Hello, my name is Wendi Gordon and I have 2 sons, Ryan Alexander 18 and Ross Avery 11. My husband is Richard Gordon. I look forward to sharing our journey through blogging for this school this year. We are excited, as this is our first experience with a child in college.
Ryan attended Adventist School from K-3, Traditional Christian School from 4-8, Public HS for 9-10th and Boarding Adventist Academy for 11th and 12th. He made the decision at the end of his junior year that he wanted to continue his Higher Education years in Adventist Education. In fact, he was quite adamant about it. We accepted his decision and encouraged him to look at several Adventist institutions to make and informed decision.
Quite often I find that students who attend Adventist schools, choose colleges that either their parents want them to attend or the choice made is seemingly the natural progression for them to go to a certain College based on the HS or Academy they attended. Whatever the reason, we decided that we wanted him to expand his search.
Ryan was fortunate enough to be able to visit 6 Adventist Colleges between his school taking him and private ones that we planned. The visit to Southern was an impromptu stopover after a “College Days” visit to a nearby college. The students were impressed with Southern’s campus and cafeteria but did not get to visit the academic departments due to constraints with time.
While visiting, we encouraged him to make a list of pros and cons based on certain criteria, some of which he had not even considered in making an informed decision in choosing a College. He knew that he wanted to do something in Film Production and that there were several avenues he could go. He quickly learned from the other schools that Southern is highly acclaimed for its program.
All of the schools that he visited gave Southern high ranking for his particular major.
This was going to be different for him as most of his classmates were attending a different University. He was somewhat torn, however, he knew what he wanted in a major and Southern was the best place. It turns out that 2 other students from his class decided to attend as well. One student is now his roommate.
We were proud of him for making a decision that was well thought out and conducive to his needs. He realized that if he attended a different University, it would only be for the social aspect and familiar people. That is definitely and important factor, however, he also realized that those bonds made in HS are lasting and it was now time to expand his territory and experience something new. He grappled with attending with his friends for one year and then transferring but realized that Southern allows you to delve right into your major which was a real draw for him.
His maturity in choosing let us know that he was ready……even if we weren’t!