After earning her Master of Science degree in Agricultural Leadership and Science Education in May 2016, Ashley Warfield-Oyirifi continued with her educational endeavors by pursuing a doctoral degree within the College of ACES at UIUC. As an Agricultural Education student, her teaching skills were developed, solidified, and affirmed. Meanwhile, she maintained her passion for scientific research from her undergraduate studies in Biochemistry at the University of Missouri. Desiring to teach adult students and continue laboratory research, Ashley is furthering her training to one day have a fruitful career as a researcher and professor at the college and university level. She hopes for a career in a college of agriculture at a Land Grant University like the ones that have afforded her so much opportunity and intends to remain connected to Agricultural Education programs and departments throughout her career.