Areas Served: Spartanburg County
Spartanburg County: Boiling Springs High School and Spartanburg Christian Academy
My name is Kelly Tillinghast. I was born and raised in Boiling Springs, South Carolina. I am a 2004 graduate of Boiling Springs High School and a 2008 graduate of Lander University. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Lander. While at Lander I was a student worker in their admissions office and fell in love with the job. I knew very quickly that Admissions was something I had a passion for. I joined the SMC Admissions staff in April of 2010 and I am loving every second of it! I think that the transition from High School to College is such an important time in a students life and will do what ever I can to help them make the best decision for their future.
I have been married to my high school sweet heart 3 years and we are now expecting our first child in January, a baby girl named Lillian Catherine. I have 2 dogs, I am a Clemson Fan, I help with the College Class at my church, Boiling Springs First Baptist, and I enjoy spending a lot of time with my family and friends.
Admissions Counselor/Presidential Ambassador Advisor
What is a piece of Advice that you would give a new student coming to college?
Get started early, Take your SAT/ACT’s and begin your research at least by your Junior Year. Visit as many campuses as you can and keep your options open. You may find a perfect fit that you never knew existed.
What is your favorite event or activity on campus at SMC?
I really enjoy our Guest Fest dates because it lets us showcase our campus and let interested students see what we are all about.
Where do you like to hang out off campus in Spartanburg?
I spend a lot of time with my family. But when I’m out and about I love to visit Strawberry Hill USA, and the West Gate area has loads of great shopping!
What is a quote that encourages or inspires you?
“For with God, nothing shall be impossible.” – Luke 1:37
What have you been listening to lately?
I just recently discovered Pandora, and Love all the neat stations!
How do you spend your free time?
Well, currently my husband and I are expecting our first baby, so all of our free time is spent preparing the nursery and our home to make room! We also spend a lot of time in baby stores. And just try to spend as much time together as possible before she gets here.
What is your Favorite book or Movie?
I am a Huge Harry Potter Fan!! And I also really enjoyed reading and watching “The Help.”