Ashley (McDaniel) Barclay (B.S. ’10) is using the bachelor’s degree she earned at Florida College exactly the way she intended, but the most meaningful part of her Florida College experience was the relationships.
Unsure about which degree program she wanted to pursue, Ashley decided to try the college’s new business program and discovered it was an excellent fit. She earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration in three years and is currently using her degree to help her run a part-time photography business while she is a stay-at-home mom.
“My life goal was not to be a CEO or president of a company,” Ashley said. “I got a business degree so I could be a stay-at-home mom and know how to run my own business on the side, and that’s exactly what I’m doing.”
Beyond her experience in the classroom, Ashley also built countless lifelong relationships with her peers and professors during her time at Florida College.
“I met my best friend and people who I now consider my family,” Ashley said. “When people ask me if I miss Florida, the first thing I tell them is that I miss the people there.”
Ashley met her best friend, Rachel Sulc (B.S. ’10), during her first year at Florida College. The girls lived together on campus while they were in school and off campus after they graduated. During their sophomore year, Ashley and Rachel decided to take a Bible class together with the new biblical studies professor, Dr. Jason Longstreth.
That class was the beginning of Ashley’s relationship with the Longstreth family. Somewhere between babysitting their kids, hanging out at their house on school nights, staying with them during school holidays and worshipping with them at the Forest Hills Church of Christ, Ashley became […]