Welcome to Bluefield at 100! Bluefield College is celebrating 100 years and has undergone a name change! Each week, in honor of this milestone, The Confusing Middle will shine the spotlight on an individual who spent time at Bluefield University, giving them a chance to fill us all in on where they are and how they’ve been doing since the college years. I hope you’ll join us back here every week as we get reacquainted with some old friends!
This week we’re hearing from Jeremy Ramsey!
- What have you been up to since your time in Bluefield?
It’s now been 14 years since I graduated in 2007, which is crazy to think about. Since my time at Bluefield, I have focused on starting a family, being productive in my career and being active in my local church.
- Where are you living now? For how long?
We actually just built a home in Ferrum, VA. Our first night in the new home was towards the beginning of August 2021. It was definitely an interesting time to build as prices fluctuated constantly and finding the supplies that were needed was difficult at best.
- Did you pursue any education after college? If so, what degrees have you obtained?
I took a few masters level courses from Liberty’s online counseling program, but decided that wasn’t really for me.
- Where did you earn your first “grown-up” paycheck?
My first job was as a mental health case manager at Piedmont Community Services. When that first paycheck came in, I thought I had made the big time. Haha!
- Who is your current employer and what is your job title?
I currently work for Franklin County Public Schools as a Family Liaison.
- What are your hobbies? What do you end up doing in your spare time?
In my “spare time”, and I use the quotes very liberally, I tend to hang out with my family. We enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities including soccer, basketball, disc golf, golf, any yard games, hiking on occasion and exploring our land.
- Have you done much traveling? Where have you visited?
Yes! This is one of our favorite things to do as a family. We haven’t been able to do this as much over the past 20 months due to COVID, but we plan to try another trip in the Summer of 2022. Our goal is to do something meaningful with our kids in each of the contiguous 48 states. We’re not sure Alaska and Hawaii are going to be able to happen for us. Prior to COVID we took a 3-week road trip through Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota and then a 5-week road trip through the north east, including several Canadian provinces. My wife and I both work in the school system and have summers off, which makes these trips possible.
- Are you married? If so, who is your spouse?
Yes! Her name is Shannon Ramsey. We met at church and started dating around my sophomore year at Bluefield. We got married in 2008 after we had both graduated from college.
- How did you and your spouse meet?
We met in church.
- Do you have children? What are their names/ages?
Yes! We have three boys. Carter and Jackson are twins and are 8 years old. Everett is 7.
- Tell us a funny story about your kids…
How do you even choose one? Haha! I will just say that whatever they do, they do it together. Whether it’s play, argue, goof off or work hard, they do it together!
- What was your favorite class at Bluefield?
I think it was probably a Group Dynamics course I took with Professor Addison. It was actually one I was dreading but ended up really enjoying.
- Which teachers influenced your life and made a lasting impression? Why?
I would say at Bluefield it would probably have been Dr. Bull and Professor Addison. I just felt like they were genuine all the time and wanted us all to succeed.
- What was your major and/or minor?
Major – psychology. Minor – Criminal Justice.
- What did you want to be when you “grew up?”
A professional golfer.
- What was your funniest moment in college?
Haha! Oh man! I remember one time I was sitting in class (I don’t remember which one), and I just didn’t feel great. I decided to go back to my dorm and take a shower. After the shower, I felt refreshed and went back to class. I probably only missed about 15 minutes. Haha!
- What was your most embarrassing moment?
I feel like my freshman year was full of embarrassing moments. I was trying to figure out who I was and trying to look “cool” in front of everybody. It’s hard to choose just one moment.
- What was the dumbest thing you did in college? Was it worth it?
I don’t remember what year it was, but after the year was over, I burned a couple of my textbooks that the bookstore wouldn’t take back. It was right outside of my dorm room after most people were gone. I think I was hanging around to support some of my friends at their graduation. Campus police just happened to stop by while the books were on fire. Definitely not worth it! Haha!
- What is your most vivid memory from Bluefield College?
Honestly, I just remember having fun. A lot of my time at Bluefield was centered around sports. One of my favorite memories was playing in the championship intramural basketball game. We were playing in the Dome and it was close game. I stole the ball from the other team, went down and dunked the ball. I remember people rushing the court and everybody going crazy. I’ve probably built it up in my head over the years to make it seem better. But, it definitely sticks out in my mind.
- Was there ever something you wanted to do during your college days but never did?
I kind of wish I would have played on the golf team. I think that would have been fun.
- What was your go-to during Late Night in the Shott Hall dining room?
Double cheeseburger and fries for sure.
- Did you play any sports?
I played soccer all 4 years. I had the option of playing on the jv basketball team but decided not to.
- How about intramurals?
Intramural basketball was so much fun.
- Did you pledge with a fraternity or sorority?
- Were you involved in any other extracurriculars (theater, yearbook, clubs, etc.)?
Not really. I did help out with the praise singers some. I traveled with them on a couple trips. I guess I was kind of like the PR guy. Haha!
- What on-campus events did you enjoy participating in or attending?
I remember playing a campus-wide game of capture the flag. I believe that was my freshmen year. It was a lot of fun. Mud-pig day was always fun as well. Any time it would snow, sledding down the big hill behind Rish was fun too.
- Did you jump into the mud pit on Mud Pig Day?
- Did you have a work-study job on campus?
- Did you have a job off campus?
- Which dorm did you live in? Or did you commute?
Freshmen year – Cruise Hall. Sophomore through Senior year – New/Alumni Hall.
- Tell us your craziest roommate story…
My craziest story would probably be about a lack of a roommate. My freshmen year, in Cruise Hall, I had a three person room all to myself for the second semester. My roommate during the first semester transferred to a different college and the other guy never showed up. My room kind of became the hang out for a lot of people because it was so big!!
- Which classmate influenced you the most?
There was an older lady (and when I say older, she was probably in her late 30’s) in many of my psychology classes. I don’t remember her name, but I remember thinking about how much more challenging completing the college classes must have been for her. She talked about her kids and her job a lot. She was completing the same classes I was, all while managing a family and career. I had lots of respect for her.
- What personal experiences since college would you like to share?
I am very active in my church. I am one of the praise and worship leaders, play the piano, teach AWANA and am currently the chairman of the deacons.
- What plans do you have for the next 10 years?
Whew, what a question!! I guess just trying to be the best husband and father I can be. Spending time with my family is one of the most important things to me as well as setting a positive example for them. I also hope to take my family to see so much more of God’s beautiful creation over the next 10 years.
- Give us a quote to live by…
Maybe more than anything, I would say just slow down. Don’t miss the moments right in front of you because you’re too busy thinking about what’s coming up next.
I want to thank Jeremy for taking time to answer all these questions and for sharing with us this week! Come back next week when another Bluefield survivor takes the hot seat!
And if you spent time at Bluefield College and want to participate, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you the full list of questions! Until next time, GO RAMS!