As a high school student, have you ever wondered how college works and what are some of the differences between high school and college life? Well, you don’t have to ask this question anymore because I am going to tell you a little bit about what the day in the life of a college student is like. Also, I will mention some useful information that you might find helpful for your future college days.
Let’s start with the basics: move-in day. Incoming freshmen move-in day is on a Friday, five days before classes start. Returning students move-in day is usually on a Monday, two days before classes start. Unlike other colleges, Gardner-Webb has orientation for these 5 days you are on campus before class starts. Orientation is full of fun activities, you get more free stuff than you will know what to do with and you will be assigned to a group, which will be your University 111 class and might just become some of your closest friends here at the Webb! You will take this class only for your first semester where the professor teaches you the basics you need to know about college, such as where you find specific offices on campus and how to effectively manage your time. Also, you will get to do a service learning project in this class.
College students have very different schedules than high school students. At GWU there are Monday-Wednesday-Friday (MWF) classes and Tuesday-Thursday (TR) classes. MWF classes are 50 minute long classes and TR classes are 1 hour and 15 minutes long. In your first semester your assigned advisor puts your schedule together and then after the first semester you can choose your classes. There are 1, 3 and 4 credit classes depending on their intensity level and the department which the classes are in. Science classes are usually 4 credit classes. Flexibility in your class schedule gives you the opportunity to pick the times which you feel like you will best learn at.
Freshmen also have to attend Dimensions for four academic semesters. You have to attend 10 Dimensions sessions each semester which is on Tuesdays at 9:30 A.M. and sometimes offered on Thursdays or at the evenings. This is a graduation requirement, but luckily you don’t have any homework from this!
At Gardner-Webb we have girls and boys dorms separately. We have Decker, Stroup, Spangler-Myers for the girls and we have Lutz, Mauney, Royster for the boys. There is a dorm for Honor students, HAPY, where both boys and girls live in separate wings. We have University Commons that includes Apartments and Suites. Four people live in each apartment and 5-8 people live in each suite. Most freshman choose to live in dorms, since they are more centrally located to classes on campus and it makes the transition to college not as hard, since you are surrounded by others who are in the same boat as you are. In each building there will be a Resident Advisor, which is just another upperclassmen student that lives near you in case you have any problems or need help with anything!
We have various dining options here at Gardner-Webb. At Tucker Student Center we have World of Wings (WOW), Broad River Coffee, Cantina and Sub-Connect. You can only use flex points for WOW and Broad River, but for Cantina and Sub-Connect you can use meal-exchange which means that you eat there instead of the Caf, which is the main dining place on campus. The “Caf” is in the Dover Campus Center (DCC), which is where the admissions office is. There is also Chick-Fil-A on the bottom floor of the DCC. You can choose from three different meal-plans: 10, 15 or 21 meals per week. You will have more flex-points (which is basically money on your ID that you can use on campus) if you have less meals a week. For example, you will have a lot more flex-money if you have the 10-meal-per- week than if you had the 21-meal-per-week.
We have a club called Dawg Pound, which is like a pep squad for sporting events. For some GWU athletic events there is a spirit section for students. There are going be many sporting events, games, races, and meets happening on campus and for designated events that you attend you can earn points. At the end of the year the student who had the most points (attended most sports events) gets a reward. Last year the student who won got a full tuition scholarship for the next academic year. It definitely worth it to go to the sporting events!
I hope this information was useful for the incoming Freshmen and you guys will love as much Gardner-Webb as we do!