- Major: Biosystems Engineering
- Hometown: Thompson's Station, Tennessee
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Ashley Haylett and I am a sophomore studying Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science here at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. I am from Thompson’s Station, Tennessee, where I grew up on a small farm. My love for the outdoors and agriculture naturally led me to my major and Rocky Top where I am so close to the Great Smoky Mountains!
Although Biosystems Engineering makes so much sense now, I originally applied to UT as an Animal Science major. Growing up with a deep agricultural background and strong connection to the TN 4-H program, I knew I wanted to stay close to the Herbert College of Agriculture. However, I had a curiosity for engineering and design. Today, I am living in the best of both worlds because Biosystems Engineering is an ABET accredited program housed in the Herbert College of Agriculture and strongly supported by the Tickle College of Engineering. Therefore, I serve as an ambassador for both colleges, and I have double the opportunities.
Coming to Knoxville last fall, I was eager to get involved and find my place on campus, so I quickly jumped into some of the 500 organizations they always mention on campus tours. Today, I am serving as the secretary of the UT Equestrian Club and Co-Scholarship Director of Junior Panhellenic Council. I am also a member of the Heath Integrated Business and Engineering Program, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, Food Recovery Network, intramurals, and Phi Mu, which is a sorority here on campus. I may only be a sophomore, but I can’t go anywhere on campus without seeing a friendly face!
You’ll always find a smile because the Volunteer spirit never fades here on Rocky Top, and I would love to pass it on! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions! Go Big Orange!