Graduate Student Spotlight: Ashley Lee

Ashley Lee with family
February 15 , 2023  |  By Grant Schol

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Ashley Lee is a student in the Master of Economic Analytics program. Ashley is a Texas native but has lived in Northwest Arkansas for the past four years. She decided to pursue a master's degree at the encouragement of her employer.

She is the mother of three and a full-time graduate student at the Walton College. 

Q: As a full-time student and a mother, how do you find a balance between all you have going on in your life?
A: I actually don't feel like I find balance — at least not consistently. Motherhood is a wild ride and adding school to it has been challenging. There are unexpected disruptions that throw me off balance all the time - but that's ok. I think it is very valuable that my children see me struggle and overcome challenges. Hopefully, they will learn they can do the same. 

Q: What advice would you give to other students who might be having a difficult time finding that balance?
A: Surround yourself with people who support you and are interested in your success - and ask for help when you need it. I am fortunate to be surrounded by an immensely supportive community, including my husband and fellow students in my program. Also, remember that your professors want to see you succeed — view them as advocates and not adversaries. 

Q: What encouragement would you give someone who is considering going back to school for a master’s degree?
A: Go for it! Don't limit yourself if it is a goal you earnestly want to achieve.

Grant ScholGrant Schol is a social media manager at the Sam M. Walton College of Business. As a multimedia storyteller who lives in the convergence of journalism, social media, and photography, Grant has a passion for inspiring change, no matter how big or how small, by showing that even the smallest dreams can take you to big places.