CLASS OF 2021: What to do your first semester at GWU

MOVE IN (8/18):

This is the day you’ve been waiting for all summer: move in day! Enjoy a fresh start at a new place with plenty of new friends to be made. Say hi to the people on your hall, and let your mom arrange your room however she wants (you can switch it up when she leaves, but it will make her feel better about you leaving the nest for the first time). Sleep well tonight, there’s lots to come!

 

MEN’S SOCCER (8/19):

Men’s soccer will be the first home sporting event of the year, and of your college career. Come out to the game and sign up for the Bulldog Battalion. The Battalion is a student section/incentive program for students to come to both men’s and women’s soccer matches. If you attend ten home soccer matches, you get a free t-shirt with the Bulldog Battalion logo on it. So come out and support the Runnin’ Bulldogs for the first time of many!

 

RETURNERS MOVE IN (8/21):

Campus will no longer be just you Freshies. Don’t worry though, we upperclassmen don’t bite. We are all really excited to meet you all and help you along in your college journey, after all, we were in your shoes not long ago! Get to know the returning students as they come back to campus on the 21st.

 

THE CONNECT FAIR (8/22):

Do you like free stuff? Are you wondering where to plug in on campus and in the community once you get on campus? Good, because the connect fair is your one-stop-shop for all things extracurricular at Gardner-Webb. From 11-2 on the 22nd, take a trip to the Tucker Student Center, where nearly every club and department on campus will have an informational booth, as will tons of local businesses and churches. The connect fair is a great way to learn what there is on campus and in the community to get involved in, plus, almost every booth gives away free things ranging from pens and school supplies, to T-Shirts and so much more!

 

FIRST DAY OF CLASS (8/23):

Welcome to syllabus week! The first day or two of class will be a period where you go through the syllabus and get prepared for what’s to come throughout the semester. Don’t be shocked if a professor starts teaching on day one, though. After class, take the time to introduce yourself to professors! They want to get to know their students, and it never hurts to have a good relationship with them come difficult times.

 

SHELBY ALIVE! (8/24):

Find some friends and make the ten-minute drive to uptown Shelby for the last Shelby Alive event of the summer. There will be live music from “The Java Band”, food and drinks, and a great memory to make with your new friends under the lights at the City Pavilion! Want to know more? Check out the website.

 

WOMEN’S SOCCER (8/25):

Come out and watch the women’s soccer team take on the University of Maryland Terrapins in their home opener. The women’s soccer team finished last season with a hot streak, winning five of their last six games and making it to the quarter finals of the Big South Conference tournament. Last year’s game against the Terps ended in a 1-1 double overtime draw, so come root on the Runnin’ Bulldogs to a win this time around.

 

PC TUESDAYS (8/29):

The 29th is the first Tuesday of the semester, which is a day you will come to know and love as PC Tuesdays. PC is short for Pleasant City Woodfired Grille, which is a restaurant in uptown Shelby that serves amazing brick-oven woodfired pizza. On Tuesday nights, they have a half-off pizza special, so you can get a mouthwatering specialty pizza for $5. Get a group of friends and head over to Shelby for your first of many Tuesday PC trips.

 

BROAD RIVER/CAROLINA THREAD TRAIL (August/September):

When it comes to rivers around campus, you’ve got a couple options. Both the First Broad River and the French Broad River are within ten miles of campus. These rivers feature great trails for hiking or biking, are great for floating on a tube, and have great areas to just hang out on the bank and catch some sun.

 

VOLLEYBALL (9/1):

The Runnin’ Bulldogs volleyball team has its home opener Friday, September 1st in Paul Porter Arena. Come out and join in the rowdiest student section in the Big South and help the lady Dawgs get a win over the NC Central Eagles!

