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)

Student Enters Nursing Field to Help and Serve Others

Nursing

Tara Roberts Hayes, (’16)

Tara Roberts Hayes, (’16) Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Education, Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) (’13) and Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) (’12)

“The growth I experienced within myself, my interpersonal relationships, and my career path is what I value most about my Gardner-Webb experience. GWU provided the environment to help cultivate this growth and, in turn, increased my confidence, expanded my passion, and enlarged my service. During my time as a lab worker, my desire to be an educator revealed itself.”

When Tara Roberts Hayes (’16) of Forest City, N.C., was a teenager, her best friend was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune condition. She earned the nickname of “Mother Hen,” because of the hours she spent taking care of her friend. “My curiosity of the medical field and desire to help and serve others pointed me in the direction of nursing, but this situation solidified the call I had felt for so long,” Hayes reflected.

Gardner-Webb was at the top of her college search list. She comes from a family of GWU alumni and remembered running around the quad when her father worked at the University. Before making her decision, she decided to visit GWU again. “I was very thankful for the opportunity to stay overnight and experience campus life first hand,” Hayes observed. “There was no doubt that GWU was where the Lord was calling me to pursue my undergraduate degree.”

After completing her Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) as a traditional undergraduate student, she was hired as a GWU lab assistant and pursued her Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) through the Degree Completion Program (DCP). “Gardner-Webb and DCP made the transition seamless, which was a welcome experience after the stress of nursing school and exam preparation,” Hayes assessed. “As a student in DCP, I appreciated the opportunity to be able to complete assignments at my own pace to work around my schedule. My role as a lab assistant in the simulation labs as well as tutoring students, allowed me the opportunity to put the knowledge I was gaining in my DCP courses into practice. The professors were always so helpful and accessible.”

Courses about community and public health nursing and perspectives of caring were directly applicable to the job she accepted when she graduated with her BSN in 2013. “I took on a unique job as a nurse working in pharmaceutical research,” Hayes related. “My courses helped me to understand a nurse’s role in service to the community. Many times, patients turn to research as a last alternative, or an option when they have nowhere else to turn and nothing to lose. As a nurse, this is where I am able to impact and make a difference.”

In addition to learning about her profession, Hayes also grew personally. “The growth I experienced within myself, my interpersonal relationships, and my career path is what I value most about my Gardner-Webb experience,” she shared. “GWU provided the environment to help cultivate this growth and, in turn, increased my confidence, expanded my passion, and enlarged my service. During my time as a lab worker, my desire to be an educator revealed itself. ”

While completing her Master of Science in Nursing Education, Hayes has been able to stay at home with her child and continue working as a GWU graduate assistant. “My various courses in research, leadership, and concepts of professional nursing directly prepared me for furthering my education,” she affirmed. “The MSN with a concentration in education has provided the tools I will need to teach at a level of higher education in the future. As the graduate assistant in the Hunt School of Nursing, I have the opportunity to host supplemental instruction sessions in which I provide help to nursing students alongside their regular classroom lectures. This has been a blessing as I have been able to connect with students, form relationships, and, ultimately, watch them transform into fantastic nurses.”