WHERE GRADS GO
There are many professional opportunities directly related to leisure and recreational services. Read below to find out what a few of our graduates have been doing.
Kendall Bukuras, class of 2014
Deciding to become a RSW major with a sports studies concentration has served me well not only with my career in collegiate sports but also in everyday life. I also minored in Kinesiology while at Gordon. The major made me go out of my comfort zone and realize my true potential. The professors and classmates, most of whom are friends, gave me the opportunity to grow in my faith through studying sport and recreation. I thoroughly enjoyed the RSW major and have decided to further my education at Concordia University Irvine in the Masters in Coaching & Athletic Administration program. I will also be a graduate assistant in the Gordon College Athletic Department.
Skylar Bareford, class of 2014
Being a RSW major thorougly prepared me to go into college athletics. More importantly through my professors, classes, and friends in the major I also learned how to live life to the full for Christ and how to share that with other people. I also double majored in Biblical Studies. This major is is about more than giving you a great skill set to take into the workplace. It equips you to think critically about how your specific field impacts the kingdom of God, and the role that you play within that. This fall I will be a graduate assistant with the women's basketball team at Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois.
Rachel Collins, class of 2006
Since graduating from Gordon, I have moved to Minnesota and am currently finishing my first year of my graduate program in Experiential Education at Minnesota State University, Mankato. In this program we are in a continual conversation, through practical experience, seminars and research about what effective teaching and learning looks like. Also I was awarded a Graduate Assistantship working with MSU's Undergraduate Research Conference (URC). The URC provides funding and a venue for undergraduate students to do research in their chosen fields. The foundational skills I learned about programming, research, and the importance of having quality mentors from Gordon's Recreation and Leisure program have been pivotal in both my academic pursuits and in the work I am doing with Minnesota State University.
Also while I was at Gordon I was actively involved with the LaVida Center for Outdoor Education and was a student on the Immersion Semester. These both gave me a fabulous background about what it means to be involved in wilderness programming and how to be an effective teacher and leader. As a result of these experiences I have become a Wilderness Education Association Instructor and will be spending the summer of 2007 working for Alaska Mountain Guides and the International Wilderness Leadership School leading and teaching on Sea Kayaking Expeditions.
The small classes meant that I really got to know the students who I studied with while I was at Gordon and have conversations that not only lasted for a class period or semester, but through the years of our studying at Gordon. My hope is that as I continue in my academic and professional career I can continue to seek out how to facilitate this same experience for the students I work with.
Tom Benedict, class of 2005
Throughout my time at Gordon I knew I was in the right place, getting my Recreation and Leisure degree, but didn't know exactly what I wanted to do with it at the end. This is okay! During my last semester at Gordon, God's direction became clear to me: He was leading me into the social work field. I ended up being hired at a residential center for emotionally disturbed youth ages 8-18 where I was hired as a Therapeutic Recreation Counselor. I have been at this agency for about two and a half years doing a myriad of tasks such as: low and high ropes course, teambuilding games (focused on building specific interpersonal skills), coaching softball and basketball teams, and off-grounds trips. I use recreation and leisure to build strong therapeutic relationships to help kids better love and respect themselves and others by giving them skills and coping mechanisms for their very tough lives. I love what I do as you can see through my extreme wordiness, but I love to share about it because God did use Gordon's professors and environment to get me where I'm at today. I also am married, with my second daughter on the way. I live in a community of strong believers with three families in one house!