I can look back and say that I made the right decision to come to school here.
Athlete Michelle Safatle came to Ashford University’s Clinton campus all the way from her home country, Brazil. She has played soccer since she was three and also played volleyball for almost 5 years and ran track for 2 years in Brazil. “I will play anything, as long as I am always involved in sports!”
Initially, while still in Brazil, Michelle accepted a scholarship to play soccer at a college in Oklahoma, but decided to transfer to Ashford after a year. “I had a Brazilian friend who went to Ashford and played on their soccer team, and I asked her about the school and how everything worked. I also applied to other colleges and had other offers. But over the summer of 2010, I made the decision of choosing Ashford University.” The following year, she helped the Saints women’s soccer team win the Midwest Collegiate Conference of NAIA.
This double major in Business Administration and Sports and Recreation Management managed to successfully balance her many commitments. She was part of the list of Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities in 2011 at Ashford University, was recognized on the Dean’s List for academic honors during the fall 2010 and spring and fall 2011 semesters, and became a peer mentor.
After graduating in spring 2013 at age 24, Michelle applied for Ashford’s Optional Practical Training (OPT) program for eligible international students, which would allow her to work for a year in the US. (For more about the OPT program, read page 15 of issue 4 of Ashford Connections.) In the future, she hopes to earn her Master’s degree in the US and work here for a few years to get some more work experience.
“I feel that the education I am got at Ashford University is of high quality. The school offers good programs, and has renowned teachers with PhDs and staff members who are always willing to help students. The classes are really good, too; there is a good size of students in the classrooms so that everybody is able to learn and get attention from the instructor. I would definitely recommend Ashford to graduating high school seniors and transfer students.”
In closing, Michelle says, “I am very thankful to all the teachers, advisors, coaches, classmates, and staff for making my experience through college very interesting and challenging. I can look back and say that I made the right decision to come to school here.”