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Ashlyn Coleman (MSF'23) on Finding Growth Outside of Your Comfort Zone
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Ashlyn Coleman (MSF’23) on Finding Growth Outside of Your Comfort Zone

As the spring semester comes to a close, Georgetown McDonough is pleased to commemorate the accomplishments of the Class of 2023. This year’s graduating class demonstrated immense commitment, discipline, and determination to reach this milestone, and we are proud to recognize their achievements as they embark on their next chapter as Hoya alumni. To celebrate, we’re spotlighting several of the exceptional students in the Class of 2023 as they share their personal stories, reflect on their time on the Hilltop, and preview what the future holds after commencement.

Ashlyn Coleman (MSF’23) has always known that success comes from pushing beyond your limits to learn and master something new, which is why she chose to pursue the Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program at Georgetown McDonough. Now, as she prepares to graduate, Coleman plans to use the quantitative skills that she has learned throughout the program to further her career in the banking industry.

Here, Coleman shares the importance of expanding beyond your comfort zone even in moments of uncertainty, and why it is important to take advantage of all that Georgetown has to offer.

Ashlyn Coleman (MSF’23)

What is your favorite memory or proudest moment from your time at Georgetown?

Every week my classmates and I would get dinner after class and those dinners are some of my fondest memories. We bonded during those meals and always challenged each other to be better personally, academically, and professionally. 

How do you plan to apply the skills you have learned at Georgetown in the next phase of your career?

I came to Georgetown McDonough to strengthen my quantitative ability and gain a deeper understanding of financial markets. The MSF program met and exceeded my expectations. I believe my time at the university will help the next phase of my career by applying key financial concepts and solving complex problems.

What is one of the most important lessons you have learned while at Georgetown?

Respect yourself, respect others, and respect the process. Georgetown has consistently challenged me to push beyond my limits and to always do my best while simultaneously creating a safe environment for me to grow. 

What were some of the most memorable aspects of your Global Consulting Project?

Understanding and combining everyone’s strengths to create a great presentation. Our team truly bonded and challenged each other to be the best we can be!

Is there a particular person in the Georgetown community that has been instrumental to your success?

Georgetown is an incredible place because the community itself has been the most instrumental to my overall success. I have learned valuable life lessons from my instructors, teaching assistants, and peers collectively. 

What are your post-graduate plans?

I plan to go into banking after graduation. 

What advice would you give to the next class of Georgetown MSF students?

You are not an imposter. It is okay if you do not understand the concepts before starting the program. Your ultimate success will come from your willingness to grow and the desire to put yourself out there. 

Class of 2023
M.S. in Finance