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 ADN Program Meets Student’s Educational Needs

Nursing

Ashley Frady (’17)

Ashley Frady (’17), Associate Degree in Nursing

“The nursing faculty have made me feel comfortable and capable to achieve my dreams to be a nurse someday. I value their authenticity more than anything else, because it shows they are real people who have walked in my same shoes and are able to empathize with me.”

After spending over a year preparing for medical school, Ashley Frady (’17) of Gastonia, N.C., sensed a calling to missions and the nursing field. “The Lord really began to speak to me. I realized that I enjoyed caring for people and building relationships with them in some of their most desperate times,” Frady recalled. “I searched for ‘top nursing programs in the southeast,’ and Gardner-Webb was the first on the list.”

She visited the campus, learned about the Hunt School of Nursing and discovered the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) suited her educational needs. “Gardner-Webb accommodated both my desire to commute and the flexibility I needed with clinical times and lecture schedules,” she affirmed. “I was also very attracted to the small class sizes and the ability to build relationships with classmates and teachers.”

One class where Frady experienced the student-instructor dynamic was in the Health Assessment Lab with nursing instructor, Sharon Creed-Hall. The lab is where students learn how to perform a head-to-toe health assessment. “Although Ms. Creed-Hall’s checkoffs were tedious, she never failed to make us all laugh during practice or to send us encouraging emails,” Frady related. “She showed her genuine care for us as whole students from the beginning of the semester by asking us questions about our personal well-being as well as our academic well-being.”

In all of her classes, Frady appreciated the way the nursing faculty shared their own experiences with students. “They have made me feel comfortable and capable to achieve my dreams to be a nurse someday,” Frady reflected. “I value their authenticity more than anything else, because it shows they are real people who have walked in my shoes and are able to empathize with me.”