“I think for me, for my personality, I really needed a small school. I definitely needed an environment where I could know everyone,” he explains. He knows some people want a big school, but that was not for him.
“I would have been lost and only had a few friends. Instead I left school with eight or nine hundred friends!” he says. “Any time I am asked what made Erskine such a great place to be, I always have one answer—the people that make up the Erskine family.”
Considering this, he concludes, “I think the biggest advantage I received from Erskine is a mindset that every person counts, every person is valuable, and every person around you deserves your time and effort.”
Read the full story: » Fueled by his Erskine experience, graduate moves forward (Erskine News)
Senior Lynn Donnegan muses on her final choir tour with the Erskine Choraleers:
Hayley Rogers, senior, has moved across the pond to be an intern at Papercraft Magazine during January term. If you’re interested in publishing, writing, or content creation, or are wondering where an English major can take you, follow her journey at her blog:
This January, a group of Erskine students is exploring Ireland with Professor of Psychology Robert Elsner. So far they’ve kissed the Blarney Stone, tasted fantastic local cuisine, and explored castles that have stood for centuries.
If you’d like to follow along with their adventures, the class is posting regular updates to a blog:
There And Back Again
J-term is campus slang for Winter Term, a special 3-week term in January of each year. Students select one course from among a wide variety of faculty interests and hobbies, or they can travel abroad or schedule an internship/externship experience within their major field. Classes range widely depending on the year, giving faculty the chance to show off areas of expertise that otherwise might not fit the standard curriculum. And students benefit from sitting in class next to people from outside their discipline. It’s a great way to kick off a new year of intellectual pursuit!
Erskine alumnus Van Taylor ’75 has coached soccer at Lander University for 30 years after a career in pro soccer. In an interview with a local paper, he recounts his first encounter with Erskine College:
Happy summer, everyone!
This article popped up yesterday on Business Insider, offering some great tips about getting the most out of college — bits of advice that often don’t make it into the “official” coming to college discussions. Enjoy 🙂
The Erskine men’s volleyball team just returned home from a trip to California that included a couple matches at West Coast colleges plus five full days of service at the DreamCenter in Los Angeles.
The DreamCenter is an organization staffed by volunteers who serve thousands of individuals and families in the LA area via humanitarian outreaches, education, and community programs.
The volleyball team spent 5 days working at the DC, and pitched in to help with everything from child care to loading the food truck, doing construction, talking to folks, and picking up trash from local streets. Their days were jam-packed with activity, led by DreamCenter volunteers who themselves have often been recipients of help and care from the DC.
Coach Derek Schmitt writes in his final entry about the trip,
We closed our week [at the DreamCenter] with some $5 Hot-n-Ready pizzas from Little Caesar’s as each of us talked about how we are different from when we checked in to the DreamCenter on Monday afternoon. There were a lot of great things shared including spending more time in prayer and in the Bible, having more of a servant mentality, being more appreciative of the things we have, having more faith in God and His power, and much more. It has been exciting to see the guys invest in the DreamCenter this week and the impact it is having on each one of them.
Read more from Coach Schmitt about the guys’ experience at the DreamCenter: