Bradlee's Story

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Name:  Bradlee Rogers
College:  College of Business and Economics
Major(s):  Accounting
Grad Year:  Spring 2017
Hometown:  Springfield, Va.

1. Why did you decide to attend Radford University?
As I prepared to graduate from Northern Virginia Community College and consider a four-year university, I was impressed by how helpful and friendly the Radford University advisor was as he worked with me to develop a plan for obtaining my degree in two years. The smaller class sizes and compact campus were also part of my choice. Finally, I really liked the new College of Business and Economics building, as it is a great place in which to study and learn.

2. How have you financed your education? Have you encountered any challenges along the way?
Although my family has helped me finance most of my education, I have been very fortunate to have a lot of help from scholarships. The scholarships have really helped to alleviate some of the financial burden and allowed me to focus more time and energy on my studies. I am proud that my accomplishments have earned me scholarship support so that I can help my family with the financial stress of obtaining my college degree.

3. What do you appreciate most about your Radford University education?
The amazing faculty. All of the professors I have had the privilege of working with genuinely care about their students, and not just about their students’ grades, but their entire college experience and their plans for after graduation. I have learned about numerous great scholarship and professional opportunities from my faculty, which have helped me feel even more prepared to succeed in the “real world.” Because the faculty have helped me with my classes, as well as give advice and talk about their similar life experiences, I know that I have built lifelong relationships with them.

4. What are your career ambitions?
I would like to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Management Accountant (CMA). After obtaining an entry level position in the auditing field, I would like to work for a local government or a federal government agency as an auditor.

5. Why do you think donor support is important?
Donor support enables students like me to focus more on our classes than the stress of paying for tuition, books and living expenses. It puts us in a position to accomplish the first step towards our career goals, obtaining an undergraduate degree. Some students may not even be able to take that first step without the generous support of donors.

6. Do you have a message for donors and prospective donors?
I would like to say thank you to the donors for investing in Radford University students like me. I want to let you know that your gift truly makes a difference. To the alumni who are considering making a donation, I want to encourage you to make a gift. It is not just a gift to the university; it is an investment in a fellow Highlander’s success.