Name: Ashley McCleery
Where did you grow up? Signal Mountain, TN- close to Chattanooga (A certain song may be coming to mind- “Pardon me boy, is that the Chattanooga Choo Choo?”)
What brought you to Fuller? I first came to Fuller in 2008 to study children at risk in the School of Intercultural Studies. I tailored my education in SIS to learning about trauma and healing from sexual abuse/exploitation, which then led me into the world of psychology. After much discernment and growth, I am now preparing to be a therapist in the Marriage and Family Therapy program.
What is your favorite…
Band: I love music- all kinds, including the nerdy instrumental music. But recently I’ve been playing Mumford & Sons on repeat.
Smartphone App: Sleep Cycle. It helps me learn how to make sleep more important in grad school life.
TV Show: Modern Family and I Love Lucy
Sports Team: I like watching baseball. Does that count?
Type of Frozen Yogurt: Cake batter
Place to eat in Pasadena: Nine & Nine, Tender Greens, Abricott, Lemonade
Thing to do in Southern California: Getting lost, which is frequent, in order to find hidden gems like unique coffee shops.
Class you’ve taken at Fuller: I have so many, but my top two are Forgiveness and Reconciliation with Terry Hargrave and Poverty and Development with Bryant Myers.
If you had the opportunity to do a different program at Fuller, what would you choose and why? I’m doing just that! First was MAICS and now MSMFT. But I have to be honest, I really want to do a Phd in Clinical Psychology, also. Someday.
What book are you reading right now? Other than all my reading for classes? Well, I am re-reading one my favorites- When the Heart Waits by Sue Monk Kidd.
Who is your favorite Fuller professor and why? I think it’s a tie between Erin Dufault-Hunter and Terry Hargrave. Both are incredibly engaging in the way they present material, and they both bring personal experience into their lectures. I learn best when I see my teachers connecting with the subject being taught, which helps me better connect with it.
What is an interesting fact that most people would not know about you? I am deathly afraid of bees, and I have good reason. When I was six, I stepped on a yellow jacket’s nest and was stung by about 100 yellow jackets. So now, I scream like a baby when I see one near me.
What are the top 5 most played songs on your iTunes? Not with Haste- Mumford & Sons, The Great Divide- Jonathan Elias, Dog Days Are Over- Florence + the Machine, Sweet Disposition- The Temper Trap, Every Teardrop is a Waterfall- Coldplay
If you could give advice to someone who is thinking about coming to Fuller, what would you say? Being in seminary is a time of growth and change, spurred from entertaining new ideas and living in the questions. So my advice is to give yourself the space and grace for this process. Don’t hold too tightly to controlling your growth but try to allow this process to unfold, which can be uncomfortable at times but also incredibly rewarding.