Bridget graduated from Bellarmine with a B.A. in Music and French. She continued to study Voice Performance at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, where she received her B.M. and M.M. As a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar, she continued her music studies in Wuppertal and Cologne, Germany, at the Hochschule für Musik Köln. During the six years that she lived in Wuppertal, Bridget taught English as a Foreign Language to students ranging in age from 4 to 81 years old, covering a variety of topics including Business English, Conversational English, TOEFL preparation, and English for Engineers. Upon returning to the United States, she taught German at St. Xavier High School and Sacred Heart Academy before returning to college to receive her M.A. in German Studies from the University of Kentucky. At U.K. she taught German I and II as well as assisted in teaching a class about Fairy Tales. Her German Studies specialty topic was “The Use of Imagination in Children’s Literature,” which helps to account for all of the children’s books in various languages in her personal library.
Languages have long been one of Bridget’s passions. While at Bellarmine, she was a three-time recipient of the then rather new Foreign Language Scholarship (now the Bellarmine Global Knights Scholarship for Foreign Language Students), studying in Dijon (France), Perugia (Italy) and Bregenz (Austria). This was the beginning of another of her great passions: traveling abroad. In addition to the countries listed above, she has traveled to Norway, Belgium, Switzerland, Hungary, Ireland, England, Scotland, Spain, Denmark, the Czech Republic and New Zealand.
Sampling the cuisine in all of these countries has been a great source of joy for Bridget, as one of her other passions is food, in particular baking. (This helps to account for all of the cookbooks in various languages in her personal library). In fact, she has won numerous prizes at the Kentucky State Fair, in culinary as well as other departments. Also, her recipe for Princess Tea Cakes was picked as one of the top ten entries in the Eating Well Magazine Cookie Contest and was published in the Nov./Dec. 2007 issue. This recipe, created as a tribute to her sister who died of ovarian cancer, can currently be found on over 20 websites including FoodNetwork and WebMD, as well as Bridget’s modest food blog Don’t Forget the TLC (http://dontforgettlc.blogspot.com/). Bridget is currently working her way through a Kiwi baking book, so if you stop by the IPO, you might be able to sample some of these culinary experiments.
The third largest section of Bridget’s personal library, by the way, is filled with books about Massage Therapy. After an intense period of study and practice, Bridget is proud to now be a Licensed Massage Therapist. If all the applications and deadlines are giving you a headache, you might also want to stop by the Office for Study Abroad & International Learning for some relaxation tips and tricks.
The study abroad experiences that she had as a student at Bellarmine continue to influence and enrich Bridget’s life to this day. She is thrilled to be back at her Alma Mater. She is especially looking forward to helping students broaden their horizons, both literally and figuratively, and to facilitating the sort of amazing opportunities she herself has been given.