“I loved the idea of having a small classroom setting compared to a large lecture room, especially because I went to a small private school back home. I knew it would be the best move for me, and Guilford proved me right,” Ashley says. Both of her siblings also attended Guilford, making fond memories that she wanted to create for herself.
Ashley quickly found success in the classroom, pursuing a Chemistry major and Integrated Science minor. “I believe in being a well-rounded student. I chose a Chemistry major because I knew it would challenge me academically and would give me an opportunity to enrich my love of science. And with my minor I was able to enjoy and master different areas of STEM courses,” she says.
Professor of English and Director of the Honors Program Heather Hayton, played a large role in Ashley’s Guilford career. “Heather has been a constant reminder to not only aim for my goals but to also not be so hard on myself,” Ashley says. “I would also like to give a special thanks to Guilford’s Chemistry Department and faculty, especially my advisor, Gail Webster, and professor Anne Glenn. They have had a great impact on my years at Guilford, being both reliable and supportive.”
One of those goals was being accepted into the MED program at UNC Chapel Hill during summer 2019. The eight-week program prepares students for their first semester as a medical or dental student. Ashley had the opportunity to take a two-week dental lab course, received hands-on experience, and strengthened her hand-eye coordination in performing dental procedures. She learned many dental skills, including impressions, wax ups, crowns, and one-tooth flippers, among many others.