"The personal touch at Albertus is impressive," says Bradley Hils, an international business management major who graduated in 2006. "I wanted to minor in Romance languages - French, Italian and Spanish - because I came from a very strict high school French curriculum and I didn't want to lose my proficiency. I knew languages would be a good complement to the international business major, too. AMC didn't offer the Romance languages as a major or minor, but the admissions staff and academic dean were willing to discuss my goals and tailor a program to meet my interests."
While growing up in Edgewood, Kentucky, not far from Cincinnati, Brad thought he would attend a local college where his mother was an administrator. But as a high school senior, he decided to branch out and look for schools near New York City. Brad's mother knew of Albertus Magnus' excellent reputation through her work and agreed to a visit. "Within half an hour of stepping on campus, I was sold. The place is really beautiful. Add the proximity to Yale, the small size and the personal attention, and I knew I'd found the right college for me."
For Brad, talking with professors at Albertus was like talking to a friend or neighbor with an open door. "You felt like you could always ask questions and know they're sincerely interested in helping you succeed." Such personal attention helped Brad thrive. In fact, he was named the 2006 Day Student Class Marshal, the highest academic honor at Albertus. "I know I really grew as a student and as a writer in my first-year core classes," says Brad. "Writing is so important to every class at Albertus, and now that I'm on the job, I find I write something significant every day."
In January of his senior year at Albertus, Brad secured the job he would start after graduation - Operations Manager with Energizer Batteries in Vermont. After two years there, he wanted to return to his northern Kentucky roots, and he's now employed as Human Resource Manager at a Berkshire Hathaway/Scott Fetzer company in Harrison, Ohio.
"The entire curriculum of the Department of Business Administration and Management has prepared me well for the work world after graduation," says Brad. "A great capstone was the senior business project class during my final semester. We were challenged with weekly case studies that touched upon every aspect of the business world - human resources, supply chain, operations management and so forth. I gained so much by preparing my own recommendations, and I still draw upon what I learned."
Encouraged to get involved both in and out of class at Albertus, Brad was voted student body vice president in his sophomore year and was AMC's only two-term student body president in his junior and senior years. "Albertus is more than going to class, more than textbooks and tests; it's a life that gives you great experiences and great preparation," says Brad. "The small class sizes create a ‘team' atmosphere that's like the real-life career situations I've encountered in the workplace. With hands-on opportunities, practical applications and the personal attention from Albertus faculty, you're well known across campus, encouraged to express yourself and supported in your success. The best thing? You get a world-class education."