I’m assuming that most of you reading this are family and friends and maybe some Ashlee Rose fans that have been following my whereabouts over the last *gulp* 18 years of playing music professionally. If you’ve been following my music career, you may have wondered where I’ve been for the last three years. Well, in May of 2015 I returned to school to finish my college degree. In lieu of studying music, I wanted to challenge myself and chose a major that involved my other two loves; math and science. I have been studying Civil Engineering here in San Antonio, Texas at both San Antonio College and at the University of Texas at San Antonio where I will be graduating in December of this year! It has been a long, difficult journey filled with many tears and countless joys, but with graduation around the corner, this time in my life is just about to come to a close.
So, why start blogging about my school journey now? Due to the generosity of both the Terry Foundation and The Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship, I am able to participate in a study abroad program through UTSA’s College of Engineering for the entirety of my final semester. I am overjoyed to be able to share this journey with you all and may even create some posts for people who are interested in studying abroad, but just don’t know where to start! Please enjoy reading through these posts throughout the semester and feel free to comment to let me know you were here.
For those of you who don’t know me, here’s a little bio:
My name is Ashlee Rose Davison and I am from San Antonio, Texas. My parents and grandparents raised me in this beautiful city that I am now proud to call home with my husband, Chris. My love of music began when I was a young girl singing The Star Spangled Banner at San Antonio’s horse racetrack, Retama Park (see my other, earlier blog posts as Ashlee Rose) and eventually led to me learning guitar and writing my own songs as well as singing tunes by other artists. I went to San Antonio’s North East School of the Arts high school where I studied musical theater and graduated Summa Cum Laude from NESA at Robert E. Lee High School in 2007.
After graduating high school, I worked professionally as a musician around the state of Texas and became a resident performer at SeaWorld San Antonio. At age 21, I got the call that I had been accepted to fill the role of a lifetime as a singing guitarist on board the prestigious Holland America Line Cruise Ships. In my two and a half years on cruise ships I was able to travel to five continents and it was on my third contract where I met my wonderful husband. We tell the story of how we fell in love as follows; we met in the Caribbean, had our first date in Alaska, fell in love in Australia and New Zealand, got engaged in Europe, and got married in Texas in August of 2013. While there are hundreds of stories in between, that’s pretty much the gist of it!
In May of 2015 I returned to college to pursue a degree in Civil Engineering and, as stated above, I will graduate in December of 2018 after studying abroad in Urbino, Italy.
Thank you all for reading along! I’m excited to share photos and videos with you this Fall!