Orientation Leaders 2020

Wil Armstrong

Class of 2023
Gray Court, S.C.
Physics  with a minor in math, history, and Chinese

My name is Wil Armstrong, and I am a rising sophomore at Presbyterian College. I was born and raised in Gray Court, South Carolina. I am currently majoring in physics with a minor in math, history, and Chinese. I am also considering a second major in either international studies or history. During my free time, I love to spend time with my friends, no matter what we do. I do, however, love to go to the movies, play cards of any kind (especially Canasta), go bowling, and like any sane person, I love Chick-fil-A! I am very involved with the Confucius Institute on campus, so much so that I was the host of International day last school year and regularly compete in Chinese proficiency competitions. I am also a Stirling, the organization responsible for campus tours, and a lab technician for the physics department. If I could give any advice for coming to college, I would say just remember that everyone struggles to adjust, so never be afraid to ask someone for help no matter how stupid you may think it is, and get involved in at least one thing on campus.

Shelby Baker

Class of 2021
Summerville, S.C.
Biology with minors in computational biology, history, and chemistry

Welcome home, Blue Hose! My name is Shelby Baker, and I am a rising senior from Summerville, SC. I am a biology major with minors in computational biology, history, and chemistry. At PC, I am a member of the cheerleading team, the Stirlings organization, and the peer academic tutoring program. In addition, I work in the Office of Student Involvement. During my free time, I enjoy reading, socializing, attending sporting events, and traveling. Fun fact—I collect key chains from countries all over the world. I know this transition to college may seem like a scary time, but just take a deep breath and take it step-by-step — we’re all in this together! My favorite thing about PC is the community and family experience, and this campus has absolutely become my home away from home over the last three years. I cannot wait to see what this beautiful place has in store for you!

Rider Bodkin

Class of 2022
Summerville, S.C.
Biochemistry

Hey PC! My name is Rider Bodkin, and I am a rising junior. When I am not kicking it back at Presbyterian College, you can find me in my hometown, Summerville, SC. After two semesters of being undeclared and taking a wide variety of gen-eds, I chose to major in biochemistry. I originally came to PC because of its small campus and comfortable feel, but I stayed at PC for the great friends, the faculty and staff that actually cares about us, and the experiences that I know only PC can offer me! Once we get to campus, I encourage y’all to step outside of your comfort zone and meet new people by getting involved! You can meet many people through the variety of organizations that PC has to offer. Currently, I am the president of Spectrum, a representative in the Student Government Association, a Greek-Life affiliate, and a die-hard Blue Hose!

Noah Burkett

Class of 2022
Clemson, S.C.
Biology and minoring in computational biology and chemistry

Hey, Blue Hose! My name is Noah Burkett. I’m a rising junior from Clemson, SC, and I am majoring in biology and minoring in computational biology and chemistry. I discovered PC due to the pharmacy program, and when I toured, I instantly fell in love! I really enjoy the small campus atmosphere. While I really enjoy the supportive faculty and staff and the academic rigor offered at PC, my most favorite part is the friends that I have made while being a Blue Hose. At PC, I’m a Student Volunteer Services co-director, the Student Body secretary of operations (Student Government), Stirling, and a member of GreenHose. One piece of advice I have for new students is to get involved! It’s the best way to meet the people that will become your best friends. A fun fact about me is that my favorite place on campus is the grass in front of Neville Hall.

Brooke Decker

Class of 2022
Gilbert, S.C.
Middle School Education with concentrations in math and science

Hey, Blue Hose! My name is Brooke Decker, and I’m a rising junior from Gilbert, South Carolina. I’m majoring in Middle School Education with concentrations in math and science. I enjoy watching videos on Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, or YouTube during my free time and hanging out with my friends. My favorite place on campus would have to be Templeton Gym because that’s where a majority of my PC memories have been made since I’m on the cheerleading team. One fun fact about me is that I have six siblings; two biological brothers, three step-siblings, and one half-sibling! My advice for new students is to get involved as much as possible when you’re on campus, but make sure you leave time for free time and relaxation. Your four years at PC will be the best years of your life, so be sure to try new things and make tons of friends; don’t be afraid to leave your comfort zone.

