Ashley Arnold

Academic Advisor- Applied Behavioral Sciences and Speech-Language-Hearing

I became an advisor because…
I became an advisor because I love helping people. Advising gives me the opportunity to guide students into paths that suit their interests. Advisors are the tour guides of education and I look forward to being able to assist students in finding their passion and enjoying their collegiate career here at KU.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Growing up, I wanted to be a teacher, then a flight attendant, then a pilot, then a writer/editor, then a geneticist and then back to being a teacher. I had (and still do) so many interests that it is difficult to narrow down one set path, but choosing to pursue a career as an advisor will let me help students achieve their “when I grow up” goals and I am greatly looking forward to that.

Advice to college students:
My advice to college students is: explore, explore, explore, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. The only way you will find out what you like or don’t, and what you can see yourself doing every day is through exploration. Use your first year to try out the classes that peak your interest, and while doing so, ask questions. Ask your professors how they came to choose the field, what jobs they’ve had, and what advice they would give to you. Your advisors, professors, and peers are here to help you succeed both academically and professionally so do not be afraid to ask questions, 9 times out of 10, someone else has the same question.

What is at the top of your bucket list?
This is a tough one, but I would have to say that traveling is at the top of my bucket list. I love visiting new places and trying new things, so if I could one day just travel all the time, that would be a dream come true. (That and eat all kinds of new, fun, and delicious food!)

Favorite quote(s):
“Stay hungry. Stay foolish.” – Steve Jobs
“Remember who you are”
“Not all who wander are lost”

My favorite book, movie, show, music is…
I am a big reader, but if I had to choose a favorite book, I would choose 1984 by George Orwell. Similar to books, I really enjoy movies, but if I had to choose one, I would choose a movie series: The Transformers series! My favorite show would be Madam Secretary, Designated Survivor, Friends, or Full House. I could watch any of them and still feel like it was the first time I watched the show. My favorite music: I don’t have a favorite. I listen to most genres, but alternative rock, 80s rock, EDM, pop, and country are at the top.