Cameran Kerley. A lover of sunflowers, iced coffee, and Ed Sheeran. She ventured home before the snow hit Gardner-Webb this weekend but had a blast with her family playing in the snow, doing crossword puzzles, and putting together a 1000 piece cat puzzle.
One of her favorite memories in the snow was on Christmas day in the 9th grade. She said it snowed so much that most of the cars were stuck in the driveway. In order to get everyone home from their grandparents house, all of the cousins piled up in the Kerley Pilot which made for some close quarters bonding.
Cameran’s favorite part about snow days at Gardner-Webb is of course that we do not have to go to class but also the fact that everyone is stuck inside together so it bonds you together as a GWU family. Also, it gives everyone a chance to rally, be a kid, and go play in the snow. “Snow days are also an excuse to find good food,” says Cameran.
Chris Anderle. Cricket as I like to call him. No one really knows how the name Cricket came about but it has stuck.
Cricket is a guy with a contagious joyful spirit. He loves all things Patagonia, impulse buying, and he loves to crack the occasional dad joke.
When the snow hit Gardner-Webb the other day, his excitement made all of our friends smile. We planned on a snowball fight, but unfortunately it was more like a Jack Frost theme park across campus.
One of his favorite memories in the snow is when his mom would make snow cream. He said he wasn’t ever sure how she made it, but they always had it when it snowed. Also, he loved making snowmen even though it was more of a lone effort because his siblings did not help.
Chris said that his favorite thing about snow days at Gardner-Webb is being able to catch up on sleep which I think a resounding “AMEN” can be heard from each and every college student.
Boiling Springs, North Carolina has officially been hit with the first snow/sleet of 2016. Friday classes were canceled and the brave ones are sliding to the caf to get some chicken tenders on this infamous “Chicken Tender Saturday.”
Some people say that snow days at Gardner-Webb are the best days, and I would definitely have to agree. This is the most snow/ice I have seen with my Mississippi eyes so it has been super exciting. For other people, this snow is just another day and just another precipitation falling from the sky.
Sharayah Westover. A nursing student from upstate New York. She loves Walk the Moon, baking, and planning events. She is one who is familiar with a little snow on the ground. She said that in New York they never fully close. The most they get is a few hour delay.
One of her favorite memories of the snow was from when she was younger and her family would go to their grandparents house which was about 2 hours north of them. They always received a lot more snow and they had a lot of hills which made it perfect for sledding. Also, they had a pond that would freeze over so she would go with her brothers and cousins to ice skate.
Another memory Sharayah recalled was when she was 4 years old and it snowed at least 4 feet. Sharayah’s dad built an awesome snow fort with shelves in it for her and her brothers to lay on.
Sharayah also shared her scariest moment in the snow. At her grandparents house, they had electric fences for the cows. Once when they were sledding she veered off to the side and went under the fence and cut her forehead open. Luckily the fence was off!
This snow weekend has been a good one. Sharayah says her favorite thing about it was sleeping in and yet again I would have to agree.
Jonathan Goldenberg and Daniel Napier. A friendship worth admiring.
These two guys, individually, are some of my favorite people on this campus. They are leaders. They are caring. They make you feel important and valued, and they make you laugh your head off. After talking with them the other night, I can say that this dynamic duo has one of the strongest and most encouraging friendships I have ever witnessed.
JoGo and Daniel had their very first college class with each other. ENG 101. 8 a.m.
They had to follow people in their class on Twitter and tweet about different readings and assignments dealing with the class. One day, Daniel tweeted the lyrics to the song “God’s Not Dead.” JoGo responded something to the effect of, “Full of the Spirit today, aren’t you?”
They then started to bond in class, and at 8 a.m. they were the loudest and most talkative in there. Then over the next few months, Daniel’s roommate moved out, and he did not want to pay the fee. As he ventured over to the annual poster sale at Gardner-Webb, he saw JoGo and went up and asked him to be his roommate. JoGo’s eyes went big. “YES.”
I asked them what their favorite memory within their friendship was and they both looked at each other and told me to count down because they wanted to see if they were thinking of the same one.
3, 2, 1……”Smashing the TV!”
A story that can only truly be told by these two so I’ll let them have the spotlight for that one.
What does friendship mean to you?
“Friendship means being able to be different, accepting the differences, and still being able to keep each other company,” says JoGo.
