My name is Ashley DeNardo.
I come from a loud, Italian family who knows how to cook a meal. I enjoy writing, playing music, singing and learning. I have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, wisdom and adventure.
I graduated Cum Laude from West Virginia University in May 2016 with a degree in journalism, another in anthropology and a minor in history.
I began this blog because I’ve been through quite a journey with my mental and physical health, and I have still got a ways to go. All of us can always improve, and I would like to help anyone who is trying to.
I have been actively involved in campus life since my arrival at WVU in 2012. In the past, I was a news reporter and DJ for the college radio station U92FM. I served as the PR manager of both WVU College Republicans as well as Anarchapella, a singing group on campus. I interned for WVGOP during President Obama’s second election cycle and achieved the status of top victory caller in the state of West Virginia. I am the former Arts & Entertainment editor and web editor of The Daily Athenaeum, the WVU newspaper. I also served as the webmaster for the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, an honor society at WVU that is dedicated to community service and academic achievement.
During the Fall 2015 semester, I worked as an intern for WVU’s annual Mountaineer Week celebration, where I led the Family Fun Day committee in planning child-friendly events for Halloween.
For a month during the summer of 2015, I attended a forensic anthropology and archaeology field school in San Bernardino, California. The first week was spent in rigorous classes, at the end of which was a cumulative exam. After passing the exam, I spent three weeks with my team, excavating human remains at a cemetery where unknowns and indigents are buried by the county. We worked in accordance with the local sheriff department’s Unidentified Persons Project, which works to bring justice and closure to the forgotten.
In the near future, I would like to attend graduate school for biological archaeology while working for a local or online publication. In this way, I will keep both degrees active and relevant. My ultimate professional goals include writing for scientific publications and working with ancient, historical and modern remains to discover identity and circumstances of death. My dream jobs would be working as a health and science journalist and leading excavations involving bioarchaeology.
No matter where life takes me, writing will always remain a part of who I am.