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)

Gardner-Webb Community Fosters Lasting Friendships, Academic Excellence

Mathematics

Chris Farthing ’09

Chris Farthing ’09 double major in mathematics and economics/finance; minor in Spanish

“Gardner-Webb’s math program and professors prepared me well for graduate school and my career. Now I’m working as a statistician in the financial services industry, and I can definitely say there are lots of opportunities for folks with that background.”

Chris Farthing ’09 appreciates the professors at Gardner-Webb who prepared him to excel in graduate school and business, but he is even more grateful for the lasting friendships he formed at the University. “Despite time and distance, the best friends I have right now are still the ones I made at Gardner-Webb,” he observed.

His decision to attend GWU was based on the students he met while interviewing for a scholarship. “The interview was my first visit to campus,” Farthing related. “While all of us nervous high school graduates-to-be were waiting for our interview times, some current GWU students were mixed in with us, playing board games, hanging out, and trying to help take the edge off our nervousness. That moment really did it for me. Seeing students go out of their way to be helpful and friendly was an early indicator of what I still like most about Gardner-Webb. Gardner-Webb has great people, both students and faculty, and I wanted to be a part of that culture.”

Because his father is in the banking industry, Farthing had an interest in business and started out as an economics/finance major. After getting a work study position as a tutor in the math lab, he realized that he liked helping others work math problems. His sophomore year, he switched his major to math education, but then found out he couldn’t complete the degree in four years. He could, however, double major in math and economics/finance without adding extra semesters. Combining the two degrees also prepared him to continue his education.

“When I started looking at graduate programs, I realized that statistics as a field of math can be applied in many areas and would allow me to blend my interest in business with my math skills,” he reflected. “Gardner-Webb’s math program and professors prepared me well for graduate school and my career. Now I’m working as a statistician in the financial services industry, and I can definitely say there are lots of opportunities for folks with that background.”

After graduation, he earned his master’s in applied statistics at UNC Charlotte. He is pursuing his doctorate in applied statistics and working at Ally Financial in Charlotte. “I lead a team that audits statistical models that are used to make predictions,” Farthing explained. “We make sure they were developed correctly and are used appropriately. I like it because I get to see a variety of modeling methodologies and ways people use statistics to attack business problems, so it keeps my skills sharp and helps challenge me to keep learning new things.”