Ashley Johnson, Drexel University Graduate

AshleyJohnsonpicturetestimonialThere is so much to say about Professor Simpson! The surveys we complete after each class and ratings just aren’t enough! I remember attending Drexel University’s Orientation session, and they were talking about how they carefully select their faculty to make sure that we are getting the newest, and best information available from professionals who are currently
working in the field and are ahead of the curve.  I don’t really know what my perceptions of the class were like going in, but leaving I was not expecting to leave with as much information and skills that I did. Unbeknownst to me, I applied for a job that I eventually got and currently work in the role as a Recovery Coach in which I also have the opportunity to facilitate an hour and a half long class. After EVERY single class, I say to myself: “Thank God for Professor Simpson and what she taught me!” – I came out much more confident and well prepared. Scared to death to facilitate beyond a practice 45 minute session, but in the end I was good because of what I knew.
Just to think, I dreaded having to take the “Group Counseling” classes.  I’m so glad that I did take them and had been blessed with the opportunity to take her for both classes! It was an experience like no other and I always told my other schoolmates this was the class to be in! What she has given us still resonates until this day, and it’s one of the most talked about courses amongst my peers. Once I got halfway through the course, I dreaded it having to end. I didn’t want to leave! See the transition? Something magical was going on here!
Outside of the class itself, I distinctly remember her giving us “gifts” whether it was a quote, something she admired about you or something that you could work on. These quotes and “gifts” still float around my head…and in my journal to this day. It’s always nice to have someone in your corner, that sees qualities in you that you possess that you either don’t know are there or you forget about due to the fact you get so caught up in your everyday life. I found myself fighting back tears in both classes because the words she spoke hit me in such a great way.
I’ve been inspired by her to be a great student, but yet learning to let go and not having to get everything “just right”. I’ve learned its o.k. not to be perfect, because I am fine the way that I am! I was so inspired that I eventually got back to writing in which I haven’t done in over ten years. I eventually wrote a piece about my life that was featured all because of her. It’s absolutely amazing what a great college professor can do.
Professor Simpson has an amazing spirit! Such a beautiful person inside and out. Even though I only know her as a Professor, I know that as a Counselor and Life Coach she is touching many lives and helping bring the best out in people. I love the ripple effect that occurs. It starts off with one person, that possess a gift or two, that then passes it along to another, which in turn prepares that person to be the best person they can be to then go out and share their gifts with another. (She said that once in a class!)
Professor Simpson,
Thank you for bringing out the best in me, and letting me know that I am o.k. the way that I am and that it is o.k. to let go and just go with the flow. I can’t begin to explain the many different ways you’ve touched and inspired me. As I actively work towards changes in my life, I have to give credit where it’s due.
Thank You,
Forever Grateful 🙂