, run to the store to pick up group project essentials, dinner with a friend, work, staff meeting, homework.

Tuesday: last dimensions ever! work, class, study for test, study for quiz I didn’t take, put up a new bulletin board, more homework, go support a friend who’s preaching, soccer game, homework.

Wednesday: class, study, class, study, help stuff Easter candy for egg hunt coming up soon, meet up with a friend to practice for lifeguard certification, homework.

Thursday: work, class, group project, skype with a friend to catch up on life, write a paper

Friday: Class, go home, study for GRE, spend time with mom

Saturday: take the GRE, do more homework, study, study, study, study…..

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I feel like I need another week off just to get everything in order before the semester is over! All of this is going on, and I still know people who are busier than me! Here’s to a week of a lot less sleep, and a lot more coffee!

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Andy Mineo Comes to Gardner-Webb

In December, I saw someone’s tweet that said that Andy Mineo would be coming to Gardner-Webb in March. To be honest, I had never before listened to any of his songs, and I could have probably walked right past him without recognizing him. I knew, however, that he was a pretty big name in the Christian rap world, comparable to names like Lacrae.
My boyfriend (who does not attend Gardner-Webb) is a big fan of Christian rap, specifically Andy Mineo. Being the good girlfriend that I am, I decided to keep an eye out for news relating to the event. More importantly, I knew that he would never let me live it down if I did not find a way for him to go to the concert. Luckily for me, his spring break lined up perfectly with the weekend of the concert!
Going into the concert, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I knew none of the words to any of the songs, and I became “close friends” with several of the strangers squished nearby. However, I was so impressed with Andy Mineo. I found the songs to be a refreshing change of pace from what I’m used to, and his transparency and love for the gospel was so apparent. He didn’t treat the concert goers as fans there solely to provide him praise, but he treated them as family, there to worship God alongside of him. It was this mentality and love for the Lord that turned me into an Andy Mineo fan that night.

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A big thanks goes out to Gardner-Webb student activities for bringing such an awesome concert to our campus and a big shout-out goes to Darelle Dove, a Gardner-Webb alumni, for his incredible opening for Andy.

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Because a trip to Paris is worth two blog posts…

“You will never travel for cheaper in your entire life than you will while you are in college.”

This is what Dr. Jones said in an Honors meeting I went to my very first week of college. I had already gotten the spiel about how he took a trip to Paris every other year for Spring break. I thought that it would be cool to experience, but I never thought that I would be one of the students he took…

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Post-Paris, I can say that this international journey was one of the best decisions of my life. International travels allow you to broaden not only your experiences, but also your point of view.

During spring break, I was no longer in a small southern town, in the middle of the Bible belt, with everything going in my favor. In Paris, I found myself in a huge city over 10,000 years old, with people who spoke a different language, who held different values and cultural backgrounds than myself. I had no cell reception for the first half of the trip, and no reason to use my phone for the second. This was just me, my friends, and the history of the city.

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For Christmas, my dad gave me a journal to write down some of my experiences. Here are some thoughts/ things that happened:

- This is really happening
- I can’t wait to explore the city after getting some sleep
- A cat walked into a restaurant while we were eating there. It was no big deal.
- Some people we encountered were extremely rude
- Some people we encountered were the nicest we had ever met
- Some people loved asking us about the U.S. and they would always ask if we lived close to New York, Los Angelos, or Miami.

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- When we said we were from North Carolina, they repeated, North Canada! I know Where that is!
- Jaywalking is okay in Boiling Springs. Not so much in Paris (we almost got ran over…. multiple times)
- Speaking French is really hard
- Bread is so GOOD in Paris!
- Cheese is so GOOD in Paris!
_ Steak…. not so much….

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- Why didn’t I at least TRY escargot while I was there?
- It’s really hard to make sure 24 people can all get onto an already crowded metro
- I don’t think Parisians see chacos very often… my feet had some funny looks
- McDonalds tastes better in the U.S. (yes, we ate there in Paris of all places)

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- Why can’t we live closer to Europe?
- I might actually eat breakfast every day in the U.S. if it was like breakfast here.
- Can we go back to the top of the Eiffel tower?
- I wish I knew what this menu says
- I should really learn French…
- Can we stay longer?

Note to self: start saving again, because another international trip is in store!

 

 

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“Paris is always a good idea” – Audrey Hepburn

Spring break 2K14 was definitely a memorable one. I didn’t spend my days on a beach in sunny or 75 degree weather, BUT I spent my week in none other than the great city of PARIS with the Gardner-Webb Honors group. Here’s a little what our week looked like:

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Thursday/Friday:
1 hr. drive to Charlotte airport
+ 1 1/2 hr. flight to Cincinnati.
+ 7 1/2 hr. flight across the great pond
+ 30 min metro ride to the city
+ “real” (questionable) Chinese food
= A long day exploring the city with a heavy backpack and over 24 hours with no sleep!

Despite the jet lag, we had such an amazing time that I wouldn’t trade for the world. Here are some of the highlights:

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What trip to Paris isn’t complete without a trek to the top of the Eiffel tower? By the way, there are 770 steps to the top! (This girl on the left took the elevator up unlike the girl on the right).

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French selfies are acceptable, right?

The Arc d’ Triomphe you may recognize as the finishing point for the tour de France. Who knew there was a museum inside this thing? Also, a total of 12 lanes of traffic surround this thing. Can you say, crosswalk?

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The Champs Elysee. This is a huge road that leads to the Arc ‘d Triomphe, complete with all the best shopping and its very own (popular) French song.

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Versailles. What girl wouldn’t want to visit the royal palace on her trip to a foreign land? Fun fact: the King’s backyard is bigger than the entire city of Paris.

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The French Opera. I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to actually see a show here. This hallway put the King’s hall of mirrors to shame!

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You might be wondering what the French are doing with a replica of the Washington monument in the middle of the city. (I was, but we didn’t stop long enough to find out while we were on site). I found out later, as we were on a riverboat tour of the city, that this is the place where the guillotine was located during the French revolution.

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Notre Dame had to have been one of the most beautiful buildings I have seen in my entire life! Who knew track lighting could make you fall in love with a building even more when walking by it at night? Seriously, visiting Notre Dame made me envy Quasimodo. Anybody looking for a bell-ringer?

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Legend says that if you step on this disc, you will be sure to return to Paris. It’s a good thing I took care of that the first day we were there :)

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