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Alumna Encourages Freshmen to Be Open to New Experiences

Incoming freshman in the STEP program gather at the Massachusetts Avenue entrance to AU.

Incoming freshman in the STEP program gather at the Massachusetts Avenue entrance to AU. (Photo: Jeff Watts)

The first time Martina Bradford, CAS/BA ’74, ventured to northwest Washington from her Anacostia home was the day she moved into the AU residence hall.

On July 28, the economist and lawyer returned to Ward Circle to speak with 39 students in AU’s intensive Summer Transition Enrichment Program (STEP), which prepares incoming freshmen for college coursework. Thirty-five years ago, Bradford said, “I was sitting right where you are, bright-eyed and ready to learn.”

Bradford, who heads the Senate Democratic Diversity Initiative, which recruits minorities for positions on Capitol Hill, stressed the importance of networking, reading the newspaper, and being open to new people and experiences.

“Everyone here wants you to succeed,” she said to the students, many of whom are the first in their families to go to college. “You have the wind at your back—take advantage of it.”