Ashlynn Farney will graduate from Wichita State with her Bachelor of Applied Arts with a concentration in filmmaking. She recommends students branch out and experience a diverse array of activities and fields.
Ashlynn Farney took time off college during the COVID-19 pandemic, during which she returned to Wichita, changed her major to filmmaking and started attending Wichita State. She will graduate with her Bachelor of Applied Arts with a concentration in filmmaking in December.
Ashlynn is one of more than 1,400 students eligible for fall 2023 graduation. Learn more about her time at Wichita State and what's next for the grad.
Bachelor of Applied Arts, concentration in filmmaking
What made you choose Wichita State University?
My freshman year I was attending Kansas State University; however, after COVID hit and I returned home to Wichita, I reexamined my major. I then decided to change my major to filmmaking, and after seeing Wichita State’s program, I chose to switch schools.
What has been your biggest challenge as a student, and how did you overcome it?
Through college, I struggled with not knowing if I was good enough to be in the art field. I overcame this through pushing myself to do more projects. Through each project, I learned more and gained more confidence. The faculty at Shocker Studios also helped me through tough times.
What's your favorite off-campus location in Wichita?
There is a park in Maize that me and my friends will go to. We sit and talk for hours and look up at the stars.
If you could choose a song to play when you walk across the stage at graduation, what would it be?
I would play “Bad Girls” by M.I.A. It’s a really great hype song.
What are your plans after graduation?
I am a part of a film, “Do It Again,” that is going to go to film festivals, and I will also be working with ICT Films.
What advice would you give other Wichita State students?
My biggest piece of advice that I could give to other students would be to tell people to get out of their heads and get involved with things. For me, this was doing as many projects going around the studios as possible. This will be different for different students and majors, but participating in diverse activities really helps to get you out of your shell and make new friends.
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