Students attending summer orientation this year will hail from all over the U.S. and abroad. But for some, Milledgeville and Georgia College is already a staple in their lives.
“It was the only place that felt right to me,” said Alex Bradley, who is a graduate of Georgia Military College Prep School in Milledgeville and an Eatonton native. “I looked at other places, but after I took a tour, I knew this was where I saw myself.”
It was on a mission trip to Mexico that Bradley found her talent and joy of giving back to others. After returning, she knew her role in life would be to become an educator. A large part of her decision to attend Georgia College was based on the reputation of the John H. Lounsbury College of Education.
“I want to make a difference. I can’t wait to learn more so I can pass that down to others,” she said.
Bradley was an active student at GMC. She was involved with the Student Government Association, soccer, cheerleading, the Chick-fil-A Leader Academy, theatre and Young Life. At Georgia College, she hopes to continue being involved. She wants to become a leader in Young Life and maybe try her hand at a couple intramurals.
Bradley’s mother Lisa Bradley said being close to home wasn’t necessarily a priority when finding a good fit for Alex.
“It was all about finding the right place for her education. It just so happened to be Georgia College,” Lisa said. “With the liberal arts experience, I feel there’s so many opportunities for her to explore—I’m excited for her.”
J.D. Scott, like Bradley, is also no stranger to Georgia College. He’s a Baldwin County native, attended Baldwin County High School and his mother and aunt both graduated from the university when the Bobcats were known as the Colonials.
“When I came here for a visit, I actually didn’t even come with my mom or aunt,” he said. “I wanted to get an unbiased opinion, so I came with my dad.”
What really sealed Scott’s fate as a Bobcat was the Rising MISTER camp that he attended his junior year. The camp is an overnight experience that introduces underrepresented students to the field of education. The camp led Scott to seriously considering Georgia College as his next step in his education.
“After he got bit by that bug his junior year, he couldn’t shake it,” alumna Felicia Poole, Scott’s mother, said.
Scott wants to pursue computer science with the eventual goal of becoming a computer programmer. Another goal he has is to break out of his shell, find a close group of friends and get the whole college experience.
“I’m very excited for him,” Jerek Scott, Scott’s father, said. “I want him to take this opportunity to broaden his horizons and become a pillar in the community.”
Scott said he doesn’t mind being close to home and looks forward to residence hall life in the fall.
“At first I wanted to move away, but the more I thought about it, the campus and community is a really beautiful place,” he said.