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I’m a Graduate!

by Ashley | May 16, 2012

As we go through school and think back to what everything used to be; like the friends you had, the things you did, or the things you accomplished at school…it makes you think how fast time really goes. Since my freshman year to my senior year, so much has changed around me including myself. And along one’s undergraduate career, you start to out-grow things, whether it’s old friends, habits, characteristics, and ideas/dreams. There are so many things that I’ve learned from these four years! One, is that people come and go (which is not a bad thing) because memories are great to have; if life throws you a curve let it, wait for it, then drive it out of the park, don’t hate, sh*t happens, have an open-mind, be yourself, and wear sunscreen to the beach EVERY time you go in South Florida. haha Too many times have I gotten a little bit too crispy ;-p

My family came in last Thursday afternoon and I had a total of 7 people bunking in my one-bedroom apartment. Let’s just say it was very interesting. I haven’t seen the family since winter break and it felt like we were all with each other yesterday. Even though things were a bit hectic schedule wise, there was still a sense of calmness that I wasn’t really used to coming from the family. Usually we’re all crazy and loud and drive each other nuts. But this time, everyone was so excited, happy to be together, and just went with the flow. Except my Armenian grandma though hahaha When I picked her, my mom, and other grandma up at the airport the first thing she says “Ashley jon (honey) where is your boyfriend? I want ‘grand grand’ babies!” Now, I don’t know if anyone else has to deal with the same issue as me…but just laugh. However, my other grandma decided to sneeze twice, which is bad for me but good for the Armenian grandma. Armenian superstition is that when you are having a conversation with someone about a wish or a dream/goal and someone around you sneezes twice, that wish/dream/goal will come true. I asked my grandma what one sneeze meant, she said “bad.” I asked what three meant, she had no answer. “Two is good.” So I basically teased my other grandma the rest of the trip about being on my bad side because she ended up doing it not just that one time, but twice! haha All in all, it was still something funny that we could all chuckle about, even though my grandma is very serious about wanting her “grand grand babies.” hahaha

The fam was here from Thursday until Tuesday afternoon. Friday we celebrated for my graduation, Saturday was graduation, Sunday we celebrated Mother’s Day, and Monday we celebrated my GIANT little brother’s 15th birthday. When I was home in December, my brother was about my height and weight. It’s May and he’s the same height and almost the same weight as my Dad! My sister and I call him Shrek now hahaha He’s a great football and baseball player and I would consider him to be the athlete prodigy in the family because he can pick up anything and be good at it. Unfortunately, though he has to lie low for a while because he recently broke his back and had to have surgery. He’s fine, he’s still growing obviously (LOL), and he’s mooching off all the pretty girls at school to “help” him with homework hahaha I’m really proud of him though because he’s able to keep good spirits while he watches his buddies play without him. My sister is excelling like crazy at her school! I’m extremely proud of her too. I can write a whole list about all the awards and things that she’s been doing over in Indiana. Comes Thanksgiving break, her and I are going to sit down and start choosing/applying to grad schools for her because she’s graduating next year :) Mom and Dad have to do graduation all over again! :)


As far as my life goes, I graduated Magna Cum Laude and received the President’s Award at graduation!!!! I couldn’t believe it! I feel so honored and I wanted to thank President Ross for presenting the award to me at graduation :) Graduation was a wonderful day for my family and I; and my parents are so proud :)

Receiving my President's Award

As you go on in life, whether you’re going onto grad school like me, start a career, start a family, become a hippie or a circus clown, whatever! Just remember that you make your own happiness, if you want something demand it and fight for it, and DON’T MAKE EXCUSES. Live everyday to the fullest, try your best everyday, and live, love, laugh, and PROSPER :)

That actually wasn’t too bad of a toast eh? Well, 2012 Graduates, CONGRATS and I wish yall the best of luck in the future :)
To everyone at Lynn, I will miss yall very much and I will be back to visit :)

To Mom and Dad, I love you very much and I appreciate everything you’ve done for me more than you know. It’s because of you guys that I strive to always work my hardest, be the best I can be, be strong and ambitious, and have such high expectations of myself and others :) I’m so blessed to have such wonderful parents that back me up with every life-changing decision that I make. I don’t know where I would be without you both.

