My graduation from the University of Utah!

Below are my thoughts on becoming an U of U Alumni + photos taken by the talented and supremely kind, Ethan Watts Photography.



They have molded me as a

young woman





and student

over the past several years in my pursuit of my Bachelors in Broadcast Journalism… And yet, as I attempt to draft this post, they seem to escape me. They have been left on thousands of pages of research, on scripts of weekly broadcast and in hundreds of lectures in classroom across the University of Utah.

College took my words from me and gave me new ones. I am full of gratitude to have been given the opportunity to learn. My education wasn’t for me though, it was for others. I now realize that. When I began college, my objective was to get a degree so I could make money and be successful… The funny thing about education though is that it opens your mind to the possibilities and needs of this world.

At the conclusion of this chapter, my thoughts now revolve around what I can do to make this place a little better with the education I have obtained.

My heart aches when I think about all the things I am going to miss. The late night cramming sessions, being challenged by great minds, cheering my Utes to victory, and walking the halls of the University of Utah.

I am so grateful for the people who made my degree possible:

Paramountly, my ever encouraging and supportive parents. Mom and Dad, thank you for being my sounding boards, my support system and my “personal secretaries.” I could not (and probably wouldn’t have even tried) to do it without you. You two are all the things I hope to be someday: loving, generous, driven, and thoughtful. WE did it!


Of course, a big thank you to the many teachers and mentors who inspired me on my path to and through the U. From the halls of North Summit High School to the halls of Weber State University to the halls of the University of Utah. Thank you for educating me!

Barbara Smith! Kind, gracious, and a broadcast journalism pro!

Thanks to my Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents and Neighbors that have always cheered for me! I love you all dearly.

My sweet Aunt Amy. She always makes sure I know that she loves me. All the effort she went through to be there that day meant the world to me…
My Uncle Jon is the only reason I made it through my middle school math class… So yeah, I guess you could say I wouldn’t have been able to do it without him.

On my high school graduation announcement I put the words:


I believe that is truer now than it was even then.

Proud to be a Ute.




Author: Bradie Jill

I’m a mountain climber, filmmaker, globetrotter, lifestyle blogger, & TV personality. For as long as I can remember, I have loved all things beautiful. Whether it be words in a book, a breathtaking mountain landscape or an untold story. With this blog, I hope to bring you all of these things.