Ashley Varghese ’17

“After hearing the stories of people on the ‘inside’ during the Inside-Out course, I decided that I wanted to be a defense attorney for juvenile offenders.”

Ashley Varghese ’17 has a major goal for her future: to turn her passion into a career. Varghese, a criminal justice major from Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, plans to attend law school in order to help reform the juvenile justice system, an issue that was made real to her during her time in the Inside-Out Service Learning course.

“Young people are the future of our society,” Varghese says. “I realized that the system is really flawed, and the best way to enact lasting change is through helping young people who cannot necessarily help themselves.”

While Varghese is still in the process of applying to law schools and plans to take a gap year before she enrolls, she is no stranger to being an activist for causes she believes in. In addition to serving as a resident assistant and orientation leader at SJU, Varghese was involved in the Women’s Leadership Initiative, took part in Relay for Life, and served as a student worker in the Office of Inclusion and Diversity. She also performed for Pope Francis with Maths Dance Academy (traditional Indian dance) when he visited Philadelphia in 2015.

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