Ashley Christian Strickland

Bachelor of Science in Ecology

The most intriguing organism...

Great white sharks.

Ashley Christian Strickland

Class of 2020

What advice would you give to incoming Ecology majors?​

Have an open mind with no expectations, and keep an eager curiosity. I would also say don’t forget to cherish the friendships you build throughout your years, college can be rough and having a support system is/will be so important.

What was the best piece of advice you received as a student?​

Some of the best advice I received as a student comes from a book called “Letters To A Young Scientist,” by E.O. Wilson, that was required for our professional development course. His advice is that you do not have to know how to do everything, or have every skill you’ll need to become successful in your career. Don’t give up if you feel lost, just keep searching and learning and you’ll find your footing. There will be helping hands if you look close enough, and don’t be afraid to fail because it’s often the best teacher.

The course that most changed my perspective on the world ...

I think that the Population Biology of Infectious Diseases course had a significant impact on me. It helped me realize my passions for disease ecology and has had influence on my career decisions.

What would be your ideal job in life?

My ideal job is to be a disease ecologist or to work in healthcare as a nurse practitioner.

What one word best describes my experience in the Odum School of Ecology?

Serendipitous

What was the most fun during your years in Ecology at UGA?​

My favorite memories are from the study abroad program to Costa Rica. I have the most incredible memories and learned more than I thought I could have in only three weeks. It was one of my favorite things I have ever done.

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