Ashley Clark '13
[The faculty] is there to help you; they can aid and guide you and help you become the person you want to be. -- Ashley Clark
The International Business major can be broken down into one simple equation: business plus travel equals awesome. This unique major draws students, like Landenburg, Pa., native Ashley Clark, to Elizabethtown College. To complement her studies, she is also majoring in Spanish and will spend her entire junior year abroad in Spain and Ecuador.
After attending an International Business Program at Governor’s School of Pennsylvania, Ashley knew she wanted a school that offered International Business as a major. She liked how the major allowed her to learn from a different and more global perspective; Ashley also loves the sense of community she feels at Elizabethtown College.
"Being able to know everyone, from students to faculty to Mrs. Linda (Lokey), the Marketplace host, made E-town feel like home," she said.
As a peer ambassador to international students, she built friendships and gained perspectives from people of many different cultures. Small class sizes provided opportunities to build relationships with professors, which Ashley found to be indispensable.
“[The faculty] is there to help you,” Ashley said. “They can aid and guide you and help you become the person you want to be.”
With the support of her peers and professors, Ashley surprised herself during the 2011 Scholarship and Creative Arts Day by overcoming her fear of public speaking. In fact, with the help and encouragement from Dr. Hossein Varamini, the director of the International Business program, Ashley presented a paper about the possibilities of online tutoring to promote global learning.
Ashley encourages all students to “get involved and do as much as you can.” As for International Business majors, her advice is to study abroad, build relationships with professors and use all the resources available.
After graduation, Ashley hopes to receive a Drem Fulbright Grant to implement her ideas of global online tutoring and teaching. She might also attend grad school abroad or get a job abroad teaching languages.
--by Emily Dotter '13