For most college students, the first task of a college career (aside from unpacking) is finding a niche, or place of comfort. For Ashley Sutton ’12 an outgoing personality made that task a snap. A “can-do” person, Sutton carved out a niche on campus by diving in feet first. Her dedication to the community has always been evident, none more so than in December 2009. That is when she claimed two awards for her work with local nonprofit Last Chance Ranch during the Student Conference, which showcases student projects and research each semester. For this project she helped the equine rescue facility lay the groundwork for a therapeutic riding program serving at risk youth. Her commitment to the College community carries over to her duties as the resident advisor.
She enjoys her opportunities as an RA to stay involved with the social scene on campus. “The hallway is always so alive with people,” she explains. “If I weren’t an RA I would probably be living off campus and I think I would miss the chance to be involved with the community right here in the dorms.” Sutton enjoys the close-knit Unity community and the chance to know her peers on a more personal level than would be available at a larger college.