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ASHA Student Experience

ASHA is a backdrop upon which high achieving undergraduates are able to develop into academics, leaders, global citizens, and comrades. Cohorts are together throughout their entire undergraduate degree. Inside and outside of class, discussions and friendships reach greater depths due to familiarity.

The different degree programs, personal experiences, and time abroad that each student brings to the program provide multifaceted, dimensional perspectives on any number of topics. The academic setting and guidance of professors allows these perspectives to become fully-fledged ideas, essays, arguments, and projects.

Throughout their four years with ASHA, students learn how to conduct research on any topic. Research is an invaluable skill for any undergraduate student and the main focus of the ASHA program. The small class size allows ASHA students to get one-on-one feedback from their professor. This ability helps ASHA students succeed in their Honours degree program.

ASHA has helped students from all backgrounds to enhance their degrees in various ways. Here is what some of the ASHA alumni and current students have to say about the program: 

"I don't know where I would be today if it wasn't for ASHA!"

Nolan Hill, ASHA-Class of 2015

The ASHA program has given me the opportunity to challenge myself, alongside other exceptional students at the University of Calgary. In this program, I have developed skills that will be instrumental in my future career, and I have made friendships that are sure to last a lifetime. I don't know where I would be today if it wasn't for ASHA!

"...I was able to meet a great number of people at the University of Calgary, and establish a support system within months of arriving in a new city."

Samuel Geisterfer, ASHA-Class of 2016

The ASHA program is unique in its ability to empower students within the classroom at an early point in their post-secondary education. The dialogue that occurs in the class in both intellectually stimulating as well as informative. While the in-class experience is something to marvel at, the community formed outside of the classroom is what makes this program so special. Due to the smaller class size, it is easier to get to know your peers in the class, and thanks to ASHA, I was able to meet a great number of people at the University of Calgary, and establish a support system within months of arriving in a new city. I would recommend this program to any, and all, future Dinos and know that many more lives will be improved thanks to ASHA!

"ASHA has empowered me to reflect on and give value to my thoughts and ideas."

Bijan Mohammed, ASHA-Class of 2016

Being involved in ASHA has given me the opportunity and skills to explore my individuality and to develop my communication and critical thinking skills. Most importantly, ASHA has empowered me to reflect on and give value to my thoughts and ideas. It has been such a pleasure to meet and collaborate with such exceptional students and to be taught by such excellent professors.

"...it was ASHA that made me feel like a 'real' University student."

Camila Ramos-Strankman, ASHA-Class of 2015

In my first year at the U of C, it was ASHA that made me feel like a 'real' University student. It was the stereotypical eye-opening, world-widening class you hear about from your parents and see in movies. My University experience would not have been the same had I not taken ASHA. Today, I see ASHA as a defining point in my education as well as my adult life. 

"ASHA filled an intellectual void in my degree that could not have been filled by any other university experience!" 

Khulud Baig, ASHA-Class of 2015

Looking back at my four years with ASHA, I can confidently say that ASHA has been a key aspect of my degree and my university experience. From the classroom discussions to finding life-long friends in my classmates, ASHA gave me an opportunity to grow and develop as a student and as an individual. ASHA courses challenged my perspectives and helped me become more aware of the society and culture I am a part of. ASHA filled an intellectual void in my degree that could not have been filled by any other university experiences! 

"My fellow ASHAns all share the same inquisitive and curious spirit, and the program has given us the opportunity to engage that aspect of who we are."

Branden Cave, ASHA-Class of 2016

I hate to think what my university experience, and the last few years of my life would have been like without ASHA. My fellow ASHAns all share the same inquisitive and curious spirit, and the program has given us the opportunity to engage that aspect of who we are. At the same time, the other students have become more than classmates to me, they are a second family. For that I will always be grateful, and thankful for ASHA!

"The professors did more than teach; they played an important role as mentors and were interested in helping us find our place after the completion of the program."

Tiffany Bennett, ASHA-Class of 2015

ASHA was the highlight of my undergraduate studies. The curriculum satisfied both my intellectual curiosity and my desire to be deeply immersed in the humanities. My peers in the program had not only contributed toward a unique and well-rounded learning environment, they had also witnessed my personal growth and became much like a family to me. The professors did more than teach; they played an important role as mentors and were interested in helping us find our place after the completion of the program. I also credit ASHA with providing a vehicle through which I developed a strong sense of independence - largely through the mandatory study abroad component - and the confidence to pursue professional education following my undergrad.

"ASHA provides the more creative and philosophical balance I need in comparison to my undergraduate science program."

Ali Banwell, ASHA-Class of 2015

ASHA provides the more creative and philosophical balance I need in comparison to my undergraduate science program, as well as a platform for academic discussion of any topic, and a community that any student would feel welcome in.

 

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