Alumni Story: Bethany Brady

Starting Hiwassee College in 2009 as a young freshman, I never imagined where I would be today.  I was blessed with the Allison Scholarship, which required me to work hand in hand with the Chaplain.  At first, I was terrified to speak in front of crowds or be the first to speak in general, after four years of working with such a fantastic Chaplain and a Choir Director who both seen potential in me, I can speak in front of anyone and not even flinch.  I was also a part of the varsity basketball team for four years, going through various coaches, it was not the easiest four years, but the friendships made, leadership qualities gained, and time I was gifted to spend with my own father, as our book keeper, I would never trade.  During those four years on the court, I managed to be the first Lady Tiger to score 1000 points and grab 500 rebounds since the institution had transitioned into a 4 year institution. Other involvement, as a student, I served as Student Government President my senior year, where I managed to establish Taco Friday, for that year, I was a four year member of the Hiwassee College Chorale and Shalom, a four year recipient of Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities, member of the Phi Theta Kappa, chosen three years for Homecoming Court, receiving the J.H. Brunner Service Award as a freshman, a part of the mission group that was sent to Costa Rica in 2011, while graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies in May 2013.  Upon graduation in May, my father passed away in June, and even then not really associated with Hiwassee as an employee or student, the faculty and staff were still there for me, supportive, and helpful. At that time, many family responsibilities were thrown on me as I became the primary caregiver for my grandmother and my immediate family, I was not sure where I was going to end up, what was going to happen, or what was in store. After many days/nights of prayer, I was offered a position in the Admissions Office in September of 2013. I had the opportunity to serve as an Admissions Counselor, then promoted in 2014, to Assistant Director of Admissions for close to 3 years. In this position, I received the Hiwassee Bell Award along with the Hiwassee Recruitment Award.  In addition, I was the Assistant Coach for the Lady Tigers Basketball team for almost 3 years. In these positions, not only gave me an opportunity to grow professionally, but in my life it was fantastic timing with what I was dealing with. Just goes to truly show how God works. As an employee, I had involvement with Student Life, rebooting the Fellowship of Christian Athletes group, heading the Relay for Life team for Hiwassee, and coordinating the event to be held on campus each year. In July of 2015, my husband and I were offered the opportunity to serve as ‘dorm parents’ at Tom Black Hall, where we had the opportunity to mentor and be a big part of the young men who lived in the facility during our time there. Following receiving my Bachelor’s Degree in 2013, I went on to attend Liberty University and obtain a Master of Arts in Human Services with a focus in Executive Leadership in May 2015.  Throughout my time at Hiwassee College, having the chance to be a student and employee, I learned so much about myself. Shaping me into who I am today, pushing me to be better than I was yesterday, and giving me the confidence to strive for the goals I have set in life. I grew professionally, personally, and most importantly spiritually. Making some of the best friends that I will ever have in life, finding life-long mentors, and grabbing up memories and experiences that will be with me forever.

Being so involved at Hiwassee College, it was a tough decision to take a life move to Georgia.  This was lead because of meeting my wonderful other half, my husband, Landon Brady, as we were both students at Hiwassee College.  He, originally from Georgia, had wanted to move back to this area, the opportunity presented itself and we grabbed it. In 2016, we made the move to the great state of Georgia, where I received an offer as the Assistant Director of Admissions at Shorter University.  Since here, I have had the opportunity to be involved within the community as well, taking on a coaching position with the upward program through Northpointe Baptist. Being a part of growth on the court and in Christ with these children brings so much joy to my life.   In September 2017, our family expanded with Ms. Addison Mae Brady, she is nothing I ever could have imagined. Parenthood is such a fantastic life! Current life, we are residents in Adairsville, GA with our little family of 3 and newest addition Creo (a family dog)! Some hobbies are spending time with family and friends, playing basketball, and avid movie watcher.