Hospitality degree student finds success in class and on the volleyball court

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Ashley Lau hopes to one day become a resort manager at Walt Disney World, or even open her own café or bakery. While she pursues the education to help her realize those goals, she’s also making a name for herself on the varsity volleyball court. 

Ashley was recognized at an Ontario College Athletics Association awards banquet on February 26, 2020, earning a second-team OCAA East Division All-Star honour. Her second year as a Husky was a big one—she improved in nearly every statistical category. 

Being a part of the women’s volleyball team has been an integral part of Ashley’s experience at George Brown, so far. 

“It has allowed me to find new friends as well as relieve my school stress," she said. "I have a strong passion for the sport. I am glad I joined the team because it has given me a great experience and has allowed me to grow as a person.” 

Balancing athletics and academics 

Ashley recently graduated from the Baking and Pastry Arts Management program and decided to explore the hospitality side. She’s currently in her first year of the Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Hospitality) program

She’s made the dean’s honours list, won a Profile Hospitality Group scholarship and a TOPS Volleyball Fair Play Award. 

Advice for student athletes 

When asked what advice she has for young people who’d like to follow her path, Ashley stressed the importance of time management. 

“As a student-athlete, academics comes first. You are a student before an athlete. It is a lot of commitment, so be sure you are organized," she says. “Have a planner or save in your phone all games, practices, assignments and tests. Time management is a skill you must l develop if you plan on following this path.” 


Photo credit: Cintia Freitas