First Year Feature- Ashlee Brown


Meet Ashlee Brown, the next person in our #FirstYearFeature series. Ashley is the Unit Coordinator of the College of Human Sciences.

“My best advice for college students is to take control of their academic career: ask questions, talk to your instructors and advisors, understand your choices, and make educated decisions. We have fantastic student services at Texas Tech University to help navigate college life, but students who use the services as a guide on a path to knowledge, responsibility, and accountability are empowered to make decisions and confident in their choices. Self-motivation is a great foundation for academic success.” – Ashlee Brown

Q: What services does your office have for First Year Students at Texas Tech University?

Our office offers multiple resources for First Year Students. Each CoHS student will have an academic advisor that they meet with on a regular basis. This advisor is with them from orientation through graduation and is the main service provided by the college to help students navigate their academics. We also offer HUSC 1100, an Introduction to Human Sciences, designed for first year CoHS students. We cover success strategies for college students, invite faculty and staff to participate in panel discussions, and bring in student services from across campus (Writing Center, University Career Center, The Learning Center, etc.).

Q: What do you enjoy most about your job?

My favorite thing about being an academic advisor is building relationships with the students I work with. Each student presents with different strengths and challenges and I enjoy altering the advising and graduation plan to fit the needs of each individual student.

Q: What is your favorite thing about Texas Tech and why?

Texas Tech University is not only my career home, but it was my academic home while I pursued my undergraduate and graduate program. Seeing academics from both the side of the student and staff member has helped me appreciate the friendly and encouraging atmosphere that is present campus wide.

Q: What is your favorite spot on campus?

Will Rogers and Soapsuds…especially in the spring when the tulips are in bloom.

Q: What advice would you give first year students?

Find something interesting in ALL your courses (even if the subject is not your favorite). If you can appreciate the material you are more likely to retain the information, you will be able to use it in your daily life, and understand how to use that knowledge in other courses.

Q: Looking back to your first year, what would you change? What would you do the same?

I regret not looking into study abroad opportunities during my undergraduate coursework. However, I would not change a thing about the major I chose or the connections I made with the faculty.

Q: What is your favorite place to eat in Lubbock?

There are too many to choose from! Blue Sky, Chuy’s, BJ’s, Harrigan’s, Triple J, and on and on and on.

Q: What are some hobbies you have?

My family and I love to be outside: golfing, camping, hunting, fishing, biking, etc. I also have a bit of a book addiction.

Q: What is your favorite Tech Tradition?

The Masked Rider



The College of Human Sciences prepares you for a successful career.

Our degree programs offer superior opportunities that help you maximize your potential. You will:

  • Earn a degree that carries clout. Many of our programs rank among the nation’s best in their field. We have a strong reputation among employers and graduate schools, so our degrees will help you take the next step in your education or career.
  • Work with prominent faculty. You will take courses from experts who stand out for their achievements in research, professional practice, and education.
  • Get a hands-on education. Our degree programs emphasize practical experience in workplace settings outside the classroom, enabling you to build confidence, skills, and professional contacts.
  • Learn in state-of-the-art facilities. Our world-class research labs, production facilities, and design studios are equipped with professional-grade tools and capabilities.
  • Serve the community. While earning your degree, you will have many opportunities to help ordinary people—patients, customers, students, and others—in Lubbock and beyond.


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