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February 2010: Candace Gowan

 Candace Gowan

 

Hometown: Pauline, SC

Major: Early Childhood and Elementary Education

Why did you choose AU? My attraction to Anderson University began back in high school when a group of Journey Team members came to my church to lead a Disciple Now weekend.  I was immediately in awe by the positive and uplifting attitudes these college students were displaying.  I could not believe a group of college students were volunteering their weekend to hang out and invest in a bunch of middle school and high school students.  I knew there must have been something unique about Anderson University.  As soon as I visited the campus, this same joyous attitude was evident amongst all.  The staff of Anderson University knew me by name and all were interested in seeing me grow, not only as a student, but as a child of God.  I knew Anderson was the place for me.

What campus groups are you involved with and what student leadership roles have you held?  What did you learn from your experience(s)?

Currently, I am the Student Body Vice President, President of Gamma Beta Phi,  and Alpha Guide.  As an Alpha Guide, I was primarily responsible for supporting the twenty Alpha leaders as they assisted new students into their transition at Anderson University.  Before the Alpha leaders or students arrived for summer orientation, I assisted with planning and implementing summer orientation, as well as all the events of Welcome Week.  As the Student Body Vice President, I am responsible for conducting the Student Government Association’s weekly meetings, serving as the liaison between the senate members and executive branch, as well as serving on several committees throughout SGA.  As the president of Gamma Beta Phi, I am responsible for planning and implementing service opportunities for the members, as well as conducting monthly meetings. 

       Throughout all of these leadership roles, I believe the most important thing I have learned from holding these positions is maintaining confidence in God.  There have been numerous times in which I have simply wanted to just give up, but I knew that God gave me these leadership positions for a reason.  I always remained involved in various clubs throughout high-school, but never held any leadership position; I simply never saw myself as a leader.  I strongly believe that things happen for a reason, and if I were incapable of holding such positions, God would not have allowed me to do such.  Holding these leadership positions have been some of the most rewarding experiences of my life thus far.         

What are your goals for the future?

I absolutely cannot wait to be in my very own kindergarten classroom!  I have a burning passion for kindergarten students that was born in me, and has been anxiously waiting to be put to use for twenty years.  I do plan on furthering my education upon graduation from Anderson in May 2011, but I am not certain on whether I will work on receiving this Master’s degree while teaching simultaneously, or waiting a few more years to begin my teaching career.  Ultimately, I’m waiting on God to show me where He will use me for His glory. 

 

 

 
  

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