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Meet your introduction to BC

Admissions counselors are here to help you through the admissions process and answer any questions you may have about attending Bridgewater College. Click the name of each counselor to find out more information about them.

Jesse Bartley

Jesse Bartley

Office: 540-828-5465
jbartley2@bridgewater.edu
Hometown: Staunton, VA
B.A. in Business Administration (Bridgewater College)

What brought me to BC?

I have an older brother who attended Bridgewater, so I was already somewhat familiar with BC. When it was my turn to look at colleges, I knew that I wanted a school that offered small classes, a strong financial aid package, and a chance to play a collegiate sport. After my on campus visit, I knew BC was where I was meant to be. Everyone was so welcoming and it just felt like home.

What advice do you have?

My advice would be to create a list of what you want from a college. Try to think of topics such as school size, athletic and academic programs, and school location. Then think of schools that fall into those categories. Sign up for in person visits and open houses. This gives you the opportunity to learn more about a school’s academics, student life, and financial aid packages.

Most rewarding part?

The most rewarding part has been touring campus with families and getting to know them. Bridgewater is a special place and I am happy to be able to tell about my experiences and how BC had a positive impact on my life.


Darin Council

Darin Council

Office: 540-828-5385
Text: 540-579-2470
dcouncil2@bridgewater.edu
Hometown: Stafford, VA
B.A. in Communication, Technology and Culture (Bridgewater College)

What brought you to Bridgewater College?

I came to campus for a visit and loved it! Between the kind people, great food and fantastic environment, it just seemed to fit me! Through my four years at BC, I really grew as an athlete, student and a person. So I’m excited to share my experiences with others as a staff member.

What advice do you have about the college search process?

Be you, and pick your college based on what you need and want. Picking a school is an important step for your future. Go on a few college visits, and go to the same place two or three times. You’re going to be there for four years, so you should make sure you enjoy it! Don’t rush it. Take time to discover how the school could be a good fit for you.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Everyone in the office is so nice, and the environment is so encouraging. Everyone is here to help. It’s about being with students on a personal level and seeing if Bridgewater College works for them. Seeing students get excited and parents smiling is really a great feeling. You can’t help but smile with them.


Mark Griffin

Mark Griffin

Senior Associate Director of Admissions
Office: 540-828-5361
Text: 540-613-5968
mgriffin@bridgewater.edu
Hometown: Hot Springs, VA
Degree: B.A. in Sociology (Bridgewater College), M.S. in Kinesiology & Administration (James Madison University)

What brought you to Bridgewater College?

I was attracted to the College as a student because it was small, very personable and had a beautiful campus. The campus has a very caring and supportive environment and is committed to helping each student become the best that they can be. As a staff member I enjoy working in an environment where everyone is working for a common goal. I feel that we have one of the nicest campuses of a school our size and combining that with our dedicated faculty and staff it makes for an exciting place to be and to see students grow to their fullest potential.

What advice do you have about the college search process?

When you are searching for a college make sure that you examine lots of information and options, such as location, size, majors, scholarships, etc. Make sure that you visit the campus when students are there to get the full feeling of campus life. Be sure to talk to some students and professors, sit in on a class, have a meal in the dining hall, etc. You may have to visit the campus more than once to get a feel if it is right for you. The more information you have will allow you to make the right decision. You want to choose the college where you feel comfortable and happy and that makes for a great opportunity to be successful.

What is one of the most rewarding parts of your job?

One of the most rewarding parts of my job is getting the chance to meet new students and their families each day. I also get to travel to some neat parts of the country and have a chance to see the students in their high schools and home communities. It is an exciting time in the lives of students as they are choosing a college and I get excited to be a part of that process each and every day.


Victoria Hudson

Victoria Hudson

Office: (540) 828-5375
Text: 540-404-2058
vhudson2@bridgewater.edu
Hometown: Springfield, VA
B.S. Environmental Science with an Emphasis in Wildlife Biology

What brought you to Bridgewater College?

I knew Bridgewater was home when I came for an overnight visit with the Women’s Lacrosse Team. In one night, I learned that this is the family I want to spend the next four years around. I also enjoyed the location, I was close enough to home with still getting the independence I desired.

What advice do you have about the college search process?

