CHADRON – Chadron State College student Ashley Turner is the April Project Strive/TRiO Student of the Month.
Turner, a junior from Burns, Wyoming, is majoring in Justice Studies with an emphasis in forensic science. She said her interest in the field was sparked when she had interest in becoming an emergency medical technician or paramedic.
“I fell into Justice Studies because I like to help people,” Turner said. “I felt it was a good area to go into, and there are always jobs available.”
Turner is studying abroad for two weeks this month through the Justice Studies program. The group, along with a Business and an Education group, is traveling to Dublin and London. Turner said she is excited for the learning experiences the trip will provide.
Beyond academic responsibilities, Turner is involved with Project Strive/TRiO. She said she appreciates the relationship opportunities the program provides with the staff and the other students.
“It’s worth joining because you get to meet a whole group of people that you normally wouldn’t get to meet,” Turner said. “The staff is willing to help with school, whether it is supplies, tutoring, or whatever.”
Project Strive/TRiO Counselor Sonja Dressel said Turner has blossomed as a student.
“She has set many goals for herself, both academically and personally. I tell students that we grow as individuals by forcing ourselves out of our comfort zones, and Ashley has done this by learning to ask for help when needed, branching out to meet new people and seeking out new experiences. She is a hard worker and passionate about her studies in the Criminal Justice Department, too,” Dressel said.
Turner said one of her goals before she graduates is to make the Dean’s List. She said her career goals include working in forensic science, wherever it may take her.
Turner is on her way to those goals by interning with the Laramie County Coroner’s Office this summer. She also hopes to get an internship with the Wyoming State Crime Lab in Cheyenne.
In her spare time, Turner volunteers as a gymnastics coach at Consuming Fire School of Dance.
—Kelsey R. Brummels, College Relations