Learning To Take Chances

Ashley's Suffolk Story

“I wouldn't be the person I am if I hadn't become a student leader. Although the Suffolk Story chapter of my life came to an end, it will continue to inspire me to take chances.”
Ashley Sullivan BS, Psychology, '18
Ashley's Suffolk Story

I had no intention of coming to Suffolk at first. A last-minute decision to take a chance took me away from my small hometown to start a new chapter in the city of Boston. 

Having left everything I knew behind, I jumped on the first familiar thing I found at Suffolk. My first week, I joined the To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA) Suffolk University chapter and became its event coordinator. Having no clue what I was doing, I stuck to what I knew: Fake it ’til you make it. Apparently it worked because before my first year at Suffolk ended, I was the president of TWLOHA. 

After taking a RAD class and earning my title of ‘Evil Ninja,’ I got recruited to help out and eventually became an instructor. Now I teach alongside those who once taught me. 

My turning point came during my junior year at our student leadership conference. During our last event of the day, groups shared who they got the chance to connect with. It took all I had not to lose it with excitement as five different groups called TWLOHA out. The speaker asked me to stand up and tell everyone what TWLOHA was for those who didn't know. Just a couple of sentences about what we do got an entire room cheering. That was the moment I felt like I wasn't faking it anymore. I made it. 

I can't believe the things I've done in such a short time. Just a few years ago, I joined TWLOHA. Now I get recognized by the excessive amount of ribbons on my backpack. 

I wouldn't be the person I am if I hadn't become a student leader. Although the Suffolk Story chapter of my life came to an end, it will continue to inspire me to take chances. My time here wrote the beginning of my next chapter.

Ashley holding up her scroll while walking across the stage during Commencement.

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