UC Stories

Keyal Bracey


I was from a small town and a small school. I was looking for something small and where I felt right at home. I had visited a couple of other campuses and they felt so disengaging. Walking back and forth, they just felt like I wasn’t a student, I was a number. It didn’t feel right to me.

But when I came to UC, the people were really nice, everyone was warm and engaging, and it felt sort of like a family. I just loved it right off the bat and thought, ‘Hey, I’d really love to go here.’ I could picture myself coming here.

Early in the semester, I met a new freshman; he said, ‘Hey, what’s up?’ And we started talking, and he said, ‘Hey, let’s go to the movies.’ Stuff like that mostly. It’s such an easy place to meet people.

My first professor in the program was Kim Landon. As one of my first professors, she was probably the greatest. Something about her was just so amazing – how she taught, how she treated us, it was something else. I didn’t think of her as a professor. I thought of her as an equal or a friend. It felt like we were learning, but at the same time it was very informal – if that makes sense at all. It felt comfortable and it was a great foot to start off on.

And as I got to meet more and more PR/J people, slowly but surely I became more involved with PR/J, and let me tell you, the people you meet are great. They’re real characters; they really are.

After a while, I sort of realized that I have some sort of responsibility now, and I can handle that really well. In high school, I never really had any sort of responsibilities. When I came here, I found out that I actually was capable of more responsibility, and that people could rely on me. Because of that, they trust me to pretty much oversee all of the events in Strebel Auditorium. Now, I even have keys to the theatre because they trust me well enough to do that.

When I got here, I didn’t really see myself as that kind of person. And then I realized, ‘Hey, I kind of know what I’m doing.’ I feel like I’m a different person almost.

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   Keyal Bracey

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Major: Journalism