Texas Tech Track and Field high jumper and Rawls College student Bradley Adkins will represent Team USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Bradley - a dual management and marketing major - qualified for the competition by leaping over the 7-1 and 7-3 marks, finishing third at the USA Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., earlier this month.
Bradley, who is one of three high jumpers participating, is the first Texas Tech student to represent Team USA in the high jump at the Olympics. The Idalou native will travel with Team USA to Rio on Aug. 3, and will have the preliminary rounds of the competition on Aug. 14. The finals will then take place on Aug. 16.
Although he is pursuing a dream of high jumping, Bradley will still graduate with his degrees in May 2017, with that knowledge that his business background will ensure his long-term success. Learn more about Bradley's time at the Rawls College and his Olympic dream in the Q&A below.
Why did you want to pursue management and marketing degrees?
Going into college, I felt that a business degree was broad and offered me a variety of options. I knew that I could do many things with my degrees, and it was a natural fit.
What has been your favorite part of the Rawls College?
The professors have always been great to work with. They are very understanding, and I've had a lot of support from them. They always ask me how things are going and have shown a genuine interest in my life. For example, when I qualified for the Olympics, I had several who reached out to congratulate me. The personal relationships have been a great experience during my time at the Rawls College.
What has been your favorite class thus far?
Honestly, I've enjoyed all my classes with Dr. Bob McDonald and Professor Harper. Like I mentioned before, they are two of the faculty members who were supportive of my goals, and being around them in class has been positive. For a particular favorite, I enjoyed Dr. McDonald's Personal Selling (MKT 4350) course.
How does it feel to be going to the Olympics and representing your country?
It's still kind of setting in, and it's a little surreal. I'm not sure if I quite understand the magnitude of it yet, but I'm trying to soak it all in. I'm sure it'll hit me when I go down there, but I'm excited, focused, and ready to take care of business.
What advice would you give to current students about following their passion?
I'm driven by my faith, and I'm going to work hard and keep my faith has my biggest motivating factor. But I would say that to any student should find something they love and pursue it, whether it's a business goal or competing at the Olympics. Dream big, go after it, and work hard. Your dreams can come true, and you should never sell yourself short.This supports the efforts outlined in the Rawls College of Business Strategic Plan. Learn more about the LEADER 2020 Strategic Plan and follow our progress on Twitter at #RawlsLeads.