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#GivingTuesday is back at Otterbein

#GivingTuesday is back at Otterbein


#GivingTuesday is part of a national movement described as a “new day for giving back.” We hope you’ll consider including Otterbein as part of your end-of-year giving. Learn more about Otterbein's 2015 #GivingTuesday campaign by visiting www.otterbein.edu/GivingTuesday

By: Tabatha Piper ’15

When Ashley Bruehl ’12 stepped onto Otterbein University’s campus, she knew that it was the place for her. Similar to most Otterbein students, she came from a small-town and completely fell in love with Otterbein’s suburban atmosphere.   

Like most students, Bruehl had a hard choice to make. She knew that she wanted to attend Otterbein but had some tough financial decisions to decide.

Fortunately Bruehl started researching and found scholarships to help her. She applied and received the President’s Scholar Award. This grant allowed her to be able to afford and attend Otterbein.

“I would have never been able to afford going to a prominent school like Otterbein,” said Bruehl. “Scholarships help people like me to be able to receive an education that we may not have ever had access to.”

Bruehl hit the ground running. She became very active on campus, becoming a member of Kappa Phi Omega, the Student Senate Committee and a peer mentor. She found work in the Academic Affairs office and had numerous hours of community service.

With her senior year approaching, she knew that she wanted to travel abroad. She attended a study abroad fair and met with Chris Musick, former study abroad coordinator. Bruehl worked closely with Musick and realized her dream of travel.

“I had never been out of the country before, but Musick and Otterbein really encouraged me to fulfill my dream of traveling to West Africa,” said Bruehl.

In the spring semester of her senior year Bruehl traveled to Africa to study at the University of Ghana.  For 15 weeks, she attended classes, interned with the Ark Foundation and traveled to other towns.

“Ghana was an incredible experience,” said Bruehl. “I would not have been able to do it without Otterbein’s financial and emotional support.”

Bruehl returned the day before graduation and received her degree in global studies with a concentration in Africa and a minor in cultural anthropology.  

“Otterbein made me into the woman I am today,” said Bruehl. “These opportunities helped jump start my career. Otterbein gave me not only an education but confidence and  a different perspective on life.”

Bruehl currently resides in Golden, Colo., working at the Jefferson County Public Library. She plans to continue to travel and to return to earn her Master’s degree. One day, she wants to become a professor or a librarian and give back to students the way that Otterbein professors gave back to her.

Bruehl’s adventures can be found on her blog.