Having a ball

Ashley Morfin '13 at her paid summer internship with the Federation International of Football Association (FIFA) in New York City.
Ashley Morfin at her paid summer
internship with the Federation
International of Football Association
(FIFA) in New York City.

You could say Ashley Morfin ’13 has won the World Cup of paid internships. For the past three summers, she has worked for the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) in New York City.

A business administration major and Belles soccer player, Ashley has worked in FIFA’s marketing, accounting, and competition divisions.

As with any job, there were perks. Ashley and the other FIFA interns got tickets to games in New York and New Jersey, including Gold Cup games. These were perfect benefits for Ashley, a soccer fan who hopes to work with FIFA for her career. She also played soccer with the New York Athletics Club that travels around New York to play in tournaments.

Back at Saint Mary’s, Ashley, a native of Crown Point, Indiana, is making the most of her college days. Within her major, she is concentrating in finance and accounting. Her minor is mathematics.

Ashley participates in volunteer programs such as Habitat for Humanity and working at a local nursing home. To help finance her education, she works in the College business office and at Angela Athletic Facility. She also receives a scholarship from the College and a Saint Mary’s grant.

On the soccer field, she is a starting forward. “Playing soccer helped me make friends fast,” she says. “Also, it has forced me to develop good study habits and organizational skills. The coaches know academics come first, and they are always checking up on the team to make sure everyone is on track with their grades.”

She calls Saint Mary’s her second home. “I have been visiting Saint Mary’s since my older sister, Shannon, came here in 2004,” she says. “I noticed my sister really grew as a person and I could only pinpoint this change to one thing—Saint Mary’s. I knew this is what I wanted out of a college: to be challenged, learn more about myself, and be motivated by my peers and professors. The girls here are extremely nice, personable, intelligent, and truly genuine.”

She enjoys the small, all-women’s campus. “The class sizes are not too big, so I feel comfortable asking questions and participating in class discussions,” she says. “Everyone takes their academics very seriously, and I like being in an atmosphere with highly motivated students who are determined to learn and succeed at whatever they do.

“The professors are always willing to help. I have been pushed to my limits, and I have surprised myself as to how much I can achieve. I could not imagine a better fit.”