Student

Ashlee Felix

  • Human Services & Restorative Justice

After attending two other colleges, Ashlee decided hands-on was for her. She moved to Williamsport, enrolled at Penn College, and found a community to call her own. Today she's working towards her bachelor's. Law school is on the horizon. And she couldn't be happier with her new life at Penn College.

 

 

Ashlee Felix

Q&A with Ashlee

WHERE DID YOU GO BEFORE COMING TO PENN COLLEGE?

I graduated high school in 2013. I went to the liberal arts college and from there I took a break and then I went to community college. After that break, when I was in community college, the path that I was on with my psychology degree was to go back to that liberal arts college and further my education that way. But once I took the tour here on campus and I talked with staff and faculty and even students, I fell in love with the college here and then I kind of changed that direction and enrolled here instead and then changed my major and everything.

HOW DID YOU FIND PENN COLLEGE?

I actually came on a tour with someone else who wanted to attend Penn College. And when I did, I saw the restorative justice program and I just toured it. I fell in love with it and the campus and I'm the one who ended up enrolling and coming to the school, not the person who came on the tour with me.

SO YOU HAD TO RELOCATE?

Yes I had to relocate about an hour and a half because I lived in Hazleton, PA. This was the first time I lived by myself. I just packed up and moved out here. But thankfully my boyfriend also enrolled here. He also transferred from his college and moved with me. Now we're both full-time students here.

HOW DO YOU LIKE THE HANDS-ON APPROACH?

The approach of the college is what makes the big difference. When you compare my previous major of psychology to my new major of human services and restorative justice, the new one is so hands on. We get to be in labs every day; we get to do internships that help us get to really know our programs. And our courses are very centered in the things that we would do in our everyday lives, which is a very big difference than what I was experiencing in my psychology major courses.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR MAJOR?

What I love about this major is that it's very broad. It's not just psychology. It's psychology, sociology, and human services. It's the criminal justice system. It's all the complex topics that we deal with on a daily basis—in one major. And I think it's amazing.

ARE YOU LOVING THE SMALLER CLASS SIZES?

Yes! The classes here have maybe 12 compared to 20 in the liberal arts college that I was at. Sometimes I was in a class with 50 or 60 students. I didn't get that one-on-one time with my professors the way I do here. I didn't get the one-on-one time with students either. I have a connection with all the students in my major. At my liberal arts college, I knew one or two people in my classes. The professors here definitely played a big role as well. They are very hands on with students.

WHAT ARE YOU INSTRUCTORS LIKE?

They will push you. They will give you opportunities. At the other college, instructors have way more students to look after. So I think that makes it a bit harder. I love the classroom sizes. And like I said, even in our labs, just that hands on, knowing that what I'm practicing every day is what I'm going to be doing with my degree, I love that. At other colleges I did not get that. It was a book, homework, and assignments. Here, it's homework assignments and a lab where you practice what you will be doing. To me, there's no better way.

HOW DO YOU BALANCE CLASSWORK WITH A BABY?

The atmosphere here is very helpful with that. My professors are very flexible, even if I have to bring her in with me or if I need to miss class because she is sick. I’ve been able to attend classes remotely in some cases. Also, Penn College has a daycare and it's an educational daycare. So I know that once she's in there, she’ll be right here. She's getting all the help that I know she's going to need. This place is amazing for students like me who are nontraditional and have children of their own. And I very much appreciate that. And I’m very grateful for that.

HOW HAVE YOU GROWN SINCE COMING TO PENN COLLEGE?

When I first started college years ago, I was a very introverted girl. I very much took to myself. I went to classes and went home. Once I came to Penn College and took a tour, I realized the students were so friendly. Then I came on campus and started to realize that even though I was introverted, it didn't matter because the students around me would come and talk to me. They would start conversations with me. And that made me feel way more comfortable to be more open and go up and talk to them and join that community and the campus and the students and the faculty and the staff. They make it so easy and so comfortable for you to step out of your shell.

WHAT WAS THE TRANSFER PROCESS LIKE?

I was scared about the transferring process at first. I worried because I had two other institutions under my belt and I wasn’t sure about placement tests and things like that. But the counselors here are awesome. My counselor made the transfer process super easy. It's super simple. I transferred here in a day. It did not take me long to get here. The counselors will give you their phone number and their email. They are available. They will help you in every, every which way they can. So trust me, transferring here is just a matter of you deciding that you want come to Penn College and we will get you here.

IF A FRIEND WERE CONSIDERING TRANSFERRING, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?

I've actually brought my brothers and sisters here for tours already. I always tell people that the best thing is to tour a college before you come to it. When you come, you not only get to see the major that you want, but you get to see how it's run. You get to talk to the actual professors, you get to see the students, you get to see the community that's around and you get to feel the campus. If you don't take that tour, you're not going to really know what it is that you're getting into until your first day of class. And I don't think that benefits anybody if you do it that way.

WHAT ARE YOU PLANNING TO DO AFTER GRADUATION?

I'm going to go to law school. I'm planning on pursuing a law career. I plan to be a criminal defense attorney. And what I love about my major is that since it's human services and restorative justice, I'm already getting both sides of everything and all the tools that I'm going to need in order to help level me up to where I see myself one day.

Student Experience

"I love it here. I can talk about Penn College for hours. It's not just the hands-on and the courses, it's the faculty. It's the staff. It's the students. It's just the whole atmosphere and the community that we create that it makes it feel like home."

Ashlee Felix

Real-World Ready

Her advice? Get involved.

Ashlee is not just active in her program's club. She also served as a presidential student ambassador and vice president for public relations for SGA (Student Government Association) and was selected as an Awesome Women Exemplar.  

Giving back

Giving back

Ashlee joined fellow SGA members for a reunion at the Community Arts Center where the group announced that they raised $8,000 in President Davie Jane Gilmour’s name for the “Tomorrow Is in the Making: Legacy Campaign for Penn College.”

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The spirit of community

The spirit of community

Ashlee joined fellow students to celebrate Juneteenth with a mix of educational and entertaining activities arranged by Penn College’s Black Student Union.  

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Because she's awesome

Because she's awesome

Each year, a select group of standout female students is honored as Awesome Women Exemplars. 

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