Where Are They Now: Ashley Youngs '16

May 12 2017
Category: Alumni

It has been nearly a year since the Legendary Class of 2016 crossed the Commencement stage.  In the new series, “Where Are They Now,” we catch up with these young alumni to see how they are doing.

This week features Ashley Youngs '16. Ashley is studying industrial organizational psychology at Radford University.

Let’s hit the books and learn more from Ashley…

Ashley Youngs

It’s hard to believe it has been almost a year since I graduated from Elmira. Since then, I have continued my education at Radford University. I quickly fell in love with the beauty of Virginia. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Radford has a great deal of opportunities for hiking and outdoor activities along with its impressive campus.

Although Radford is much larger than Elmira, my small cohort size allows us to form bonds with our professors, which is one of the many things I cherished about Elmira. My professors at EC were supportive mentors who helped define my career direction.

One aspect of my program includes client projects with local organizations. This allows us to practice our skills from the classroom in a consulting setting. Beyond my academics, I have also been working as a graduate teaching assistant. This rewarding experience has allowed me to help students pursue their passions in psychology.

Next year, I have accepted a position to teach my own introductory psychology course. This was not part of the plan when deciding to attend graduate school, but I feel blessed to share the knowledge I learned from my role models at EC.

Last year, I remember wondering what this next chapter would look like. Although graduate school is ambiguous and challenging, the education I received at Elmira gave me the tools and experiences to hold my own.

My advice to the graduating seniors is to believe in your abilities, but step outside of your comfort zone as much as possible. There may be some growing pains in the transition of this next step, but every experience will teach you something new about yourself.