Alumna Feature: Caroline Briggs, IT at GGC

We love hearing from our alumni—near, far, and everywhere in between! Caroline Briggs graduated from LCA in 2016 and chose to stay local, now attending Georgia Gwinnett College. Read her update below to learn why she choose her major, how LCA prepared her for college, and what her plans are after college.

After changing my major a couple times, I settled on Information Technology with a concentration in Systems and Security. I chose this major after attending a Women in Technology Boot Camp at GGC. I immediately fell in love with programming and IT. I applied to be a student ambassador, went through an interview process, and was selected. Applying to be an ambassador is one of the greatest decisions I’ve ever made! 

I fully believe that LCA prepared me for college from the start. I could write pages about how they have prepared me academically, spiritually, and socially.

Academically, I felt the impact of LCA’s teaching immediately. As I began my freshman-level courses, I found that I was a step ahead of my peers when it came to things like structuring papers, understanding time management, and just generally enjoying the subject that I was in! Each English class I had at LCA prepared me so well for success in college—from Mrs. Armstrong to Mrs. Westbrook and then to Mrs. Corrente and Mrs. Smith. During each paper, report, or short essay assignment in college, I have felt the impact they had on me. I felt this same impact in my math courses because of the way Mr. Schaffer gave me the confidence to succeed in a subject I tend to struggle in.

Another area that LCA prepared me in for life was spiritually. I was blessed to have Mr. Martin as my Bible teacher for five years. He helped me to develop my own perspective and point of view from issues in the church to world issues to even things I battle in my personal faith. I still find myself talking about how much I enjoyed his classes.

Mrs. Snell’s economics and government class prepared me socially, academically, and spiritually. She, like Mr. Martin, helped me to develop my opinion on politics and world issues and prepared me to stand up for what I believe both politically and spiritually.

Last but not least, Mrs. Ingle prepared me the most socially and spiritually. On a personal level, she spent time with me, ensuring that my relationship with Christ was and is number one in my life! Through her theater class, she showed me that I can thrive when I’m in front of people doing what I’m passionate about. This essentially is what led me to become a student ambassador.

Every teacher, faculty member, and administrator at LCA had an impact on me that led me to being successful in college and in life. I could talk about every teacher I had from 3rd grade to 12th grade and how I loved every single one of them!

My future plans aren’t exactly in concrete right now, but that’s because I love keeping my options open and seeing where God leads me. I am currently looking at joining the United States Air Force for Cybersecurity or Cyberspace Operations. As I figure out if the Air Force is for me, I have networked with some local companies and intend on applying with them after graduation. The IT field has so much to offer that I can continue getting certifications and growing in my field each and every day. The always-changing environment excites me!

And I love being close to home! I’m saving money and enjoying the time I have while I’m still living at home. I have never once regretted my decision. GGC has so much to offer for commuting students, so I’m still getting my full college experience.

We’re so happy and excited for Caroline and thankful that LCA had the opportunity to prepare her academically, spiritually, and socially for God’s call on her life. It is always interesting and encouraging to see how God continues to write the story of each alumnus after graduation. Caroline also shared the following verse as an encouragement: "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world" (John 16:33).