"I came here because of the people."
Business graduate Ashley Riley ’06 found a number of opportunities at Southern New Hampshire University.
Riley managed student elections and put together leadership conferences for the Student Government Association. She’s been president of the Student Ambassadors, a student group that works with the university president to present the campus to the outside community. She’s served as the executive officer for the SGA and as such has run all government meetings and committees. She’s also been vice president of Delta Mu Delta, the business honors society.
Off campus, she completed an internship with Camp Sunshine, a camp for ill children and their families.
These opportunities brought her into contact with a lot of people on campus, and it is they who matter most, she says.
“I came here because of the people. Everyone was so friendly,” she says. “I visited other campuses, but no one ever said anything.”
She was especially drawn to the faculty.
“They’re outgoing, and they’re not the lecture type. They keep you up and going,” she says. “I never in a million years thought I would be with faculty I would call by their first name or who would come in early and leave late to help me. I’m not just somebody. They know who I am.”