For Ashley, a senior biology student from Kempner, Texas, it was the opportunity to work closely with her professors and the Honors College that convinced her to attend A&M-Commerce.
“I enjoyed the look and feel of the university, and how the small campus allows for closer relationships with professors,” she said. “I also won a full ride scholarship through acceptance into the Honors College.”
While Ashley came to Commerce with only a general goal of studying biology, opportunities to pursue undergraduate research projects sparked a career interest in cancer research.
“When I came to A&M- Commerce, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life other than get a degree in biology,” Ashley said. “Working in a research lab here made me realize that I really want to do something that has meaning and gives back. Being here has helped shape my decision to go to grad school and become a cancer biologist.”
Courses like immunology have further ignited her passion for medicine.
“The immunology course taught me several different methods our bodies use to try to defend themselves from both foreign and self-pathogens,” she said. “It’s an interesting and important class for me because the immune system is the main component our bodies use to fight cancer.”
When Ashley’s not studying for her GRE, finishing her honors thesis and preparing for graduate school, she’s enjoying the myriad of activities available on campus like watching chainsaw jugglers, attending events like the Eli Young Band concert or participating in her favorite event so far, Relay for Life.
High School: Lampasas High School
Interests: Undergraduate research, Relay for Life
Favorite Class: Immunology
Favorite professor: Dr. Stephen Starnes
Favorite on-campus activities: Eli Young Band concert, Relay for Life
Interesting facts: Member of the Honors College, wants to become a researcher to fight cancer.