To Dr. Krift, thank you so much for being the one who got my butt moving to apply for grad school ;) and supporting all of my academic goals since the beginning. I appreciate everything you’ve done for me and I had a blast with you the past 4 years :) From the beach saving turtles, to the classroom, to the office (working on my thesis) ;) we’ve had so much fun and I’ve learned a lot. :)

To Ms. Sheila, thank you so much for being a wonderful mentor, letting me speak what’s exactly on my mind, having a great sense of humor in a serious environment, and teaching me to “know my value.” You are a very strong lady and I hope to be just like you ;)

To Dr. Wright, thank you for pushing me to do better, challenging me and my thoughts, and listening to my sarcastic remarks in class. haha It’s because of you that I am not afraid to say my opinion on an issue and be able to firmly back my argument. :)

To Dr. Watson, thank you for being there when I needed reassurance and advice for my softball career, my academic career, and my career goal of becoming a professor. :) I’ll make sure to call you and let you know that you may now call me “Dr. AB.” haha Your enthusiasm for academics has only helped me even more to achieve my goal.

I will miss stopping by all of your offices everyday to chit chat :) I am very blessed to have such great influences in my life. :)

Take care,

Ash

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Graduation!

by Ashley | May 8, 2012

Sunday at practice, my girls surprised me with graduation cupcakes that they made. They sang to me and everything. Although, some of them were singing “happy birthday” it was still hilarious :) I adore those girls and I’m really going to miss them when I’m gone. We’re going to Texas in a couple of weeks and we’re all pumped. Hoping we bring back another trophy because my girls deserve it. They work hard and they want to win :)

Yesterday was my last day of school,today is my last day working at school, then my family comes in Thursday, then it’s GRADUATION on Saturday!!!! :) I’m so excited! It’s going to be a crazy week. And for those graduating with me, can’t wait to see yall on Saturday…Bright and early ;)

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The End is NEAR! :)

by Ashley | April 30, 2012

So, my grandma spent Easter morning at the Armenian Church an hour away from my hometown. She made my Mom drive her so she can light a candle and say a prayer for her grandkids….When I spoke to her, she told me that her prayer for me was that i find a good boyfriend who will propose to me at graduation so that I can get married and she can have great grand babies as soon as possible…I’m 21 and will still be 21 after graduation…I don’t think she understood the fact that I wasn’t looking forward to having “My Big Fat Armenian Wedding” anytime soon. My family is CRAZY and all I can do is crack up and tell her I will try my best just so she feels content.

Although recently I pretty much crushed her dreams of great grand babies soon because I got into a grad school up north called Clark University. Once again I’m moving and I couldn’t be happier! :) One of my friends were teasing me about how I’m literally all over the place. I’m from Missouri, came to school in Florida playing softball, went to school in Dublin and backpacked Europe, came back to Florida for my senior year; now I’m going to Massachusetts! I will be getting my masters in International Development and Social Change; and then I will be enrolling into the Ph.d. program :) Why stay in one place when nothing is holding you back right? :)

I feel that “Dr. Ashley” has a nice little ring to it. Don’t you? haha I already got my closest friend to call me “Doc” and he’s “Champ.” I’m the brains and he’s the jock so we’re the perfect team. haha

All in all, I’m extremely pumped about everything that’s happening in my life right now and I’m so blessed to have my family behind me supporting me. Nothing’s better than making your parents so proud that you can literally hear them smiling over the phone :) Everything that I accomplish in my life I can dedicate to my parents because without their encouragement and faith I would be too afraid to take chances or get out of my comfort zone.

Good luck to everyone who is waiting by the mail for their acceptance letters….I know how intense the suspense can be! Just remember that everything happens for a reason and it’s up to you to take that opportunity and roll with it or sit back and let someone else have it. Be smart and know that everything works out sooner or later. :)

Have a good one!

