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 Computer Science Classes Prepared Grad to Pursue Ph.D.

Computer Science

Tyler Turner

Tyler Turner (’16)

“All of my computer classes have been memorable as each one brought new challenges and struggles that my fellow classmates and I would face together. Dr. Mystkowski is always willing to help work through the coding process and error correction to make sure that I understand exactly what I did wrong and a better alternative to use in the future."


Studying computer science can be frustrating, but with the help of his professors at Gardner-Webb University, Tyler Turner (’16) learned to make the most of errors.

“Computer science is a path that is paved with mistakes and failures, but it is within those mistakes that we learn the most and when we reach the end, become competent and talented coders,” Turner reflected. “Dr. Mirek Mystkowski (professor of mathematics and computer science) is always kind with pointing out errors and using them as valuable lessons, which taught me more than anything ever could.”

Turner, who also has a degree in biology, is in the Ph.D. program in bioinformatics at UNC-Charlotte. As a doctoral candidate, he will help develop and utilize computational approaches for solving biological problems.

“My interest in the field comes from trying to find areas that combine my two main passions, biology and computer science,” Turner explained. “The applications that are covered by bioinformatics are far reaching, ranging from genetic research to pharmaceutical development. Other applications include the study of viruses and bacteria, the rendering of protein structures and energy output of protein folding for comparative analysis.”

Turner feels ready for the rigors of graduate school, because of the support he’s received from professors and other students. “All of my computer classes have been memorable as each one brought new challenges and struggles that my fellow classmates and I would face together,” he assessed. “Dr. Mystkowski is always willing to help work through the coding process and error correction to make sure that I understand exactly what I did wrong and a better alternative to use in the future.”

He believes that Gardner-Webb’s smaller class sizes give professors more time to spend helping each student. “At a larger school, a computer science course may only consist of going over the errors with a teacher who is unable to devote the time and care needed to show the students how to learn from these mistakes,” Turner observed. “My classes have given me the knowledge necessary to begin my Ph.D. in bioinformatics, and the discipline to perform at that level. My course work has been constant and increasingly challenging, which is an essential first step into doing well at the graduate level. I would have never gotten to where I am today if it weren't for all of my professors pushing me and supporting me every step of the way.”