Bradford Porter loves working with young people. His genuine enthusiasm and empathy created some amazing results at the two high schools he served as part of the Georgia College Advising Corps.
The College Advising Corps featured Porter in a blog post this spring. Through a year marked with virtual learning amid a deadly pandemic, Porter helped students thinking post-graduation plans.
As noted in the post, he contacted every senior who did not reach out to him. Over the year, he logged more than 180 phone calls and more than 150 virtual meetings with families.
“They have the desire. The idea is there. They just need someone to come up alongside to help them journey through the process—one step at a time.” -- Bradford Porter
As first-generation college graduate, Porter understands the importance of having a coach and friend through the college-going process. His personal touch made a big difference. One of his advisees said, "He kept me motivated... when I was under a great deal of stress and pressure and said I didn't think I could finish my applications."
Porter concludes his two-year service with the Georgia College Advising Corps this spring. In the fall, he will pursue a master in education degree in student affairs at Clemson University.