Angela Meade

“Gardner-Webb feels like home the second you step on campus,” reflects Angela Meade, a homeschool student from Charlotte, N.C. “Strangers become friends, and it’s hard to imagine your life without them.” Meade originally included Gardner-Webb in her college search because a friend enjoyed her experience as a student at the University. When she made her first visit to campus, Meade was impressed with the friendliness of everyone she met. Those friendships—with faculty, staff and fellow students—have grown stronger for Meade as a student in Gardner-Webb’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program. Her professors have shown their interest in her success by telling her about internships and learning experiences they think will interest her.

“All of my education classes are focused on real-world application,” Meade shares. “I have been in and out of the local schools frequently since my second semester. This allows me to observe and apply what I’ve been learning about in the classroom.”

Among many opportunities to grow as a person and a professional, Meade joined a mission trip to the European country of Slovakia, where she worked with students who were learning to speak English.

Whether traveling the world or at home on campus, Meade credits individual attention from caring members of the Gardner-Webb family with helping her easily and comfortably adjust to college life.

“Coming from a homeschool background, I’m very used to a small class where I have the personal attention I need to succeed,” she shares. “The professors and staff at Gardner-Webb have made me a top priority. They are always available, not only so students can do well in a particular class, but so we can also succeed in our future careers. Those connections are what really make Gardner-Webb feel like home.”

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