Annual Report 2010 Columbia College Chicago
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Ashley-Lauren Elrod Theater Acting

“My greatest dream is definitely to be a performer.”

I first learned about Columbia College in high school. I came here on a tour with my father, and I learned that Columbia had one of the best theater programs in the country, which was very appealing to me, along with the dance therapy program, which I was also very intrigued by.

If I hadn’t received the Columbia College scholarship, I probably wouldn’t be here right now. Receiving the scholarship for me has been a wonderful step toward graduating with my degree and continuing into my career as an actress.

Going to Columbia College has been a wonderful privilege but also being able to work for the admissions office has been a wonderful privilege. I work with five wonderful coworkers who have been there for me. They’re wonderful friends, we have a lot of fun together. We do a lot for Open House, which is the welcoming for all the inquiring students to Columbia, and just really taking care of the Admissions Office and letting all the students feel welcome when they come in.

I feel that Columbia trying to raise more money for scholarship funds for other students is a great idea. There are a lot of kids who come here and have to drop out because they don’t have enough money to pay for class fees and tuition and housing—and it’s really unfortunate, because there are a lot of talented kids coming in here.

Being Columbia means being constantly inspired by your peers, gathering together as a collective and creating something new, and venturing out into the world with it together.

It really prepared me to go for it after graduation and just go to that next level, to really get there in my career.

“Being Columbia means being constantly inspired by your peers,
gathering together as a collective and creating something new,
and venturing out into the world with it together.”