Ashley Reese graduated with an undergraduate degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Alabama in 2014. She began working as a Software Developer for State Farm after graduating, and in 2016, Reese decided to enroll in the University of Georgia’s online Master of Business and Technology program. She will be graduating in the spring of 2018.
Q: Where are you from?
I am from Opelika, Alabama.
Q: Where do you work now and what do you do?
I currently work for State Farm Insurance Company as a Lead Software Developer. My job consists of overseeing the execution of RESTful and SOAP web service development for State Farm applications. I started my professional career at State Farm right after receiving my undergraduate degree 2.5 years ago.
Q: What made you decide to earn your degree from the University of Georgia?
Firstly, Terry College of Business played a huge part in my decision to earn my Masters in The Master of Business and Technology program. It is known for its excellent faculty and top ranked programs. I knew that getting a degree from a well accredited business school would catch eyes on my resume and help to take me where I want to be in my career. As a full time development lead, it was extremely important for me to find a program that caters to working professionals. The MBT program at The University of Georgia does just that. It has allowed me enough flexibility to continue excelling at work while furthering my education. Also, I was in pursuit of a degree program that offered a combination of technical and business coursework. I knew this program would help me to strengthen my technical skill set as well as help me to gain leadership and project management experience which will help me to pursue a technical leadership career path.
Q: What advice would you give current or future online students?
My advice to future online students is to be fully committed to the learning process. Realize that online classes are not an easier way to learn but rather just a more convenient way. Actively participate in the virtual classroom sessions and do not be afraid to ask questions. The professors are very active with the students and they have a strong desire to help in any way possible. Lastly, communicate with your classmates. Everyone in the program comes from different backgrounds. Be sure to leverage each other’s skill sets.