Hey! My name is Haley Blackstock and I am thrilled to be back at Presbyterian College as an Admissions Counselor. I graduated from PC in December of 2013 with a B.A. in German and International Studies. Presbyterian College provides an excellent environment for higher learning and personal growth with the added support of a close-knit community.
The PC family has always made me feel encouraged, important, and at home. As an out-of-state student from Georgia, I only knew two people coming in as a freshman. Within a couple of days, however, I felt like I truly belonged. Since 98 % of students live on campus, the sense of family is undeniably strong. This was one of my favorite aspects of PC because my home in Georgia was three hours away. Also, teachers go out of their way to connect with each of their students on a personal basis, which allows for open communication and deeper understanding. We are able to have these essential relationships because of our 13:1 student-to-teacher ratio. Professors are always more than happy to help you through your academic journey. I studied abroad in Germany for a semester and it was an experience of a lifetime. I learned about the culture, the language, the history, and most of all I grew as an individual. This real life experience gave me the ability to adapt to any situation, even alone in a foreign country. I never felt too alone though, because even half way across the world my PC family supported me and lovingly contributed to my unforgettable experience.
There is always an opportunity for leadership positions and places to grow within the large presence of student organizations at PC. Whether it is leading your peers in the Student Government Association, planning events with the Student Union Board, or joining one of our 70 clubs and organizations, everyone can find their niche. Another aspect of community that PC offers is an overflowing involvement in service. Our motto, “Dum Vivimus Servimus”, or “While We Live, We Serve”, brings all students and faculty on campus together. We volunteer with over 20 programs and local initiatives, including CHAMPS, Relay for Life, Up Till Dawn, Big Brother/Big Sister program with Thornwell Home for Children, Special Olympics, and many more. Some of my favorite events while at PC were nail painting parties at the Presbyterian Home for the elderly and Pink Out football games. I loved being able to give back to my community with all of my friends.
No matter your interests, PC always has something to offer, and your experiences here will help prepare you for whatever life throws your way. I look forward to helping you in your college decisions and can’t wait to show you PC! If you would like to come visit, please email me or give me a call and I will be more than happy to help. Thank you!