Ashley Christensen ’16
Major: Criminal Justice and Sociology
Hometown: Champlin, MN
Future U.S. Marshal
Member of the women’s lacrosse team, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Spiritual Life Leadership, Sophomore Service and Alpha Lamba Delta
MY EXCEPTIONAL STORY
Big to Small
I was initially recruited by the women’s lacrosse coach, and then I started looking into the school and found that really loved it. My high school graduating class was made up of more than 800 students, so the smaller class sizes and more personalized experience was appealing to me. I also loved how close-knit the school is and how the professors really care about their students and want them to succeed both in and out of the classroom.
What sets Mount Union apart are the opportunities available to students. There are so many clubs and groups to get involved in, and Mount Union does an amazing job of providing funding for these student organizations to do exceptional things in the community. I always thought that was really cool because I have never seen other schools that give as much as Mount Union does.
Love for Volunteering
In high school I was really involved in community service, so when I came to Mount Union it was natural to get involved with service projects on campus and in the community. I really love volunteering and giving my time to people who really need it.
Most Memorable Community Service Project
No doubt, Homeless in the Quad was my most memorable community service project. We stayed in boxes overnight to raise awareness for the rising homeless population in Alliance and across the globe. It took A LOT of planning, but it turned out great and it really opened my eyes to the poverty outside of this little box we sometimes live in.
I feel that it’s important to give back because as college students we are so blessed with the opportunities we are given, so it only makes sense to give back to people who aren’t as lucky and fortunate. We have an opportunity to change the world, and that can only be done by giving back as much as possible and helping others succeed.
I’m double majoring in criminal justice and sociology. I knew that criminal justice could provide me with a high-paced career in a field that I was very interested in. Sociology also is such an interesting major and it really makes me think and ask questions, which I love to do.
I had Dr. Paul Muller, associate professor of sociology and chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, for Introduction to Sociology the first semester of my freshman year. Within the first week of classes, I fell in love with sociology and realized I wanted to major in it. That would have never happened without Dr. Muller!
My favorite class has been Juvenile Delinquency with Dr. Muller because it really taught me who commits crime and why. It’s interesting to find out why the younger population gets involved in crime and what we can do to stop it from happening.
Presentation That Changed My Life
In Introduction to Criminal Justice, we had an opportunity to go to a U.S. Marshal presentation on campus, and I loved it so much that I decided that it’s what I wanted to strive for in life. My goal is to work somewhere within the Federal Government and specifically for the U.S. Marshals. It’s very hands on, it keeps you on your toes and you have a chance to make a difference in the lives of many.
We have an opportunity to change the world, and that can only be done by giving back as much as possible and helping others succeed.