Many Morehead-Cains embrace unexpected journeys during their careers as scholars and alumni. Take Ashton Martin ’20, for example. She never imagined becoming Student Body President.
The Roxboro, North Carolina, native is modest about her leadership skills and honest about her mistakes. It was Ashton’s friends who saw her drive to help other students and urged her to run for office. So while some students spend years mapping out their Student Body President campaigns, she decided to run only days before the race started.
The rest is history.
Now Ashton’s Carolina story includes creating a peer support network as part of a mental health initiative on campus, working to make textbook prices more affordable for students, and installing a polling place to make voting more accessible for students, faculty, and staff. That’s in addition to the typical stuff: Coker Aboretum on a spring day, the crunching of leaves underneath her feet in the fall, and the thrill of the 2017 men’s basketball national championship.
“I wouldn’t have been able to come here without the Morehead-Cain,” Ashton said. “None of this would have happened if it wasn’t for them.”