Ashley Super, who transferred to West Chester in her sophomore year, says the environment makes one of the university’s strongest impressions. “There’s diversity, understanding and approachable professors, the community is nice. Everyone says ‘hi’ to you – that was one of the first things I noticed.”
Civility wasn’t something she encountered much in her youth. Abused as a child and shuffled from home to home as a ward of the state, Ashley initially put education on the back burner. In high school she was transferred to Three Rivers Youth (TRY), a Pittsburgh shelter program where she learned the value of education and where it could take her. By her senior year she was taking college-level classes.
Her experience as an at-risk youth determined to succeed brought her to the attention of the local United Way, which, like TRY, features her in an online video testimonial. On behalf of United Way, she also gives motivational speeches about her tumultuous past, educating community and business leaders on the value of supporting social programs, often for at-risk youth.
At West Chester, Ashley found her passion in international relations. She promotes the diversity of language and culture on campus as executive board member and cultural liaison for Alpha Mu Gamma, the national collegiate foreign language honors society. Her goal is to attend Harvard Law School and become an advocate for people who don’t have a voice, both within the United States and in third world countries.
Her concept of success? “When you can take everything you’ve learned and hold onto it, apply it in everyday situations and in every opportunity you are given. You have to be dedicated. Use what you learn and don’t be afraid to represent where you come from.”