Hometown: Arthur, Ontario, Canada
Even though Samantha Binkley’s home is outside of the United States, she stresses that Bethany is her home away from home.
“I wanted my college experience to be an adventure. Bethany was away from home, but still felt like home during my visit,” said Binkley. “It seemed like there were endless opportunities, and the faculty and staff made college seem a lot less overwhelming than other schools had.”
Now a junior, Binkley has taken advantage of the opportunities that Bethany has by joining a number of clubs, a sorority, and being a member of Varsity athletics. Binkley is a pitcher for the Bison Softball Team, Alpha XI Delta Academic Chair, President of the American Chemical Society, Judicial Chair of the Student Government Association, and a member of Math and Computer Science Club. She is also the Senior Fellow for the Chemistry Department.
Q: What is your favorite Bethany tradition?
A: I really love Matriculation. As a freshman class, we walk up the main campus road and through the Oglebay Gates – the really big gates in front of Old Main that symbolize the entrance to the College. Then as a class we all sign the Book of Matriculation. When I graduate, I'll walk back through those gates as a goodbye to Bethany. But, more than that, I'll be walking through with my class. To me it symbolizes the closeness of the student body at Bethany – you're never alone on your journey here.
Q: What advice do you have for incoming students?
A: Incoming students, I dare you to visit Bethany with your wildest dreams ready and let us show you how we can help you reach your potential.
Q: What are your plans after graduation?
A: After graduation I plan to attend a doctoral program in chemical education. I'm not sure where yet, but I'm excited for another adventure.