Student Spotlight: Bradley Setter

Bradley Setter

Bradley Setter
Major: Associate in Arts

When Bradley Setter got out of the Marine Corps, he moved to Arizona for a year and started a degree in mechanics. However, he realized that wasn’t the career for him.

“I didn't know where I wanted to move to but I knew I wanted to be closer to Michigan,” he said. “My cousin told me there was a great community college with amazing opportunities near where he lived, and I decided that's where I wanted to start my career path.”

Setter didn’t know what that path would be until he took Intro to Sociology with Norene Herrington.

“She opened my eyes to the world and helped me expand my passion for the people around me,” he said.

Another experience that provided confidence was joining Pride Alliance, COD’s gay-straight alliance.

“When I first walked in, I didn’t know what to expect. I was nervous, happy and also felt alone,” he said. “But within the first five minutes, I was a changed person. And, for the first time in my life, I felt accepted for who I was. My objective was to expand Pride to help more students than it has in the past, so I applied for the president position and, with a great team of officers, this year we did just that.”

Because of his efforts, in 2014 Student Life named Pride Alliance its Club of the Year and Setter received the Benjamin P. Hyink Student Leader of the Year Award.

After graduating with his Associate in Arts degree, Setter someday would like to earn a master’s degree. He would enjoy landing a position as a program coordinator at an HIV clinic, working to create a safe atmosphere for people living with HIV.

He’s grateful to College of DuPage for the many opportunities offered to him, and he advises other students to get involved.

“You will find a great support system that will expand your education farther beyond the classrooms,” he said.

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