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 Combined Religious Studies and Chemistry to Prepare for Medical School

Religious Studies

Natalie Pippin Britt ’08

Natalie Pippin Britt ’08, religious studies major, chemistry minor

“Pursuing a humanities degree with a uniquely Christian foundation shaped my worldview in ways that inform my understanding of disease and cure, and suffering and wellness. Additionally, my science professors at Gardner-Webb taught me how to synthesize facts and evaluate scientific literature, which are skills that I use routinely as I try to remain evidence-based in my practice.”

When she examines a patient to determine a diagnosis, Natalie Pippin Britt ’08 relies on the critical thinking skills she developed as an undergraduate at Gardner-Webb University. The first-year resident in family medicine at Memorial Hospital in Savannah, Ga., began her educational journey as a religious studies major. She had considered vocational ministry, but soon realized her calling was outside the church. “Through my own medical struggles during my sophomore year, I re-discovered my passion for medicine,” she reflected. “I got sick and just couldn't seem to get better. I ended up having sinus surgery and having my tonsils taken out.”

While she was recovering, she looked into the requirements for medical school and realized she didn't need a science degree to apply. “I could continue pursuing my BA in religious studies and take the requisite science classes for medical school,” shared Britt, a native of Augusta, Ga. “Pursuing a humanities degree with a uniquely Christian foundation shaped my worldview in ways that inform my understanding of disease and cure, and suffering and wellness.”

The science classes she took for her minor in chemistry prepared her to pass the Medical College Admission Test and helped her succeed in the pre-clinical years of medical school. “Additionally, my science professors at Gardner-Webb taught me how to synthesize facts and evaluate scientific literature, which are skills that I use routinely as I try to remain evidence-based in my practice,” Britt offered.

While her studies equipped her to excel in medical school, her years at Gardner-Webb also developed her character and Christian values. “I look back on my four years at Gardner-Webb and marvel that such a short period of time in my life could have such a tremendous influence on me,” Britt asserted. “Gardner-Webb provides a remarkable, incomparable blend of expectation, equipping, and encouragement. The expectation is academic rigor and excellence in scholarship. The equipping for rigor and excellence occurs in the context of small class settings with world-class professors passionate about guiding you to discover your giftedness and voice. This all occurs in the context of an unashamedly Christian community that encourages students to grow as servants of Christ.”