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Student Success Story: Pat Bradley

April 30, 2013
Pat Bradley is passionate in the classroom, and he credits one professor in particular with stoking that passion, “my favorite class at Merrimack was my Principles of Sociology class with Dr. Decesare.

Patrick Bradley, a junior with a major in Mass Communications and minors in Clinical/Counseling Psychology and Religious and Theological Studies, has been heavily involved throughout his three years at Merrimack thus far. He has been an RA, an Orientation Leader, and been a member on several organizational boards. More recently, he has been heavily focused on his co-op with The Boston Globe. He also recently accepted the position of Sports Editor for The Beacon in the next academic year.

A writer to the core, Bradley spends his free time writing in all sorts of different disciplines. He also plays basketball as often as possible in order to take a load off. Bradley is passionate in the classroom as well, and he credits one professor in particular with stoking that passion, “my favorite class at Merrimack was my Principles of Sociology class with Dr. Decesare. He’s one of the best teachers I’ve ever had - he has this passion for learning and knowledge that he doesn’t force on you, but it bleeds down into every member of the class; you can’t help but want more. It was the best semester I’ve had at school.”

Beyond the classroom, Bradley dedicated much time to professional development. He administers a personal blog, which allows him to attain exposure and valuable feedback from readers. He also joined Merrimack’s newspaper, The Beacon, this past year and through this position, Bradley had the opportunity to cover the Merrimack Hockey Team for US College Hockey Online (USCHO).

All of Bradley’s opportunities have been valuable, but none were quite as spectacular at The Globe. “The experience will really help me in the future in several ways. The experience is second to none - working in the sports department, I’m an actual journalist working 60 hours a week and dedicating myself to my craft and the people I write about. I’ve also met several contacts along the way from The Eagle Tribune, NESN, WEEI, ESPN and more that will definitely help me get a job in the future,” he explains.

He also expressed his gratitude for all the help he received from The O’Brien Center for Student Success, saying, “The O’Brien Center for Student Success was HUGE - I found the co-op at the Globe through their Facebook page, they walked me through every step, (O’Brien Career Advisor) Sam Medina (Whitenack) probably edited and reviewed my resume 100 times and went the extra mile to talk to me even at home, off the clock. I wouldn’t have gotten it without her.”

The O’Brien Center for Student Success can help you become the next success story of Merrimack by helping you find internships, co-op, full-time job opportunities and more. So what are you waiting for? Stop by the O’Brien Center for Student Success today!

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