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The following interview with Andrew Gordon (’16) is the first edition of the Cairn Highlander Alumni Spotlight. The Alumni Spotlight is an upcoming series that will reconnect our Highlander fans with former Highlander athletes to hear their stories and catch up with the comings and goings of some of our alumni. Stay tuned every two weeks for further Alumni Spotlights!
What years did you attend Cairn and what sports did you play?
I started at Cairn in 2012 and graduated in May 2016. I primarily played soccer but also spent time on the baseball and golf teams.
What was your major and what are you working as now?
I graduated with degrees in both Biblical Studies and Business Administration. I currently work as the Director of Development at The Christian Academy in Brookhaven, Pennsylvania, where I started in July 2016. Additionally, I have the privilege to coach the High School Varsity boys’ soccer team at TCA.
How do you feel Cairn and specifically Cairn Athletics prepared you for your current career?
My time with Cairn Athletics prepared me in a host of ways for where I’m at now: To put Christ first in every area of life–to compartmentalize your faith is to compromise it. To lead from the front lines, never the back. To serve others and put them first. To stand firm without standing still. Cairn and the athletic programs instilled values in me and taught me lessons that I get to put into practice every single day. Additionally, they’re the same values I try to pass on to my players as well.
Why did you choose to attend Cairn?
Upon finishing a year of voluntary service after high school, I was looking at several Christian colleges and universities to potentially attend. A lot of factors were important to me, but the one discriminator that kept rising to the top was this: what are the university’s alumni doing after they graduate? What is the impact that a school’s alumni were having on their families, churches, and communities? I knew a dozen or so Cairn alumni that had recently graduated around that time and the way that they lived out their faith was what pushed me towards Cairn versus another institution. The Cairn grads I knew were authentic, they were hard-working, and they put Christ and his Word at the forefront of every facet of their lives. That was what won me over.
Favorite memory from your time as a Cairn Highlander?
Hard to choose. If I had to pick just one I’d say the double overtime win against a previously-undefeated Rosemont team in October of 2014 under the lights at their place.
Advice for current Cairn athletes, or more specifically, the soccer team?
You simply aren’t going to encounter another environment that parallels the one you’re in right now–one with accountability, camaraderie, and the sacrifice for and pursuit of a common goal. All of these things encapsulated in a tight-knit community where each participant, each player, lives in the same space, breaks bread in the same space, worships and learns in the same space? That’s rare air. Don’t participate in that halfheartedly or let that pass you by without being changed by it. I would be a wholly different person without the brothers I gained and the lessons I learned through Cairn soccer. Athletics, in a majority of contexts, is often lauded as a platform to make your mark or leave a legacy based on the things that you’ve done or accomplished. And that’s worth striving for and celebrating–but if you leave the program and the process without being transformed yourself or without having gained life-long relationships and lessons, then you’ve missed the point.
In addition to the alumni spotlight, Andrew was featured on the Cairn10 podcast on June 8, 2016. Click this link to hear Andrew discuss the speech he gave to his fellow graduates and to look back at his plans for the future.