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Ashley Pendleton

Class of 2019

Ashley Pendleton 2019

Hometown: Willard, Missouri

High School: Willard High School

Major: English and English Education

Campus Activities: President's Twenty, Student Alumni Council, Sophomore Class President, Alpha Chi Omega (nice president membership programming), WWU Cheerleading Team (captain), Writer's Ink, Campus Activities Board, First Impressions (choreographer), and the National Society of Leadership and Success.

What are your career plans?

After graduating college with my bachelor' degree, I would like to get my master's in Business Administration from William Woods, before going into teaching high school English and coaching cheerleading. Eventually, I'll go for another master's, but this time in English in case I choose to teach at higher levels.

Why did you come to William Woods?

I made the decision to come to William Woods because I walked around on campus and felt at home. I knew in my heart that it was the right place for me!

What is one word you’d use to describe William Woods?


What has been your favorite class?

Young Adult Literature. It's been fascinating to see how young adult literature is an actual genre and what components work together to make a good book. I also partly love it because I want to write young adult literature someday, and so learning about it will help me to understand the genre better.

What has been your favorite LEAD event?

My favorite LEAD event so far has been the Run With It concert this past semester. The band was excellent and the concert itself was laid back and extremely relaxing.

What’s one thing you wish you had known when you first started at William Woods?

I wish that I had known that the best tool for college is a detailed planner!

What is one thing you wish more people knew about you?

I want to be an author someday!

What is your favorite thing in your room?

Our futon. One day this year, I was sick and my friends all came and sat on the futon with me and watched old Friends episodes. It was honestly of my favorite experiences here because there were all there to cheer me up and laugh over Ross and Rachel's relationship with me.

What is your favorite spot on campus?

My favorite spot on campus is the living room in my sorority house because it's where so many memories were made and where I met my best friends in the entire world.

Where do you like to study?

Personally, I like to study in the study room at my sorority house. It's a nice and quiet place that I can focus. I study best when I test myself or when I have someone else test me.

What is a typical weekday like for you at William Woods?

A typical weekday looks like waking up for my 8 am, before grabbing a cup of coffee and something quick to eat. I go through my classes, studying or squeezing in a quick nap in between. I then go to cheerleading practice before coming back for some sorority event or another. Finally, I go to First Impressions and sing and choreograph. After that, I just have to study, go to bed, wake up, and do it all again!

What is your favorite place in Fulton?

My favorite place in Fulton is the Playhouse. It has such a great and peaceful atmosphere. I know that if all else fails, I can go to the playhouse for a cup of coffee and a muffin.

What has surprised you the most about going to school at William Woods?

How the great gaps of time that you think you have actually aren't that much time at all. I was also surprised by how many genuine people I met at this school.

What has been the most challenging part of college?

The most challenging part about college is getting enough sleep. It really is harder than it seems it's going to be.

What is one word your friends would use to describe you?

Passionate. I know what I care about and I pursue my passions with diligence and fervor.

What is your favorite memory of your time here at William Woods so far?

My favorite memory would have to be Freshman Advantage this past summer. I was a mentor for the program, and it was great because I not only got to go do fun things, but I got to help the next generation of students at William Woods learn how to acclimate to college and find their way. I learned a lot, not only about the new students, but also about myself, and that is a pretty great opportunity in my eyes!

Who is your favorite faculty or staff member?

My coach, Kristi Sievert. She never fails to give me the right advice or make me feel like I can do anything I set my mind to. Her welcoming presence has helped me feel right at home since I got here last year!

What is your superpower?

My superpower is being able to do all of the things that I'm involved in without collapsing to the floor. (It could also be the wonderful atmosphere of William Woods and the supportive members of our community that help me out however.)