Recently departed on the adventure of a lifetime teaching English in France, Ashley Ver Burg '10 credits her Saint Ben's experience with the inspiration to work abroad.
"Saint Ben's helped me transform from a small town, Midwestern, girly girl, into a confident, articulate, global woman. I left campus in May 2010 prepared to confidently seek out the life I imagined. As alumnae donors, we don't just give to Saint Ben's, we give back to Saint Ben's. The more Bennies who are given opportunities to study abroad, conduct undergraduate research, pursue entrepreneurial endeavors and achieve, the better Saint Ben's becomes. The better Saint Ben's becomes, the more valuable my degree becomes. As this equation grows, so does our college's prestige. It all starts with me and a donation to grow the equation. That's why I give."
"Saint Ben's provided me with the opportunity to find peace in the unknown and trust in myself to know that everything happens for a reason. Through this life lesson, I am able to make clear, thoughtful decisions amidst uncertain circumstances. My Saint Ben's experience has allowed me to become the wife, mother, leader, sister, daughter and volunteer I am today. My decision to give back is grounded in my upbringing and the values-based education I received at the College of Saint Benedict. I want to ensure other Bennies the opportunity to follow in the extraordinary Saint Ben's tradition of strong, powerful women leaders. I have made the decision to support scholarships for my fellow Bennies because of the unending life lessons I gained during my four years at Saint Ben's."