I am a junior at ABAC and I have just recently completed my Associates of Arts in Journalism and Mass Media, and up until the Fall Semester of my Sophomore year I was right on track to transfer to the University of Georgia as soon as my associates degree was completed. This was not something that I was happy with because I had grown a close and personal love for ABAC and was truly involved on campus. I had Sigma Alpha sorority sisters that I couldn't bear to leave, and I still felt like I had not truly found what I was called to do. Since my freshman year I had heard about the new rural studies program, but honestly I was very skeptical about it because it was, well, new. In my efforts to find a way to stay at ABAC I began to do some more research into the program. To make a long story short, I learned that the Rural Studies Writing and Communication degree was the perfect tool I needed for what I want to do in the future - work to help resolve obstacles and issues in rural environments on a communications level.
So, how does this all tie in to the convocation ceremony? Well, as I listened to the various speeches delivered I was reassured that ABAC was truly an amazing place, and I felt a surge of pride to be an ABAC Stallion. The Rural Studies program offers the majority of the bachelor's degree that can be obtained at ABAC and when Dr. Bridges told the audience that the number of students seeking Baccalaureate degrees was up by 40% from last term, I felt a great deal of satisfaction knowing that these new students sitting in front of me were going to be able to experience ABAC and the Rural Studies program for four entire years. Just like me, many of the students that come to ABAC are from rural communities and many want to return to a rural setting after graduation. The convocation ceremony helped to remind me how proud I am that ABAC offers this unique opportunity to give people the skills they need to go back to their rural communities or other rural environments and make them better and help them to thrive.
Rural Studies: Writing and Communication