Lillian Humphries

Class of 2022
Greenville, S.C.
Business management with a minor in athletic coaching

Born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, the Blue Ridge area, to be specific! I am a rising junior with the Class of 2022, and I am studying business management with a minor in athletic coaching. I am on the women’s wrestling team here at PC, the first Division I women’s wrestling team in the country! Other than wrestling, some fun things I love to do on campus would definitely be watching movies in Neville’s Amphitheater and getting friends together to play board games! One thing I would encourage all freshmen and new students to do is, get involved. Whether getting involved looks like joining clubs, Greek life, and organizations, or it just means meeting new people in your classes or around campus. Something that I love about PC more than anything is the fact that you could walk up to almost anyone and start a conversation and pretty much be friends immediately because we are a family, and we accept each other with open arms. If you see me out and about around campus do not be shy, say hi!

Jeremiah Jackson

Class of 2023
Lugoff, S.C.
Chemistry and Mathematics

My name is Jeremiah Jackson, and I am a rising sophomore from Lugoff, South Carolina. I’m double majoring in chemistry and mathematics on the pre-medicine track and am loving it so far! I also serve the PC community as vice president of Spectrum — an LGBTQ+ focused group on campus — as vice president of the Multicultural Student Union, and as the secretary of Student Life for the Class of 2023. I’ve also involved myself with the Theta Chi fraternity, Religious Life, and the Academic Success Office. In other words, if you want to get involved on campus, I can certainly help you out! If there’s one thing you learn from me, let it be this: This school provides you with some stellar resources. Make sure to take advantage of them.

Bethany Jones

Class of 2023
Moncks Corner, S.C.
Chemistry with a concentration in Pharmacy

My name is Bethany Jones. I’m from Charleston, SC, but now live in Moncks Corner, which is not too far away. This year I am a rising sophomore, majoring in chemistry with a pharmacy concentration. The pharmacy concentration is because I am in the two-year program to pharmacy school at the PC School of Pharmacy. While at PC, I have met some of my closest friends and have created some amazing memories with them. At PC, some of my favorite places include Springs and the bean bag room in Neville Hall. I also can’t forget Belk Hall, one of the girls freshman dorms, as one of my favorite places either. There are so many fun opportunities to connect with other students in clubs and organizations, one of my favorites being volunteering at the Laurens County Humane Society. One piece of advice I would give to incoming freshmen would be to use your resources, reach out to your teachers, have fun, and make the most of your short time at PC.

Hallie Keisler

Class of 2022
Batesburg-Leesville, S.C.
Psychology and Spanish

Hi! My name is Hallie Keisler, and I am thrilled to have you on campus so soon! I am from Batesburg-Leesville, SC. This year I will be a junior majoring in psychology and Spanish, with a biology minor. In my pursuit of college, PC was a no for me until I took my first tour. I fell in love with the campus, the people, and the foundation of service. Now two years later, I serve as co-director of service carrying on the foundation of PC and as a tour guide helping to give those that are undecided, like I once was, a glimpse of the opportunities that being Blue Hose brings. As for you, new students, my advice is to enjoy every minute of your college career from the hangouts with your friends, and the shared one on one time with your professors to the early morning and late-night study sessions that are to come. Every minute will be worth it, and you will be so glad that you spent your time as a Blue Hose.

Patrick Leonard

Class of 2023
Rock Hill, S.C.
Biology and Music

Hi, I’m Patrick Leonard! I’m from Rock Hill, South Carolina, and I’ll be a rising sophomore in the fall. Right now, I’m studying biology and music, but that could always change ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. I’m involved with Theta Chi Fraternity, the Music Department, the Interfraternity Council, and the Stirlings tour program. One of my favorite places on campus is the lobby of Neville. It’s a good place to relax between classes and catch up with other people. Plus, it has a nice view of the fountain outside. If I’m not studying or with my friends, I’m probably doing something with music. I’m a big indie and old rock music fan, play a few instruments and collect (too many) records. My advice to new students is to try anything on campus at least once — you might find yourself enjoying something you didn’t know you liked!

