Ashlynn Wright is a senior at SFA, graduating in May with a degree in Economics and a minor in science.
Why did you choose to attend SFA?
Mainly for the Cheer program, because I had heard about it. I wanted to stay in Texas for college, and didn't want to stay too close, but also didn't want to go too far away. SFA is a good distance, 2 ½ hours away from home, so it's perfect.
I had been here before, because my cousin, Josh Sorensen, went to SFA.
How did you get connected with St. Mary's Catholic Campus Ministry?
My cousin was very involved with St. Mary's, and when Hurricane Rita hit, while I was in middle school, me and all my family came here to stay in the White House in the upstairs room. There were probably over 20 of us. I had also been to Mass here already, and it was natural to attend Mass at St. Mary's while attending SFA.
What impact has St. Mary's had on you personally?
It's different coming to church here, because at home you are expected to go with your family. It helped me grow in my faith and it became my own personal faith. St. Mary's also has a lot of programs that have helped with that. Being connected through altar serving and going on the Awakening Retreat also helped.
Have you adopted any special devotions?
Nothing that I do every day. I've tried some Lenten devotions, and pray every evening. The main devotion is to attend Mass, and this has become very important to me. This is where I meet God, and He gives me comfort.
What are you planning after graduation?
Hopefully medical school. I have applied to every medical school in Texas, there are about 5, but haven't been accepted yet. I am also in the process of applying to a Caribbean medical school. If I get in there, then I can start in September. If I don't get into medical school right away, then I'll start with a business oriented job, probably in a hospital or a medical setting, before entering into medical school.
After three years of coming in 2nd place, the SFA Cheer Squad won the National Championship in Ashlynn's final year! Congratulations, Ashlynn!