Abby Cape, a freshman business major, is one of this year's Brenau Scholars. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau Scholar: Abby Cape

Originally planning to study middle grades education, Abby Cape of Gainesville, Georgia, quickly decided that she would much rather “do” than “teach,” so she switched to a business major with plans of running her own business after graduation.

“My mom and dad both own businesses, so they really persuaded me to go into business for myself as well,” she says. “My dad owns a truck brokerage, and my mom owns a financial business. Although I don’t want to be in that particular business, I do want to start my own business.”

Cape grew up in Gillsville, Georgia, raised in a Christian home with her parents, older brother and her grandmother, who she affectionately calls “Nana.” She and her brother would stay with their Nana during the day while her parents worked, and Nana taught her many life skills and lessons.

“My parents taught me to be the best that I could be, and provided me opportunities to do so. My brother also shaped me into the person I am today. He has made me a stronger person by all of our memories, good or bad,” says Cape.

She attended North Hall High School, where she was on the spirit cheerleading team and the yearbook staff. Cape earned a Georgia Best Elite Certificate from the Georgia Department of Labor, for training in core work ethic traits. She was one of only nine NHHS students in the 2015-16 class of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce’s Youth Leadership Hall program.

With all of these achievements under her belt, it is no surprise that Cape wasted no time finding her niches at Brenau. She is a spirit cheerleader and a member of Brenau’s competitive dance team and of Alpha Delta Pi, which has given her the opportunities for community involvement and volunteer work.

Cape knows what to do with her degree once she earns it. She plans to get her cosmetology license and start her own hair salon. In the meantime, she hopes to keep up with her hobbies: dancing, leading praise and worship at her church, cooking and baking, and, of course, fulfilling her duties as a Brenau Scholar.

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