My name is Taylor Hildebrand and I am a junior undergraduate student. I am a Middle Grades Mathematics Education major. Gardner-Webb University has offered so many opportunities over the past three years and I would like to share those with you! The list is of my favorite GWU experiences, in no particular order.
1. Alpha Chi Honors Society:
Alpha Chi is a national collegiate honors society that recognizes students in the top 10% of their graduating class. This past weekend, I had the privilege to present with my collaborative research team at the national convention in Cleveland, Ohio. At the convention, I was elected as Region III Zeta Chapter Student Representative for the Alpha Chi National Council, in which I will assist in shaping policies and decisions for Alpha Chi on a national level.
2. Honors Student Association
As an honors student on campus, I have had numerous opportunities to take Honors classes, participate in service projects (one in which I was a talking skunk in the Enchanted Forest), volunteer in our famous Herd-4-Hire, try new foods from various cultures, travel, and this year, I have served as secretary/treasurer on the Honors Student Association Executive Committee. This past February, I had the opportunity to attend Honors’ spring retreat to Richmond, Virginia and was able to visit Tredegar, the Civil War museum, the Black History Museum, the Holocaust Museum, and explore Maymont Manor and Hollywood Cemetery.
3. Student Activities
Every fall break, student activities offers students a service trip opportunity at an affordable price in a big city in the United States. Over fall break 2018, I traveled with student activities to San Francisco, California, where I got to serve lunch at a homeless shelter, volunteer at a cancer research race at the Salesforce tower, bike across the Golden Gate Bridge, explore Alcatraz, ride on a famous cable car, dip my toes in the Pacific Ocean on Ocean Beach, and so much more.
4. SNCAE/School of Education
For three years, I have been a work study in the School of Education, I served as the Vice President for the Student North Carolina Association of Educators my sophomore year, and I am President of the SNCAE this year in which I have helped organize events, volunteer in schools, and much more to gain experience as a future educator. The greatest experience I have had with SNCAE was a trip to Washington D.C; we explored the American History and Air and Space Smithsonian, the Holocaust Museum, the Bible Museum, the Capitol, and the memorials with some great friends, professors, and other future educators.
Over the past three years on campus, I have met some amazing individuals in class, in the library, at work, in Stroup Hall, in small groups, the Gathering, clubs, celebrations, formals, and in the community. I am so thankful for the amazing people who I have met, who work here on campus and for the people on my mission team that is going to Bratislava, Slovakia this May. Here at Gardner-Webb, you will find yourself going to new places, making new friends, and taking advantage of fantastic opportunities all around you; so when the time comes, be ready to take that step and go for it.