 

FOOTBALL HOME OPENER (9/2):

GWU football kicks off its 2017 campaign with a home matchup against the NC A&T Aggies. There’s nothing like fall Saturdays in the South, so come out early for student tailgating and enjoy the first of many sporting your GWU pride. Tailgates always have free food and drinks provided by student activities and the Dawg Pound, plus there’s live music and plenty of games. The football team returns multiple all-Americans and all-Big South players on both sides of the ball, the Big South Offensive Player of the Year, and the third-most accurate place kicker in all of FCS. With five home games, the Runnin’ Bulldogs are set up to have an exciting season!

 

BIG E MOVIE NIGHT (9/8):

A few times each semester, Student Activities plans a night where students are given a free movie ticket and activity voucher for the Big E entertainment center in Gaffney, SC. These nights are always a great way to get off campus for a night, as basically the entire school migrates across the border into South Carolina for a night of movies, bowling, mini-golf, laser-tag, and more!

 

CLEVELAND COUNTY FAIR (9/28-10/8):

The Cleveland County Fair is a local staple. People come from all over the country to experience one of the top county fairs that you’ll find in the United States. Whether it’s local food like world-renowned barbecue or fried Oreos, thrilling rides, or other attractions that bring you to the fairgrounds, be prepared to enjoy a new experience!

 

FALL FOR GREENVILLE (10/13-10/15):

Fall for Greenville is one of the Southeast’s largest outdoor festivals. This festival takes place in downtown Greenville, which is about fifty minutes away from the GWU campus. Take the short trip and soak in the beautiful scenery of Greenville while you listen to free live music and eat incredible food, all while making lasting memories with your friends!

 

GET OUT AND HIKE (October):

Gardner-Webb is right in the middle of hiking heaven. Even better, we also have some of the best fall foliage in the entire Southeast. There are more than a handful of options when it comes to hiking near the Webb. First, you have local spots such as Crowders Mountain or South Mountain. Then, in Asheville, you’ve got great options in the Dupont State Forest and Craggy Pinnacle Trail. Lastly, just outside of Greenville, you can find incredible views such as Pretty Place or Table Rock. What’s best about this is these are only a few of the options nearby, there are dozens more places to go if an afternoon of hiking is what you enjoy!

How to make Gardner-Webb your home away from home

Being away from home for the first time can be a little scary, so here’s some tips on making Gardner-Webb feel a little like home!

 

1.     Pick a good mattress pad!
If you’re like me and value your sleep more than anything, then pick a mattress pad that’s going to feel the most comfortable. Dorm beds aren’t the best so when you have good bedding, your mattress will feel just as good as your bed from home, if not better!

2.     Decorate!
Your room is where you will be living for a year, so you don’t want it to be a place you hate spending your time. Decorate your room to best fit your personality. Put up lights, posters, tapestries, pictures, anything! Make it a sanctuary place for you to be able to relax and enjoy with your roommate and other friends.

3.     Get involved on campus!
I know that is a cliché line that everyone tells you when you get to college, but it’s the truth. Try joining an intramural team, apply for a work-study, or join one of the many ministry groups on campus! There are so many opportunities here at Gardner-Webb, and it’s a way to keep yourself busy and invested throughout the year.

4.     Meet new people!
No one can go through life alone so why not have a couple good friends to help you get through it. Freshman year is one of the hardest to get through due to the major change in scenery. So go to those awkward dorm gatherings! Embrace the madness of Freshman orientation week and introduce yourself to new people. College is a place where people from many different places and backgrounds come together, so go out and meet new people and you’ll be surprised with who you meet and who may just become your lifelong friend.

5.     Get to know the local area!
The metropolis of Boiling Springs is only so big, so get to know what’s around the area. Shelby and Gaffney are both only a short drive away and both have plenty of places to go, especially when you’re looking for a good place to eat! Charlotte and Greenville are some of the major cities a little further out and offer even more opportunities to go out and have a good time. So go explore with friends, but always remember to be safe!

 

Freshman year is definitely terrifying and you will get homesick from time to time, but hopefully with these tips, home won’t feel so far away!  

Jasmine Patin. Sophomore. Public Relations major. Spanish minor. Women's Volleyball.

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