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Ashley Mello, age 34
Exercise Science Major
I’ve always had the personal drive to coach people in health and fitness. I’ve competed in triathlons, fitness events, and I am a NASM certified trainer. I’ve used that experience to train others for a few years but wanted the educational background to complement that experience. This is one of the reasons why I decided to go back to school using the Tennessee Reconnect program at Chattanooga State.
I had been homeschooled my whole life and although I consider myself educated to some degree, I always wanted to do something more. I entered the workforce and became mired in the life that, although fulfilling, was still lacking in the potential that I saw in myself. I considered going back to school, but the cost was prohibitive, and I thought it was beyond what I was capable of academically. At the same time, the longer I waited to get back into the classroom, the less confident I became that I would be able to learn at the level that I had been during my younger years. The idea of going to college was completely off my radar until the Tennessee Reconnect program was approved in 2018.