Galesburg High School
Intramurals, Residential Advisor, Hall Director, Big Idea Competition, RLAB, Powder Club
You never know what opportunities are out there until you actually experience them. I actively try to pursue different opportunities when they are presented to me. Taking these chances can lead to new doors opening up for you. This also helps you get to know a lot of people and expand your network, which is especially important as you pursue internships and full-time jobs once you leave Bradley.
Camryn Picken - Junior
Midwest Central High School
Undergraduate Student Researcher in Psychology, Student Scholarship Expo, Honors Program, Psi Chi, HerCampus
Maintaining your physical and mental health while on campus is essential. Be sure to schedule time throughout your week to head to Markin for a workout, go for a walk around campus, spend some time with friends, or take a moment to breathe and de-stress from classes. To be successful with anything in life, you have to tend to your well-being!
Kaleigh Clarke - Junior
English with a Concentration in Creative Writing
Oak Park, IL
Oak Park and River Forest High School
House Manager at Dingledine, Pre Law Club Member, Charter Member of NACWC, Belle’s Majorette Dancer
I have found many opportunities within the Peoria Community, such as getting to work with the Peoria Racial Justice committee, meeting the mayor through a Bradley University Internship, and working on Social Justice projects. I have grown as a person and gotten to form positive relationships with people in the Peoria area. Similar opportunities are available through the Career Center or your professors so don’t be afraid to ask around!
Katy Skonicki - Sophomore
New Lenox, IL
Lincoln-Way West High School
BSEA (Bradley Student Education Association), Avid reader, Loves helping others
College is a fresh start, take advantage of it. Join clubs that you second guess yourself out of joining in high school because of judgment by others. Do what makes you happy without others’ input being the final factor on what you should or shouldn’t join. You have the perfect opportunity to show your true personality that you might have not been comfortable doing in high school. Don’t waste a chance to be your genuine self in and outside the classroom!
Leanne Kappeler - Sophomore
Middle School Education, Mathematics
La Grange Park, IL
Lyons Township High School
Kappa Delta, Wags for Mags, love to crochet and find a variety of colors for my nails
During my first few weeks at Bradley, I wasn’t the type of person who would ask questions. For example, I thought that I was good with technology, but I ended up having trouble connecting my TV to the internet. I was nervous to ask my RA for help because I thought it would be dumb question to ask, but I decided to ask anyway! Asking for help saved me so much time. In addition, I randomly started asking questions to someone who sat next to me in class, and now we are very good friends. Overall, it is important to understand that no question is too small or unimportant to ask, and you never know what opportunities will come from them!
Anna Belogliadova - Sophomore
Economics, Management Information Systems
St. Petersburg, Russia
D1 Tennis Team, International Students Association, Economics Club
Oscar Wilde once said: “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken”. Don’t be foolish…listen to this great author! It is hard work to pretend to be somebody else. Do not put yourself in this tough position. Let people see the real, imperfect, quirky, beautiful, magical person that you are. There are billions of people in the world, and everybody is unique. You will find the right people on campus who will accept you, love you, and take care of you. Let yourself shine. You deserve it!
Bezawit Legesse - Junior
Chemistry - Chemical Engineering Concentration
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Hill Side School
International Students Association, Anime Club, Active Minds, African Students Association
Bradley is an amazing place to be! You will expand your horizons and experience more growth than you could have ever imagined. Just don’t forget to call home sometimes. People back home miss you and are thinking about you just as much as you miss them. Some may not want to bother you and may be reluctant to reach out as often as they would like. Don’t underestimate how much a single text can make someone’s day.
Lauren Duell - Sophomore
Honors Program, NSLS, Digital Art Team, Fighting Game Club, FUSE, 24Hours Contest, 12to12 Animation Contest, Game Jam
If you’re ever stuck on an assignment or need some assistance with a class, there is no need to fear! Your professors are a great resource when it comes to asking questions about schoolwork. I chat with my professors whenever I have questions outside of class, and it has been a crucial resource for my education. Think about it, your professors are not only incredibly passionate about the topics they teach, but they’re also here to cheer you on and help you succeed at Bradley!
Alexander Griffith - Junior
Music Entertainment and Industry
Sioux City, IA
Libertyville High School
Guitarist, Writer, Lyricist, Rock Climber, FUSE, COM 103 Spotlight Competition
College presents opportunities that allow you to grow. Fully embracing them makes college enjoyable in a more holistic way. For example, during my first year at Bradley, I took the time to explore parts of Peoria outside of campus and had a blast discovering local businesses. I also grew personally when I took a chance and entered a speech competition, pushing outside of my comfort zone and growing my experiences. When you take a chance in life, sometimes good things happen, and sometimes, it may not go the way you want, but if you don’t take a chance nothing happens.
LaBria Gordon - Junior
Public Health Education
South Holland, IL
Thornridge High School
Belles of Bradley Dancer, Service on Saturday
During classes and academic sessions, if you ever are confused or need assistance with projects or homework you can take advantage of professor office hours, tutoring sessions, attend online and/or in-person study groups, email questions and concerns to professors and staff, and so much more! These are great resources to help you succeed...take advantage!
Miles Swezy - Sophomore
Morris Community High School
Frequent attendee to on-campus lectures, Hall Council events, Grey's Anatomy fan, Culver's custard lover (but especially the vanilla)
Don’t miss out on opportunities to get extra credit! Not many professors offer it frequently, but when they do it usually is not too much work. This can also show them you care about the class, which can also be worth that extra point that could be the difference between a “B” and an “A”! Also, make sure you take advantage of reserving study rooms. If you and your friends need a quiet place to study, the library has moveable whiteboards, TVs, and power outlets in all the study rooms for you to use. These can be great opportunities to help you succeed!