Ainsley Ash (SMBHC ’21)
Major: Public Policy Leadership
Hometown: Meridian, Mississippi
Recipient of Doris Raymond Honors College Scholarship
My time at the University of Mississippi would not be complete if it were not for the SMBHC. I have had the opportunity to take classes only offered to honors students such as Housing Inequality in Oxford, MS and Dystopian Literature. Classes such as these have taught me how to critically evaluate my role as an individual in an ever changing society while learning from some of UM’s most esteemed professors.
The SMBHC’s support for my intellectual curiosity has extended far beyond the UM campus. It is not without the encouragement of SMBHC faculty and staff that I would have applied and been accepted to a 2018 Fulbright Summer Institute to study “Education for Transformation” at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland. My desire for experiential learning did not end there. In the spring of 2020, I received an SMBHC fellowship to study abroad in Durban, South Africa. Here, conversations with anti-apartheid activists were informed by rigorous classroom discussion on South African history.
I am grateful for the world class education that I have received as a student in the SMBHC as it has prepared me to confront the questions of the day, both at home and abroad. Thank you to SMBHC donors for contributing to the most rewarding experiences of my undergraduate education.