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Meet Salem Nganga

Salem Nganga
Admissions Counselor
Hometown: Dumfries, VA
Degree: B.A. in International Studies and French (Bridgewater College)

What brought you to BC?
My experience here as a student is what brought me back to BC. The chance to still be a part of this amazing community and pursue my passion for helping young adults is a blessing. BC was the best fit for me when I was navigating the college process as a senior in high school. The small school community atmosphere really appealed to me and I knew this would be a place where I could thrive as a person and as a student. Little did I know just how much BC would impact me. Thanks to my experiences and the community I gained here as a student, I know and am confident in who I am and in my abilities to tackle life’s twist and turns. During my time as a student at BC, I gained experiences and relationships that have lasted far beyond my four years of college. And as an admissions counselor, I’m looking forward to assisting future BC Eagles and their families as they navigate the college search process.

What advice do you have about the college search process?
It is all about you. Really look at who you are, your desires, likes and dislikes, what is important to you in a school? And can the schools on your list offer you those things? Once you have that figured out you will be able to narrow things down to your top schools. After that, it is all about getting on campus, sometimes more than once if you can. That way you can talk to students, eat the food, sit in on classes, see the campus and dorms. The campus visit while school is in session will really give you a feel for the school and will help you decide if that is a school where you can thrive, if it’s the right fit for you.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
The students and the chance to help them make a decision that will have a lasting impact in their lives. I was in those shoes not too long ago. Going to college is an investment for future careers, but it is also a process that moulds and shapes who people are and ultimately who they become. As an admissions counselor I am excited about the opportunity to help students in that decision process, and my hope is that all of them end up at a school where they can grow to their full potential.