Student Spotlight

Mom to mom: three tips to achieve from new Brandman graduate

May 20, 2019 by Victoria Lim

The number of changes in Ashley Seling’s life outnumber the years it took for her to earn her bachelor of arts in organizational leadership degree from Brandman University. It was a combination of both – changes and the degree - that led her to find a new purpose and a new business. Seling was one of the 447 graduates to celebrate at Saturday’s Southern Commencement for the School of Education and School of Business and Professional Studies, and she served as the undergraduate student speaker.

 

Here are her remarks:

Ashley Seling earned her bachelor of arts in organizational leadership and launched her own business while raising her two toddler boys.                    

Hey, 2019 Graduates - I’m going to share three important things with you, but first I want to share my short story with you.

In early 2014, I embarked on my educational journey with Brandman University. One thing I love about Brandman is the flexibility the university provides. Who knew as a working professional, I could complete a course in eight weeks and fully online?

In July 2015, my first baby boy was born, and oh my, did he turn my world upside down. There isn’t anything anyone could have said to help me better prepare to be a mother. But that’s a different speech.

After I had my son, my goals of being in a top leadership role morphed into being a stay-at-home-mom.

In January 2016, I left the working world, where I led a team of people and became a full-time stay-at-home-mom. My education was put on hold, and I took a deep dive into motherhood. Being a mom, comes with many challenges, and through my personal motherhood experience, I became obsessed with supporting other moms. I created a mommy-and-me business, and I was able to utilize the leadership skills I learned in my program to help other moms. Life kept changing as my son grew, and soon he was going to have a baby brother.

In August 2017, I had my second son, and my world turned upside down again. The transition from one child to two was much more difficult than expected. My difficulties fueled my mommy and me business, and I found great fulfillment helping other moms through the murky waters of motherhood.

Ashley Seling tassle
Through this, my challenges in motherhood ignited my desire to complete my bachelor’s degree program. In January of 2018, when my children were two-and-a-half-years-old and four-months-old, I spoke with my advisor and set up a plan to complete my remaining 24 units by December 2018. It was a lofty goal, but I did it. And I am the first person in my family to earn a bachelor’s degree.

 

I majored in organizational leadership and minored in psychology. Looking to the future, my dream is to support moms across America through their postpartum transition and motherhood journey.

This is my story, and there are three final things I want to share with you:

 

  1. Never give up. Life will challenge you. People will challenge you. And each time, you must remain clear on your dreams.
  2. Believe, and you will achieve. I don’t know how many of you are parents but completing coursework while running a business and being a mom was hard. You must continue to believe in your dreams and yourself.
  3. Don’t forget to celebrate your achievements. You are all a great force, and I am honored to be amongst you.

Thank you!

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