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Ashley Schiffer '19 Reflects on Kalamazoo College Experience

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Ashley Schiffer '19 played third base for the Kalamazoo College softball team and was second on the team in hitting with a .316 average her senior season. The Northville, Michigan native (Northville High School) improved her average each season and finished her career with ten doubles, three home runs, and 25 RBIs.

Schiffer is attending Kansas State University this fall where she will pursue a Ph.D. in the Social-Personality Psychology program.

Ashley participated in Kalamazoo College's study abroad program with five months in Cáceres, Spain while completing her Spanish minor. Her Senior Individualized Project focused on male aggression and competitive intent after social stress against females. She was a research assistant at Oakland University, where data was collected for this study.

Schiffer believes her experiences at K gave her an edge when applying to graduate schools.

"The opportunity to participate in intercollegiate athletics, study abroad, and take diverse courses made me a unique applicant for graduate school," Schiffer said. "I learned a lot of practical skills like time management and interpersonal communication skills that are going to be very helpful moving forward."

Ashley is also grateful for the attentive faculty at Kalamazoo College.

"Dr. Gregg and Dr. Liu, in particular, were positive influences for me at K," Schiffer noted. "They both cared about me as a person, not just as a student."

Kalamazoo College prepares its graduates to better understand, live successfully within, and provide enlightened leadership to a richly diverse and increasingly complex world. The College's 1,467 students come from 39 states and 28 countries. Through the K-Plan, Kalamazoo College provides an individualized education that integrates rigorous academics with life-changing experiential learning opportunities, including study abroad, career internships and externships, civic engagement and social justice work. K's student-faculty ratio of 13-to-1 allows for small classes and personal attention to individual needs; student-faculty interaction goes beyond the classroom to include working together on research projects, college committees, and community projects. At Kalamazoo College, we do more in four years so students can do more in a lifetime.