Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration
"It was everything I wanted in a college."
After graduating from Comanche High School in 2009, Meredith Parker, 20, enrolled at Ashford University. "One of the main reasons I chose Ashford was the small class size, which meant I would have the individualized attention that I wanted from professors." When Meredith visited the campus, she knew immediately that it was a good fit. "It was everything I wanted in a college."
During her freshman year, Meredith lived at home in Comanche, which is a ten-minute drive from the campus. Then, just before her second year Ashford announced the new Academic Scholarships, and Meredith earned a President's Scholarship, which requires a minimum 3.50 grade point average (GPA) and covers the full cost of annual tuition. The scholarship also qualified Meredith to apply for the Room and Board Scholarship. "The Room and Board Scholarship is competitive," Meredith explains. "It requires a 3.50 GPA or higher and submitting an essay." Meredith received the scholarship, and was thus able to move into the BW, one of Ashford's student residence halls. "I have two roommates and we have our own bathroom. The rooms are spacious, and I like that we have air conditioning. We also have community rooms and our own cafeteria. It's a very nice set-up."
Now living in Clinton, Meredith decided to become more involved in the Ashford community. "I thought the Student Government Association (SGA) was the perfect place to start, since they oversee most of the clubs and organizations on campus. I also liked the idea of joining a club with a focus on being the voice of the students." In order to join SGA, Meredith submitted an application form and an essay, as well as three references. She was soon elected as the Vice President of Publicity. "My main task is making posters to promote upcoming events. I also decide the themes for the Monday and Tuesday night cosmic bowling. My goal is to help people get excited about events."
Because of her experiences with SGA, Meredith plans to join Phi Beta Lambda, the business club, next year. She's also considering Circle K, a community-based service club that is in the early stages of development.
After graduation, Meredith hopes to find a management position. "There are so many aspects of business that interest me, but I know I definitely want to be in management. I also plan to get involved in my community through some form of volunteering." For now, though, she's enjoying being a student. "I get excited when I sign up for classes, knowing that I will receive attention and opportunities that many students at larger universities do not receive. I am very happy with my choice and can't wait to see what the future holds!"