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Ashley

  • Birthday: August 16
  • Hometown: Long Island, NY
  • Alma Mater: University of Miami

What's something you've accomplished that you're most proud of?

Completing my degree in neuroscience and studying for the MCAT exam. It takes a lot of self-discipline to manage your time to study for your degree, entrance exam and help lead dance team practice. I always say if you love something, you will find the time for it, and I am so grateful that I was able to continue my career in medicine and dance throughout my undergraduate career and after.

How would your family and friends describe you in one word?

Determined.

Physical health as a dancer is always important, but what are things you do to take care of your mental health?

I do a lot of yoga for my mental health. I found that yoga is not only a great workout, but it really helps me relax and forget about any stress I am holding on to.

Who is your biggest role model and why?

My mom is my biggest role model. She was the first person in her family to attend college and from there, she went on to become a certified accountant and lawyer. She commuted into NYC when she was pregnant with me to pursue her career and be a boss lady. She is the strongest woman I know, and I look up to her not only because of her hard-working qualities but her ability to do it with grace.

Do you have any hidden talents?

I can recite the entire Greek alphabet and all the U.S presidents thanks to being taught a song about 15 years ago.

Aside from becoming a Miami HEAT Dancer, do you have any life goals you want to achieve?

Yes! I am taking two gap years to work as a research associate in neuroscience and then plan on attending medical school to become a doctor in pediatric neurology.

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