We got first in our tournament this past weekend…This apparently was a part of the "warm up." haha

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Mercedes Benz Corporate Run 5-K

by Ashley | April 19, 2012

Wednesday night some of Lynn’s faculty/staff and a couple of us students, (Steph and I) ran/walked/hand-cycled the race…It was such a great time. Jon Volpi our Area Coordinator of Res Life won the whole thing in under 16 minutes…BEAST MODE. Steph finished not too long after him, and I came strutting behind wayyyy later hahaha But I at least finished under 27 minutes. The night before, I caught batting practice for 2 hours…let’s just say my quads weren’t appreciating me the next day. My girls are now calling me their “senior citizen.” They’re a very sarcastic bunch…

Anyway, we had a nice little bbq after. The ribs were awesome and we got some free stuff as we walked around to other tents at the event…Those of you who are out there in the workforce, do your best to do events such as this with people you work with because it builds relationships that are not only just in the office :)

Have a great one!

Ash

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Where does time go?

by Ashley | April 17, 2012

Obviously, a lot has changed since the 90’s but I’ve noticed even more crazy changes just from getting to know my girls on the team that I coach. The main thing is Disney movies….the “Little Mermaid” and “Cinderella” are considered “OLD!” I still watch those movies….the two Disney movies I can never get enough of is “Pocahontas” and “Lilo and Stitch”. :) My girls think that I’m crazy for wanting to hang out on a Friday night, eating kettle corn and watching Disney movies….they want to “party.” They’re 11. I’m glad their partying consists of sugar, pizza, playing Wii and Dance Revolution (I hope) haha I guess technology has taken over so much of our lives that we miss the little charming things in life. Watching those old Disney movies, take me back to my childhood and all the things I remember enjoying that I can no longer do.

I guess this is the first part of my “senioritis” stage kicking in since I will be graduating in less than a month from now…I miss going over to my neighbors’ houses knocking on the door saying “Can Sean come out and play?” or “Can Joey come out and play?” Playing hockey on the street, football and soccer in the backyard, catch in the side yard, and basketball on the driveway were my favorites. And the occasional capture the flag, flashlight tag, and kickball. My family and the families of the kids I grew up with still live on the same black, but all of us kids are everywhere. One is in the Air Force, one goes to school in St. Louis, a couple more in Columbia, MO, and my sister is in Indiana. We’re all separated and have totally different lives. Our parents however still keep in touch a lot better than we all do.
Where does the time go? I feel like this year and every year before, was like yesterday. I can remember everything like it was yesterday at least. It’s funny how the radio plays a huge role in my memories though. I can listen to the 90’s station on the radio and each song that comes on, I can remember where I was and who I was with when I first heard it. :) Memories are a great gift. I’ve learned to accept that we’re only getting older and time doesn’t slow down. It only goes faster.

As a graduating senior, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ve closed yet another chapter in my book of “ASHLEY” and that moving forward I need to remember to always put my best foot forward, shit happens, and deal with everything thrown at me with a smile on my face.

And for those who are also getting ready for the end-of-the-year final exams, papers, and projects due…Remember, chill out, don’t stress, and get your stuff done. It will all be over before you know it and when it’s all done, pat yourself on the back because you survived. haha

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INTENSE situations

by Ashley | April 5, 2012

They try to be taller than me…:)


