College Interrupted: Gordon Reeves ’18

by St. Andrew's Communications Staff
From our Fall Magazine, Gordon ‘18 spends his school year at A Place Beyond, an alternative room-and-board program in Arizona.
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the college experience of our young alumni, many of whom had just settled into the rhythm of life on campus when they were told to stay home after spring break. While some schools have resumed classes in person, many continue to operate entirely online, leaving students to reimagine their college experience. Each St. Andrew’s alumnus and alumna is making the most of this unique time in their own way; here is one example.

If Gordon Reeves ’18 were on campus this fall at the College of Wooster, he wouldn’t really “be” on campus; although students are able to stay in dorms, a spike in positive COVID-19 cases forced the school to restrict all student movement and conduct classes online.

So, instead of driving north this fall, he went out west, road tripping with his sister, Joy ’18, to Arizona, where he is studying remotely from a campground in the Prescott National Forest through an alternative room-and-board program called A Place Beyond.

“I had to contend with both wanting to go back on campus while also weighing the growing risks of COVID-19 spreading rapidly at some universities,” Reeves said. “It seemed like a great fit for me to spend time in the beautiful outdoors with other students while mitigating the risk of getting infected with COVID-19.”

At A Place Beyond, Reeves is safely interacting with college students from across the country, participating in workshops, and camping during the weekends, all while continuing to take his Political Science classes remotely at the College of Wooster. He said this experience has been transformative for his happiness and motivation.

“A Place Beyond helped me to find a new kind of balance, where I can spend time doing physical activities in the outdoors (which is linked to happiness and academic performance) while also getting my schedule and coursework back in check,” he said.

Click here to read our 2020 Fall Magazine and Annual Report in its entirety.
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