Ashley Reed is a media enthusiast hailing from Chicago, IL. A graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ashley has been a reporter for UI-7 News, a student-run campus station and a producer at Chicago’s WBEZ 91.5. While there, she honed skills by pitching creative content, reporting, producing, directing and editing video and audio. She’s also worked for entertainment companies, including, Her Campus and Straight From the Source, a Chicago-based organization she co-founded with two friends. Ashley has a strong interest in entertainment and feature stories but also loves the fast pace involved with breaking hard news. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, shopping and spending time with friends and family.

Relationships in college can be tricky. You’re at an age when emotions are high and you’re surrounded by dozens of potential prospects. These relationships are quite different than the ones you experienced in high school because you’re not surrounded by family and you’re not dealing with rules from home, both factors that can cause them to excel at a faster rate.

Having a significant other on campus can have its ups and downs. It’s always exciting to have a special friend to experience college life with. Once you get done with an exam it never hurts to hit up a local Starbucks and discuss your hard week with your boo.

College is also a time when you can develop a genuine connection with someone you could possibly spend the rest of your life with. Yes, some people are lucky enough to find their one true love in high school, but we all know how rare that is. In college, you’re more mature and able to develop strong connections.

A relationship can only be negative in college if it distracts you from your schoolwork. Don’t get too involved to the point where you’re obsessive and no longer taking part in other opportunities that college life brings. It’s all about balance.

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