Bachelor of Arts in Social Science, 2011
Career Goal: Student Affairs Senior Officer
“Ashford has allowed me to express myself to the fullest."
Of all the many types of people who make up the Ashford campus community, you would be hard-pressed to find a more inspirational leader than alumnus Quentin Brackenridge, 21, has been.
"When I first came to Ashford, I knew this was the place for me. I saw a lot of opportunity for myself, and I was going to make a difference."
Brackenridge is the kind of person who creates new opportunities for others that impact people's lives. "I love to sing and play the piano," he says. "My family and I are musically inclined and we sing at every family gathering." So, on arriving at Ashford, Brackenridge took his love for music and found a way to share it with others. Within his first year at Ashford, he founded the Inspirational Gospel Choir.
In his subsequent years at Ashford, Brackenridge became involved with more and more groups on campus. In his senior year, he was president of the Student Ambassadors, secretary of governmental relations for the Student Government Association, and a lead mentor for Campus Pals. Brackenridge also served as a Senior Resident Assistant, which means he supervised an entire dormitory on campus, and has been accepted into the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Foundation’s Undergraduate Fellows Program. “This organization provides resources for many student affairs departments across America. The internship is training me to eventually become a senior officer in student affairs.” Brackenridge’s mentor in this program is Ashford University Director of Student Success Waunita Sullivan.
Through his involvement in these various organizations, Brackenridge discovered his passion and his career path. “Originally I was going to major in Biology, but I changed my major to Social Science with a concentration in Human Services to fulfill my true passion of helping others.”
Brackenridge hopes to remain connected to the Ashford community as a new alumnus. “I plan to apply for a job here at Ashford in the student success department so I can assist with the goals and improvements of student life issues and enhance student involvement.”
When reflecting on his years at Ashford, Brackenridge expresses gratitude. “Ashford has allowed me to express myself to the fullest and has assisted me in acknowledging my true passion. I have learned how to manage my time and have become a well-rounded, mature leader because of my experiences here. Ashford has truly exceeded my freshman-year expectations!”