Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Marketing, 2012
“I feel that I am a stronger individual because of the experiences I had at Ashford.”
Cara Harmon is excited for the future. A recent graduate of Ashford University’s Clinton campus modality, this 21-year-old Davenport, IA resident hopes to use her Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Marketing to one day open her own bed and breakfast. “Even in my personal life I feel that I am a stronger individual because of the experiences I had at Ashford.”
When Cara received a scholarship to play softball at Ashford, she learned more about the University and knew she couldn’t turn it down. “The people here and the atmosphere was exactly what I was looking for. I knew right away that this was going to be the place for me.”
In addition to playing softball for two years, Cara was involved in many different organizations while at Ashford, including the Ping Pong Association, Hall Council, Phi Beta Lambda, and Student Government Association. “I needed to make a difference. I focused on student government, and started to move up with different positions each year.” With a strong support system behind her, Cara ran for Student Body President her junior year and won. “I had a lot of guidance from Ashford faculty and staff members. Without these people I wouldn’t have been able to experience what I did during my college years.”
In addition to meeting many wonderful people, Cara believes the personal style of teaching as well as the opportunities that Ashford provided truly made Cara’s experience a special one. “I have been able to go to Washington, DC to speak to congressmen and senators on behalf of Ashford because of my leadership, I have been named among the Emerging Women Leaders at our local women’s connection organization, and I have been on the Dean’s List every semester, as well as received scholarships to pay for school.”
Cara is currently focused on gaining as much experience as possible in the hotel industry in order to help ensure her dream of one day owning her own bed and breakfast. With that goal in mind and armed with her Ashford degree, she secured a job at a highly rated hotel in Davenport, IA called the Blackhawk Hotel, and is loving every minute of it.
Upon reflecting on her time at Ashford, Cara says she “wouldn’t trade coming to Ashford for anything. I truly believe everything happens for a reason. I was meant to come here and meet all of the people that I did. Ashford has blessed me with the greatest four years of my life.”