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 Study Abroad Programs Provide ‘Experiences You Can’t Obtain in the Classroom’

Intercultural Communication

Luke Powell, (’18)

Luke Powell, (’18) international business major, intercultural communication with a concentration in German minor

“Being dropped in (Germany) and forced to speak the language was beyond beneficial—these are experiences that you can’t obtain in the classroom. The best part was seeing so much history, being in the heart of where the Cold War took place, Berlin, and seeing castles, palaces, museums and remnants of the wall. A close second was knowing that I was across the ocean from my home, where I had never left before, and was able to communicate.”

Luke Powell (’18) studied German for three semesters at Gardner-Webb University before testing his communication skills during a spring break study abroad trip to Germany. “Being dropped in the country and forced to speak the language was beyond beneficial—these are experiences that you can’t obtain in the classroom,” Powell (’18) reflected. “The best part was seeing so much history, being in the heart of where the Cold War took place, Berlin, and seeing castles, palaces, museums and remnants of the wall. A close second was knowing that I was across the ocean from my home, where I had never left before, and was able to communicate.”

A native of Boiling Springs, N.C., Powell grew up around Gardner-Webb, because his parents work there. He knew that as a student at Gardner-Webb, he would not be a number, but have access to supportive professors who would help him reach his goals. “The relationship that you can have with professors is the most valuable thing about Gardner-Webb,” Powell observed. “I had a professor in economics who saw my work and has confidence in me. I speak with him regularly and he is always offering ways to help me. He encourages me to go get my doctorate in economics and has even offered to help me prepare and potentially attend his alma mater in London. On top of this, we have spoken many times about internship opportunities. It is one thing to have a solid career development department, but to have a professor that cares enough and has enough faith to help me apply and write recommendations to one of the best schools in the world, is another.”

As he prepares to spend a semester studying at the Linnaeus University in Vaxjo, Sweden, Powell is excited about the opportunity to experience the Scandinavian culture. “Their neutrality and peacefulness, along with their seemingly successful socialist economy, will prove to be interesting as I am only familiar with a capitalist economy and a dominant world power,” he assessed. “Americans tend to be ethnocentric and not open to otherness, but I am excited to learn about global migration, international organizations, and global environmental issues from a European perspective.”