When you see that your professors are excited about what they are teaching, it makes you more excited to learn.
Haley Fischer learned about Ashford University at a college fair in her senior year of high school. She had toured multiple campuses at that point, but nothing seemed to fit – until she visited Ashford. Having attended a small high school, she knew she wanted to attend a small college. As a competitive pole-vaulter, she also knew she wanted to go to a school with a successful track and field program. She says, “When it came to choosing a college, Ashford made it easy on me. It was clearly the perfect fit for my situation.”
During her time on campus, Haley was a co-captain of the women’s track team, a member of the women’s cross-country team, and held the school record for pole-vaulting. She was also a resident assistant in the Clinton campus dorms, a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, and was actively involved with Ashford’s Office of Service and Leadership, where community service and service learning opportunities are provided to students. She was surprised to learn how involved her professors were in extra-curricular activities as well, saying, “You might see your professors at your sporting events or a play performance. You will see them involved in community organizations and projects, too.”
Haley generally found the faculty and staff at Ashford to be helpful and passionate about all they do. She said, “When you see that your professors are excited about what they are teaching, it makes you more excited to learn.”
Now an Ashford graduate, earning her Bachelor of Arts in Sports and Recreation Management and a minor in Human Resources Management in 2014 at the age of 22, Haley hopes to move back to the Northern Illinois area and work for a sports team. Her ultimate goal is to be an event planner for professional athletes. “Preferably the Chicago Blackhawks,” she says.
Another option would be for her remain in Clinton, IA and get her Master’s degree from Ashford as well. She says, “There are many opportunities for employment and further education for Ashford graduates, and I would like to take advantage of that. I can focus on getting the kind of job I want and ultimately being happy.”
Haley would recommend Ashford to graduating high school seniors, as well as transfers from other colleges, and adult learners. She believes, even with Ashford’s small size, there is something here for everyone. She told us, “I am so grateful for the opportunity I have been given in attending Ashford University. I hope to further my education and use my experiences to help make the world a better place.”