Ashley Kooblall is a junior print journalism major who attributes her strong cultural ties for giving her the opportunity to be a nontraditional student. Without knowing her roots she would never be able to pursue what makes her happy and that is exactly what she is doing right now……
Why did you choose to become a print journalism major?
I chose to major in print journalism because it makes me feel good at the end of the day to have a byline out, dishing a story to help increase the knowledge of others. It makes a difference to me because I know deep down that I was the cause of that. I feel accomplished in pursuing such a career which will in turn, shape and define my individuality.
Tell us the story of Ashley at Hofstra? Why Hofstra?
I chose to attend Hofstra University because Hofstra is well, home away from home to me. I knew that I wanted to stay in my home state but I wanted to be exposed to a different New York setting since I grew up closer to the city. Being a commuter student, it was not only important to me to have the perfect learning atmosphere but the proximity in which the campus was from my home mattered a great deal as well. The student faculty ratio was another reason I chose to attend Hofstra. I like having my professor know my name and my strengths and weaknesses.
How has Hofstra and the School of Communication helped you grow throughout your time here?
Hofstra has helped me reach my potential. The School of Communication has taught me to apply my knowledge to everyday situations. The vivacity of the campus is full of opportunity, culture, and excitement. There is never a dull moment on this campus. It made me want to become involved. I’ve contributed works of writing to the Hofstra Chronicle, Nassau News Live (now "The Long Island Report"), Hofstra’s web content, and Pulse, Hofstra’s student-run magazine. I’ve been named to the dean’s list every semester from fall 2007 – spring 2009. I’m a member of Hofstra Honors College, Phi Eta Sigma and the South Asian Student Association (SASA). Currently, I’m working on starting a chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA). Communication is not defined by one color of the spectrum. I want to encourage and increase awareness of the role Asians and other minority groups have contributed to the diversity in the many fields of communication.
What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation I plan on attending graduate school. I’m uncertain as to what I want to do in terms of my career since I have an “I want to do it all” attitude but I do know that whatever I choose, I want to make a positive imprint on society.
Favorite memory at Hofstra?
My favorite memory at Hofstra would have to be witnessing the energy across campus when Hofstra held the third presidential debate. The campus was buzzing with excitement. It was nothing like I’d ever seen before. I was a fact checker in the NewsHub that night, reviewing reactions posted on political blogs in response to the debate.
What is your edge?
My edge is my desire to do more, because we just don’t get a second chance at humanity.
The best thing about journalism is that something new is happening everyday and I have the ability to record it and share it with the world. Storytelling comes naturally to me but I never thought of it as a career until now. I like finding things out first and telling people what the scoop is.
What is the thing you will miss most when you are no longer a student at Hofstra?
I will definitely miss the genuine faculty at Hofstra. Everyone should be so lucky to have professors who care; they’ve influenced my life greatly. I’ve developed positive relationships with many of them and I’ve realized that the quote by Peggy Tabor Millin is true: “We never touch people so lightly that we do not leave a trace.”