Winooski School District

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Ashley Higgins

Ashley Higgins

How many years did you attend Winooski schools?
13 (K-12)

Were there any adults in the Winooski schools that had a really positive impact on you? (teachers, coaches, etc.)
Ms. Townsend (French) and Mrs. Lawson (English) both inspired me to work hard and strive to learn something new every day.

What was your favorite learning experience during your time in the Winooski schools?
Exchange with a group of French students. They stayed with us for a couple of weeks and then we went over to France to stay with them. This was the first time I had left the country and when I caught the travel bug!

Did you feel prepared for college? work/career?
Yes. The VSAC Outreach program helped a lot with the college application process, which can be really overwhelming. Since graduating, forcing myself out of my comfort zone and into challenging situations has made me confident in most situations professionally.

Where do/did you got to college? What did you study? Degree?
I went to college at Salve Regina University, a small private school in Newport, Rhode Island. I finished my Bachelor’s with a double major in French and International Studies. I also completed a 5-year accelerated Master’s program by starting to take graduate courses during my senior year so I could complete my Master’s in Global Business with one extra year of study.

Where do you work? Title/Position? What do you do (job responsibilities)?
I work at the gaming company SEGA in their mobile division in San Francisco. I am responsible for all advertising within the SEGA mobile titles, balancing revenue generation with game integrity. I also manage cross-promotion between our titles ““ engaging our users to try different titles within our portfolio of games. It’s a really fun industry to be in and getting paid to play games on my iPad is pretty awesome. 🙂

What advice would you give Winooski high school students about college and career if you knew then what you know now?
Get outside your comfort zone! If I hadn”t moved to California, I never would”ve had the sorts of opportunities I have now. Also, try to explore lots of different career paths (do internships if possible). I didn”t really have a clear idea of what I wanted to do professionally while I was in college and no really forced me to think hard about it. If I knew then what I know now, I would”ve chosen a completely different set of classes to prepare me, particularly for the more technical/analytical aspects of my job.

What other activities were you involved in during college?  Did you try anything new?  What did you learn about yourself in college?
I was involved with orchestra (I play the viola) and also studied abroad in France for a semester during my junior year. For me, college was a great opportunity to figure out who I was and what was most important to me. You can even reinvent yourself since no one knows anything about you or your background. Coming from Winooski where everyone had known me since Kindergarten, this was a really big change!

Did you study abroad, travel or have any other experiences since graduating that you would like to share?
Since graduating, I travel as much as possible. I”m also a big animal lover, so I try to fulfill that through my travels since I don”t work with animals day-to-day. My favorite experiences so far were probably visiting Hawaii where I went in a shark cage in the Pacific and paddle-boarded with giant sea turtles and visiting South Africa where I got to bottle feed and care for baby lions, hyenas, and monkeys.

 

Winooski Alumni: Ashley Higgins

Winooski Alumni: Ashley Higgins