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I think every student on campus has been challenged to reach their potential (academically, athletically, socially, and spiritually) in a personal way that not many campuses can offer.
Julia Huxman ’12

Erin Bradley

Hometown: Newton, Kansas
Major: Communication Arts
Class of 2014

What’s your major? Why did you choose it?
I chose Communication Arts because it encompassed the idea of what I wanted to do. I hope to get a job in journalism upon graduation and Communication Arts is what Newspaper, Yearbook and Radio are classified under so it made the most sense. I am also minoring in Literary Studies to get more writing experience and Graphic Design to get experience with that aspect of journalism.
What brought you to Bethel?
Growing up, I knew about Bethel and had been involved here, but Bethel was never really on my radar as a real option until my senior year. Bethel was the only school that kept in contact with me continually. I really knew they wanted me to be here and that they knew who I was instead of just a name on a list of thousands of students. I also came because of the activities I was involved in, especially track. I enjoyed and respect the professors and coaches and really wanted to work with them.
What activities have you been involved in?
Currently I am involved in The Collegian (The school paper), Track, Residence Life, and Multicultural Club. The past two years I was also involved in Basketball.
How are you different now from when you first arrived on campus?
I would say I am much more confident. I accept more of who I am. I feel comfortable in my own skin. I would say Bethel helped with that. They are such a welcoming community. Even if you don’t fit in with everyone, there isn’t a whole lot of looking down on you for who you are. Your past or what you do. I would also say I am more involved. I came to campus sort of shy and stuck in my one area. I am finding myself willing to try new things and going to events I wouldn’t have gone to in high school. Being a small school gives you options to try lots of different things.
For what are you most proud of Bethel?
I am proud of the high standards and the people at Bethel. In most situations, people at Bethel, whether it is the Residence Life staff, your professors, the administration or the cafeteria staff, they are all here to see you succeed, and truly succeed. No one here is going to just let you get by so you can pass. There are very high standards and very intelligent people here at Bethel. They try to keep people from slipping through the crack. They are going to give you the tools and the help you need to succeed. You just have to be willing to ask and put in the work and most of the time you will get amazing results.
What has been your favorite course so far, and why?
I really enjoyed Photography. I had taken a class in High School, but it had been all digital. Having the beginners photography being film was really fun and very instructional. Doing work in the dark room was lots of fun. It was really easy to lose hours and hours in there but it was so fun to do the whole process and see all the steps. David is also a really good teacher and makes the critiques and projects fun. There was always at least one assignment you could excel at and you could always use your individualism to make your pictures your own.
Tell a quick story about a memorable moment from your Bethel days.
My most memorable Bethel moment was when I qualified for Nationals in Discus. Not only because I had one of my best throws of my career, but also because of all the support I felt. It was something that not only my team and I were proud of but the entire campus and the greater Bethel. People I had never really interacted with stopped me and congratulated me, or posted on my Facebook with good wishes. Even now weeks after I competed, I still feel support and good wishes for another season.
What does it mean to be a Thresher?
Being a Thresher means having a community of people, whether you know them or not, that supports and cares for you. When something good happens, people all through the town and through the nation come to know about it and give you support. It is not just the smaller community on campus, but the larger Bethel community as well. You might not know a person, but they know about you and you know about them because of Bethel. We support each other because we are Threshers. Bethel students and alumni are pretty dedicated to Bethel and that’s one of the great things about it. There are Threshers all over the place. You might not know it, but they are connected to you and rooting for you. Being a Thresher is being a key member of a community. Even if it doesn’t always feel like it, you are still deeply connected.