Laetitia Adelson

University of Georgia │ Health Promotion
Salem High School
Rockdale County Public Schools

I am a native of Haiti whose parents moved to America for better opportunities. Although my parents received higher education in Haiti, they didn't know how to help me navigate the system here in America. I serve as a “thank you” to my parents and to help all students navigate through the college admissions process.     

 

Jayme Allen

University of Alabama │ Business Management
Benjamin E. Mays High School
Atlanta Public Schools

Finding my way through college alone was a physical, financial, and emotional struggle. I want to understand students and their perception of college, provide tools to foster best “match and fit,” assist with applying for scholarships, and provide any other pertinent information to improve college access in Atlanta Public Schools. I look forward to making a difference!

 

Aryana Brantley

North Carolina State University │ Sociology
D.M. Therrell High School
Atlanta Public Schools

As a first-generation college student, I am passionate about the work I do as a college adviser. At Therrell High School, I will serve as a resource for postsecondary opportunities and maintain an inclusive college-going environment. It is truly an honor to work with the students and to provide guidance and support as they plan for their futures.

 

Elizabeth Coulter

Auburn University │ Public Administration
Heritage High School
Rockdale County Public Schools

I serve as a Georgia College Advising Corps college adviser to help all students have access to the same opportunities. All students deserve the chance to reach their full potential.

 

 

Glenda Dowdy

University of Georgia │ Public Relations
Benjamin E. Mays High School
Atlanta Public Schools

I serve because I want every student to know that no matter where you come from, it's possible to be successful and make something of yourself. I want graduation from high school to be the start of their lives, not the end.

 

Damisi Fawole

University of Georgia │ Digital & Broadcast Journalism
Grady High School
Atlanta Public Schools

I serve as a college adviser because I am passionate about helping others realize and live out their potential. People need to know that they are loved, cared for, and worthy of being helped in any way that leads to their success. I am not only excited about helping students access higher education, but also mentoring them one-on-one and learning how I can be a better advocate.

 

Abigail Guadagno-Mason

University of Georgia │ Social Work
Drew Charter High School
Atlanta Public Schools

I serve because I believe that education is the most powerful tool we can provide to students. I believe that each student, with the proper knowledge and resources in his or her hands, is capable of great success. I serve as a bridge from these resources to the students, making the postsecondary process more accessible.

 

Jennifer Harris

Georgia State University │ Journalism
Benjamin E. Mays High School
Atlanta Public Schools

During my college application and admissions process, I was fortunate enough to find resources to help my parents and me succeed. I want to be a resource to students who do not possess that assistance. I want to be a champion for students and push them to reach their wildest dreams!

 

Delisha Hodo

Georgia Southern University │ Psychology
The B.E.S.T. Academy and Coretta Scott King Young Women's Leadership Academy
Atlanta Public Schools

As a first-generation college graduate, I serve to be an example and bridge to those from my hometown and other rural communities. I hope to challenge, encourage, and instill resilience in the students that I encounter and also assist them in building a legacy for themselves and their family through higher education.

 

Jasmine Moorman

South Carolina State University │ Industrial Engineering
D.M. Therrell High School
Atlanta Public Schools

I serve as a college adviser with the Georgia College Advising Corps because it gives me the opportunity to be a positive role model to all students who are eager to learn more about the college admissions process and securing financial aid. It is my duty to give back to my community what was not given to me and to expose all students to endless possibilities so they can become educated, passion-driven leaders of society. The work of this program within the metropolitan area of Atlanta continues to empower many young individuals to be successful, and I am honored to be part of an organization that focuses on that goal.

 

Janai Raphael

University of Georgia │ Biological Sciences
Maynard H. Jackson High School
Atlanta Public Schools

I serve as a college adviser because I didn't have anyone to guide me through my own college application and selection process. As I reflect on my transition from high school to college, I realize that a lot of the decisions I made regarding postsecondary education were ill-informed. I want to educate and aid students to make wiser decisions that will set them up for success long after high school!

 

Raysean Ricks

Augusta University │ Communications
Westside High School
Richmond County Public Schools

I serve because I know how difficult it can be to matriculate in higher education. As a first-generation college student, I want to be the adviser that I wish had been available for me when I was in high school. I look forward to showing my students that their big dreams are attainable.

 

Modupe Salimonu

Georgia Southern University │ Early Childhood Education
Grady High School
Atlanta Public Schools

I serve as a college adviser to help students realize that a college degree is an attainable goal and will be very beneficial in the long run. I want to help students reach their full potential by being a guide and resource during this critical point in their lives.

 

Ashley Simpson-Haley

University of Georgia │ Health Promotion and Behavior
Cedar Shoals High School
Clarke County Public Schools

I serve as a college adviser so I can be a strong advocate for my students. I believe everyone has a story to tell. I want to teach my students how to use their stories, not as crutches, but as a way to create pathways to brighter futures for themselves.

 

Caroline Suarez

University of Georgia │ Psychology
Meadowcreek High School
Gwinnett County Public Schools

I choose to serve as a college adviser because I believe in young people and in their potential to do great things. I hope to be that word of encouragement, that added support, that extra resource that helps them aim high, even when it seems that things won't work out. I look forward to working with my students as they explore their postsecondary options.

 

Taylor Thomas

University of Florida │ Telecommunications - Media and Society
North Atlanta High School
Atlanta Public Schools

Serving as a college adviser allows me to connect students from all walks of life to a future of higher education. As a first-generation college student, it is important to me to push students to believe that education is attainable, no matter your background. I look forward to matching students with the colleges that are best for them and preparing them for their postsecondary experiences.

 

Brandi Thompson

Albany State University │ Marketing
Rockdale County High School
Rockdale County Public Schools

Knowing the power of the positive impact I can have on a student's future is why I serve. Rockdale County High could be home to the next doctor who prevents cancer, senator who makes a difference in his or her community, or even a GCAC college adviser in 2023! I serve to be a guiding light and motivating voice during this student's journey to college completion.

 

Arnelle Vilfort

University of Georgia │ Journalism
North Atlanta High School
Atlanta Public Schools

I serve as a college adviser because I’m passionate about encouraging the potential in others. I want every student to believe that postsecondary education is accessible and achievable for them. I’m looking forward to being a source of guidance and to inspiring belief in the hopes and dreams of my students.

 

Kesharia Woods

University of Georgia │ Human Development and Family Sciences
Maynard H. Jackson High School
Atlanta Public Schools

I serve with the GCAC because I know what it feels like to be a first-generation college student with so much potential, but little support with getting to and through college. I strive to help those individuals who feel lost and need the extra push to become college graduates!

 

Alyssa Yuhouse

University of Georgia │ Human Development and Family Sciences
Clarke Central High School
Clarke County Public Schools

As a first-generation college student myself, I believe that it is extremely important that all students receive the same opportunities and access to resources. Postsecondary education is attainable for everyone, and I serve as a college adviser to ensure that all my students believe in themselves and know that their dreams are possible.

 

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