Ashley Reese Photo by Nick Onken
Inquiring Minds Want to Know …
So what do you want to know? Really. Anything.
We ask students to answer your questions because — let’s face it — they know best what it’s like to be a student at Seattle Pacific University.
Meet SPU Expert: Ashley Reese
Hometown: Moreno Valley, California
Year: Senior
Hobbies: Playing soccer, watching movies, memorizing quotes, def poetry, karaoke, doing research, talking to people, laughing
Travel:I have traveled extensively throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada.
How on earth did you pick your major? Jen Dardis, McCall, ID
I started off premed, but after my first quarter of classes, I fell in love with philosophy and sociology. In my philosophy classes, we were discussing questions that I had never seriously considered before, such as, “Why is something right or wrong?” and “If we say that something is right — is it intrinsic or extrinsic of God?” The next thing I knew, I was hooked on philosophy. Sociology just came very naturally to me, learning about large social structures and groups.
What is the biggest impact professors have had on you? Olga Maksimenko, Federal Way, WA
They’ve shown me that in order to truly master one’s field of study, a kind of intentional mental discipline is necessary. This mental discipline is an art form, and only the best scholars possess such skill.
Are there many opportunities to study abroad? Ryder Ashcraft, Kellogg, ID
Yes, in fact last autumn I studied for a semester at SPU’s sister school: Clark Atlanta University. CAU is the largest historically black college/university (HBCU). There are opportunities both nationally and internationally. Studying at CAU was impactful for me because for the first time in my life I was immersed in a setting where my cultural heritage was center stage and truly celebrated. If you want to start thinking of places you’d like to study outside of Seattle, visit
What has been your greatest challenge attending Seattle Pacific? Sasha Henry, San Antonio, TX
The greatest challenge as well as greatest blessing of being at SPU has been the personal growth that I have experienced during the last four years. Specific challenges include being away from my family, being in a different state, and having a lot of beliefs that I previously held change in some way (i.e., my worldview has tremendously shifted).
How do you afford going to college as an out-of-state student? Alexiana Stump, Jackson, MI
Since SPU is a private university, the price is the same for in- and out-of-state students. I pay for school with financial aid, several loans, scholarships, and my mom’s assistance.
How did you prepare yourself for the high school to college transition? Jonathan Delgado, Boston, MA
In high school, I was a part of a college preparatory program, which really helped prepare me. Additionally, my older cousin provided me with a lot of practical advice regarding understanding the difference between high school and college curriculum and expectation levels.
Why did you choose SPU? Andrew Russell, Monroe, WA
It was a total God thing: I am not sure how SPU even got my information. I applied — not planning on attending here, but at a historically black college. During this time, my aunt was sick and one of the SPU admissions counselors regularly called me and checked in — she even prayed for my aunt. Unlike all the other universities’ admissions officers, the woman from SPU frequently asked about my life and family, not solely about my academics. This was the deal-maker for me and ultimately is the reason I decided to come to SPU without ever previewing the school.
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