Immediately following Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Monmouth University served as a shelter for hundreds of devastated individuals and families. While Monmouth itself was not seriously impacted, students like Ashley Kristoffersen '13 were there to help the residents and communities who were in dire need.
"A group of friends and fellow do-gooders quickly organized into Rebuild Recover, and we began sorting, packing, and sending what became hundreds of thousands of donated items from as far away as Hawaii to help people up and down the New Jersey coastline," Ashley said. "Our efforts continued to evolve with the changing needs of each phase of recovery-from providing relief to beach and neighborhood cleanups, to demolition of severely damaged structures, reconstruction, and more."
Ashley was moved to help in large part because of the community that surrounded her-a community that truly cares. "At Monmouth, you're surrounded by a welcoming atmosphere of acceptance and respect," Ashley said. "I learned how important it is to have in an academic career, and that inspired me to help in any way I could during a time of such great need."
Now with an MBA in hand, Ashley knows that she is well-prepared for the business world, and it started at Monmouth. "Monmouth has a balance that is hard to find in a University, especially in the greater New York City area," she said. "As a business student, I had small, personable classes with active discussions, professors who knew me by name and who were actively involved in their field, and the financial capital of the world was just a train ride away."
Faculty Member Influence
One of the greatest benefits I received from attending Monmouth was the ability to connect with professors throughout my courses, and even long after. Economics for Management with Dr. Steven Pressman was the most influential course I took and helped set the tone for my entire program of study. Dr. Pressman was attentive to my progress throughout the course and later recommended that I participate in campus activities such as a graduate assistant position. Dr. Pressman was and continues to be a very positive influence on my professional endeavors.
How Monmouth helped me achieve my goals
The classroom experience I had at Monmouth greatly attributed to achieving my goals. Not only did I have professors who knew me by name, but I knew many of my classmates as well. In my classes, discussions often sprung from the applications of current world events to the course material-allowing many perspectives to be heard and understood. As a class, we were able to connect on a deeper level, making group presentations more thorough and creative. This kind of atmosphere helped me not only get to know my classmates and network with them, but it helped me grow into a well-rounded professional.
Organizations that helped me as a student
Participating in a variety of activities-from the Finance and Economics Club to a graduate assistant for the Department of Accounting-allowed me to make valuable connections with fellow students and professors alike. Working as a writing assistant in the Center for Student Success helped sharpen my communication skills and enabled me to improve my own writing abilities. Throughout my time at Monmouth, taking part in activities-from running charity marathons to attending lectures and presentations by distinguished guest speakers-was beneficial in building my relationships, my confidence, and shaping me as a young professional.