Jennie Fiala

Public Relations

IT WAS TOO BIG ... SO I TRANSFERRED

I didn’t start out at Bradley. I started out at the big four-year state school. I wasn’t happy at the larger university so I began visiting friends who went to Bradley. After my very first visit I fell in love with this campus.

When I tried to figure out how to transfer on my own, it was difficult. When I finally called Bradley they told me they were there to help and that I needn’t complete everything on my own. They helped me with transferring credits, finding scholarships and transitioning from a big university. The admissions counselors were there to help me.

I AM NO LONGER AN ID NUMBER OR A GPA

My professors actually take the time to learn about me as an individual. There’s nothing more rewarding than a professor remembering your name two years after you’ve taken their class.

I appreciate the fact that I am taught by professionals. One of my professors was a news anchor for one of the local Peoria stations. She was amazing, not only in the classroom, but she actually took us to the station. Our class stayed for the noon broadcast and then had the chance to learn how the newsroom operates. My professor was always there to help us and she really cared about how we improved our writing technique.

FROM WRIGLEY FIELD TO BIG BEN

My first internship, working for the Peoria Chiefs professional baseball team, led to one of the coolest experiences of my life. I was given the opportunity to work at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. Not only was I allowed to go wherever I wanted, but I was able to go where no other fan had been able to go before. I actually got to be on the field and sit in the dugout.

If Wrigley Field wasn’t enough, I’ve also gone other places I had only dreamed of. The Bradley study abroad program provided me with the opportunity to travel to London. I got the chance to study in an entirely different country and I had the time of my life.

I FINALLY FOUND MY NICHE

The greatest thing that has happened to me at Bradley has been the chance to discover what I am truly good at. I’m not only good at my major, I’m good with helping people. I was given the chance to join our residential life staff here and become a resident advisor. I live on a residence hall floor and I am responsible for nearly 40 girls. This opportunity has been one of the most rewarding experiences because it gives me the chance to talk to freshmen and give them the freshman experience that I never had at my first four-year university. I feel I am living my freshman year through these girls as they grow and discover the possibilities here. Bradley gave me the opportunity to make a difference in their lives.

I started out somewhere else. I ended up at home.