VA: Albemarle County, Amherst County, Appomattox County, Augusta County, Bath County, Buckingham County, Campbell County, Fluvanna County, Greene County, Highland County, Louisa County, Madison County, Nelson County, Orange County, Page County, Rappahanock County, Rockingham County, Shenandoah County
Hello future Highlanders! My name is James Riley and I am an admissions counselor here at RU! I was born in Washington D.C., but was raised in the small town of Northfork in the wild and wonderful, West Virginia. I come from a large, loving, and tightly-knit family. I graduated from Concord University in 2016 with a B.A. in Communication Arts. I will be working with students from parts of Virginia and the whole state of Georgia.
I am one of the newest counselors here at Radford, but I am very familiar with working with students. I spent my years of undergrad helping my fellow students gain access to the many resources that a college has to offer. That is also where I found my passion.
Nothing brings me more joy than having the ability to connect people with something that will better their lives. What better way to do that than helping students like you find the path to college? My experience with Radford University has been nothing short of amazing. Being from a small town, I find it comforting to know that on this campus, I don’t have to feel overwhelmed. My favorite place on campus would have to be the Dalton Kitchen. There are many options and the staff is friendly!
When I’m not working, I am usually on the basketball court or spending time with family. I also have an active love for music. Whether I’m kicking back with my saxophone or jamming out on the drums, I always love to keep a beat going. As far as relaxation time, some of the TV shows I enjoy are Empire, Power and Scandal.
My biggest piece of advice to high school students would be to take advantage of college visits. There isn’t enough reading material in existence to replace physically experiencing a collegiate campus. Visitations are a risk-free trial to get information and to get face-to-face interactions with the people on campus who can help you during your college career. Also, when you arrive for your visit, ASK QUESTIONS! You’d be surprised how many people miss out on opportunities because they were too nervous to ask for help.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. I can’t wait to hear from you!