Alumni Spotlight | Jennie Draper '03
Jennie Draper '03
Jennie Draper’s ties to Bridgewater College go back four generations. Her parents and her maternal grandparents both met while attending BC, and she grew up attending campus events. But that wasn’t the only reason she came to BC. “BC also had a great reputation for pre-med students, and I realized that a smaller campus would give me greater opportunities to be involved than a larger university,” Draper said.
While at Bridgewater, Draper took advantage of every opportunity. She co-founded Veritas, the third newspaper in school history. As an athletic trainer, she accompanied the volleyball and football teams as they competed in the NCAA Division III post-season. She was also in the Pre-Med Society and Student Senate, led tours for prospective students and worked as an EMT with the Bridgewater Rescue Squad. In 2003, she graduated with a bachelor of science in biology and athletic training. “I loved knowing my professors and administrators, including the president. I always felt supported and encouraged in my academic and personal goals.”
After earning her bachelor’s degree from Bridgewater, Draper entered the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond, Va., graduating in 2007 with her M.D. She completed her residency training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 2011 and returned to Richmond to work as an obstetrics and gynecology physician. She is currently a partner at Virginia Physicians for Women. Draper commented, “I attribute getting into medical school to my experience at BC. I was able to demonstrate numerous skills—including leadership, initiative and ability to balance numerous responsibilities—all due to the educational environment Bridgewater provided.”
Draper is currently a member of the BC Alumni Association Board of Directors and loves returning to campus. She has never missed attending Homecoming and enjoys talking to prospective students, maintaining friendships with classmates and encouraging fellow alumni to give back.