Student Success Profile: Ashley Cronin
Currently Taking 20 Credit Hours
Newport native Ashley Cronin is one of many Washington State Community College (WSCC) students who successfully made the transition from quarters to semesters this fall.
The 24-year-old college student first started taking classes at WSCC during winter quarter 2012. Majoring in Early Childhood Development, Cronin took seven classes this fall semester totaling 20 credit hours.
"I have more time to learn and really understand the material," reports Cronin. "I don't feel as rushed as I did in the winter quarter; even though I'm taking more classes, the deadlines for papers and exams are more spread out."
Cronin adds that the set-up of semester classes has made it easier to schedule around her personal life. "All of my classes meet two days a week plus I work one day a week getting field experience for my child development major. This lets me have four days a week off school – the only downfall to semesters is carrying more books!"
Ashley Cronin gives advice to other WSCC students trying to finish their associate degree program in two years. "My biggest recommendation is to take at least fifteen credit hours each semester. Also, take as many classes as possible that meet twice a week," shares Cronin. "On those two days I use my time in between classes to do homework and go to the Center for Student Success for extra help when I need it...that way, I don't have much homework to do on my days off."
She adds, "For me, I would rather take more classes and graduate sooner, instead of dragging out school for a long time, that way I can graduate and begin my career."
Cronin is set to earn her associates of applied science degree Early Childhood Development in 2014. After graduation from WSCC, she plans to further her education and eventually work with preschool-age children with mild to moderate disabilities.