Name: Ashley Carrington
Profession: Doctor of Audiology-
Pediatric Clinical Audiologist at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
what area of the BX are you from?: Castle Hill
current location: Hartford, Connecticut
Ashley and I were in the same 5th and 8th grade classes at M.S.180 in Co-op City. From the day we met back in 1999 (one time for the '99s and 2000s!), she has always been extremely focused and driven. So it's no surprise to see all the amazing things that she has achieved! Go, Ashley!!!
Tell us about yourself:
I always have a hard time talking about myself, mainly because I’m such a behind the scenes type of person. I’m a real introvert and homebody, but I still like to have fun. I enjoy singing, dancing and traveling the world. My friends usually call me the responsible sensible one.
What are your fondest memories of growing up in the Bronx?
The summers in the Bronx are bar none. Everyone is outside and the streets are filled with a unique mixture of cultures. Every summer the sound of Mr. Softee trucks with the competing radio station blasting reggaeton, hip-hop, and old school jams can be heard from a car or a neighbor’s window, as you dodge being hit by the water rushing from the open water hydrant. My favorite part of experiencing the summer in the Bronx is getting a cherry/mango icy from the “coco, cherry, mango, tamarindo” lady. She’s only the realest if she has tamarindo instead of rainbow.
Do you feel as though being from the Bronx has heavily influenced who you are today?
Absolutely! There’s such a pride that comes with being from the Bronx so I rep it every chance I get. The Bronx is the center of so much creativity, and it has also cultivated my creativity. My primary and secondary schooling took place in the Bronx and they were both accelerated performing arts schools. This allowed me to experience opportunities that propelled me into the profession I practice today. The Bronx is also the first place I experienced and learned Spanish and American Sign Language which I use frequently at work.
Who are your biggest inspirations?
My biggest inspirations are the people who help provide a voice for the voiceless, and opportunities for those without.
What has been your greatest accomplishment to date?
My greatest accomplishment would have to be traveling the world. I have studied abroad in 3 different continents and learned a new language in the process. There is something very special about the personal growth that is produced as a result of totally immersing yourself in a culture that is different from yours, learning new traditions, and being vulnerable in unknown territory. It gives you courage to feel like you can take any challenge head on.
If you could, in what ways would you give back to your community?
When thinking about giving back to my community I feel like the “go to” move is money. Although money is important to keep society afloat it feels like the easy way out. The best way to give back is through mentorship. When you deposit into someone else’s life the knowledge that you have gleaned from life, it allows your community to continue to thrive. Consistency as well as a strong presence is key when giving back.
Many people are still living with a very narrow perspective when they stay within the walls of their own city or even their own borough. I would like to create a mentorship program that allows kids, ranging from elementary to high school, to travel abroad during summer break. Providing these opportunities from a young age can change the very culture of our community for the better.
If someone were visiting the Bronx, where would you tell them to go?
The Bronx Museum of the Arts because it encompasses the rich culture of the Bronx, and Yankee Stadium because I’m a die-hard Yankees fan. 😊