Last weekend we had another great tournament…We were playing against an older, bigger team and it was our last game of the day. Every Sunday for the month of March we played 2 league games. Well, it was the last out, the last inning, and we were losing 1-0. We were home so that meant we got to hit. We had 2 outs runner on second. Our girl Mia was up to bat and the pitcher was taking a bit too long to take the sign and make the pitch. She had been doing it most of the game and one of the parents on our side yelled at the Ump about it. Then the 3rd baseman on the other team (who is 12 years old) yells across the field at the mom in a very rude, unsportman-like matter and next thing we know my 3rd base coach and the other team’s head coach are going at it. The Ump breaks them up with the help of their other coach…Then the dad of the 3rd baseman on the other team comes out of nowhere onto to the field from the stands going after my fellow coach. I must let you know that the other coach on our team is a cop in the worst area of Broward County and he just has that presence of “don’t mess with me.” That didn’t scare the dad obviously because he was a body builder, so we were joking that it was the “roid rage.” Whatever it was, it was a scene. There were no punches thrown, it was broken apart, but what was even more ironic was that the girls on the other team were yelling at my girls in the dugout. That’s a big no no with me because that is not sportsmanship at all. I was so impressed by our girls girls keeping our mouths shut. :) They ended up taking out their pitcher because she loaded the bases and walked one home. So it’s tied 1-1. They put in another pitcher and she had a full count on our batter. So the bases are loaded, there’s 2 outs, it’s the last inning, we’re tied, and we just got done seeing Rambo and the Rock going at it. hahaha So it was a very intense situation. I had goosebumps. So what happens?…..their pitcher throws a wild pitch and we win 2-1….IT WAS AWESOMEEEEEE!

WE WON! :)



It’s never a dull moment with these Sharks. :) The other team was crying, their parents were mad…We shook hands, our parents were happy, and we celebrated our win at Carrabas! haha

It was a good weekend :)

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Coaching the Sharks!

by Ashley | March 15, 2012

Recently I was hired to be a 12 and under travel softball coach :) The girls are a great group and we have a great time together. They are an elite team of mostly 11 year olds who are playing second year 12. Which is pretty impressive. I didn’t even start playing until I was 13! We play an average of about 100 games a season. And we like to win :) They work so hard and they have fun :) I really enjoy it as well.

As a coach, I have learned so much on and off the field. It’s a lot different than things you would learn as a player. These girls look up to me, I offer them advice, and try to teach them lessons in life that they can incorporate through softball like I did. Now that I just wrote that, I feel old haha
We have some sort of workout everyday and team practice 3 times a week plus tourneys on the weekends. Most of the girls are playing ball for their school as well so they never really get a break! I got a great group of hard workers and I am so proud to be their coach.

Even though I have heard more “iCarly, Selena Gomez, and Justin Beiber” than I would like, I still have a blast and they definitely know how to make me laugh. I will definitely keep yall posted on how we do and how I overcome the obstacles of being a coach :) We were just invited to a national tournament in Texas this May as well! The tourney is ran by Olympic softball player Natasha Watley. So it is a great opportunity that we can’t pass up. Especially because of the fact that we were INVITED :)

Have a great one! ~Ash

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Nightmares Anyone?

by Ashley | March 14, 2012

So I hope I don’t weird anyone out, but I was curious what you think about your dreams/nightmares? The night of daylight savings, I had a (what I thought was super scary) nightmare. I couldn’t believe I had one. I don’t know if it was because the clocks had to more forward or what, but it had me a bit flustered. And what was even more interesting was the fact that I watched the movie Mrs. Doubtfire before I went to bed! Now, explain to me how someone can have a nightmare after watching a hilarious movie…
I couldn’t go back to sleep the rest of the night and I had a full day of softball games to coach starting 8.15 that morning.
I called my Mom to ask her what she thought the dream might have meant. I had to get the superstitious, Armenian interpretation on it.
I told her I was leaving a hospital late at night, I was visiting 2 kids I didn’t even recognize at all who looked deathly ill….There were no lights as I was walking to the parking garage, just lighting from the street outside the garage so I could only see shadows. As I was getting closer to my car, I saw a wolf almost the size of my car out of the corner of my eye…I saw its eyes as it moved slowly behind a nearby car…I had this sick feeling in my stomach because I knew it was going to pounce on me…I woke up ready with my body stiffened and my fists up like I was ready to fight something off of me. After that, my adrenaline was going so there was no way to fall back to sleep. I was so scared. haha And to top it off, I had to walk to my car that morning while it was still dark out to drive to softball! My heart was literally in my throat as I walked to my car! haha
Anyways, that’s my crazy mind. The best interpretation that Mom could give me was that something good is going to happen which doesn’t really tell me much because every time I have my Turkish coffee read by my great aunts and grandma, they always tell me I’m going to get money. I haven’t won any lotto yet!!! hahaha But she did say that because wolves are the hunters and never hunted, a goal/dream I have been working hard towards will come to me. I guess that makes sense so keep your fingers crossed that I get into grad school! :)
Do you believe that your dreams have meaning? And why is it that I never remember the good dreams but I always remember the nightmares?
Sleep tight!
~Ash

