Making it at Draper

Sometimes it’s true: Life comes down to being at the right place at the right time.

A corollary to this is the idea of putting oneself out there to take chances and try things that may or may not pay off in the long run.

Amanda Morrison came to Bridgewater State University from Westfield State University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and psychology. At BSU, she took a job as student supervisor of the Makerspace. She didn’t get to use the lab for her studies, but found her own way of, shall we say, “making it.”

Veteran Helpers

Jolee Griffin, ’12, has a very personal reason for studying social work at Bridgewater State University and working for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Her father.

“The VA helped us connect as a family,” said Griffin, whose dad served in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. “I was brought up in the VA. I remember how much the VA helped me growing up.”

Now Griffin is one of a number of alumni using their BSU education to assist veterans at the VA’s Brockton campus. Some even mentor Bridgewater social work students interning there.

Capital Idea

After graduating from Bridgewater State University, many alumni have jobs lined up due in part to their participation in various internship programs.

Campus Center Renovation Underway

Bridgewater State University students returning to campus this fall should find lots to cheer about inside the newly renovated Rondileau Campus Center.

“All of the changes we are making are in line with strategic priorities of the school, each can be tied back to student success,” said Thomas O’Connor, director of capital planning for operations.

Leading Light

Brahmin Thurber-Carbone, ’21, is only halfway through his Bridgewater State University undergraduate education, but he can check one item off the scientific bucket list that many never accomplish: Spending a summer researching at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Intern Profile: Kiara Palomares, ’21

Kiara Palomares, ’21, knows the challenges faced by immigrant families such as hers.

Kiara, who is majoring in political science and criminal justice and minoring in psychology at Bridgewater State University, is coping with the fact of her father living in Honduras after he was deported about three years ago. Meanwhile her mother, who came to the United States from Cuba, remains stateside and is on a path toward U.S. citizenship.

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