Thanksgiving at Gardner-Webb is more than just a holiday; it is a full season of thankful affirmations, actions, and of course, autumn-colored leaves. It is an atmosphere that all students enjoy, created by special events on and off campus, service projects, and (of course) seasonal coffee flavors. I am thankful for all of the little ways through which the community celebrates this season!
1) Every year, students, faculty, and staff are treated to a Thanksgiving lunch in the Cafeteria. It is a delicious feast of all the staples – turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, greens, rolls, stuffing, green beans, and so much more. Deserts include more pie options than you knew existed. Everyone’s plates are overflowing and conversation is joyous as everyone enjoys the meal together.
2) Both KIND Coffee on Main Street and the Broad River Coffee Shop in the Tucker Student Center offer seasonal drinks and baked goods. The best way to study is with a pumpkin spice latte in hand – or a mocha, a cappuccino, americano, etc. Pumpkin muffins and sugar cookies make tasty treats while you’re cramming for finals!
3) Whether it’s a campus organization or a just a special time with your roommates, Friendsgivings’ are found everywhere at Gardner-Webb. Gather your friends from all corners of campus, ask everyone to bring something yummy to eat, and then take a moment to pause during this special time to be thankful for the people that make campus a little more like home.
4) November at Gardner-Webb is "Feed Our Children Month." The Bulldog Backpack Program takes non-perishable food donations from the campus community and packs backpacks that they deliver to two local elementary schools. This program is a great way to show how the Boiling Springs community takes care of each other, and offers a great service opportunity for students looking to get involved.
Combine all of these things together, and you've got a season of thankfulness and appreciation beyond the one day of Thanksgiving. I am thankful for this place and these people this year, and I know that I will be for many years to come.
Elizabeth Jacques, ‘21, Nursing Student (BSN).