Using Her Influence

Upon meeting Maggie MacDonald it’s easy to understand why 250,000 people follow her on YouTube and another 163,000 keep up with her on Instagram.

The 22-year-old Bridgewater State University senior glows when she greets you, wearing a smile that draws you into the positive vibe she’s putting out. Her vibrant personality has undoubtedly helped propel her into a successful career as a social media influencer.

Global Outlook

Brittany Christian, ’20, is a world traveler, and she credits Bridgewater State University with broadening her horizons – academically and geographically.

Healthy Outlook

On a trip to his native Ghana, Kevin Asirifi, ’20, and his family met a woman selling brooms. After buying one, the street vendor profusely thanked them for making it possible for her to eat that evening.

“That’s something that stuck with me to this day,” he said of the memory from the 2016 trip. “I’ll never forget it.”

Kevin knew he wanted to help his homeland, which faces significant income inequality issues. Thanks to his time at Bridgewater State University, he envisions a public health career as his way to aid the West African nation.

Leading Example

[Editor's Note: This is the second story in our Back to School series.]

“Shy” is not the first word that comes to mind upon meeting Anna Grady, ’20. But, that’s how she described herself – at least until she flourished as a student at Bridgewater State University.

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.

Studying Shakespeare Abroad

Shakespeare’s plays present a struggle for many high school students. But aspiring educator, Ethan Child, ’21, sees a promising approach to teaching the Bard’s work rooted in music.

The Bridgewater State University English and secondary education major learned about the playwright’s work at a recent program in the United Kingdom.

Rising to the Challenges

First she became Miss Taunton, then Miss Massachusetts. Could Miss America be next for Bridgewater State University’s Lyndsey Kate Littlefield?

The biology major and member of the Class of 2020 hails from Taunton, and is in a select group of women with that opportunity. Her recent victory in the Miss Massachusetts scholarship pageant qualifies her for the Miss America competition. The event will be held on a date to be announced and broadcast on NBC. 

From Lawrence to BSU

Not everyone can closely tie their education to bettering their hometown. But, Amaryllis Lopez, ’20, is fostering artistic vibrancy and youth empowerment in her Lawrence community with help from her Bridgewater State University studies.

Amaryllis, an English major with minors in Latin American and Caribbean studies and African American studies, helps run art and social justice organization Elevated Thought. Her minors are no accident for the writer and poet of Puerto Rican ancestry.

Stage of Development

Learning with some of the best young theater directors in the country could be an intimidating proposition for any student. But, Bridgewater State University’s Rose Webster, ’20, has a different perspective.

Student Spotlight

It must be nice to rewrite history as a senior in college. Vanessa Sherman, ’19, recently did just that. For her efforts, she earned a place at Posters on the Hill, one of the nation’s most prestigious forums for undergraduate research.


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