“Besides my family, JoGo is the one person I have shared the most meals with,” says Daniel.
From chatting with these two I can tell that they bring out the best in each other. They talked about how their personalities are completely opposite, but they have learned so much from each other. JoGo brought out the more relaxed and outgoing side of Daniel. They play off of each other in social settings, and they said they have joked about having a late night show where one would be behind the desk and the other would be the MC. One of the awesome things about their friendship is that they have challenged each other in their faith. They have been able to wrestle with big topics and question each other which has helped both of them gain perspective and a deeper understanding of their faith.
“JoGo’s friendship means the world to me,” Daniel says.
JoGo and Daniel tend to be involved with completely different things. They are in various clubs and sometimes hang out with different groups of people. Some of their ups and downs of college have not been similiar, but they are always able to hang out at the end of the day and share life with each other. They only remained roommates until the end of Freshman year, but they said that was almost better because they were not forced to hang out with each other but chose to hang out and remain friends.
These vastly different individuals have been friends for their whole college experience. They have different views and personalities, but they always seem to find something to bond over whether it be humor or the theme song for Lord of the Rings or even Macklemore.
“College is about community. Don’t limit yourself to friends.”- Daniel Napier
Here is a video of Jimmy Fallon and his sidekick, Steve Higgins, teaming up for a few laughs.
FULL HOUSE IS BACK. In about a month, Fuller House, will air on Netflix as a 13-episode Netflix original series. The classic trio of Danny Tanner, Joey Gladstone, and Jesse Katsopolis will be reunited with a few old faces and even some new ones. This heart-warming classic has brought so many laughs and maybe even a few tears as the world has witnessed the adventures of this big family living under the same roof. February 26th. The reunion of a lifetime.
Keaton Whiteside. One of the most passionate and caring people you will ever meet. A guy who loves Jesus, music, sports, and his big family.
“Big families rule.”
Keaton and his family are originally from Kansas but within the past few years they have relocated to Asheville, North Carolina. They are more than familiar with what is like to have a full house. He has 3 brothers and 3 sisters. Keaton recalls one time in their lives where 9 people lived in a 3-bedroom trailer. He said that they had a 15 passenger white van (of course it had to be white because their last name is WHITEside), and it was big enough so that they could bring friends along when they wanted to. One of his favorite things they did as a family was throw parties on New Year’s Eve and for the Super Bowl.
What does family mean to you?
“It’s the people you love the most, hate the most, and care for the most. They have been there through everything.”
Keaton shared about the hard time his family went through when they had to leave Kansas to come to North Carolina. It was so awesome and encouraging to hear that throughout all the moving and leaving behind of traditions and memories that they have never broken up. Even though they may have been in other places physically, their family has always remained bonded.
“A big family is the best thing ever. You always have someone to play with, and you always have someone to be mad at.”
Family. A built in support system. A group of people you love. A group of people who sometimes provided the greatest adventures and greatest memories. A group of people who teach you. A group of people you are stuck with forever.
Here is a cute video of Michelle learning about New Year’s Eve.
A 10 season adventure that promoted lots of laughter and gave meaning to the phrase “Best Friends Forever.” As I was scrolling through Twitter today, I saw where there is soon to be a reunion of this all star cast which fans are super excited about. It made me think about friends
in real life and how awesome it is (especially in college) to be able to share life with people
from different places, people from different backgrounds, and people with different stories.
Raygan Hall. My very first friend at Gardner-Webb. She loves Jesus, animal shirts, dance parties, and adventures. Raygan loves this popular show so I asked her about her favorite memory or tradition shared with her close friends.
Raygan beamed about her camp friends. She attended a summer camp since she was 9 years old where she has met some of her best friends. One of her favorite things that they do together is,outside of camp, they all go to one of their friends houses where they will swim, hang out, and sometimes go to the lake.
“Friendships grow so much at camp, but it is easy to put on a mask and be who people want you to be.”
She loves being able to deepen her friendships by taking it outside the walls of camp and live life in the real world together. The funniest memories and deepest friendships have come from staying connected with her friends that she met at summer camp.
Three things Raygan is thankful for today:
-Bad days with her roomie because being able to share life with someone (in the good and the bad) is great
-Younglife girls because they provide so much entertainment
Friends– no matter how many, no matter where they come from are special. They are a treasure worth finding and holding onto.
Here is a fun clip from Friends that exemplifies just that.