Asheley Brooks — Taking Well-Rounded to a New Level

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At The University of Olivet, you can do it all … and then some. The small college experience with a focus on the liberal arts gives students the flexibility to participate in a variety of co-curricular activities while learning an array of subjects in the classroom.
Leave a Mark on Olivet
Rising senior Asheley Brooks is living proof of just how diverse the opportunities at OC are.
“I’m a captain of the cheer team, president of the Black Student Union, a member of the Optimist Club, a fellow of the President’s Leadership Institute, a graduate of the Women’s Leadership Institute, a sister and vice president of Nu Gamma Xi and a student assistant for Student Life,” Asheley rattled off.
“I hope these experiences allow me to leave a mark on Olivet. I strive to be friends with everyone and an example to other students.”
On top of all that, Asheley even finds time to volunteer as a big sister at the Mid-Michigan Leadership Academy.
She is also a psychology major interested in industrialized and organizational psychology. She hopes to attend graduate school in the subject area and eventually use her skills to identify and create workplace solutions.
According to Asheley, the best part of her college experience has been the relationships she’s built.
“I know I can go to my adviser Will Hagerty, visiting assistant professor of psychology, anytime I have an issue in class or I’m worried about my graduation plans,” Asheley said. “I even turned to him when there was something in the back of my mind saying ‘You can’t do this.’ His advice was simple; he told me that I just needed to breathe and that I could achieve my goals. Professor Hagerty can joke, and I also really like that.”
The Key to Success: Great Relationships
Asheley added that she’s not an exception — her intense level of involvement at Olivet is not unusual. In fact, it’s common for students to be deeply engaged in academics while playing a sport and being a member of leader of several other clubs or organizations.
The key, Asheley says, is to lean on your supporters.
“When I look back on choosing to come to Olivet, I think it’s a great choice,” she said. “Having people know you personally is a really great feeling, especially knowing your professors so well that they ask about your day.
“Olivet has so many opportunities for students. You have to go out and get those opportunities and make it what you want. I would encourage students to find those people and organizations that support you and help you grow.”
Learn more about The University of Olivet by contacting the Office of Admissions at 800-456-7189 or admissions@uolivet.edu.


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