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John Ashworth

John Ashworth

Architecture, Class of 2020

During 2013, John Ashworth worked on his uncle's and grandpa’s farm for a month to earn enough money to attend two summer architecture camps, one of which was at Judson. While he calls Amsterdam in the Netherlands his home, that summer camp and his time at Judson made a profound impact on him.

“From that point on, I knew I didn't want to go to a Dutch university, and everything kept pointing to this small school in Elgin,” John said.

John said his most valuable experiences have come out of his studies. Although architecture was his initial major, he quickly learned that graphic design was more of his passion and changed his major to graphic design with a minor in architecture. Through his studies, John also added an entrepreneurial certificate and participated his sophomore year in Judson’s Shark Tank competition, winning first place that year.

“At the end of the day, pretty much all my professors have encouraged a mindset of dedicated work, and extended grace if I couldn’t come through,” John reflected. He credits his professors who pushed him to go above and beyond as inspiring a greater motivation for him to work hard, which is a value that will help him achieve his career goals.

Over the course of John’s time at Judson, he has become deeply involved in the community both on campus and in the surrounding Elgin area. He says he has enjoyed seeing both change over time. Not only has he been able to participate in Judson’s theater program, sung with the choir and gone on choir tours, he has been part of Judson’s launch of the RISE program for students with intellectual disabilities, where he has worked as a peer mentor for two years. He also has seen the bicycle culture become integrated into Judson’s campus and has worked with other students to launch a bicycle repair project on campus.

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