Giving Day Testimonials

Read what BC students and parents have to say about giving to Bluefield College

Bluefield College is an inclusive Christ-centered learning community developing transformational servant leaders.


Student Testimonials

I was born and raised in the two Virginias – living in Bluefield, West Virginia and attending Graham High School in Bluefield, Virginia. Little did I know, Bluefield College’s mission would reach me (when I least expected it) and has done just that – developed me as a servant leader.

I grew up determined to attend a big university away from Bluefield. When it came time to choose where I would spend the next four years of my life, the decision was not easy. I was accepted to three schools, but my decision came down to affordability. The Bluefield College Fund made Bluefield College affordable and a way for me to achieve my goals. At first, I was not proud of my acceptance to Bluefield College. My peers and I always viewed Bluefield College as the little hometown school that would prepare you to stay right here in this small town. They were wrong. I was wrong.

Bluefield College has opened doors for me that I never saw possible. As a biology major, I’ve had the opportunity to learn from world-class instructors like Dr. Emily Lambert. My goal is to attend graduate school and become an optometrist; Bluefield College has prepared me for this next step. Outside of the classroom, I am active in Rotaract (a youth-centered branch of Rotary International) and recently became president of STAT (Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow). Through STAT and my employment in the Institutional Advancement Office, I’ve had the opportunity to meet many alumni who have similar stories and whose lives were transformed at Bluefield College.

You are the reason I agreed to share my story. I know countless people who know about Bluefield College, but have no idea about the transformations taking place here. Students truly do leave Bluefield College understanding their calling and are ready to transform the world. My transformation started within my first year at BC and continues daily.

If you haven’t made a gift to the Bluefield College Fund, consider starting today with a gift of $50. I’m not the first and won’t be the last student to desire to attend Bluefield College and need financial assistance to make it possible. You can make a difference and open up that door.  To make your gift, simply complete, detach and return the card below in the enclosed envelope. Or, you can make your gift online at bluefield.edu/giving.

With sincere appreciation,

Sarah Pauley ‘19
Biology Major
President, STAT

P.S. BC Giving Day is April 25. This day of giving is for alumni like you to show BC students like me just how much you love your alma mater! I hope you’ll get involved by making your gift today and then follow our progress online at bluefield.edu/bcgivingday.

 

As a first-generation immigrant from the country of El Salvador, I discovered the importance of pursuing an education at a late stage in my life. Growing up in a developing country, I was supplied with limited resources and a lack of support to advance academically. That all changed when my family and I moved to the United States in 2004.

As the years continued residing in the United States, I became aware of the vast amount of resources the American education system provides to its students. On August 16, 2015, I began my journey at Bluefield College as a first-generation college student. As nervous and excited I was for the opportunity, I knew many challenges and tribulations lied ahead.

At Bluefield College, I made my college experience the best it could be. I dove into discovering my talents, passions, skills, and transformed myself into the servant leader I was meant to be. Unfortunately, there are stigmas that surround the region of Southwest Virginia, but I did not allow any of the negativity to impact my mindset and potential in the world. As a transformed servant-leader, I found myself participating in leadership roles, internships, and academic programs that would later shape my career aims.

In the fall semester of 2017, I was chosen as a scholar for the American Studies Program in Washington, D.C. For a semester, I studied public policy in D.C. and represented Bluefield College in a handful of congressional offices, think-tanks, and non-profits. Besides the professional development experiences, I was able to represent the student body as a member of the Student Government Association. In that role, I advocated for mental health, highlighting the importance of providing mental health resources to college students, especially to students adjusting to the change.

Recently, this past December, I graduated from Bluefield College with my Bachelor of Arts in communications with a concentration in politics. By becoming a BC graduate, I was provided with the opportunity to pursue a career in higher education in Washington, D.C., where I will be pursuing my master’s degree in public administration this upcoming fall.

I cannot express in words how meaningful my education at Bluefield College was and how much it shaped me academically, professionally, and spiritually. I owe my personal success to generous donors like you who allowed me to pave my own journey. You opened doors for me, as I continued to knock on them.

Let this letter serve as a call for action because your imprint in the world remains true. Please accompany me in donating to the BC Fund this year. Let’s be a part of transforming the next generation of servant leaders.

Sincerely,

Dagoberto D. Acevedo


Parent Testimonial

As parents of a Bluefield College (BC) student, we would like to take a few moments to introduce ourselves and share what Bluefield College means to us. In April 2014, our son David began narrowing his search for a college he would call home for the next four years. We visited several college campuses, and on April 21, 2014, we arrived in Bluefield. The weather was dreary, and as we drove past the Bluefield College campus, we had doubts as to whether this would be a good place for David. However, the next day we awoke to a sunny, cool, spring day surrounded by glorious mountains. As we met with Bluefield College staff and toured the campus, David stated, “this feels like home.”

Although we visited other college campuses, David decided to attend Bluefield College. This was a major decision for him since BC is more than 10 hours from our home in Ocala, Florida. As parents, we knew he would be in great hands. During the past four years, David has received a quality Christ-centered education. The personalized care and attention from the BC staff has assisted David in making sound choices regarding his future. When he began attending BC, David was a member of the baseball team, but later decided to concentrate solely on his education. He continues to participate in numerous campus activities, community events, and has made life-long friends.

This upcoming May, David will graduate from BC with a degree in Exercise and Sport Science. This will enhance his opportunities and desire to work in the emergency medical eld upon his return to Florida. Although David’s amazing journey at BC will soon end, as a family we will continue our support of Bluefield College in any way possible. We wholeheartedly see the value in giving back to Bluefield College so future students may have an opportunity to obtain a quality Christ-centered education at this remarkable institution.

David had the opportunity to attend Bluefield College because of scholarship support through the BC Fund. The BC Fund provides annual scholarships, athletic support, classroom technology, and academic program support at Bluefield College. As families of BC students, you now have the opportunity to show your love and support for the College by giving to the BC Fund. If you haven’t made a gift to the Bluefield College Fund, consider starting today with a gift of $100. David, his classmates, and possibly your own son or daughter are direct beneficiaries of your generous support.

Sincerely yours,

 

David and Susan Cizmadia
Proud parents of David Cizmadia ‘18
Go Rams!

P.S. BC Giving Day is April 25. This day of giving is for families like you to show BC students just how much you love BC! We hope you’ll get involved by making your gift today and then follow BC’s progress online at bluefield.edu/bcgivingday.