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Ashley Scott

Assistant director of admissions - Office of Admissions

Ashley Scott

What do you do at Purdue?

Iím an assistant director of admissions at Purdue. Working in undergraduate recruitment as an admissions counselor allows me to support high school students and their families through the college admissions process. We partner closely with various departments across campus as well as with high school guidance counselors to ensure students have a clear understanding of our admissions process and criteria. It is important to me that students take all necessary steps to prepare for a successful college career -- as an admissions counselor I encourage them to challenge themselves academically, master life-long skills like time management, and I encourage them to set and exceed their goals. I often say the work that I do is focused on making young dreams reality.

Which woman has inspired you most? Why?

My mother has inspired me the most because she was devoted to ensuring the academic and social success of my brother and I. It wasn't until I took this position and realized the difference "good" parents can make in the life of a child that I truly began to appreciate all that she (and my father) did for my development. My mother is one of six girls in her family, and I thank my grandmother for doing such a fine job raising all of them. My mother, aunts and grandmother have all helped demonstrate the faith, confidence and determination necessary to live a fulfilling life. I'm grateful to have family members from every generation who love and support me through life's lessons. I look forward to doing for my little cousin Chloe what they have all done for me.

What are your goals and experiences with mentoring or encouraging others?

There are many women who have helped me get to where I am today. I am so grateful for their mentorship, patience and advice. My goal is to always connect young people with resources to help them achieve their personal or professional goals. The experiences that I enjoy the most are directly related to improving the life experience of another. I live to get the word out about individuals, organizations, or events that I feel will improve humanityís quality of life as a whole. All of the experiences I had in college helped me to develop as a leader and they educated me on the complexities that exist within this world we all call home. As a result, I can now respectfully encourage everyone to live their dreams, and create change where I see it necessary, in diverse (though sometimes unexpected) communities.

Recently I started to really connect with one of my mentees. She called me to get my opinion and advice on her career, her life and her goals. I've always been the one making those types of calls to the amazing people who have mentored me. It feels good to know that I've progressed enough in my own life that I can give back by helping others on their journey as well.