By LEANNDRA PADGETT
Ashleigh Morgan Barker is a woman of many talents and interests. Once you get to know her, you are inspired by her convictions and entertained by her humor. Ashleigh is a psychology and religion double major. After graduating in May, she plans to eventually continue her schooling. How that looks is uncertain; she may go to graduate school for psychology or enroll in a seminary such as the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky. In the long run, she can see herself doing counselling, and those who have spent time around her can attest to her good listening skills and sound judgment that would aid in the profession.
Ashleigh has been heavily involved in religious life and social justice issues during her time at Georgetown. She has been a part of Common Ground (formerly known as Campus Ministry) since her freshman year. Among other involvement, she has served as a Freshman Family Group parent, Common Ground (now Rooted) worship planning team and theology reading group. This year she serves as the Common Ground ministry team leader. She was also the treasurer for the Student Abolitionist Movement for a year and a half. Appropriately, her favorite memory from her time on campus involves a SAM event. She participated in Occupy Georgetown for Fair Trade, a weekend long event in which students, faculty and staff camped out on Giddings Lawn and gave speeches about human trafficking and modern day slavery. The protest was after the style of the Occupy Wall Street movement and involved sleeping in tents in the middle of campus with a campfire and informative posters. It was a successful event which was both fun and exciting as well as inspiring and educational.
Like many other GC students, Ashleigh chose Georgetown because she wanted a small school and felt really comfortable on the campus. “All the people that I met,” she remembers, “faculty, students were really welcoming.” Her advice to future Tigers? “Get to know your professors really well. Some of my professors have become some of my greatest friends and, of course, mentors.” Also, she advises students not to spread themselves too thinly. Though “there are a lot of great things to get involved with… pick one thing and get really involved with it” she wisely suggests. That way you can be more committed to what you are doing.
Ashleigh has also served as an admissions tour guide, sang in the choir and chorale (with an amazingly beautiful voice) and won GAC BINGO. She is learning to play mandolin and has a fantastic collection of coffee mugs. Given any superpower, she would want to be able to teleport. She used to want to read minds, but perhaps her studies in psychology have shown her what a dangerous power that would be. Ashleigh is from Raceland, Ky. (near Ashland) and wants to travel anywhere there are beautiful mountains. She has a younger brother and really loves both llamas and cats.