Class of 2016
Philosophy and Religion and Spanish Double Major and
Peace Studies Minor
Kelsey Limbert went through high school with her life all mapped out – or so she thought. “I was going to be a life coach. I was going to tell people how to eat, how to exercise, that sort of thing,” she said.
“I was going to come to Bridgewater for two years to get my prerequisites,” she added. “Then I was going to transfer out and get my nutrition degree.”
Kelsey’s game plan changed just before coming to BC as a freshman.
That summer, Kelsey joined a Church of the Brethren work camp in Puerto Rico. It was during that week that she acknowledged to herself and others that she had a call from God for ministry.
Upon arriving back home, she called Bridgewater and changed her major to philosophy and religion.
Although Kelsey had yet to take an ethics class, she was invited as a freshman to participate in the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges annual statewide collegiate Wells Fargo Ethics Bowl.
“It was a new experience for me and a lot of fun,” she said.
Taking what she learned from that experience, Kelsey was invited to join one of two teams that participated in the Ethics Bowl the following year. Knowing what to expect, she was able to provide leadership for the team.
Competing on different topics each year – Ethics in Social Media in 2013 and Ethics in Healthcare in 2014 – teams are given cases with a specific question and have six minutes to present their position utilizing ethical principles. Following questions by the judges, each team gives concluding remarks and the teams are then scored by judges who determine the winner.
In addition to being a competition among other colleges and universities, the Ethics Bowl sets high expectations for how the contestants present themselves.
By participating in the Ethics Bowl, Kelsey developed skills that will carry over into both her personal life and professional career.
“We go there and it is business attire,” said Kelsey. “We have to present ourselves well to the judges. We have to articulate what we have to say. It helps us to think on our feet because we only have so much time.”
Kelsey spends her summers exploring different aspects of ministry. During the summer of 2013 she was an intern at her home church, Happy Corner Church of the Brethren, working in the office and learning the administrative side. During the summer of 2014, she served as a counselor at Camp Brethren Woods in Keezletown, Va.
Kelsey also has dreams of living in a Christian intentional community and exploring the possibility of being involved in mission work.