Ashley Gonzalez has loved reading since childhood, and now she’s turning her love of the English language into a career.
“As I grew up and entered high school English classes, I realized not only did I enjoy reading but I also admired writing and the diversity of the English language. I knew then that I wanted to pursue my studies in it.”
Gonzalez would like to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English and pursue a career in fiction writing. And she started her journey at College of DuPage.
“I wanted an opportunity to grow as a person and develop my studies before heading to a university,” she said.
She also was named a Presidential Scholar, an honor that included a full-tuition scholarship and enrollment in the Honors program and the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society. Overjoyed with this recognition, Gonzalez took full advantage of her time at College of DuPage.
“I learned so much about what I want for my life and what type of person I am, and it was a fulfilling experience,” she said. “COD lent me a welcoming and familiar setting from where I felt engaged in my classes as well as studying, writing and thinking in peace.
Gonzalez earned her Associate in Arts degree with highest honors. She took a gap year and worked at the Helen Plum Library, volunteered and applied for internships to strengthen her role as a leader. She now is at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in English Literature with a concentration in creative writing.
“I’m aiming to become a publisher after graduating and work closely with other authors and their literary works while better honing my own skills,” she said. “I’m very excited at how far my academic journey has taken me and very enthusiastic for the years to come!”
College of DuPage played an important part in her development and Gonzalez is glad she chose to attend.
“COD is not only a bridge between high school and a university, it’s a separate sanctuary altogether. I’d strongly recommend it to anyone, whether they come to explore what their interests are or want higher learning in a quality environment.”