Briana Brady
Class of 2002
Briana Brady and her partner, Ethan Jones
What have you done since you graduated?
“I graduated from St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont in 2016. I double-majored in English Literature and Philosophy. For two years after college, I stayed in Vermont and I took an AmeriCorps position with the Franklin Grand Isle Bookmobile. While I was there, I helped with literacy programming for kids in the program and also worked to help raise funds for the nonprofit organization. From 2018 until last fall, I was in Memphis, Tennessee, working for Apelah, a nonprofit right over the Tennessee border in Hernando, Mississippi. Apelah helps foster children with special needs and in-home care for the elderly. 

I started this fall at New York University's Journalism graduate program studying Literary Reportage. While I was working in the area of communication for nonprofits, I realized that the ways I was being asked to tell people's stories were not what I was interested in. I was not interested in telling stories from a marketing perspective. Journalism now seems like the right path for me.”

What do you remember from your time at Gilbert?:
"Having majored in English and writing for most of my life, I have a lot of grateful feelings for all of my English teachers. They all made me a better writer and I am very grateful for that. I was taught how to think critically thanks to them. My father, Joe Brady, was a Biology and Chemistry teacher at Gilbert for 30 years and I was the only one of my siblings to have him as a teacher." 

What lessons from Gilbert did you apply to the real world?:
"I think there is something about going to such a small school that helps you to understand how important it is to know and understand people. Going to such a small school and being part of a community where, whether or not we wanted to, we all knew each other, gave me an important appreciation of people. To me, everyone is interesting. Also, lunch is important!"

What advice would you give current students?:
"You don't need to know what you want to do for the rest of your life, and you might change your mind about things, but that's okay."