OFTC Alumna Lauren Avrett Earns Bachelor’s Degree from VSU
After graduating with her Associates Degree in Accounting from Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC), Lauren Avrett took advantage of a transfer agreement between OFTC and Valdosta State University (VSU) and enrolled in an online bachelor’s degree program.
A short 14 months later, Avrett graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership.
“My transition into Valdosta State was seamless from OFTC,” Avrett shared. “I learned about the transfer agreement at VSU during my last semester and I felt like this was a great opportunity for anyone who wanted to continue their education after technical college.”
Coming from a family who values education Avrett knew she wanted to keep going. After all, she already proved she was capable of more than she thought.
“When I was 18, I didn’t know what I wanted to do ‘when I grew up,’” Avrett shared. “Over the years I continued to go to school but it wasn’t until 2015 that I decided to finish my degree at OFTC. At this point I was 29 years old with a husband and two active boys, but I always had that voice in my head pushing me to finish my education.”
Now that she’s completed not one but two degrees, Avrett recognizes her potential. “Completing my bachelor’s degree has shown me what I can do when I dedicate myself to do more and be more,” she said.
While many may be concerned about the ease of transferring credits from one institution to another, Avrett shared that her experience was “so easy.”
“My advisor from OFTC pushed me to keep going and continue my education,” Avrett said. “Time was still going to pass and I could either be another year older or I could be another year older with my bachelor’s degree.”
Avrett followed her advisor’s advice and found the entire admissions process with VSU very smooth. “The admissions department at VSU was very knowledgeable about the right avenues to take to integrate my associate degree from OFTC into the bachelor’s degree program I chose,” she shared. “That made me confident in my decision.”
A full-time wife, mother and employee, Avrett admits it wasn’t an easy road. “I had to set a schedule for myself,” she said. “I had to make sure that I set aside enough time each week to complete my school work. None of this would have been possible if I didn’t have the support of my husband, Greg and my coworkers.”
Looking back, Avrett is glad she stuck with it. “There were times that I felt spread thin but the pride that I have now of what I have accomplished is an amazing feeling,” Avrett said. “Don’t stop and find what makes you continue to be better. My reason was my children and my family.”
Thankful for the opportunities she’s been given, Avrett says she hopes others will take advantage of all OFTC has to offer. “I loved the small school atmosphere at OFTC where I felt like I could get the help I needed to succeed as a student who was working full-time and had a family.”
“I always knew that I wanted to complete my bachelor’s degree and OFTC gave me the bridge to do that,” she continued. “It’s never too late to continue your education. The programs and opportunities at OFTC can work for anybody who wants to succeed.”