WHAT STUDENTS ARE SAYING
Before you go, pray for a content spirit and meditate on Hebrews 4:15. You will be challenged, but it’s important to know during this experience that God knows what you’re going through and He is willing to help you. Also—bring extra socks!
—Brandon Robinson ’20, Christian Ministries major from Pennsylvania
I did La Vida before coming to Gordon so that I could come into my first year with a solid group of friends. I also wanted some concentrated time with the Lord before starting a new chapter of my life. It helped me to have more confidence in myself, my relationships and my faith.
—Alana Brubaker ’19, Deciding major from New York
La Vida was one of the most refreshing experiences I've had in my life because it was a restart to the life I was leading. Being able to recharge and realize what is necessary and what isn't makes you re-evaluate your life and see what changes you can make to improve it.
—Sebastian Toro ’19, Deciding major from New York
My La Vida experience taught me to challenge myself beyond my comfort zone and truly see what God has in store for me. It taught me to take risks and invest in opportunities to get to know people more intentionally.
—Clare Mulvihill ’20, English Language and Literature major from Massachusetts
Not having access to technology was actually amazing. Being disconnected allowed me to focus on what was around me and really embrace the idea of being present. As a result, the friendships I formed with the members of my crew were deep and true.
—Jeff Davis ’20, Physics major from Pennsylvania
La Vida helped me start my first semester at Gordon with confidence, a new mindset about my own abilities, and a group of friends I already knew and loved! It taught me the importance of being fully present in the moments I experience. During a busy semester with hundreds of activities to do, this lesson is relevant on a daily basis!
—Anna Derby '19, Christian ministries major from Pennsylvania
I chose La Vida because I wanted to build lasting friendships and because I knew it would be an incomparable experience. Being away from technology really allows you to focus on God and experience Him in a wholesome way. My advice is to not allow fear to prevent you from growth!
—Caleb Eggert '20, Business Administration major from Maine