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“I am Ashley and I am from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. I started my college career at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln where I studied food science. I studied food science because I wanted to be in a science related major but did not want to be limited to chemistry or biology. During my time at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, I discovered my Catholic faith and it changed my life. I contemplated studying theology for a little while, but ultimately decided to continue with my food science track because I found it was more relevant and helpful. Food is a necessity in everyone’s lives and I believe that I could make an impact in others lives by staying in this major. With the help of my Catholic faith and seeing how much it changed my life, I discovered that I wanted to give everyone else the opportunity to better their life and generations to come as well. I joined a group on UNL’s campus called FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) Missionaries and with their help and encouragement, I became a missionary myself. FOCUS Missionaries is the reason why I am currently living in Mankato, Minnesota. Mankato is the smallest city I have ever lived in, and the slower pace has been a hard adjustment for me. However, my heart belongs in Lincoln, Nebraska, where my life was a little more upbeat and the Catholic community was incredible. I think someday I will eventually end up going back to Nebraska for good. If I had advice for anyone out there, it would be to find faith. Life is so inconsistent and forever changing. There are going to be high moment and low moments, people will walk in and walk out of your life, but faith will never change. Faith will always be there to get you through everything life has to offer and give you something greater to look forward too.”

Photo & Caption: Brady Sloan, Katelyn Boucher, and Merissa Roth


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