In 2016, Ashley Cristal Cossio graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. She was also awarded a certificate in National Security Studies. While completing her degree, Ashley was a member of the Florida International University Cheerleading Team and volunteered as a ballet teacher at a preschool. Ashley is Puerto Rican, born and raised in Miami, Florida and fluent in English and Spanish. She is currently working as a researcher in a private investigations firm and aspires to specialize in the area of Intelligence relating to antiterrorism and prevention of human trafficking.