Patrick Campbell

Economics and Political Science

The familial atmosphere caught my attention.

When I first visited Bradley, the familial atmosphere caught my attention.  Coming from Wisconsin, I looked at our major state school, but when you attend large schools, although you feel like you are a part of something, you have little personal identity.  At Bradley, I found that everyone has the chance to be a big fish in a pond that’s just big enough.

I found myself captivated by the enthusiasm of the professors I had at Bradley.  When visiting, you don’t necessarily see the vast opportunities Bradley offers for mentorship or networking with an extraordinarily intelligent group of faculty who remain at the forefront of their fields.  I knew Bradley was the place for me before I came, but in hindsight my mentors in numerous different departments truly reinforced my decision.

I also think students should know that the administration is extremely down to earth.  President Glasser and Dean Galsky were so accessible while I was in school.  My friends and co-workers here in Boston can’t say the same about their alma maters.  The care the Bradley’s faculty, administration, and staff have for their students is imperative to a fruitful college experience and unique to Bradley; and it’s what kept me happy at Bradley.

I completed four exciting and diverse internship experiences while at Bradley.  My first internship was as a special projects intern for the City of Peoria’s Equal Opportunity Office.  I also spent two summers and a fall semester in Washington, D.C., working for an alumna as a government relations intern at British Telecom, for Newt Gingrich at American Enterprise Institute as a research intern, and at the National Security Agency as an Intelligence Analyst Fellow, which I cannot speak too much about!

When you’re competing for BUST, you can slip into focusing so much on success and not enough on shooting for excellence.  As a result, you worry too much about what can go wrong, like your judges or audience scowling at you during a humorous event, stumbling in a speech, or even going to the wrong room for a round.  Yet, all of this worrying just becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.  As a National Champion in Oratory, I’ve found that if you focus on doing the right thing well, then success will come naturally.