I would suggest to visit everything from small schools to large schools. Narrow down the list to 3-5 colleges and visit the campuses again, this will allow you to get the best feeling for the college as a whole. Take your time in the process, it is important to be confident in your choice as this is where you will spend at least 4 years of your life.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

I love that I have the ability to share the passion I have for the college to prospective students. Meeting with new students and parents allows me to ease some of the stress going to college and I enjoy knowing I helped make the process smoother.


MaryBeth Killian

MaryBeth Killian

Office: 540-828-8032
Text: 540-699-0303
mkillian2@bridgewater.edu
Hometown: Roanoke VA
B.S. in Psychology and Theatre (Bridgewater College)

What brought you to Bridgewater College?

I had two amazing teachers from high school who went to Bridgewater. They were my inspiration for visiting. I felt invited from the very first moment I stepped on campus. I saw how important community was for the students and faculty by their welcoming smiles and opened arms. I could also see so much potential for my personal growth and education. Honestly, from the very beginning, it just truly felt like home.

What advice do you have about the college search process?

Don’t settle. Focus on you. You will most likely be spending 2-4 years at the college you pick, so it is important that you pick a school that fits your wants and needs. Don’t settle for something that is the “easiest.” Pick a college that you can truly see yourself growing at. Pick a college that makes you excited about the future!

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

I know how special Bridgewater College is to me so seeing students find joy and happiness in that same place is just so fulfilling. They’re all just so pumped up for what the future holds! It’s uplifting to know that the future students will be known, seen, and loved here.


Tammy McCray

Tammy McCray

Senior Associate Director of Admissions
Office: 540-828-5362
Text: 540-6135985
tmccray@bridgewater.edu
Hometown: Staunton, VA
Degree: B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences (Bridgewater College)

What brought you to Bridgewater College?

I came to Bridgewater College for a football game when I was 12. I fell in love with the campus instantly. When it was time to start considering colleges, there was no question. I was going to BC.

After graduating from college, I worked for a recreation department, teaching nursery school and running an after-school program for elementary school students. But something was missing. Four years after graduation I returned and have been introducing new students to Bridgewater for over 20 years.

What advice do you have about the college search process?

Your friends and family can be a good source of information about colleges/universities and their programs. But you should NOT stop your search with their point of view. Discover and explore colleges and universities that are of particular interest to you. Visit a variety of college campuses. While there, meet with an admissions counselor to receive current information about the college and the academic programs. Be sure to talk with students and faculty, and explore the campus on a tour. Throughout the college search process, keep asking yourself – “Will this college/university challenge me academically, provide me an opportunity to further develop the skills needed for me to lead a successful life and allow me to grow personally.”

What is one of the most rewarding parts of your job?

Meeting and working with students and their families. I enjoy meeting students during visits at their high schools and at the college fairs. I learn about their school, what they want to do in college, sports, majors and other interests. I try really hard to get to know them and help them with the college search process. When they come to campus for an open house or a personal campus visit I can better assist them because I have spent the time getting to know them. It is important for prospective students to experience a campus visit, not just walk around and see the buildings. So, by adding a personal touch the students are able to feel at home with the people that make up our College community.


Emily Helms

Emily Helms

Office: 540-828-5367
Text: 540-492-4098
ehelms@bridgewater.edu
Hometown: Boone, NC
Degree: B.S. in Business Administration with a minor in Communication Studies (Bridgewater College)

What brought you to Bridgewater College?

Bridgewater is one of those places that just feels like home.  I knew from the moment that I stepped on campus as a senior in high school that I wanted to come here and spend the next four years of college here.  Everyone at BC is so supportive and caring, which made my transition from student to staff much easier.  I love the friendships and the overall outstanding community that Bridgewater has created.  It is one that most don’t see on other college campuses. The lasting relationships that I have created while on campus will last me a lifetime, and that is something that I want to share with other individuals.

What advice do you have about the college search process?

Make pros/cons lists! There are things that you are going to like and dislike about each place that you visit during your college search.  One of the most difficult decisions is the one where you decide which college to attend.  After you visit a college, write down a few things that you did like, and some that you didn’t, just to refresh your memory when you are making the final decision. In the end, your college should be a great fit for you; a welcoming a comforting environment that will lead to you becoming a more successful individual.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Interacting with prospective students is a wonderful aspect of this job.  Being able to meet and talk with future students about Bridgewater College and the things that it provides for them is really exciting.  I think that being one of the first interactions with a student on campus really shows them the warm and welcoming environment that Bridgewater has and it allows them to know that it is more than just other students that produce the fun community, but faculty and staff as well!