It’s inevitable, no matter how old you are this time of year makes you stop in your tracks and think about the things around you; things that you may see or experience on a daily basis suddenly become things that you notice and are very appreciative of. Throughout my Gardner-Webb experience, I have made connections and relationships that have turned into things far greater than I could have ever imagined. Through being in the right place at the right time, and being involved with many student activities during my undergraduate career, I landed a position in the Undergraduate Admissions Office as an Admissions Counselor. My personal Gardner-Webb story is a pretty common one around here - I got stuck in the Webb. Through still coming to campus every day, I find myself getting caught in the routine. It’s time to take a step back and realize some of the many things that I am very thankful for when it comes to GWU:
1. The Tucker Student Center
Y ’all, this building is something special. To me, this is the central gathering place of our students, faculty, and staff. Whether it is stopping for a cup of coffee with friends, grabbing a box for Operation Christmas Child, watching the Super Bowl, or writing that 10 page paper for Marketing Research that is due tomorrow, this is the place that everyone comes to. Even when it is super busy, there is such a peacefulness about this building that words cannot express.
2. My Roommate
We all have that person. That person that you can shut the door with when you need to vent, who will show up with a Starbucks in hand because they know you have had a crazy day, who will rearrange 100 billion times because you won’t be able to focus until it’s done, or who will answer your phone call at any time just because. I am grateful that I have had many people in my life that have served in this role. Whether a roommate or officemate, having this person is essential for any place.
3. Thanksgiving in the Caf
Yes, even as a staff member, this is the day that I look forward to. You walk into the cafeteria to find white table cloths, a warm thanksgiving dinner, and pie. The sense of community that one single meal can create is something I am so thankful that I get to share with students and fellow coworkers. I heard on the radio this morning that the holiday season makes you stop and enjoy the people around you - this is so true when it comes to sharing this meal during the work day.
4. The Forever Family
I was always told about the concept of having this forever family but never actually understood it until I began working full-time. The size of Gardner-Webb is unique, and upon graduation, you become part of an extended family that will always be there for you. Every time I meet a fellow Gardner-Webb graduate, I find myself being able to talk with that person for hours about GWU. With amazing alumni serving as the Vice President of Marketing for the Charlotte Knights, a Lead Pastor at NewSpring Church, an Olympic Silver Medalist, and an award winning novelist, the connections you can make at Gardner-Webb are endless.
I am so thankful for Gardner-Webb University. Take time this holiday season, to think about what you are thankful for.
Caroline Fry. Undergraduate Admissions Counselor. Gardner-Webb Alumna.