"Coming from a small town to a big city like New York is an opportunity that not many people have."
Member of Adelphi University’s Profiles in Success program.
by Jeffrey Weisbord“Coming from a small town to a big city like New York is an opportunity that not many people have.” —Bradley Simpson ’12
Destination Adelphi: A Long Way From Home
Bradley Simpson ’12 is a long way from home—16,000 miles, to be precise. Currently pursuing an M.B.A. from the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business, Bradley hails from Goulburn, Australia, a small city of about 20,000 residents located southwest of Sydney. He received multiple offers from nearby universities, but ultimately decided (prior to his sophomore year of study) to transfer from Wollongong University to study and play basketball in the United States.
His destination: Adelphi University. “Coming from a small town to a big city like New York is an opportunity that not many people have,” Mr. Simpson said. “It was a great fit and a great opportunity.”
Bradley has thrived under the tutelage of his Adelphi business professors, finishing every semester on the Dean’s List (six times) and earning an invitation to attend the Economic Club of New York Dinner, an honor bestowed only to a select number of business students. His aptitude in the classroom was rivaled only by his performance on the basketball court. Mr. Simpson was selected to the Northeast-10 Academic All-Conference Team and earned CoSIDA/Capital One First-Team Academic All-District honors. He averaged 10.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game to combine with shooting a team-leading 59.5 percent from the floor.
In addition to his dedication to basketball, Mr. Simpson has especially enjoyed the community service activities he has participated in at Adelphi. “Every year we do a skills clinic for the Nassau County Special Needs Police Athletic League and a separate one for [the children at] the Alice Brown Early Learning Center,” he said. “It always feels great to give back to the kids.”
Upon completion of his M.B.A., Mr. Simpson plans to play professional basketball wherever it takes him, but preferably back home in Australia. Further into the future, he expects he’ll leverage his business training to pursue a career in finance.
A self-described guy from the country, Mr. Simpson said: “I never thought I’d be here, but the people I’ve met and the experiences I’ve had are different from anything back in Goulburn. I’m very happy that I chose Adelphi.”
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