During my time in college, I’ve been asked multiple times why I chose Bradley. Coming from Southern California, it’s hard for some to believe why I would ever leave the beaches for the cold Midwest winters. I also questioned myself, mostly during those winter months, as to why I chose Bradley to be my home for four years.
My freshman year I told my adviser I was going to transfer to the University of San Fransisco and she told me “No.” And guess what? I listened to her. I stayed and I don’t regret it.
It may sound cliche, but the answer to the question of why I stayed at Bradley is simple. The people kept me here. There is something to be said about a college campus where you cannot walk to class without seeing a familiar face.
I have met many people throughout my time on campus and I have many to thank for making my experience so memorable.
First, thanks to The Scout. Even though my time here was short, my college experience would have been incomplete without it. I was on the staff for one school year, but the memories will stay with me forever.
Thanks to Tony for making The Scout office feel like home and helping me grow as a designer. Thank you Cole for being one of my best friends and for giving me the endearing nickname “Nelly.” The late Thursday nights spent with he two of you brought a lot of laughter and memories that I will forever cherish. All I can say now is that I wish I joined The Scout earlier.
Thank you to my sorority, Chi Omega, for giving me a second home at Bradley. The role models and relationships within the house allowed me to grow and become a better person.
Thank you to my graphic design friends. Classes would have been boring without you all. Special shout out to Lucas for letting me copy your schedule for the last three years.
If it hadn’t been for all these people and many more who went out of their way to make a girl from Southern California feel welcome in the Midwest, I would not have enjoyed college as much as I have.
Farewell, Bradley family, although I hope to never come back to Peoria, I hope to see you all again.