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Ashley Lamarre ’18

When she was in high school, Ashley Lamarre ’18 didn’t know what philosophy was. Today, the Brooklyn, New York native hopes to teach philosophy at the college level some day.

This double-major in philosophy and African American studies is making her directorial debut with Life On My Hands, written by Ananias McGee ’17. The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, March 3 and 4 in Hixon Hall. Lamarre is a Forester you should know.

Q: What drew you to Lake Forest College?

A: I find out in May of my senior year of high school that there was a scholarship for a minority student from my neighborhood set up in the memory of an alumnus. The scholarship is what caught my attention. Lake Forest College was the very last school I applied to. I applied on a Monday, had a phone interview on a Wednesday, and I had to make a decision by the following week. I sent in my deposit, then came to visit the campus during finals week. I decided I’d like to see what I agreed to. Once I got on campus, I knew everything was going to be fine. Coming from New York City, my first reaction was, “It’s very peaceful here.” I liked that.

Q: Have you had experiences here—besides your classes—that have helped prepare you for your future career?

A: I’m the programming chair for UBA, a member of ODK, and I’ve worked for the theater department. First semester my first year, I have volunteered as an assistant stage manager. Second year, I was a co-stage manager. In my third year I wanted to take a break. Chloe Johnston asked me if I wanted to direct a play. I saw that I’d have the chance to combine theater with UBA, so I said yes. I’m also a peer teacher for my advisor, Professor Evans, which is a big thing because I want to be a philosophy professor. I’m also a Student Ambassador, and I write for the Chive section of the Stentor. Overall, those experiences have taught me I can handle a lot more than I previously perceived I could handle. It also taught me that when you are doing things you are passionate about and care about, you will make it work because they’re important to you.  

Q: What do you do in your free time?

A: I try to catch up with my friends as much as possible. And I’m a very big fan of music: hip hop, rap, R&B. I try to catch up with that. I’m into Netflix and Hulu series. It’s nice to turn off my brain and watch something. My sister’s wedding is this year and I’m one of her maids of honors, so I have to do a lot of planning.  

Q: What are your plans after graduation?

A: I’m thinking of going straight into grad school because I’m afraid taking a year off will make it harder to go back. I want to be a philosophy professor at a liberal arts school so that I can give my students the same attention I’ve gotten here. As a black woman, I can provide a different perspective. 

Q: Any advice for new students?

A: Don’t let homesickness cripple you. You have to push past it. If you’re from Illinois, fight the urge to go home every weekend. Embed yourself on campus. There are so many opportunities, you just have to look for them.