Q & A with Alyssa:
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Vernon, New Jersey. It’s a small town in the northwest part of the state, about an hour from NYC.
Where did you attend High School?
Vernon Township High School.
Where did you go to college and what did you study?
I graduated from Gordon College in 2011 with a degree communication arts, concentrating in writing.
Where is the most unique place you have traveled?
The Bahamas! The summer after my senior year of high school, my family rented a house boat and we spent days traveling the waters pulling up to different islands . We found some local hot-spots, like the Chat-n-Chill, a restaurant and hangout with volleyball nets and hammocks on the beach.
I remember pulling up to one island in particular and in the center of the beach was a wooden sign of arrows. As I got closer, I realized the different arrows pointed to different towns around the world with how far they were away. Beverly, MA (the town over from Wenham) was on there- I remember thinking that was so cool.
Which is your favorite beach in the Gordon area?
Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester. But a close second is Singing Beach because I love stopping for ice-cream at Captain Dusty's on the way.
What is your favorite thing to do on Campus?
I love watching the athletic events, but especially baseball. I am a dedicated fan of the team and the new J. Tec White Field!
What was your favorite class you took at Gordon?
Hands down, The Gordon College News Service. It is a selective journalism program where I had the opportunity to write for papers such as, The Boston Globe and Salem News, as well interview incredible people from the North Shore. (I highly recommend this for students interested in the field of journalism)!
Why was Gordon a good fit for you?
The people. From the dining service employees who greeted me with a smile each morning and called me by name, to the professors who took the time to invest in me. They were all so passionate, personable and sincere. Gordon also has the perfect location. It is close to the beach, not too far from Lake Winnipesaukee and close enough to my family in New Jersey.