Gracen Price

Class of 2023
Ninety Six, S.C.
Psychology

Hey, PC Class of 2024! My name is Gracen Price, and I can’t wait to meet all of you! I am a sophomore from Ninety Six, South Carolina, majoring in psychology with minors in biology and sociology. After my time at PC, I hope to attend graduate school to become a physical therapist. I love to be involved and to stay busy. Fun fact: I am way more organized and on top of my things when I am busy. I am a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, where I am the director of Public Relations, I serve on SGA as the Class of 2023 Secretary of Operations, and I am a Stirling! I also have a work-study with the athletic training department where I work and travel with the Blue Hose football team! One of my favorite memories at PC is when I took a short-term study abroad trip to Iceland over winter break! Based on my personal experience, my best advice to the Class of 2024 is to get involved! Being involved can benefit you in so many ways!

Maddie Richburg

Class of 2023
Lugoff, S.C.
Chemistry with a concentration in Pharmacy

My name is Maddie Richburg, and I am from Lugoff, South Carolina. I am a rising sophomore at PC and am pursuing a degree in chemistry and am on the pre-pharmacy track. I hope to later attend the PC School of Pharmacy, where I will pursue my dream of becoming a pharmacist. Since coming to PC, I have made a ton of new friends and learned a lot more about myself, including that I need to chill when it comes to being a neat freak! My favorite things to do since coming to campus are to hang out with my friends — whether it be in the dorms, at GDH, or at sporting events — and study in the library. Because of this, my favorites places on campus are the silent section of the library, GDH, and Springs. If there’s one piece of advice I can offer, it’s to take advantage of the amazing opportunities at PC, whether they be social, academic, or religious.

Grace Strawbridge

Class of 2022
Spartanburg, S.C.
Biology

Hey, Blue Hose! My name is Grace Strawbridge, and I am a rising junior from Spartanburg, SC! I am currently majoring in biology, with a goal to attend Physician Assistant school. There are so many things I love about PC, with the number one being my PC family. The friends you meet at PC will truly become your family; you will always be able to count on them. My time at PC has been so enjoyable due to the different organizations I’m involved in. I am currently involved in Greek Life as a Pi Chi, PC Stirlings, an Orientation Leader, and a Student Volunteer Services coordinator. I would definitely say get involved during your time at PC. There are so many different clubs and organizations that appeal to so many different interests. Trying out new clubs and organizations is a great way to meet new people and make new friends!

Cole Taylor

Class of 2023
Chester, S.C.
Biochemistry

My name is Cole Taylor, and I am a rising sophomore from Chester, South Carolina, studying biochemistry with plans to attend medical school following my time at Presbyterian College. I love being involved and spending time with friends. Since my time at Presbyterian College, I have become a member of our Pre-Medical Club, Pre-Pharmacy Club, American Chemical Society, Greek Life, Stirlings, Student Activities Board, and Student Government Association. Currently, I serve as the Class of 2023 president, Stirling coordinator, and the Alumni Relations chair of Sigma Nu, Zeta Theta. One of my favorite things to do is go to the Vestibule, a local coffee shop, to study and hang out with friends. I chose PC because the Blue Hose family is unlike any other, and I look forward to welcoming you to the family this fall!

Kennedy Wright

Class of 2023
Greenville, S.C.
Business Administration 

My name is Kennedy Wright. I am a rising sophomore. I am from Greenville, South Carolina, and I attended J.L. Mann High School. I plan on majoring in business and then going to law school. I absolutely love hanging out with my friends and playing board games. I also enjoy attending sporting events and cheering on the blue hose. Some of my favorite places on campus include; springs, the bean bag room in Neville, and GDH. My advice for all incoming students is to get involved. Make connections early on at orientation. Connections with peers and faculty and staff are extremely important. I also think it is extremely important to find clubs or organizations that interest you. I am the secretary and treasurer of MSU. I earned my status as a freshman, so that just lets you know that anything is possible when you get involved. Some fun facts about me are that I am really good at yoyoing, I work at a toy store, and I kind of know how to play the ukulele.

Do you have a question about Orientation or other services at Presbyterian College? We’d love to hear from you!

Contact Taylor Dement, the Assistant Director of Student Involvement: Orientation and Events, at tdement@presby.edu or 864-833-8475.

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