Ashley Matthys '12

Red Wing, Minn.
Communication studies and management

Tuesday-morning ritual: Meets her friends for fresh cinnamon rolls at Sunnyside Café in the Center for the Arts.

Favorite site from study-abroad trip: Great Wall of China…Ashley says, “It was amazing to learn some of the building details.”

Cocurricular/volunteer activities: Runs with the Norse cross country and track teams and volunteers at KWLC (Luther’s radio station) and Chips (Luther’s student publication). She’s also part of LASO (Luther Athletes Serving Others).

Ashley feels that her recent journalism course in China was a defining experience for her. “We learned all about the Chinese media,” she says. “We met with upper-level journalists and editors and learned how the government controls the outlets and what’s published.”

In addition to meeting with the media, her class also spent time taking in the sites and culture of the country. “We visited four major cities with the help of our English speaking tour guide,” she says. “We also had dinner and spent some time with a local family. Throughout the trip, I found the Chinese people to be very warm and welcoming.”

Ashley is also looking forward to what she expects to be another defining experience. “During spring semester, I plan to live in Washington, D.C., and be part of the Lutheran College Washington Consortium,” she says. “I’ll take two academic courses during that time; participate in field trips, lectures and cultural activities; and intern in the office of a member of Congress, a government agency, museum, or other organization. I would especially love to work with a newspaper, TV station, or public relations agency since I’d really like to get some hands-on experience in my field. “