When Anthony Hebert, ’16, G ’18, first came to Bridgewater State University as an undergraduate, he thought he might transfer elsewhere. Then he made friends, became involved in campus life, and met the political science faculty.
“Really, BSU started feeling like home,” Mr. Hebert said.
It seemed so much like home he decided to continue his education as a Bear after earning a bachelor’s in political science. He expects to graduate this spring with a master’s in public administration.
Mr. Hebert, who is from Sutton, is a recipient of the Bridgewater Alumni Association Graduate Scholarship. He is among a number of graduate students being recognized Wednesday during a special ceremony during Honors Week. SEE PROGRAM BELOW FOR LIST OF ALL HONOREES.
Mr. Hebert hopes to one day become a town administrator and is drawn to municipal service because he believes it’s a way to make people’s lives better.
“I needed to be on the ground talking to people,” he said of pursuing a career in local government. “That’s where you can see the most direct impact.”
He has already garnered professional experience through internships for the town of West Bridgewater, where he worked on conservation matters; and with the Old Colony Planning Council, which tackles housing, downtown revitalization, economic development and other topics. Mr. Hebert also interned for BSU’s Division of External Affairs, where he worked on a report about improving the town of Bridgewater’s parklands.
As an undergraduate, he was active in the Student Government Association and the Phi Kappa Theta fraternity. While pursuing his master’s, he stayed involved on campus, serving as president of the Graduate Professional Student Association. He recently returned from a service trip to Cambodia where he and fellow BSU students worked to install water filters in the Southeast Asian nation.
Mr. Hebert, who says he is a naturally introverted person, credits Bridgewater State with building his ability to lead.
“BSU has had a tremendous impact on me,” he said. “The university has given me new skills, and helped me hone the ones I had.” (Story by Brian Benson, University News; Photos by Nate Rocco, ’18)