Ashley spent the 2011 spring semester in Scotland at Edinburgh Napier University. Ashley is a recent graduate of the mass media digital film productions program. She answered these questions while she was abroad.
What have you enjoyed most about studying abroad so far?
The new friendships I have made — not just with people of Scottish culture, but English, Irish, French, Polish, German and Australian. It is interesting to know that as an American student I have a lot in common with these other students. We share the same hopes, fears and dreams. And for me, being in a different country and culture, this was more than comforting just knowing that I was never truly alone while being thousands of miles away from home.
How did this experience affect you?
This experience has taught me to never take what we have as Americans for granted. We are very privileged as U.S. citizens and we should be thankful we have the grace of being free. We are also a very young country and the United States has a lot to learn from the United Kingdom's history and its people.
How did you use your training in mass media and digital film production?
I am more than thankful that I was given the opportunity to travel to Europe and capture its beauty through my camera lens. I hope to be able to continue traveling around the world and telling the stories of the people I meet through a simple photograph or moving film.