Student Spotlight: Bradley Kirouac
Major: Associate in Arts
When Bradley Kirouac 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.”
Kirouac started to envision his path at College of DuPage when 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.
From all of his experiences at COD, his greatest 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, we did just that.”
Because of his efforts, Student Life named Pride Alliance its Club of the Year and Kirouac received the Benjamin P. Hyink Student Leader of the Year Award.
After graduating with his Associate in Arts degree, Kirouac transferred to Robert Morris University to pursue his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in management. He is a general manager of Olive Mediterranean Grill in Lincoln Park. The restaurant has five locations and is currently going through an expansion to eight by next year.
From sociology to business, Kirouac has found a way to make food enjoyable while focusing on the community aspects of the food industry in Chicago, satisfying his thirst for culture and business. 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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