Bobby Smith

Accounting

My decision to come to Bradley was based on it being the best combination of what I considered high priorities in my college search. I wanted to play soccer for a competitive Division I Program. Bradley, with its run of Missouri Valley Conference Championships and NCAA Tournament appearances, clearly met one of my requirements. Equally important as its successful soccer program was its outstanding academic reputation.

The many valuable experiences I had here would not have been possible at other schools. When we began our soccer season in the fall of my junior year, we took an East Coast tour and played three games in New Jersey, Delaware and Connecticut. While the trip was successful, the most memorable parts of the trip took place off the field. We traveled to New York City, where we saw Ground Zero and Times Square. We spent another day in Washington, D.C. where we walked onto the floor of the U.S. Senate. This year, our team took a 10-day trip to Barbados to play professional and national soccer teams and to experience the Caribbean culture.

It’s a challenge to balance time wisely between school and soccer. I’ve found that at Bradley the academic support staff is very accommodating. They help me excel as both a student and an athlete. With my academic advisor’s help, I have molded an accelerated schedule that will allow me to graduate with both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Accounting in only four years. At larger schools this feat would be very unlikely, but the nature of the Bradley classroom has made it a reality.

The immense support I have received at Bradley, coupled with the opportunities my coaches have given me, led to my being named the inaugural MVC Elite 18 winner for men’s soccer.  Greater than any individual honor was winning the 2010 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament and earning a trip to the NCAA tournament. Our team became the first to win a championship in front of its home crowd, which was an incredible feeling. These once-in-a-lifetime opportunities could only have happened by attending Bradley.