Grace Aldridge

grace-mug Hi, my name is Grace Aldridge, and I am an Admissions Counselor at Presbyterian College. I am a recent graduate of PC, graduating in the Spring of 2013 with a B.A. in English. Obviously, I just hadn’t had enough of PC after four years, so I made my way back here as soon as possible. I couldn’t be more excited to be back at PC, my home for the past four years.

As you explore the opportunities at PC, you’ll learn we are “Personally Committed to Your Success.” What does this mean? Well, it means that the faculty, staff, and the whole PC community are committed to the success of all Blue Hose. At PC, you won’t slip through the cracks. Instead, you’ll find a community that nurtures your personal and academic growth. Your education will be tailored to fit your needs and interests, and not just your academic education, but your whole person education. One of the things I loved most about PC was the wide range of things I was able to experience. I was an English major but was able to participate in several music ensembles on campus as well. I also went on a Maymester, had an awesome internship, conducted independent research projects with professors, worked campus jobs, and still had plenty of time to meet my best friends and even my fiancé.

At PC, you’ll find more than excellent academics and a beautiful campus. You will find a place to call home, a place where you are able to discover what you love most and what you are best at—it is the place where you will discover your own, personal sweet spot. A liberal arts education means that you’ll try out a wide variety of subject areas—some you will love, others you’ll discover aren’t for you. This incredibly rewarding blend of trial and error leads to an atmosphere of excitement and discovery at PC. Nothing beats taking that freshman biology course because you are required to and discovering that you might actually have a passion for it.

My college experience at PC was so much richer and fuller than I ever imagined it could be before coming here. The beautiful campus, challenging and engaging coursework, excellent professors, and close-knit community made living and learning at PC extremely fulfilling and rewarding. These were all things I had come to expect from PC after talking to current students, Admissions Counselors, and alumni, and I wasn’t disappointed. But my best memories are of the small things that lay at the edge of my experience. Going to a professor’s house for a casserole party, attending student and faculty recitals on campus, and hearing a student practicing the bagpipes outside my window on a Saturday afternoon all made my time at PC truly enchanted and unforgettable.

If you’re like me, you might be agonizing over your college decision. My best advice to you is to make campus visits and pick a college that feels like home to you. Nothing can overshadow the importance of choosing a college that feels like home, a place where you can really picture yourself for the next four years of your life. I absolutely made the right decision to come to PC. Because that decision has had such a huge impact on my life, you can be assured that I am personally committed to helping you make the right college decision as well. In fact, I can’t imagine anything more rewarding! I’ll see you here at PC for a visit or at your high school, where I’ll be visiting you to tell you more about PC. Good luck with your search and please let me know what I can do to help you through this process!