Ashley Clemente is a junior at the University of Alabama, majoring in marketing with a minor in advertising and public relations. Originally from New York, her family currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where she attended high school. Ashley's decision to attend UA was driven by the extensive opportunities presented by the university and its connections. Ashley chose to study marketing and advertising because of her artistic and analytical inclinations. She has always had an appreciation for art and creativity, and has expressed these interests since her childhood when she would draw cartoons and paint with her family. Ashley's goals are to work in digital marketing and design, so she is looking forward to working with the iLS team.
While touring and applying to schools, Ashley knew that she wanted to attend a school that was within driving distance from her family, but still out of state in order to give her new experiences and the opportunity to meet new people. When she toured UA, she immediately fell in love. She remembers walking by the Student Center and the Quad and thinking that she could really see herself attending the university. The student life, the picturesque landscape, and the beauty of the historic buildings drew her to UA and she continues to walk around campus to appreciate its beauty.
Ashley has lived in many different places throughout her young life and college career. From an apartment in New York when she was born, to a house in Florida, to her first college apartment, she has considerable experience moving and choosing ideal housing. Ashley lives in an apartment near the Strip in Tuscaloosa, and loves the location, structure, and price range of the area. As a business major, she is closest to the business buildings: Alston, Hewson, and Bidgood halls, which make her walks to classes easy.
Between working with the iLS team and her marketing coursework, Ashley also is a member of several organizations on campus. She is a writer for Alice, a magazine founded by women that covers everything from the best ways to decorate your college apartment, to the latest fashion trends, to advice on how to deal with daily anxiety. She also is a member of the UA chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA) and UA Active Minds, a mental health awareness organization. Ashley is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, a sorority on campus, and loves to attend social events and meet new sisters. Through these organizations, Ashley has met some of her closest friends.