Senior Profile: Gavin Gibson

Gavin Gibson at left. (Photo courtesy of Gavin Gibson).

What is your major and minor? What other academic programs were you a part of?

Psychology and philosophy majors.

What are some of the jobs you held while at McDaniel?

Tutor at the Writing Center and for the philosophy department. I also did video production and sales at Run Moore.

What organizations were you a part of at McDaniel? What positions did you hold?

Student-athlete on the cross country and track and field teams. In the Writing Center, I was the chair of the workshop committee.

Did you enjoy your time at McDaniel? How?

Yes. My time at McDaniel was enjoyable mainly because of the many wonderful friends, teachers, and mentors that I met and learned from.

Who do you think was/is your best mentor?

That is a very difficult question, given how many–from peers to faculty–I received direct or indirect mentorship from. To list some: Dr. Stephanie Madsen, Dr. Vera Jakoby, Dr. Elizabeth Tyler, Dr. Paul Mazeroff, Dr. Jason Scullion, Dr. Bryn Upton, Dr. Amy McNichols, Dr. Maria Campero, Dr. and Coach Steve Robertson, Coach Doug Renner, Vanessa Flora-Nakoski, Josh Ambrose, Steve Moore, Cyrus Daroowalla, Lucy Benson, Mollie Murphy, Shaun Thompson, Michael Gallagher, Stephen Porembski, Jim Heilman, Alex Panagakos, Mable Buchanan, Rebecca Debinski, Miky Kisi, and many more.

What is your best memory at McDaniel?

The amount of compassion I received following the January Term of my junior year.

What are some of the challenges you encountered and how did you overcome them?

Balancing the stress of academics/extracurricular activities and out-of-school responsibilities produced many of the challenges I faced. Maintaining a strong social support system with trust and consistent communication was how I overcame these challenges.

What are your plans for after graduation?

Pursuing a master’s degree in cognitive science at the University of Delaware.

What would you tell yourself as a first-year at McDaniel?

I would tell myself to go to JeannieBird, Tim Thai, and Run Moore immediately. I wish I had known of these wonders sooner.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with the McDaniel community?

Appreciate how wonderful McDaniel is, despite some of the things we might consider as hard to overlook. In order to make things better, we must love what is already good; otherwise, we might inadvertently see it as unfixable. Let’s not overlook anything that McDaniel offers, so that we can both love and improve it.