No Man Is An Island

At Gardner-Webb, you aren’t just thrown into college and expected to figure things out on your own. There are people there guiding you every step of the way, and here is exactly how it works: on Move-In Day, you are placed in an orientation group. This group contains around 20 first-year students and three upperclassmen. The upperclassmen in the group are more affectionately known as your Peer Leader, Big Brother, and Big Sister. The last two are in charge of making sure the freshmen have fun, are excited, and stay involved with activities during the first week. The Peer Leader assists with that as well, but also stays with the group throughout the first semester in a University 111 class. This is your essential “Intro to College Class” where you do everything from library scavenger hunts to mapping out the rest of your college career.

This year, I had the pleasure of serving as a Peer Leader for a University 111 class. My job is to serve as a liason between the professor and the students, to help them navigate their first semester, and make sure no man becomes an island. In just two short weeks, I have been able to pour into the lives of these first-year students and create such meaningful friendships. So far, my freshmen and I have:

Made late night CookOut runs...

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Learned team building skills...

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Broke out of the “Break Out Room”...

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Won the ThinkFast Game Show...

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Crushed the Lip Sync Competition...

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and have become such amazing friends!

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Taylor Gilbert, '20. Elementary Education Major. Lover of dogs, the gym, and Jesus!