Ahead of traditional commencement ceremonies this weekend, Port City Daily is honoring the Class of 2015 with a look at some area graduates–their achievements, challenges and plans for the future.
Today, we take a look at Ashley Babson, who says her decision to attend the district’s non-traditional Mosley Performance Learning Center helped turn her life around and put her on a track of continued success.
What do you plan to do after high school?
I plan to go to Cape Fear Community College to pursue an Associate of Arts degree. I then will transfer to UNC-Wilmington to pursue a bachelor’s degree in psychology and then pursue a master’s degree in social work.
What led you to that choice?
I like to learn about how the brain works and I also have a great passion for helping other people.
How long have you known it was what you wanted to do?
Since eleventh grade.
What are some of your proudest moments in high school?
Transferring to Mosley really helped me get back on track and graduate on time. Also, accomplishing my senior project because initially, I doubted myself. But I ended up getting a 98 on it!
Some of your hardest challenges?
Learning to get along with people. I used to be angry towards others but now I have become more mature and have a really positive attitude.
What is one of your fondest memories from high school?
I would say my entire senior year. I actually really liked my teachers, instead of hating going to class. In the last six months, I really discovered who I was and who I want to be.
What are you most looking forward to in this next stage of your life?
I am looking forward to going to college because I want to prove to myself and to others that I can do it.
Hilary Snow is a reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at (910) 772-6341 or firstname.lastname@example.org.