Bridget Herrera
College Counselor
American International School of Dhaka, Bangladesh

What drew you to the world of college admission counseling?
Moving to Peru when I was 21, I was lucky enough to get a job as secretary to the college counselor at the international school, having already had experience in financial aid and admission offices in the U.S. As I learned the job, I also was able to connect with admission representatives. One of them suggested that I should be the college counselor. That one person showing some confidence in me, and the power of suggestion, was all the push I needed to go back to college and finish my degree. I’ve been involved in college counseling ever since, landing my first job in 1991.

What is your favorite part of the job?
At the end of the day, it is always the connecting we do—with students, parents, counseling colleagues and admission personnel around the world. This is what still fills my cup—even after 32 years on the job.

How has NACAC played a role in your career?
I was fortunate to have been introduced to NACAC early on in my career, and mentors within International ACAC (then referred to as Overseas ACAC) encouraged me to participate as much as possible. Years ago, I took a risk and put my name in for NACAC committee membership and was selected. This opportunity opened many doors to me as a (then) younger professional. Today, as I contemplate retirement in six months, I know that my time spent with the organization allowed me to connect with so many wonderful people and learn from some of the best. As of late, I spend time just observing the changes being made within the organization and listening to the younger voices. I had a great run with NACAC.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing our profession today?
I really struggled to respond to this, but drilling down, I suppose my answer would be equity. For many kids, the cards they’ve been dealt do not weigh heavily in their favor, and while many of them still go on to do extraordinary things and find their way, many others are left behind. We need an army of caring individuals to help our youth (worldwide) further their education, if that is indeed the path they want to take.

When you aren’t working, what do you like to do?
I enjoy travel, entertaining, gardening, and spending time with family. In retirement, I hope to finally learn to cook. Only time will tell.

What five words would you use to describe yourself?
Positive, open-minded, observant, compassionate, advocate.