From the Students: Christian University at Gardner-Webb

Gardner-Webb's Christian foundation is important to students
in unique ways. Hear from current students about what it means to them.




Jonathon Rhyne, Freshman Marketing/Journalism

“I know that on my bad days, I am loved by a bunch of people who I don’t even know… Here, people do care about you, and they don’t even have to know your name.” (More)


 

 

Hannah Ray, Sophomore English

“Everything falls under that umbrella of 'Why are we doing this?' and a Christian University has the responsibility to do it because they’re trying to glorify God in all that they’re doing.” (More)



 

Jeremiah Hamby, Senior Psychology

“It’s more than going to Church on Sunday; it’s living in a community of Christian believers in everyday life and being intentional, being vulnerable with them, and the atmosphere at Gardner-Webb has really shown me that…” (More)

 

Caitlyn Brotherton, Senior ASL

“That’s what college is all about: figuring out what you want to do and who you want to be, and when everyone around you is pointing you towards Christ, it’s a lot easier to be focused on him.” (More)

GWU Alumna Enjoys Chance to Work with Every Student in her School

Health and Physical Education

Kyndal Davis ’15

Kyndal Davis ’15 physical education major

“They would also give us different scenarios that have happened or could happen and we had to figure out how to adjust accordingly. We had to practice thinking on our feet all the time. We also taught various lessons to our peers and we got the opportunity to teach at local elementary and middle schools.”


Nearly 700 students attend the elementary school in Chapel Hill, N.C., where Kyndal Davis ’15 teaches physical education. The Gardner-Webb University alumna sees them all twice a week. “I love that I get to see and work with all of the kids in the school,” Davis asserted. “I know pretty much every student from kindergarten all the way through fifth grade.”

The opportunity to work with different age groups led Davis to switch her major to physical education at the end of her sophomore year at GWU. “I had worked with children of all ages and simply couldn't choose just one age group to work with,” Davis reflected. “I had been an athlete all my life, and I loved movement of any kind. I was never good at sitting still. I took a movement class for elementary teachers, which is truly what sparked my interest in changing majors.”

As she stands before groups with 32 to 50 children, Davis remembers the advice her professors gave most often. “Dr. Shonna Snyder, Mrs. Sara McNeely and Dr. Ken Baker preached about the importance of flexibility,” Davis affirmed. “You can't get all bent out of shape if something doesn't go the way you wanted it to or if you can't do what you had originally planned. You keep a good attitude, make the necessary adjustments, and move on.”

She began her job with confidence, because of the real-life teaching situations Snyder and McNeely gave in class. “They would ask us the craziest, most off-the-wall questions that students had asked them or other teachers,” Davis recalled. “They would also give us different scenarios that have happened or could happen and we had to figure out how to adjust accordingly. We had to practice thinking on our feet all the time. We also taught various lessons to our peers and we got the opportunity to teach at local elementary and middle schools.”

Professors offered feedback on how she could improve her lesson plans and were always available if she had questions about certain topics. “I loved the Gardner-Webb community and how everyone looked out for everyone,” Davis observed. “Your professors and other staff members see you as an individual, not just a student. If I needed help in a class or if something was going on in my personal life, my friends, classmates or professors were always there for me. I still talk with my professors and several of the friends I made at Gardner-Webb on a regular basis. I received more than just a degree from Gardner-Webb; I gained a family for life.”