About Me

On Thursday, March 13, 2003, my life was changed forever when I was diagnosed with type one diabetes.  Over the last twelve years, I have found a great passion for diabetes and aspire to become a pediatric endocrinologist.

This fall, in my second year of college, I came upon an opportunity to apply for the Students with Diabetes Internship Program.  Students with Diabetes was founded by Nicole Johnson, the 1999 Miss America, who desired to build a community for those who had diabetes, like herself.  I applied for this program in November, and in late December I learned that I was one of thirty-three finalists from across America.  In the following five months, I went through the application process with Novo Nordisk, a pharmaceutical company that largely focuses on diabetes care and management.  In May I discovered that I landed one of fifty-two positions within a field of over 3,000 applicants.  I also found out that my internship position would be working in Novo Nordisk’s Research Center in Seattle, WA, where I would be doing literature-based research on diabetic complications.

I now find myself, a small-town Iowan, in the middle of big-city Seattle, Washington for the summer of 2015.  I cannot wait to see where God leads me on this journey!

Sincerely,

Ashley

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The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams. – Oprah Winfrey


 

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