Alumni Features HDFS

Commencement 2022: Ashley McCraw

Ashley McCraw is graduating with a BS in Human Development and Family Sciences — Human Services this June. She will start a master of counseling – school counseling program at Idaho State University this fall.

Ashley’s practicum experience at the College Hill Alternative High School and case management internship at Corvallis Housing First (CHF) solidified her interest in becoming a high school counselor. In the fall, Ashley will start a master of counseling – school counseling program at Idaho State University. 

We caught up with Ashley to learn about her experience in the CPHHS and her future plans. 

What inspired you to study human development and family sciences?  

I have always had a knack for talking to people. I find joy in listening to others and finding ways to serve them. HDFS has allowed me to do this type of work in many different career settings.  

What are you most proud of from your time in the CPHHS? 

I really enjoyed my time participating in my HDFS internship. I was able to gain professional level experience working with adverse populations.  

What are the most memorable lessons you’ve learned as a student? 

The most memorable lesson I have learned as a student is that everyone is in a constant state of development and improvement.  

As a future human services professional, I hope to meet my clients where they are at in their individual development and provide them with the support necessary for them to thrive.  

What will you miss the most about the CPHHS, OSU or Corvallis? 

I will miss the welcoming and nurturing environment. CPHHS is full of wonderful and caring staff who want to see their students succeed in every aspect of their lives.  

How will you improve the health of your community?  

I hope to use my knowledge and background to serve underprivileged youth in an alternative school setting.  

What does health and well-being mean to you?  

Health and well-being represent the physical, emotional, interpersonal and spiritual state of an individual.  

Do you have any advice for incoming students? 

I would encourage any incoming student to participate in activities and events that interest you. These events will connect you to friends and colleagues who share similar interests and push you to be your best self.  

Anything else you’d like to add?  

Go Beavs!