Ashley H.

Graduate Recipient

"What inspirational advice would you give to others with CF entering high school or college? As part of your essay, please also explain the significance of your creative presentation to your journey with CF."

My advice to any person with CF entering high school or college would be to live your life like you don't have CF. This statement shouldn't be taken too literally, obviously avoiding medications and therapy is not what I'm getting at, but rather imagine how you would have planned your life if you didn't have CF. I've met a lot of people that seem to have given up on plans and dreams because "I have CF, I can't do those things" and I never intend to do that.

When I was younger my parents pushed for good grades and a technical bachelor's degree so we could support ourselves after school. I wanted to go to culinary school but it wasn't as secure of a job market. My older sister pursued and Environmental Engineering degree, and I definitely couldn't let her show me up just because I had cystic fibrosis! I finished my Bachelors in Chemistry in 2012. Today, I work as a materials chemist in the automotive industry, while pursuing my Culinary Arts degree at night.

My creative presentation is my first cake I made in a cake decorating class in culinary school. It's a basket weave cake decorated with royal icing flowers that I made for my family's Easter dinner this year. I like that I haven't let CF stop me from anything I've wanted in life, and I think this is a good example that you can achieve whatever you want without CF getting in the way.


Ashley H.'s Artwork

Ashley H.'s Achievements

  • University of Michigan BS Chemistry Graduate-2012
  • Working full-time as a Materials Development Chemist in the automotive sector
  • Pursing a Culinary Arts Degree at night - estimated completion May 2016
  • Started a small business "Mitten Sisters" selling bread and produce at local farmers markets
  • Looking forward to starting my MBA fall 2015!