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Priscilla Barrios

Enrollment Counselor

Phone: (888) 5-COTTEY, ext. 2138

Priscilla Barrios
Hello my name is Priscilla Barrios and I am no stranger to Cottey, as I am a four-year graduate of the institution. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Social Justice and Women’s Studies, and my associate degree in dance. I am passionate about working with youth and helping others see the potential for greatness in themselves. Every day I work to be better than yesterday and make positive social change in the world. I am very pleased to work for Cottey now and establish a stronger hold on these passions.

Why Cottey? I always say that I didn’t choose Cottey but Cottey chose me, and it was the best thing that could have ever happened. I had a full plan on where I was going and what I was doing before Cottey came along. While visiting campus my first time I was walking around and felt completely at home and instantly knew it was the place for me. Since then I have grown into a strong woman leader who has found her voice and passions. What I love most about Cottey is it a safe space that allows you to figure out who you are and accepts you in all the stages of that process!

Rural Missouri, really? Yea, who would have guessed?! I grew up in Los Angeles, California, and later resided in Phoenix, Arizona. Big cities are what I lived for, BUT now I love Nevada and its small town lifestyle. The seasons here are breathtaking and the traffic is a lot more bearable. Living at Cottey for the four years of undergrad allowed the town to grow on me and for me to grow with the town, and now I am happy to be a resident of the friendly community.

Women’s education: old-fashioned? Not at all! Investing in your education and surrounding yourself by other women leaders who will empower and encourage you to find your voice, is what it’s all about here! Cottey College provides opportunities for all our students to take on leadership roles and find where their passions lie. There is nothing more powerful than women empowering other women!

Emma Ehle

Enrollment Counselor

Phone: (888) 5-COTTEY, ext. 2133

Emma Ehle

I am part of the Enrollment Management staff as an Enrollment Counselor at Cottey College. I graduated from Cottey in 2014 with my Associate in Arts degree and then went on to receive my bachelor’s degree in Advertising from Northwest Missouri State University in 2016. I am excited to be working at the college I called home my first two years of undergraduate.

Why Cottey? I always refer to attending Cottey as my “happy accident.” My older sister graduated from Cottey 12 years before me, and I made the final decision to begin classes in the fall without even visiting the campus or knowing much about the school at all. After two years of taking on leadership roles and finding my interests in and outside of the classroom, Cottey is now one of my favorite places and where I met most of my favorite people. Returning here as a staff member, I’m more than excited to help young women have the same life changing experience that I did.

Rural Missouri, really? I grew up in a suburb of Dallas, Texas before moving to Missouri in high school, so I’ve definitely experienced living in both the city and rural area, and to be honest I still love the city. But there’s something about taking some time away to do your schooling and growing into the person you want to be in a peaceful town such as Nevada. There’s still plenty of livelihood surrounding you—just a lot more plants.

Women’s education: old-fashioned? I don’t think there’s anything old-fashioned about getting a quality education. Cottey taught me to be more independent and outgoing. I learned how to think critically and share my thoughts with others easily and openly. Cottey prepared me to take the next step, and was a large factor in my ability to succeed at my transfer institution.

My thoughts on admission in one sentence: I am beyond excited to begin sharing my experience at Cottey and helping young women find their own place, so let me know if you have any questions at all.

Stephanie Grgurich

Enrollment Outreach Coordinator

Phone: (888) 5-COTTEY, ext. 2233

Stephanie Grgurich

I’m a Missouri girl from a town not unlike Nevada.  I graduated from Cottey in 2003 and from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, with my B.A. in French in 2005.  I’ve been working in admission since 2007 and joined the P.E.O. Sisterhood in 2010.  I came back to Cottey in 2011!

Why Cottey?
Why not Cottey?  I started to look at Cottey because of the International Experience (I mean, who wouldn’t want to travel to London, or Paris, or Madrid, or…?) but the more I investigated, I discovered that the campus atmosphere, the small class sizes, and the freedom to try new classes and new activities really appealed to me.  I wanted a personalized experience with extraordinary opportunities.  For me, it was perfect.

Rural Missouri, really?
Yeah, for real!  Nevada’s part of the Cottey experience, but so are trips to Kansas City, shopping in Joplin, and exploring the region.  Whether it’s just like where you’re from or it’s the complete opposite, it’s hard to be bored on campus.  Most of what you might miss is close enough to drive to, so it’s really the best of both worlds!

Women’s education: old-fashioned?
Absolutely not!  There’s nothing old-fashioned about a college experience that supports who you are and how you learn!  Women who graduate from all-women’s colleges are happier, more successful, and earn more throughout their lifetimes.  Who wouldn’t want that?  Women’s education has a definite place in the world today.  I encourage you to check out our campus and talk to our students – there’s nothing old-fashioned about it!

My thoughts on admission in one sentence:
Working in admission is definitely fun, but the best part is getting to know you and discovering what’s important to you; it’s a big decision and I’m here to help!

Mikayla McGoldrick

Enrollment Counselor

Phone: (888) 5-COTTEY, ext. 2167

Mikayla McGoldrick
I am a part of the Enrollment Management team at Cottey College as an Enrollment Counselor. In May 2017, I graduated from Rogers State University with a degree in Sport Management: Business Option. While at RSU, I was an athlete as well as an Honors Student. Now, I am eager for the opportunity to work in the empowering atmosphere Cottey provides!

Rural Missouri, really? I have called small towns home for all of my life. I grew up in the small towns around Branson, Missouri, even crossing the state line into Omaha, Arkansas. When I went to college, I attended a school in a small town in Oklahoma. There is just something about a small town that has captured my heart! However, if you desire to take a trip to the big city, Joplin and Kansas City are both within easy driving distance.

Women’s education: old-fashioned? Definitely not! I wish I had known more about women’s colleges when I was trying to decide what school to attend. There is something indescribable about being in an environment surrounded by fellow women who desire for you to become your best self. As we all become the best we can individually, we make each other better. If everyone wanted that for each other, just imagine the possibilities for the world.

My thoughts on admission in one sentence: The experiences and growth I gathered in college were some of the best of my life and I would love to help young women find the path to obtain their own.

Angela Moore

Enrollment Management Specialist

Phone: (888) 5-COTTEY, ext. 2239

Angela Moore

Alma Mater: Cottey College (A.A), St. Cloud State University (B.A.), American Intercontinental University (M.Ed.)

P.E.O. Affiliation: Chapter BG, Minnesota

Hometown before Nevada, MO: St. Cloud, Minnesota

Rural Missouri, really? Really! I actually really love living in Nevada – the seasons are gorgeous and the small-town atmosphere is a nice relief from the chaos of the big city. The other good news? There are plenty of shopping malls within a few hours’ drive when Amazon just doesn’t cut it!

Women’s education: old-fashioned? No way! Cottey College may be a single-sex institution, but we are as modern as they come, and the fact that men aren’t taking classes doesn’t even register with many of our students after the first few days. In all honesty, the benefits of an all-female learning environment far outweigh any disadvantages. Don’t believe me? Then, please, visit our campus and ask the students themselves!

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