More than 250 students are scheduled to receive their diplomas during Fort Valley State University’s (FVSU) Spring Commencement Ceremony May 15. One of the graduates crossing the stage will be AhLuana Kayshae Mountain.
Mountain, 22, is graduating from FVSU’s College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology (CAFST). She will receive her Bachelor of Science in family and consumer sciences with a concentration in infant and child development.
A native of Tennille, Georgia, Mountain said she decided to attend FVSU because she felt it was right for her to attend a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). “I chose this college because it was going to give me a great education for the career I desired,” she said.
Furthermore, Mountain said her passion for working with babies and toddlers is why she selected her major. “I wanted to learn more about the physical, emotional behavioral and mental growth of children ages 0-36 months,” she said.
In describing her academic experience at FVSU, the Tennille native said her courses proved to be challenging on a daily basis. “I worked very hard to earn my degree. For five years, I dedicated myself to my studies by working hard in class and seeking out help whenever I needed it,” Mountain said.
Even with a packed class schedule, the future FVSU alumna still managed to participate in extracurricular activities as a member of the Family Consumer Sciences Club. She also added that some of her fondest memories include attending the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Conference in Louisiana and assisting visitors touring the CAFST’s facilities.
Prior to graduation, Mountain participated in an internship at the Little People’s Paradise Day Care Center in Sandersville, Georgia. Her main responsibility at the facility included serving as head teacher for infants and toddlers. She said in performing her duties, she displayed a calm and patient personality to children coupled with a loving approach. “This provided a contribution to the behavioral and social interaction of the children,” the Washington County native said.
Mountain is euphoric about reaching the pinnacle of her undergraduate studies. “I feel excited, happy and I am proud of myself. I accomplished something meaningful and made the first big step in reaching my goals to have the skills and qualifications to run my own daycare,” Mountain said.
Additionally, Mountain’s sales pitch to a student interested in attending FVSU is simple. “I would give them information about what FVSU has to offer, my major and why I chose FVSU,” she said.
After graduation, Mountain plans to attend graduate school, earn a master’s degree in business administration and open her own day care center. “I would like to make a positive impact on children. I also want to encourage and teach them at an early age that they can make a difference and do anything in life they are willing to learn and work for,” she said.
To apply to FVSU, visit https://www.fvsu.edu/futurestudents