A Personal Narrative

Born on June 5th 1991, Courtney Marie Bradley grew up in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, a small town outside the city of Philadelphia. She spent her childhood alongside her parents and two younger brothers, Patrick and Devin in a traditional suburban neighborhood. As a toddler her parents noticed she constantly walked around the house on the balls of her feet and enrolled her in her first ballet class at the age of 3. From then on she was hooked. She danced her way through middle school and high school 252384_10151830013785344_644248573_nbeing active in school musicals, dance competition teams, and outside theater productions. She trained as a ballerina until the age of 15 before finding her true passion in jazz and lyrical-style dance. She graduated from Central Bucks High School West  in 2009 where she then decided to take on the big city of Philadelphia as a dance major in the Boyer School of Music and Dance. Although she loved to dance, Courtney was not happy in the program and knew something was missing. When her sorority sister suggested The School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Courtney knew she had found a new passion and future career. After her first class in “Foundations in Leisure”, taught by Professor Ira Shapiro,  she knew she had found the major for her.

Courtney also found a passion in her sorority Delta Phi Epsilon at Temple University. She pledged the fall semester of her freshman year after finding difficulty in meeting friends at such a large university. During recruitment week Courtney instantly fell for Delta Phi Epsilon sorority and everything that it stood for-strong sisterhood, passionate philanthropies, and a vast variety of community service opportunities. It wasn’t long before Courtney sought leadership within the sorority as Vice-President of Programming for two consecutive years. During this time Courtney was had the duty of over-seeing all philanthropy events, community service opportunities, chapter fundraisers, and intramural sports. Courtney is beyond thankful for what Delta Phi Epsilon has given her the last four years during her undergraduate career.

Besides dancing and being with her sorority, Courtney finds happiness in spending time with friends and family, jogging through the city of Philadelphia, scrolling through Pinterest for the newest wedding trends, and going to the beach in Sea Isle City, NJ.

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