Age: 20
Year: Junior
Hometown: Caledonia, MI
Major: Business Marketing with a minor in Public Relations. My love for people, ideas, and creativity - those are the driving forces behind choosing these degrees. 
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More about Ashley:

What are your career aspirations?

I would love to work in the marketing department of a zoo or wildlife related organization. I am at my best when I can employ creativity and start something new. 

Favorite professor:

 I like to say that nothing's impossible..... but picking a favorite professor? I mean, how can I choose just one? 

Do you live on campus or off?

I live off campus with my family. We've always been super close, so I like to be able to go home and share my day with my family. But, in the height of the school year, it feels like I'm basically living on campus and sleeping at home. 

Current and past involvements/leadership positions:

Last year, I was the Student Body Vice President after serving as a student senator my freshman year. This year I'm the Director of Community Outreach and Relations for student government and member of the Business Advisory Council. I've been a tour guide as well and been part of a girl's campus Bible Study. 

Share a fun fact about you: 

 I love the seventies. I love lava lamps, disco music, and Volkswagen buses. I love bell-bottoms, rotary dial phones, and vinyl records. I'm not a hippie (I'm a Business Major), but it's my dream to take a trip on Route 66 in a 1976 Type 2 VW bus... and it has to be yellow. 

 How do you like to spend your free time?  

Turning trash into treasure, listening to vinyl records, Bible studies with friends, spending time outside, playing the piano, 

How would you describe community life at CU?

At the end of the day, Cornerstone University is so much more than classes and friends and a degree. It is your community. The Community at CU is focused on encouraging you to be all that you can be... whether that's challenging you with a group Bible study, throwing an event for you to connect with friends, or hosting an academic panel that makes you think. 

 What did God teach you last semester?

Last semester, God taught me to savor each moment. As Spring semester wrapped up, I realized that I was already half way done with my college career. College goes by fast. Don't waste your time complaining about classes that are too hard or standing on the side lines. Get involved. Make a difference. You have four years to invest so make each year count. God has so many good things in store for you if you are willing to pursue them. 

What’s your favorite thing about CU?

The professors are my favorite part of Cornerstone. I mean, the reason each one of us are there is to prepare for our future. And no one helps you do that more than the people who are spending their lives dedicated to higher education. Professors really care about their students both inside and outside the classroom. Students stop by their offices to chat and eat lunch with them in the cafeteria. 

What’s your favorite spot on campus?

 The Loft (aka The Upstairs Corum). Ever since they changed it from cubicles to a hangout space for students, it has the perfect atmosphere to chat with friends and get a little studying done. Plus you get to talk with the administrators and it makes you feel like you are part of everything that's going on at CU. 

 What are you looking forward to most about the new school year?

I am looking forward to major specific courses. As a Junior, I'll be digging my heels into some of the most difficult and most applicable courses for my major. 

What was your favorite thing about Terra Firma?

Oooo, probably meeting all the other freshman that were entering the crazy journey of college. I made some lifelong friends that week. 

How has financial aid helped make CU a possibility for you?

The sticker price does look a little scary, I have to admit. But I was amazed at the money I saved just through academic scholarships! Every year departments give away additional scholarships to students who are really involved, so sometimes school can become less expensive as the years go by. 

How have you managed your many leadership roles, classes and commuting?

 It's a lot harder to be involved when you are a commuter. So you have to be intentional. It's difficult to keep a balance and stay connected with both your home life and University life. But as long as you keep your priorities in check, you can surprise yourself with everything you are able to accomplish. Sometimes it means less sleep and no TV shows, but you are never going to miss those things. It's worth it when you look back at everything worthwhile you did.

What advice would you give to students who plan to commute to CU?

Be intentional. Don't just drive home after classes. Find what you are passionate about and bring that passion to life at CU. You only have four years to be part of what's happening at Cornerstone. Don't waste that time by passing up all the opportunities that are here. You can contribute just as much as a person living on campus if you choose to. 

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