Ashley Hughes Knows How to Stay in Focus
May 17, 2016
“I chose Tri-C because I heard good things about it from my cousins, and it was an affordable choice,” she said. “I knew I wanted to transfer to get a bachelor’s degree and did not want to waste any time or money.”
Ashley began meeting with a guidance counselor right away, which has made all the difference. “Dr. Heinlen [guidance counselor] has helped me so much. She got me on the right path, connected me with the right people and made sure I took the right classes. If it wasn’t for her, there is no way I would be graduating two years later and transferring to Cleveland State.”
She cites accessibility as one of the best things about Tri-C. “The College makes it easy to take classes,” she said. “Online classes work really well with my hectic schedule. I’ve heard horror stories from friends at other schools, but Tri-C helps to balance school, work and personal life.”
Since the eighth grade, Ashley has known she wanted to be a photographer. Her dream is to work for National Geographic – to travel the world and capture it in photographs. But she knows her dream is a big one, so she is double-majoring in psychology as well as photography.
“In addition to going to school full time and working part time, I also take care of my grandparents, who are afflicted with Alzheimer’s,” she said. “It is this disease that got me interested in psychology – how it all works (or doesn’t work) together. I do my homework at my grandparents’ and try to get them to help me, to get their brains working. It’s great bonding time for us.”