If you’re anything like me, working in college is pretty important to you. I’ve worked a combination of both seasonal and school jobs since I was 12 years old, so needless to say I was pretty adamant about finding some sort of job. Some would call me a workaholic, but I respectfully disagree.
If you look real hard, you can find jobs both on and off campus that are more fun than they are work. Take child sitting, for example. I currently “work” for the North Shore Community Baptist Church. By “work” I mean that I spend every other Thursday morning playing games with 3 year olds. I’d hardly call that work.
While in the eyes of NSCBC they’re appreciative of the work I put in, I’m appreciative of the opportunity they’ve given me. This is not unlike many of the job opportunities off campus. There is an abundance of opportunities from yard work to house sitting, all of which are more help than they are work, but at the end of it all a paycheck is always nice
One of my favorite aspects of Gordon is its many extracurricular activities and opportunities for students to get involved outside of the classroom. From spiritual life groups to intramural sports to student clubs, there’s something for everyone. While I’m not involved in many different clubs on campus, I am involve in a couple of them. My favorite of the two is the Economics and Business Organization (business club, for short).
The Economics and Business Organization, otherwise known as the EBO, is a really cool club to get involved in. It is geared toward, but not limited to, business, economics or finance majors. It gives students the opportunity to take an inside look into the business world and receive some insight that would have otherwise been unavailable to them. This inside look took us all the way to NYC.
This past weekend we took the annual trip to New York City. The focus of the trio is to visit with Gordon alumni that currently work in different fields of business, while taking advantage of the opportunity to network and establish helpful connections. Some of the places we visited were the Bank of America Tower, Northern Trust, JP Morgan Chase and the Sony Building. It was pretty cool to see these successful businessmen and women that were once in my shoes.
I fully intend on staying with the EBO until I graduate. It’s a great club headed by great people, and is a fantastic representation of many other clubs on campus that cater to students with all different kinds of interests.
If you happen to be among the population of students that willingly label themselves as “over-achievers,” you might find yourself with the desire to take some summer classes here at Gordon. That being said, there are plenty of opportunities to take some summer classes. The two most prominent options for summer classes are called May Term and INternational Seminar/Summer Programs.
May Term classes are offered anywhere between May 23 and July 17. They consist of a variety of subjects that range in topic. The full listings of courses offered during May Term can be found here. One of the cool things about May Term courses is that there are courses that are courses offered both for Gordon students as well as the general public. I’d say that’s pretty unique.
INternational Seminar and Summer Programs:
International courses offered during the summer are among the best that private institutions have to offer. These courses, which also range in both subject and topic, are as follows: Journalism (Assisi), Theater (Britain), Business (China), History (Greece), Kinesiology (Honduras), Humanities, History, Art, Music (Salzburg), National and Cultural History (Southwest USA), and Sustainability and Biology (Honduras; Haiti). More information for these seminars and programs can be found here.
Whether you decide to study the typical Fall and Spring semesters, or you go all out by continuing your studies into the summertime, Gordon has anything and everything you need.
To be eligible for graduation all Gordon students must complete an outdoor education requirement. To fulfill this requirement students have two options: Discovery or La Vida. These two programs are both offered by the La Vida Center for Outdoor Education. Through this office students can decide whether they’d like to participate in Discovery or La Vida. I will give a brief summary of the two programs, however I will be going more in depth about La Vida (I went on La Vida this past summer).
Discovery and La Vida are very similar, but they are also very different. Discovery is a quad course that is offered at the on campus ropes course, where students meet on a bi-weekly basis to experience team building activities, fellowship, and a taste of the outdoors with a weekend camping trip in the forest. La Vida, on the other hand, is a whole different ball game.
La Vida is a 12-day expedition in which students go to upstate New York (namely the Adirondack Mountains) to participate in an experience like none other. The groups, led by a Sherpa, travel by different means of transportation. This is up to their choosing. Students can hike, canoe or kayak. No experience is required. Although it’s tough, I would highly recommend it. I was in the canoeing patrol and although I was extremely out of my element, I value the trip for what it was worth. It is an experience that I wouldn’t trade for the world. You can find more information about La Vida here.
Here is a picture of my group on the last day:
If you were to ask an Endicott student what “GCTV” was, they’d probably look at you funny and wonder what you were talking about. You would most likely get the same reaction from a student at Salem State or Brandeis, two schools within half an hour of the Gordon campus. If you were, however, to ask a Gordon student what GCTV was, they’d reply with one word: TV.
GCTV is an on campus television provider that students can access on their laptops. All you have to do is type in “gctv” into your browser, and hit enter. As long as you’re logged into the Gordon network, you gain instant access to all your favorite TV channels. Students that live in apartments can just get regular cable, but GCTV is a cool alternative for underclassmen. Pretty cool, huh?
Another feature that Gordon offers, this one being relatively new, is called Scot Radio. Scot Radio is provided by GCSA and features most popular radio stations as well as student-led talk shows, special guests and more. To access Scot Radio, students can visit http://www.gordon.edu/scotradio on the weekdays from 5-8PM. It’s pretty cool to know that you can tune in and hear your friends on a campus-wide radio station.
Where else can you find GCTV or Scot Radio?
Only at Gordon.
