Bryson Purcell, New Student Orientation Graduate Assistant

Hi! My name is Bryson Purcell and I will be serving as the Graduate Assistant for the Office of New Student Orientation for the 2017-18 academic year! I am a 2017 alumni of this incredible institution receiving my Bachelors Degree in Information Technology Management from the Zeigler College of Business with minors in business and special education and will be continuing my education here at BU within the College of Education to earn my M. Ed in College Student Affairs in 2019.

During my undergrad I was involved in a variety of clubs and organizations across campus as well as a work-study job as an admissions tour guide and later student assistant which is where I found my true passion for student affairs! I'm very excited to bring my undergraduate experience as an OWL to the table and learn more of the behind-the-scenes action of the office and the university as a whole. Please feel free to reach out to me at anytime, if there is anything I can do to help whether it be orientation related or just general Bloomsburg University inquiry I will try my best to help any student succeed!

Why I chose Bloomsburg University

Actually, I didn't chose Bloomsburg University at first! I am a transfer student from Pennsylvania College of Technology. While I was there I was in their Physicians Assistant Program and quickly found out the medical field wasn't for me (at least working in a lab wasn't!)

After one semester I decided to transfer closer to home and attend BU because they are well-known for their education program and I can honestly say it has been one of the best decisions of my life!

What is your favorite part about Orientation?

Interacting with all of the families is by far my favorite part of orientation, you can see the emotional rollercoaster that they are all riding throughout Preview Days and Welcome Weekend. There have been countless times that I will see a nervous parent/student checking-in at 8 a.m. and by the time they are leaving for the day they seem like they've got it under control and in return, calming down others around them!

What I wish I knew as a high school senior

It's okay to change your mind! Just during my college career I changed schools, major, and added a minor all within my first year of school! You're a senior in high school and it's alright to not be 100 percent sure of the next 50 years of your life, chances are that their are people who are in their 40's & 50's that still haven't made up their mind yet. Explore this university, explore yourself, and explore what life has to offer!

Have a question? Go ahead ... ask me!