Ashley Knowles

Ashley Knowles

Senior Admissions Counselor

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Where are you from?

Winter Haven, Florida

What do you enjoy most about working at Florida Southern?

After visiting this campus for many years, I feel privileged to represent the school and welcome future Florida Southern students who make this a unique place to study, work, and grow.

Do you have a favorite spot on campus?

I never get tired of walking by the Water Dome. I also enjoy the Willis Garden of Meditation because it reminds me of how globally connected Florida Southern College has been since its foundation.

What's the best tradition or campus event at Florida Southern?

Scholars Weekend—what a great opportunity to connect with new and current students! I love that incoming students stay overnight on campus, as this is the best way to truly appreciate all the FSC community has to offer.

Describe your idea of a perfect Saturday in Lakeland.

A perfect Saturday would absolutely include a run around Lake Hollingsworth or Lake Mirror. Next, I would swing downtown to buy fresh produce at the Farmers Curb Market, followed by coffee at Black and Brew. Lakeside Village would be my one-stop destination for shopping, dinner, and a movie, or I’d enjoy a festival in Munn Park or a performance at the historic Polk Theater.


Polk County

Music I Love

Mates of State, Jimmy Eat World, Carla Bruni, Bon Iver, She & Him, the Beatles, Yann Tiersen, The White Stripes, Kate Nash, Rilo Kiley, and David Bazan

Educational Background

  • Bachelor's in Political Science & French from Furman University
  • Master's in French from University of South Florida

Favorite Quote

"Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." — Marcel Proust

Any favorite restaurants or hangouts in Lakeland?

That's a tough one! I always enjoy the food and atmosphere at Grill Smith in Lakeside Village. Café Zuppina serves delicious Turkish food and comes in a close second!

What about hobbies or outside interests?

Since I live in Winter Haven, I like coming to Lakeland on the weekends or heading to Orlando or Tampa for shopping and entertainment. I enjoy running, reading, cooking, the movies, and all things French.

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