Cydni Gordon '16
Tell us about yourself.
I am an only child and my family is the most important part of my life. Closely behind that follows school, and then my friendships. I truly value education and gain happiness from learning about things I didn’t know about before or thinking about familiar things in a new way. I take my friendships very seriously and treat my friends like family. I strive to be the best friend by being supportive and dependable.
One thing I would like people to know about me is that I am resilient. I am proud of my perseverance through some really tough times in my life. I also really enjoy cooking, baking, and oddly… cleaning. These activities are relaxing for me (unless I mess up on a cake I am working on, then it turns into a stressful ordeal). Some people refer to me as Chef Gordon, and my macaroni and cheese is my specialty.
I have a guilty pleasure for watching singing competitions like “The Voice” and I adore the shows “Glee” and “Awkward”. Other things I am interested in are the human psyche and how it works, mental illnesses such as depression and the development of children.
What is it like to be in VCU Globe?I enjoy the connection I feel I share with my fellow Globers. I genuinely feel like we're a really huge family and we all share certain qualities while at the same time we are all very different. I like that we often get to discuss topics that aren’t necessarily addressed in my other major coursework. I like that I have people to hang out with and something to do any night of the week and especially on weekends without even having to step foot out of my building. I like that everyone is so kind and open minded. I like our approachable and engaged Globe staff.
The Globe fits perfectly into my schedule and the required courses and events/programs do not take up too much of my time. Convenience is one of the best parts about the program. I have two classes right in my building. Additionally, a majority of the programs and events required for the program are also held right here in WGN, which makes life a lot easier. Even friendships are more convenient as all my friends in the program are just a door knock away.
I really like living in a new building which has a new and nice bathroom to a full kitchen. It’s sort of like my own first apartment. I have space to entertain and I feel more at home here than I did during my freshmen year living in another residential hall.
What is a unique experience you have had participating in the program?
I’d say one of the most unique experiences I’ve had thus far was attending the Globe Gala this past September. After the party, I found myself thinking about how beautiful it was that I had just danced the night away with at least one person from every continent on the planet except Antarctica. I thought that was just so profound and beautiful; all these students from around the world coming together through music and dance.
What would you say to a student who is thinking about applying to the program?
‘Hey you, yeah, the one thinking about joining The GLOBE — just do it (like Nike). The thing is, you won’t really know what you’re getting yourself into until you’re actually in the program and living in WGN.’ For me, I initially joined because I was having a rough start to college during my freshmen year as far as being homesick and struggling to find my niche here at VCU. I wasn’t a part of any organizations or clubs, and I simply went to class and that was it. All I had was my academic life and my social life was kind of missing.
I learned about The Globe when the staff was advertising in the lobby of Johnson Hall. I talked to my mom about it and she encouraged me to give it a shot. I am so glad I did. After a year of struggling to feel connected to my school, now I have found that connection in the Globe program. I have found people who are like me, people who seek to be a part of something bigger than themselves, young people like me who are interested in changing the world.
The best part of Globe involves the amazing experiences you will have through interacting with the dozens of international students who you share a floor with. From conversations to outings, some of the times I have shared with my fellow “Globers” and the international students have been so memorable and life-changing, honestly. So, I think that if you enjoy culture, languages, open-mindedness and smart, funny, adventurous people, then becoming a part of Globe would suit you well.
Although I am only a first semester sophomore in college, I do know that joining Globe is one of the best decisions I’ve made and it has opened my perspective to so many new things I had not imagined. I will forever cherish some of the discussions I have shared with my Globe family and I know that I am becoming a more well rounded-individual through this experience.