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Student Profile: Ashley Bouwense '16, English

Morristown, N.J. (June 2, 2015) – Ashley Bouwense started writing stories when she was a child. She had a homemade journal in which she created fictional stories that would form in her mind.

Today, Ashley still has a journal that she uses to jot down thoughts and ideas that may turn into stories later. She and a friend from Delaware Valley also exchange stories and ideas – just for fun. Ashley is keeping the art of storytelling alive and looking for ways to make it a career through her education at CSE.

Ashley is the epitome of energy. In addition to a major and two minors, Ashley is a student ambassador, involved in leadership, service and events; serves on the Commuter Council, writes for the student online newspaper The Station, is a student worker in the marketing and communication department, and has begun to dabble in the dramatic arts – appearing in the theatre production Almost Maine in April 2015 on campus. She is in the Honors Program, which allowed her to attend the Northern Regional Honors Conferences in 2014 (Niagara Falls, N.Y) and 2015 (Gettysburg, Pa.). In addition to her writing, she also is an avid photographer and uses her lenses to capture a journalist's point of view.

From Long Valley, N.J., Ashley graduated from Pope John High school and chose CSE because of the environment.

"Everybody is nice, and the campus just felt right for me," she says. "I like the structure of Catholic education and the values it holds."

Ashley also enjoys the fact that she receives individual attention from the professors and she is not afraid to try new things.

"I broke out of my shell when I came here," she says. "I am not shy about offering my opinion or raising my hand in class because I know that I am not being judged; I am being educated!"

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