Constance Hughes

Constance's Interview

Social Work


It’s not just the smaller classes; it’s the big opportunities a medium-sized university provides.

When I was a senior in high school I had narrowed my top two schools down to Bradley and a bigger state school. I went to a small academy inside a medium-sized school and I enjoyed having a closer relationship with my teachers in high school and decided I wanted that in college also. Smaller classes have really made my college life more engaging. I’m not just in a lecture hall; although I do have lectures to attend, my assignments have included debates, papers, group projects, community service, and fundraising.

Bradley’s size means that with all the opportunities we have, we also have the faculty here building relationships with the students. Whether it’s been, London, Ohio, or Geisert Hall, I’ve had the faculty behind me.

College is what you make it. Bradley has tons of resources. I’ve studied abroad in London, I’ve had a summer research internship in Ohio, and I’ve become a resident advisor in Geisert Hall. Of these opportunities, the greatest one may be winning a Study Abroad scholarship. It allowed me the opportunity to study in London between fall and spring semesters. Without the scholarship I would have never financially considered Study Abroad. My experiences have given me the confidence to try new things and go outside of my comfort zone.

While in London I explored many of its amazing sites. I went on the famous London Eye, took a picture in front of Big Ben and climbed many stairs at Westminster Abbey. I also took a class called Psychology of Women. We went to plays such as Wicked and visited the Women’s Library. During our free weekend I went to Oxford and Bath.

I am most passionate about my professors. They all bring something different to the classroom through their practice. One thing I enjoy about the faculty here is that they build a relationship with the students, and they can because each department is relatively small.

Last summer, I was part of a research program at Ohio State University. There, I had a research mentor and used her data to create a study entitled “An Exploration of Demographic Influences on Women who are Battered.” I met so many people from across the country and I still keep in contact with most of them. The program also gave us information on graduate school, tips on the graduate application process, and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) prep.