Ashley Mehan

BA Social and Criminal Justice - Homeland Security

A little bit about me...

Writing about myself is more challenging than any assignment I have had to do here at Ashford. I never know quite what to say. The basics: I am 30 years old, live in Texas and work for Wal-Mart. I love people, animals, cooking, and watching crime dramas. I love to meet new people and look forward to connecting with all of you. I started my education here in February 2012 and am hoping to graduate in February 2016. My chosen major is Criminal Justice with a specialization in Homeland Security. I chose this degree because I felt it was one that I could use to make a difference in this country. I want my daughter to be able to grow up in a safer world and not have to worry about the things that go bump in the night. She has always known Mommy will protect her, and with this degree, I can protect her even more. And while I have not chosen a set career path, I always have my eyes open. My family is my passion. My husband, my daughter and my fur babies are the reason that I do what I do. They are the reasons that achieving this degree means more to me than anything else at this point. Graduating, making them proud, and going on to do great things are my motivations. I have to hold on to the belief that all of this will be worth it in the end. I won't sit here and lie and say that the journey has been easy, or even that it was something I knew that I wanted to do right out of the gate. Honestly, going back to school was a hard decision, one that scared me to death. I backed out a few times and had to have many conversations with myself to actually be able to say "Yes, I want to do this." I was terrified when I started back and was always so afraid that I was going to fail. It was not until I got comfortable and confident that I finally figured out that I could do this--I can go all the way and achieve the goals I set for myself. I did this on my own and being alone is a horrible feeling. This is the reason I mentor. I don't want someone to feel alone. I want people to know that there is someone in their corner, there to pick them up when they fall and comfort them when they feel like they want to break. I want to be the one that is in someone's corner, their personal cheerleader, their motivator. I remember what it's like to want to give up and I want to be the person there that can change those thoughts and can change "I can't do this" into "I DID IT!"