Hello everyone! My name is Ashlynn Battle, and I am a junior at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), at the Universities of Shady Grove (USG).

I was born in, ironically, the Shady Grove area, and have lived throughout the Germantown/Gaithersburg area my entire life! I recently graduated from Montgomery College with an Associate’s degree in Business, and I am currently studying Marketing at UMD’s R.H Smith School of Business at USG. Studying business was something that I considered in my life plan from a young age. I wanted to open a business for as long as I could remember, but I could never decide what I wanted to open, because my hobbies and interests would change constantly growing up. After graduating high school, it became a concrete decision of mine to study Marketing, after a friend of mine asked me to help her sell lip gloss brand on Instagram.

As I worked toward a degree, and ultimately, a career in content creation, analytics, or product development, I am currently working for the Montgomery County Recreation Department, where I get to boss kids around… just kidding! I am a lead staff for an after-school program called Club Adventure, where I lead about 20 elementary school children through an afternoon of recreational activities.

I enjoy many things in life, including attending USG, and I can’t wait to share my experiences with you all on the blog! A few other things I enjoy are going out to eat, hanging out with friends and family, traveling, drawing, reading, writing, and listening to music. Although my current favorite thing to do is take my four-year-old energetic Maltipoo to the dog park!

I plan to write about tips and tricks that will help fellow college students be more successful personally — things like practicing self-care, navigating college after the pandemic, school and work balance tips and how to get involved at school. I also plan to cover topics that I like to talk about with my friends, like new hobbies, new books and music, money saving tips, ways to travel as a student, and maybe something as simple as a new Starbucks drink to try! The options are endless!