Meet Ashley. Ashley is a new member of our Services team whose job is to help students. She also makes it her personal goal to provide the best possible customer service to the community. Today Ashley shares with us her love of photography and the one misconception about IT people she would like to change.
What does your position entail?
Within the IT Services team there are many layers of responsibility. My layer is responsible for employee retention and development, system administration, and service center operations. We have so much talent on our team and people that really care about what they do. It’s exciting to be a part of that.
What is your favorite thing about working in the tech industry?
I really enjoy being in a position where I have the opportunity to be face to face with people. There’s a common misconception about people who work in IT being hermit crabs, so I like to combat that and let people know that people in the tech industry care and support each other. I’m a people oriented person, so getting to collaborate is something I really enjoy about my job!
What is your favorite place to visit?
Definitely Arezzo Italy. I had the opportunity to study abroad there through OU in 2013, and it was fantastic! It really was the coolest experience ever, and OU’s campus there is truly breathtaking. The history, the food, the people–all so amazing. (If you’re a student who is on the fence about studying abroad, my best advice to you is do it now!)
Where would you go in a time machine?
The 80’s for sure. I would love to experience the technology industry when Apple was just getting started. The big hair, acid wash jeans and music were fantastic from that time.
What is your hidden talent?
I have a small photography business I run in my spare time, and I really enjoy doing that. My favorite coffee mug was made from a camera lens. I like to photograph landscapes, and I’m a big fan of Ansel Adams photography. I also recently started an Instagram account for my cat named Cooper (from the movie Interstellar) so he’s soaking up his fame. (cooper_kitty_gram)
If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Hmm, it would be a toss up between avocados and chocolate. Avocados would sustain me nutritionally, but I really love chocolate!
What is your favorite social media site?
I’m a pretty big fan of Reddit. It’s essentially an online bulletin board where people can anonymously submit content. There’s a lot of different interesting information on it so there’s something for everyone to learn.
Do you have any phobias?
Yes! Spiders and tiny holes. There was this picture online of a palm where you could see all the tiny pore holes and it completely freaked me out!
What is your go-to karaoke song?
Well the last time I sang karaoke, I was way overconfident and did “99 Problems” by Jay-Z. But if I had to choose one right now I would pick “Warrior” by Kesha!
Do you believe in Bigfoot?
Absolutely! I love conspiracy theories; one of my favorite shows is The X-Files. I think there’s actually a Bigfoot convention in Oklahoma every year but I’ve always been too busy to go.