“The idea of not living at home with my seizure disorder wasn’t appealing to me,” said Amanda Abbott, during her senior year in high school as she was searching for the next academic step in life. As a graduating senior at Fauquier High School in 2010, she knew she wanted more. Her parents suggested she try Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC).
In May, Amanda is graduating from The University of Virginia (UVA) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. “I’m very interested in how populations behave,” she remarked.
Amanda received her Associate Degree in General Studies from LFCC in 2012. She said, “LFCC gave me opportunities I don’t think I would have had when graduating high school. Through guaranteed transfer agreements, I had the choice of going to UVA, Virginia Tech, James Madison, or Mary Washington.”
Amanda believes she was able to make the transition to UVA pretty seamlessly because of the academic support and individualized attention she received in community college. “The professors’ positive attitudes, the advisors’ willingness to go the extra mile in helping you, and the smaller class sizes really stand out. Going to LFCC increased my confidence and made me a better student,” she said.
Amanda wants to work for an epilepsy organization or foundation for cause and cure. She has participated in the Epilepsy Foundation of America’s annual walk for many years.
As a Delaplane, VA resident since 4th grade, she considers Fauquier County her home.