Gordon College - Massachusetts '15
Majoring in Accounting
Member since 2/12/2012
Too Many Education Majors – Although the academics are very engaging and students learn a lot, there is not much variety in majors. For instance, there are no majors for those wanting to be doctors, a little other creative majors. Gordon only offers the main categories of standardized jobs. Another thing I noticed after being at Gordon is that almost every girl is in an elementary ed or early childhood major. I think this is a bit over the top and that some people haven't really thought about what their passion is. There is nothing wrong with being an education major. I went into Gordon my freshman year as an education major, but I quickly realized that didn't suit me. I wish there was more flexibility and options for major choices.
Chrisitian Atmosphere – From all the different Colleges I visited before choosing Gordon and attending there freshman year, I can say that the Christian Atmosphere definitely sets it apart from most schools. Walking around campus everyone is friendly, and noone is causing huge dramatic scenes. Professors are very accesible, and encourage their students to visit office hours so they can get to know each other on a more personal level. At Gordon, professors truly care about their students success. They are not in it for the money, but rather want their students to learn. This does not mean classes are easy. On the contrary they are very difficult, but there is so much extra help offered from professors, TA's, review sessions, and student lead groups. There are also student resource centers in the library that tutor specific subjects and offer editors for papers. This is all free of charge. The community at Gordon helps take some of the stresses of college away, and make learning a more pleasant place.
Christian Conduct – Being at a Christian school involves stricter rules than secular colleges would ever see. For one, there are visitation hours. Men are not allowed to be in women's rooms at certain hours of the day. To make matters worse, the lights need to be on and the door propped all the way open. Smoking is not allowed on campus, and there are strict reprocussions towards drinking on campus or coming back to campus intoxicated. There are also unspoken rules such as modesty, language, and public displays of affection. Although these rules seem ridiculous to anyone outside of a Christian school, they are very manageable and understandable for Gordon College. This is not to say they aren't annoying. I get annoyed with them everyday, but I knew what I was going into so I cannot complain too much. Overall, the policies are very fair at Gordon College.
Overwhelming Workloads Pay Off – As a freshman at Gordon College this past year, I never expected to have difficulty with the school work. I made easy A's all throughout highschool even after taking honors and AP classes. Going into Gordon I was an elementary ed/math double major. However, after first semester I realized this was not for me. I applaud Gordon for having education majors enter the school systems their first year so they know if they truly enjoy the major they chose. After this experience I switched my major to accounting because I still enjoyed doing math. Through this change I was really impressed with the faculty. Both my old education advisor and my new accounting advisor were supportive of my change and helped me in any and all ways possible. The workload I had in both semesters was so overwhelming at times that I believed I would not make it through. Even though my GPA wasn't as high as I was used to, I knew that I had learn so much more than I had in highschool. This is what made me realize that it is not necessarily the grade that matters, but the concepts you take away from everything the professors have taught. Through my accounting advisor I learned that internships are a requirement during the junior year. I am excited to experience this and make connections for after college. Although the workload is challenging at Gordon College, the professors are more than willing to help in any way possible, and each student is able to attain the knowledge they have learned.
Off Campus Life – I have never lived off campus, or know of anyone who has, but I know that there are apartments in town that have a fairly decent rental price. All of the towns nearby are very safe and welcoming. There have been no robberies or muggings to be afraid of. There are also many beaches in the area which makes social life fun in the summer time.
Dorm Life – The dorm I live in is suite style. I share a bathroom with my roommate and two suite mates. This makes everything very convenient for me because I do not need to share a shower or toilets with a whole floor of girls. At Gordon, they don't arrange dorms based on what grade you are in. There are freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors who live in Fulton Hall. This is great to learn more about the inside scoop about Gordon, and to get homework help from more experienced students. Everyone in Fulton is extremely nice and hang out together often. We have all hall gatherings where we play games, watch movies, or sing worship songs. The cost of Fulton Hall is a bit steeper than the other dorms, but it is totally worth every penny. Move in day was awesome. For all the freshman, orientation staff and the RA's would run out to the cars that pull up, and help unload the car to carry up to your room. It made move in day much less stressful and enjoyable.
Student Life – The athletic center was one of the main attractions that drew me into Gordon College. Inside it has 3 racquetball courts, a rock climbing area, 2 full size basketball courts, a dance studio, a workout facility, and an indoor track. It is very nicely designed and sterile. On the other side of campus is the student center. It is not much of a student center, but it has the main dinning hall, a downstairs quick food type area, and couches surrounding an HD tv. It would be nice if there were more things here to interact with other students, such as pingpong tables or air hockey machines. Across from the student center is Gordon's library. This is well-equipped with all the resources that any student could ever need. There are four floors: two floors of classrooms, one floor of books and resource materials, and a fourth floor of study space. Although the overall campus is small, there are so many activities that take place. It is impossible to attend them all without getting behind on classwork. The atmosphere of the college is very friendly. I have never felt inferior to others or looked down upon, like I did in high school. Since Gordon is a Christian College, it is a great place to keep up with your faith, and make long lasting relationships.
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