04th Sep2011

Ashley Washington – Virginia University of Lynchburg

by Staff

“My experience at Virginia University of Lynchburg has been a great one. I have excelled and matured as a person and student at our prestigious institution. I have learned a lot about myself that I didn’t know before.”

C/O May 2013

Major: Sociology
Minor: Business

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How did you decide to become a student at the Virginia University of Lynchburg?

I decided to become a student at Virginia University of Lynchburg because I needed to find a school where I could focus and work closely with my professors. I transfered from Saint Paul’s College after my sophomore year.

Such beautiful and empowering buildings on campus – Image Courtesy of African American Heritage – Virginia

I was looking for new opportunities and a better living environment which I found in Lynchburg at Virginia University of Lynchburg.


What professors at Virginia University of Lynchburg are leaving the most impression upon you as a person and student? What did they do that continues to mean so much to you to this day?


Their are a lot of my professors who have left an impact on me. My curriculum development teacher Dr.Hester Foster has taught me how to uplift myself inside and outside the classroom. My math professor Dr.Carl Jackson has taught me discipline and hard work and has showed me that it pays off. They are more than just teachers. They help you in and outside of the classroom.


What is the story of your “experience” to date at Virginia University of Lynchburg given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

My experience at Virginia University of Lynchburg has been a great one. I have exceled and matured as a person and student at our prestigous institution. I have learned a lot about myself that I didn’t know before. I accomplished so many goals that I never thought I would thanks to my HBCU. They pushed me to work hard and guided me to success. They continue to support everything I do.


Where are the spots to go to if you wanted to cuddle with your boy or girlfriend?

Our HBCU is very small.

Image Courtesy of Hello Beautiful!

There aren’t many places to go to cuddle with your boyfriend or girlfriend besides your room or off campus.


What are the best restaurants on and near the campus? Which dishes do you enjoy the most?

The best restaraunts in the area would definately be Hibachi’s which is a international buffet.

Image Courtesy of Hibachi’s – The food looks really good!

You get student discounts their and its all you can eat! Another popular restaurant is La Caretta and Koto. Koto is a japense steak house they cook the food in front of you and have a full bar. It is a nice place to go and hang out.

ashley-washington-virginia-university-of-lynchburg-myhbcuinterview-kyoto-japanese-lynchburg-virginiaImage Courtesy of Koto Japanese Steak House – Looks exciting doesn’t it!

La Caretta is a mexican restaurant with reasonable prices. My favorite dish at Koto which is my all time favorite is chicken and shrimp.


Image Courtesy of La Carreta – Don’t those steak nachos look tasty?
What are the chants heard most often at the sporting events?

VUL discontinued sports in 1954. This is the first year our sports program has started back up.

The first game is on September 3, 2011 so I’m excited to see what chant we will come up with to support our players at each game.


Who is your College crush?

I do not have a college crush.


How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

I overcame my nervousness about college because I was ready to experience something new.


What is your major? and Why did you choose it?

My major is Sociology and I am minoring in Business. I chose Sociology as a major because I wanted to major in a field that gave me options for career choices.


What to date has been your proudest moment @ Virginia University of Lynchburg?

My proudest moment at my HBCU was finally seeing the Sports program start back up and seeing the Student activities start. Ever since I have transfered to VUL I have tried to get different programs and clubs started. Things are finally starting to fall into place.


What to date has been your saddest moment @ Virginia University of Lynchburg?

The saddest moment at our HBCU is when our history teacher died. I have never had a teacher die before.

aislyn-taylor-myhbcuinterview-dillard-university-china-buffet -honey-chickenWe are sorry to hear about the loss of your history teacher. But please remember – their spirit lives forever through you and in you mentioning them to us – you have thus passed on their positive spirit. Remember to spread their teachings as you progress through thiis life.

What are you pledging? And why? And if not, why not?

I pledged Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated in the Spring of 2011. Virginia University of Lynchburg is apart of a core chapter including three other schools in the area. I pledged because I am all about finer womanhood and helping my community and others. I am the first Greek on the Yard in Virginia University of Lynchburg’s history. (Congratulations Nubian Queen Ashley on being the first Greek on your campus EVER! Much Respect!)


How are you positively active on campus? (e.g. clubs, SGA, etc.)

I am a charter member of the Student Ambassador Club. I am a charter member of the Cheerleading team. I am a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated and I was the first Greek on the yard in Virginia University of Lynchburg’s history. I am a Residential Assistant. I like to meet new people and I work hard to advocate for my HBCU.


Where is the “yard” located?

The yard is located on campus where our small courtyard is.


What and where are the historical places on campus?

All of the buildings we have are historical. VUL was organized in 1886.


Are there any ghost stories involving buildings or spots on campus?

I have heard stories about the freshman dorms. They were stories like people used to get murdered when they were hotels back in the day. I don’t know how true they are though.


How many “firsts” have you had at college ? What are they? (e.g. first road trip, first job interview, first love, first “F or A”, etc.)

I did take my first road trip to the CIAA tournament.



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