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Melanie Soderlund, Ferrin Hall and Village Halls

B.A. in Athletic Training, Bethel University, MN
M.A. in Counseling Ministries, Denver Seminary, CO

Hometown: Darwin, MN

What brought you to Gordon?
I started my master’s program without a clear idea of what I wanted to do with it, but partway through it finally clicked for me that I wanted to work in Residence Life at a Christian college. After I graduated, I started my career working in Residence Life at a private college in my home state of Minnesota, but found myself longing to be at a more Christ-centered institution. A good friend of mine is an alum of Gordon College, and when a position opened up in Residence Life she strongly encouraged me to apply. As I learned more about Gordon and engaged with members of the community throughout my application process, I grew in confidence that this was where God was leading me.

What is your favorite part about working in Residence Life?
What I love about Residence Life is the ability to journey with students in such a unique way during their college experience. Living on campus provides a special opportunity to be present with students, both in the good times and in the hard times, and to serve as a resource and a mentor.

What is your favorite thing about Gordon?
What really drew me to Gordon is that it is a Christ-centered institution that is committed to engaging with tough topics in an authentically Christian way, and I’m excited to get to be a part of that. I am also really looking forward to enjoying the beautiful campus and exploring the North Shore and Boston area!

What do you enjoy doing during your free time?
In my free time you’ll often find me out for a walk with my dog Archie, or curled up with a good book and a cup of coffee. I also enjoy writing, photography, sports, and playing/listening to music!

Favorite memory from College:
One of my favorite memories from college was the Homecoming cheer competition between residence halls. I also really enjoyed our Sunday night worship services.

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