After experiencing a variety of internships with several companies, I accepted a position at General Electric Healthcare in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I’m originally from Aberdeen, South Dakota, and I wanted to be located in a larger city with a reputable company offering lots of opportunities for professional and personal development. I enjoyed two distinct internships at General Electric Healthcare: logistics and magnetic resonance imagery (MRI). Now, I’ll be in a two-year rotational management development program as a member of its operations management leadership program.
Dr. Joe Emanuel, professor of industrial engineering, helped influence my decision to attend Bradley and was the department chair for my first three years here. He is passionate about his teaching, relates well with his students, and always has an open door.
I like blending my business and engineering interests, and a career in industrial engineering is the best fit for me.
Six weeks after graduation I leave for Taichung, Taiwan, with a childhood friend to teach preschool at Cornel School. The curriculum is taught in English, and all the children should have a working knowledge of English. I will also have an assistant who is Chinese and will be able to translate to parents for me if necessary. I have a one-year commitment, but I might stay longer if I really enjoy it. Eventually I would like to move back to Chicago, teach, and also earn my master’s degree, possibly in special education.
I have always wanted to teach young children, and my many positive experiences at Bradley have certainly shaped the kind of teacher I will be. I honestly feel like I couldn’t have received a better education. I have always loved my early childhood professors’ classes. Dr. Helja Antola Crowe, Dr. Hwa Lee, and Dr. Celia Johnson have really opened my eyes and allowed me to experience education in new and different ways. I know I am going to be an excellent teacher, but I also know that my teaching skills would not be what they are without these professors.
I’ve accepted a position as a program analyst with Hewitt Associates in
Two computer science courses and two professors shaped what I wanted to do after graduation: software engineering with Dr. Vladimir Uskov, professor of computer science and information systems, and data base management systems with Dr. Steve Dolins, assistant professor of computer science and information systems. On the same token, I plan to take this knowledge and start my own company. I am working with Corey Butler ’04 who has started his own business, Ecor Systems, so technically, I have two jobs.
The quad is my favorite memory because people start hanging out on the quad the first nice day of March. Last semester, I was a member of the BuFusion sponsored by Microsoft to promote .net technology. We helped make the quad wireless. Initially, I was shocked by the lack of diversity on campus, but I quickly developed a diverse group of friends. I enjoyed playing intramural basketball in the “A” league where I met many students.
My experience provided me with the necessary skills required to pursue a career in the field of music. The work load prepared me for what to expect at the graduate level of music and really taught me how to be a more responsible person. The music program for a performance major especially requires a lot of outside work. I would try to practice three to four hours per day. It’s really up to each student to decide how far he or she wants to progress. When I was a freshman, the upperclassmen really encouraged me and inspired me to reach beyond what they had accomplished.
Bradley has a very good music department and attracts very talented freshmen each year. Bradley also is blessed with a fine music faculty. Because of the size of the school, you really can develop a personal relationship with the teachers. The hours required to graduate also allow the student to focus on his or her major and become enlightened in other fields at the same time.
I am enrolling in the graduate program for a master of arts in piano performance at the University of Iowa. I eventually would like to teach piano at the university level. There are many teaching and performing opportunities in Iowa City, and it’s a neat town.
So many different areas have contributed to my success and happiness at Bradley University. From the beginning, I became very involved with many campus organizations, such as the Panhellenic Council and Sigma Kappa Sorority. I’ve held executive positions in both groups. I also utilized the amazing resources of my advisors, Nathan Thomas, Jennifer Robin, and Kelly Harris, to assist me in always striving for the next level of success. The professors that I have had in the Foster College of Business took a genuine interest in my personal well-being as well as my academic achievements; that has made a huge impact on my university experience.
I am returning to my hometown of Naperville for many reasons. Pulte Homes has invited me to join its team as an assistant customer relations manager in Bolingbrook. Addressing homebuyers’ concerns and questions will give me an opportunity to utilize all of the problem-solving skills I gained at Bradley.
I am engaged to Jeremy Bell, and we are planning a July 2006 wedding. I am excited to help my sister Courtney move onto the Bradley campus as an incoming freshman.
Antoinette Peterson ’05 receives a mortarboard adjustment before Commencement from her mother, Linda, center, and sister, Becky, right.
Civil engineering graduate Phil Litchfield ’05 and his canine companion, “Dodger,” make their final trek as undergraduates. See a slide show of “Dodger’s” diploma and other commencement photos. Go>
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