April featured student: Angie Bradley
Doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership
Angie Bradley completed her master’s degree in College Student Affairs at Eastern Illinois University and was then hired as our Assistant Director of Residential Education for the Residential Life and Housing Department.
Returning to an academic environment and working with resident students inspired her to continue to pursue her own research interests. She is now a doctoral candidate in our Educational Leadership Program, conducting research involving students within the University’s Living Learning Communities. In particular, she is looking at how the sense of belonging among Students of Color is impacted by their participation in our Living Learning Communities and programs. As a co-investigator with Dr. Cynthia Alcantar, Angie is also conducting a study on underrepresented students and access to college opportunities.
Angie had initially aspired to attend veterinarian school after getting her bachelor’s degree. When it came time to apply, she struggled to write her personal statement and found herself doing some soul-searching about what path she really wanted to take. As an undergraduate resident assistant and orientation leader who loved being on campus and working with students and educators, she couldn’t imagine giving that up. Her mentor pointed her in the direction of educational leadership and administration.
Angie’s dream job would be to teach future practitioners and continue to engage in research. She finds teaching and research mentoring to be personally rewarding.
She offers the following advice to current and prospective graduate students:
“Find your people. Anyone who is thinking of getting their doctorate should reach out to their mentors. Students don’t have to go through it alone and reaching out and asking for help is so rewarding. Grad programs are very challenging, and you just can’t do it alone. Reaching out to family, friends, and classmates is critical to being successful in the program.”
In the next few weeks, Angie will be transitioning into the NevadaFIT Program, pursuing her passion for helping students feel like they belong here and “they’ve got this.”