Department: Humanities & Communication
Program: Philosophy & Cinema Media Studies
Senior Ashley Ryan’s time at Flagler has been filled with hard work, discipline, and a good amount of ambition. During the 2014 Honors Day, it all culminated in her receipt of the Distinguished Student Award in Philosophy and Religion, an award given to students who, in the judgment of faculty, best represent their major or minor in terms of academics, citizenship, service and the spirit of the discipline.
But this isn’t the first time Ryan has been recognized for her hard work and the merit of her research. Her paper, titled “The Message of Platonic Myths and the Birth of a Modern Mythology," was selected as one of the top papers at the Pop Culture and Philosophy Undergraduate Conference at Georgia Southern University and was included in the GSU undergraduate journal, “The Indefinite Dyad.” The paper was also accepted into the regional Southern States Communication Association Undergraduate Honors Conference.
Ryan also received a grant from the newly created Undergraduate Research Department and gave a presentation during Honors Day on her paper entitled "Biblical References in the Pop Culture Artifact 'Revolution.' " She presented this paper as part of a panel chaired by Dr. Wysocki at the PCAS (Pop Culture Association of the South) conference.
Ashley, who is the current president of the Philosophy Club, has worked closely with professors such as Dr. Hugh Marlowe (Philosophy) and Dr. Wysocki (Communication) to write her successful papers and become a more self-reflective individual. Because of the accessibility and mentorship of such Flagler professors, Ryan explains, “I have reached new intellectual and creative heights that I never thought possible.”
Following graduation in winter 2014, Ashley will attend the Dream Careers internship through UCLA.
“This internship will place me among current writers in Hollywood to learn the trade and make network connections. After the internship ends I hope to work my way up into a writers’ room for a science fiction television show.” Ryan also hopes to grow her script consulting business, called “Simply Scripted.”