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Branch out: Go Worldwide at Gardner-Webb

Luke Powell

From Boiling Springs to Berlin

College is about learning and experiencing new things. It’s also for branching out and leaving your comfort zone. But what exactly is a comfort zone? Your comfort zone is what’s familiar or feels safe to you. We totally get it, why would you want to leave somewhere you feel secure? But we’ll let you in on a secret – stepping out of your comfort zone is where the magic happens. Hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky famously said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” And while he was probably referring to plays in hockey, his words are still a good reminder in any situation. 

Some of the best advice we can give to future college students like yourself is to not limit what you can do. Go for that major, go for that club position, go for that internship, go for that mission or study abroad trip! You’re going to look back at your college memories and wonder where the time went. You may regret not going after something because you were scared to do it. But if you’re scared, do it scared. Do it with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and know you have the GWU community to support you.

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. He majored in international business and intercultural communication with a concentration in German.

According to Luke, “The best part was seeing so much history, being in the heart of where the Cold War took place, Berlin, and seeing castles, palaces, museum 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.”

Gardner-Webb is your partner for success and encouragement. As a student, Luke had 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 had confidence in me. He encourages me to get my doctorate in economics and has even offered to help me prepare and potentially attend his alma mater in London.”

GWU is proud of the small class sizes because it’s the perfect way to give you the attention you need to succeed. World-class programs, like at GWU, are the result of the faculty who engages students.

“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.”

However you choose to go all in at Gardner-Webb, do it to glorify God (I Corinthians 10:31). You won’t regret being a Runnin’ Bulldog!

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