Beginning of the End
September 17, 2012 by Ashley Dilcher
Hi, everyone! Hope we all are adjusting to the new school year well. My name is Ashley Dilcher, a senior studying communication studies with a minor in sport management. This is my first time ever blogging so hang in there as I hope to get better with time. For my first blog, I figured I would introduce myself.
I grew up Oakfield, N.Y., a small town located about an hour from NU. Most people are like “where are you from?” so usually I say Batavia or Pembroke, based on exit signs seen on the thruway. Oakfield is basically right in the middle of Buffalo and Rochester (it takes about 45 minutes to get to both places). I graduated in 2009 from Oakfield-Alabama High School (that confuses people even more, then they think I am from Alabama!). I transferred to NU the beginning of my junior year. I fell in love with the campus during a visit and have loved it since.
I decided to major in communication studies because I love to talk and I enjoy everything communication-wise. My family, especially my older sister, pushed me in the direction of communications when I was deciding what major I wanted. Needless to say I took an introductory course my first semester of college and fell in love with the major. After deciding my major, I knew that I wanted to work in the communication/marketing field of professional sports so I decided to minor in sport management. I now love both fields and cannot wait to enter into them after graduation.
I am a huge sports fan as you will see in many blogs coming up. I am a New England Patriots fan (if you see me on campus, please do not throw something at me!). I also am a huge hockey fan, a Sabres one to be exact. I tend to watch ESPN daily and I basically check Twitter hourly. So you can call me a sports geek if you like!
I am a huge believer in internships. Being a senior, many people ask what advice I would give freshmen and my main answer is that they should do as many internships as possible before graduating from college. I am currently on my sixth internship (I tried to hit every aspect of communication studies and sport management before graduating).
Some people may call me crazy but I enjoy the experience. You learn so much during your time at internships and you walk away learning so much each day. I also tell freshmen to enjoy their time at college. Time flies the longer you are in school, it feels like just yesterday I was beginning my freshman year of college and now I am beginning my last year of undergraduate studies. It really does go by fast, so enjoy it. The reading may get tedious but, in the end, you will look back at everything and feel a sense of accomplishment.
I think that’s enough for today! Here’s to a great year! Enjoy it!