2014 SFI Campers

Camper Testimonials

Want to know what participants are saying about SFI?  Read their comments below.

SFI taught me to step out of my comfort zone. Over the course of two weeks I branched out incredibly as a performer and person in general. There is no camp like SFI and there is no place like Bradley.

- Sarah Brashear 
2014 NIETOC Humorous Interpretation National Champion, NCFL Oral Interpretation National Runner-up, NSDA Humorous Interpretation 3rd Place

I always meet such great people every year that I come.  I've pushed myself to become a leader and do things speech-wise and otherwise that I might never have done without SFI

- Emlee Ballowe
2015 SFI Participant

I honestly can't think of other people who have pushed me past my boundaries more than these great people. They also reminded me of the true reason that I do speech; to have the opportunity to speak my mind, and have the luxury that people will listen.

- Riaz Gillani 
IHSA State Qualifier

SFI:  Learn from the Best to Become the Best  -Sarah Brashear


Mind-changing experience.  That's it!

- Anirudh Sivaraman
2015 SFI Participant

At SFI, I've grown as a performer, but more importantly I've grown as a person. I have made lifelong friends and learned that with an exceptional amount of hard work you can achieve your goals whether that be, a national championship trophy, breaking to finals, or even just getting up in front of a room to speak on a topic that is meaningful to you. I have gained the greatest role models and couldn't ask for better place to call home than Bradley University.

- Megan Magee 
IHSA Poetry and Prose State Finalist

When I went to Bradley SFI, I made friends.  Campers and coaches were welcoming and inviting.  I love how I was able to be with a group of people with so many different backgrounds and ways of thinking.  It allowed me to grow as a person and be more accepting
of different perspectives

- Shell Phu
2015 SFI Participant

I've attended Bradley SFI for the last three years. Each summer I have met people who have inspired me, cultivated my talents, and most importantly, fostered my growth as an individual. Because of SFI, I qualified for state as a sophomore, earned 2nd in the state for Special Occasion Speaking as a junior and senior. Every year I come back from camp as a stronger performer and a better person, a testament to the nurturing, coaching, and love that the team provides you during not only the two weeks you spend in Peoria, but for the rest of your speech season and your life.

- Kaveri Sharma
Multiple IHSA State Finalist in Special Occasion Speaking

I know that I have a second home at Bradley and have become a part of an amazing family. SFI has undeniably changed me, and I am so grateful for the love and inspiration of our coaches. I love you all, and I feel so lucky to have met you all.

- Julia Rabin

Attending the Bradley Summer Forensics Institute has been one of the best experiences of my life. Coming into camp I knew virtually nothing about Original Oratory - when I left I was prepared to compete at the national level. More importantly, SFI taught me how to value and respect speech.  I recommend SFI to anyone who wants to push themselves, have a ridiculous amount of fun, meet intelligent people, and compete at the highest level of forensics.

- Andy Braden
NCFL Finalist in Original Oratory