Gordon College, being the responsible Christian institution that it is, requires all of its students to attain a certain amount of chapel credits per academic year. The chapel attendance policy, which can be found on the chapel website, is as follows: “Because Chapel and Convocation programs are viewed as an integral component of a Gordon education, regular attendance is required for graduation, much like other non credit-bearing elements of the Gordon experience such as La Vida, Discovery and physical education courses. All full-time resident students must attend 30 sessions each semester. Commuters need to attend 20 sessions each semester, and seniors in their fourth year only need to attend 15 sessions during their last semester before graduating. Fifth-year seniors who have completed their requirement during every semester they have attended classes on the Fowler campus do not have an attendance requirement after their fourth year.”
The cool thing about chapel credits are that you don’t have to rely solely on chapel services held on Monday, Wednesday or Friday mornings. There are also convocations, which differ from chapels in that convocations appeal more to the liberal arts aspect of Gordon, and evening chapels, which are chapel services focused mainly on worship (held in the evenings). Aside from these, there are also different events held by various student clubs and ministries that offer chapel credit; said events are specified upon announcement.
To be honest, chapel credit really isn’t all that bad. But I guess you have to see for yourself!
The Center for Education Technologies, otherwise known as The CET, is one of the most important places on the Gordon campus. It serves as the technological hub of the school and serves students, faculty and alumni alike. I initially assumed that it was important, but I didn’t know how useful The CET was until I actually started to work here.
As listed on the Gordon website, here is the list of what the Center for Educational Technologies supports:
- Hardware (purchase, installation and maintenance) for Gordon owned computers
- Software (purchase, installation, support)
- Network (hookup and support)
- Email (installation and support)
- Instruction (online training for all Microsoft Office software, group instruction and one-on-one instruction)
- Media Services (classroom equipment, A/V recording, duplication, editing, special events setup)
- Loaner Equipment (laptops, video cameras, digital still cameras, tripods, etc.)
- Instructional Technology and Blackboard (instructional and multimedia design and development and A/V lecture recording
- Telecommunications: (phone and voicemail)
- Microsoft Site License for Macintosh and Windows
- First level support for ALL campus technology
When it comes to all things technology, call the CET. Enough said.
I saw the grass on the quad today for the first time since December. The funny part is, I’m not kidding.
I haven’t seen grass on the quad since before Christmas break, and it’s felt like an eternity. All the snow that New England was bombarded with in the past few months has really taken its toll. One of the major effects that its had on the student body is that its robbed us of a particular privilege that we enjoyed on a seemingly daily basis: cutting the quad to go to class, rather than having to go all the way around it.
Another amazing fun fact is that I can not only see the benches around campus now, but I’ll be able to sit on them soon! I’m not sure if you’ve read one of my previous posts about the weather, but in the post I included a picture of some benches that were buried in the snow just after a storm we had received. You couldn’t even walk to the benches, let alone sit on them. This time around, we’re getting closer.
The weather as of late has been a lot better than December, January and a little bit of February. We’ve had some days in the 30’s and 40’s, and I even left my room one day without a jacket. I thought it was a miracle. Needless to say, with the changing weather patterns and the inevitable emergence of the spring, we still have hope.
Chillax (v.): a combination of the words chill and relax; to release tension, stress and calm down.
There are plenty of places to chillax here on campus, especially in the dorm lounges. The dorm lounges are cool in that they’re all different, but are just as comfortable. Most lounges have TV’s in them, while others have different games to play. In my dorm, which is Ferrin, there is a pool table and a ping pong table, along with plenty of couches and comfortable chairs.
Lounges are a cool place to meet up with friends to play games or hang out. Another thing about the lounges it that they’re multifunctional. They’re not only used for social spaces, but they’re also used for spiritual life group meetings, study groups and floor fellowship (a time in which members of the floor get together to lead devotionals).
Yet another cool thing about the lounges is that they are open 24/7, and visitation rules don’t apply. So if you happen to be in the room of a member of the opposite gender studying your brains out, and the clock strikes 10PM when visitation is over, you can carry over your session of study into the lounges, where you can resume your overachieving. Of course, the only time you’d be in their room is studying, right?
If you’re a prospective student reading this blog, you might ask, “so what is there to do on the weekend, Josh?” Well, I have just the blog post for you! Here at Gordon, there is a student club that is devoted specifically to events on campus. It’s called the CEC (Campus Events Council).
The CEC does a lot to create different kinds of events on campus, both during weeknights and weekends. They do anything from coffee houses to dances, student social outings to guest speakers. One thing that I really like about the CEC is their willingness to accept student suggestions. If you have an idea for an event or something you’d like to see more of during the school year, it’s as simple as sending them an email (some would say that’s simpler than the ABC’s).
Take a look at the bulletin board in Lane that has all of the campus activities either currently going on or soon to come:
Didn’t I tell you it was a lot?
The GCSA (Gordon College Student Association) has recently implemented a shuttle service for students that takes them all around the North Shore and even into Boston. So if there’s a particular weekend where you just want to get off campus with some friends to hang out and you don’t have a car, no worries. The shuttle will take you wherever you need to go.
Just to give you a sneak peek into how cool the on campus events actually are, I’ll introduce you to Gordon Globes. A spinoff of the Golden Globes, this event is held annually in the chapel which presents the winners to video contests held on campus. The winners are decided by a vote of the student body. I’ve never been, but I’ve heard that it’s one of the best events every year. We’ll see.