Student Spotlight: Ashley Dodd
Hi! I’m Ashley Dodd and I’m a senior majoring in management at the Perdue School of Business. I’m from Frederick, MD, and attended Walkersville High. I chose Salisbury University as my choice of college because I had heard amazing things about the business program and its AACSB accreditation. I wasn’t sure about what I wanted to major in, but I chose management because I felt like it held a lot of opportunity and options for the future.
As a freshman, I lived in a business Living Learning Community. The LLC was an amazing source for me as a freshman because it provided me with connections, hand-on experiences and face-to-face work with Perdue School professors. A lot of the skills I learned from those classes helped drive my later experiences in the business school and encourage me to stay on the management track. One of the best experiences I had with the LLC was a mini entrepreneurship competition that we did among our peers. My team won first at the competition with an idea I had been working on for a couple of months. Although it was small, this win drove me to enter the Invest in my Idea entrepreneurship competition in my sophomore year of college with a different idea that my marketing team had come up with. The competition was nerve-wracking, stressful and very exciting! My team was one of the 15 winners of the Invest in my Idea part of the competition. Although we weren’t one of the top four winners, it was still extremely fun and exhilarating.
During my sophomore year, I also began looking for an internship that not only fit the ABLE requirement but that also would further my experience in management. The head of the ABLE program would frequently email out internship opportunities, but none of them seem to be a good fit for me until I applied for the Walgreens internship. Walgreens hired me on as a community management intern where I worked during the summer in Laurel, DE. This internship was an invaluable experience as a college student. I was able to learn countless things as a management intern and also push myself outside of my comfort zone to be a true leader. I loved completing projects and tracking my progress as the internship progressed. During my internship, I also was able to do community outreach events such as volunteer at Bike and Brew, Iron Man, and the Ocean Games. At the end of my internship, I was offered a position with the company upon graduation where I will be training to be an assistant store manager. I’m very thankful to Walgreens and my mentor for giving me such a great opportunity.
Overall, Salisbury has been the perfect college for me. The business school has helped lead me to success and teach me the valuable knowledge and skills that I’ll need in order to be successful after college.