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Former Waycross Resident Continues Her Stay at ABAC

Kristen Ray from Waycross has been selected for the position of Enrollment Counselor with the Office of Admissions at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, transitioning from ABAC student to ABAC employee. Her love for the college began with a 2010 visit to the campus after graduating from Bacon County High School.

“Within 10 minutes of walking on the campus, I told my mom, ‘let’s go buy a t-shirt,’” Ray said. “Everyone here made me feel welcome.”

As a student she was heavily involved in campus life, including being crowned Ms. ABAC 2013 during her junior year and serving as the president of the Rural Studies Club. Now as part of the ABAC staff she will be involved with the campus on a different level.

“Students will still see me involved on campus; however, now it will just be in a new role,” Ray said. “I believe that this transition of going from a student to professional is going to be beneficial for me. It will be a time of personal growth and professional development. I am actually looking forward to this ‘new’ chapter in my life, and I still plan on sharing my passion and enthusiasm for ABAC with others.”

Ray’s mission as an Enrollment Counselor is a simple but important one.

“I would like to make the transition from high school to college as easy as possible for incoming freshmen,” Ray said. “I would also like to recruit students to come to ABAC and encourage them to stay for one of our four-year programs. College is a major decision in a person’s life and if I can help guide a person in this process and make a difference in their life I will leave work feeling accomplished and happy.”

The welcome feeling Ray experienced when she set foot on the grounds of ABAC still holds true for her today.

“ABAC is where I belong,” Ray said. “When I applied for the job I knew that as an Enrollment Counselor I would be able to make a difference. The job was truly a perfect fit for me, and I am happy to still be a part of the Stallion family.”

Ray earned her associate degree in family and consumer sciences in May of 2012 and graduated Magna Cum Laude with her bachelor’s degree in rural studies with an emphasis in the area of social and community development from ABAC in May of this year.
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