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Amy Renee Ashley
Junior, Music Performance
Amy Renee Ashley

Amy Renee Ashley

When she first visited Alabama State University’s campus as a high school student during the 2010 Connection Day, Amy Renee Ashley knew that she wanted to join the Hornet Nation.

The junior music performance major is an accomplished pianist who dreams of one day performing across the globe and owning and operating a piano studio for aspiring musicians.

Ashley, a native of Birmingham, is well on her way to reaching her goals.

She is the recipient the 2013 Presser Award, a prestigious award given by the Presser Foundation to a select number of music students around the country and abroad.

“I’m very proud of myself,” Ashley said. “It has been overwhelming, but exciting, and it encourages me to continue my hard work. It confirms that I'm doing something right, and that I need to keep doing it.”

A dedicated and active student, Ashley has a 4.0 GPA and is a member of numerous campus organizations, including Phi Beta Lambda Professional Business Fraternity Inc., University choir treasurer, University gospel choir president and University wind ensemble percussionist.

Since enrolling at ASU, Ashley said she has gained a great deal of confidence and has learned to come out of her shell.

“I've learned that I can be a sociable person,” Ashley said. “Before I got here, I was hesitant to talk to people I didn't know, being more of an observer;  but college, in general, makes you be a bit more bold and sociable.”

The family environment on ASU’s campus is what Ashley enjoys most about the University.

“Most of the time when I see someone, it's like a competition to see who'll speak first,” Ashley said. “It’s just a friendly environment … you have no choice but to love ASU.”

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