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“Busy Bee”

by Ashley | March 13, 2012

Over my spring break I spent most of it playing/coaching softball. Between practice with my Sharks and working at Extra Innings, I was busy as usual. I have 3 jobs so I’m working a little more than full time and going to school full time. Up until last week I had 6 classes instead of the normal 5. I took an 8-week online class to fulfill my minor requirement. Besides the 2 softball jobs, I work in International Student Life at Lynn. So I’m literally all over the place and I have become “somewhat” professional at time management and responsibility. Key word “somewhat.” It’s hard to come home after 12 hours of work, class, work/softball and have to sit down and write an 8 page paper. I find myself literally crashing/passing out and waking up super early in the morning to get work done. I don’t mind getting up early and going to bed right when I get home anymore because I have a fresh mind in the morning anyway so I work a lot faster. Some days I wish I had a day off, but when I actually do have one off, I don’t even know what to do with myself. haha

Wednesday over spring break was my only legit full day off from all 3 jobs. I had lunch with the girls at South Beach and hung around there for a bit, ran errands, and got like 13 hours of sleep. I had more sleep that night than I did the whole week before spring break! (but that was because of midterms). My body must have needed it because I did not move at all, nor did I hear anything like my alarms or phone. They are all loud!

However, I enjoy my busy schedule. I don’t know how to live any other way but busy anyway. I have fun and I know it is all worth it in the end. I learn as I go and fly by the seat of my pants. :)

~Ash

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Spring Break

by Ashley | March 12, 2012

Hope everyone had a wonderful spring break!

For us seniors, we’re officially in the homestretch of our undergraduate degree!!! We have like 45 school days left and it’s only going to FLY by!
Right before spring break, we had a few events….We had our annual Multicultural Day and Safe Spring Break Carnival.
Multicultural Day is my second favorite day next to Founders Day. :) We have booths set up with different foods from all different regions/countries. Let’s just say I always eat good that day :) I’m in International Affairs Society so we also had a table set up with some Latin food from our Latina girls in the group and I made some baklava. We also had a map set up on the table with push pins so that people would pin where they were from and raised some money for Relay for Life. In the end, we had pins all over that map. Also, there were some Brazilian dancers and music that was going during the festival…They were awesome to watch especially the guys ;)
The Spring Break Carnival was great this year! I think it was better than any of the other recent ones here at Lynn. I felt a great vibe, got some good bbq, cotton candy, and watched people doing the activities. I was unable to attend the speaker the night before, but I heard great reviews and am sorry I missed it.

IAS Table :)


I did not participate in any of the activities because I’ve done them during the three previous, but I did watch everyone else. The only thing I did try was the mocktails. I also saw the car that the presentation was about the night before. It gave me goosebumps. I could not believe how bent up and banged up the car was. It looked awful. I cannot even imagine what it looked like at the actual scene of the accident.
I watched people driving the golf carts with the goggles on. I wonder if anyone noticed that most of the people participating in that activity were guys. I didn’t see many girls participating in that activity… Does that mean that we see males as the only drunk drivers? Or does it mean that girls think they can be like Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan so it is just no big deal? Just something to ponder I guess…
I think that all of the activities were great to have this year, I really hope that students were careful and utilized what they learned at the Carnival over the course of spring break. I would hate to hear anything happen after such a great turn out to keep us college students in check. We are not as invincible as we all think.
Be safe~Ash

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