Javy Valleya-Ayala
Year:  Senior
Major: Accounting
Hometown: Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico

 “I came to the Abbey because I wanted to be part of a school in which I could share the same beliefs with others.  The faith basis on this campus lays the ground work for faith and cultural diversity.  I feel completely welcome here.  I am encouraged to grow in mind, body, and spirit.”

Brigid Wilson
Year:  Junior
Major:  Psychology
Hometown: Royal Oak, MI

“I came to the Abbey for many reasons – the usual suspects of faith, education, and small community.  But the real question is why do I stay?  Because of the people.  The people of Belmont Abbey are one of a kind, and the friendships I’ve made here surpass all of my expectations!”

Sarah Bathon
Year:  Sophomore
Major:  Elementary Education
Hometown: Greenville, SC

“I initially came to Belmont Abbey simply because it was one of the only schools that was still accepting students in July for the Fall semester.  After arriving and becoming a part of the community, I fell in love and couldn’t imagine leaving.  The spirit of the community, the classes, the people, and campus itself became my home away from home.  My college experience continues to encourage me and push to grow and flourish academically and spiritually in ways that cannot be found anywhere else.”

Sean Flaherty
Year:  Junior
Major:  Business
Hometown: Greensboro, NC

“I was attracted to Belmont Abbey College mainly for the teaching environment.  The Business Department is one of the best because critical thinking is encouraged; with the average class size being roughly 15, the learning environment is perfect for class participation.  This allows the focus to be on student development and fosters professional growth.”

JoJo Ruedisueli
Year:  Junior
Major:  English
Hometown: Norfolk, VA

 “The Abbey has become my home; where the college has given me many opportunities and gifts that I use each day.  Belmont Abbey College also encourages me to give back not because I have to, but because I want to.  I’m a Student Ambassador in the Admissions Office and it gives me great joy to show off my campus to prospective students and their parents.  I look at it this way, I am contributing to the future of the Abbey while preparing for my own future of professional endeavors.”

Mary Whitfield
Year:  Senior
Major:  English
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ

“I came to the Abbey because the professors provide not only academic assistance, but guide us to be better people, and to glorify God in everything that we do.  I wanted an authentic Catholic education and I am confident that I received that. We are encouraged to be our best selves.”

Kurt Ferreira
Year:  Junior
Major:  English
Hometown: Turlock, CA

“When I came to the Abbey I felt a sense of community.  When you arrive, you become a unique part of the Abbey.  No matter where you go, you will be taking a small part of the Abbey with you.”