The decision to attend UC was an easy one for Ashley. “I came down for a campus visit and I fell in love with the school,” she said. “And since my dad is a UC aerospace engineering graduate, he was just extremely excited when I was accepted into the architectural engineering technology program – and that’s pretty much what cemented my choosing to come here.”
Since being accepted into the program, Ashley has hit the ground running. With two associate of science degrees in architectural technology and civil engineering technology already under her belt, Ashley is currently a dual major in the architectural engineering technology and construction management programs. For Ashley, these two programs are the perfect blend of everything she is looking for.
“I like the way things work and I like knowing how they work, and not just the idea, but the actual nitty-gritty.” she explains. “And engineering was something that I thought I wanted to go into, but I also like the design aspect of architecture, so the architectural engineering technology program allows me to understand the design aspect and the aesthetics as well as the engineering functionality and constructability.”
Each term, Ashley takes 20 to 23 credit hours while working part-time and, thanks to her perseverance, she is currently slated to graduate ahead of schedule this spring. “I’m in what is, typically, a six-year program,” she said. “And I’m doing it in five years with seven co-op assignments.”