An Orlando-native, Brad Prevel ’16 arrived on the Hill with two goals: earning a top-notch liberal arts education and playing college hockey. Now immersed in his courses with an intended major in environmental studies and a member of the varsity hockey team, Brad is making the most of his time at Hamilton. “Getting used to the rigors of academics and athletics definitely came with some growing pains,” he says. “I learned along the way that hard work and making a conscious effort to seek help early and often maximized the likelihood of success.”
Brad enjoys what he describes as a balance between academic competition and camaraderie. He has been inspired by relationships between students and professors, which extend beyond the classroom. In “off-the-cuff” conversations with his advisor, Brad has honed his academic and professional focus, and is now fully engaged in research relating to hydrofracking and the implications on environmental law. A highlight of the year for Brad was time spent volunteering at the weekly Special Olympics practices at Rome Free Academy. He provided vocal support and gave lots of “high-fives” for participants competing in such events as softball toss, long jump, the 50m-dash and the javelin throw.
Brad sees evidence of donor generosity all over campus and cites the College’s immaculate grounds and facilities as a major source of pride among the Hamilton community. While he always appreciates the continual refurbishment that occurs on the Hill as result of alumni giving, he has been personally impacted by Hamilton donors whose generosity in supporting his financial aid package has helped ease the burden for Brad’s family and brought his dream of earning a Hamilton education to life.