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2019 Advantage Scholars Counselors

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Zachary Hughes is a rising senior English major from St. Louis, MO. Across campus, he is an Admissions Ambassador, a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, and is involved in Exploration of Vocation and Ministry, the Outdoors Club, and the Vista House. Zach loves deep talks, learning new things, poetry, doing anything outdoors, swimming, sports, cooking, dancing and singing. He wants you to know that he loves big questions – politics, money, religion, world issues – and loves to discuss them. But don’t take him too seriously--he’s also a goofball! His photo was taken from a study abroad trip in Namibia. With Furman, Zach has studied in Greece, Northern Ireland, Southern Africa, Israel and Jordan – so he also loves to talk travel!




Abby Mathai is a rising junior from Dallas, Texas. She is a psychology and politics and international affairs double major.

Outside of class, Abby is a part of the Student Activities Board, and she has been a sports marketing intern in the Furman Athletics Department for the past two years. She is always down for coffee, road-tripping and watching basketball.

Fun fact: Abby has played and quit 9 different sports!





Anna Rayfield, the head counselor for Advantage Scholars, is a rising senior from Columbia, South Carolina. She is a health science major on the pre-pharmacy track, a member of the executive board for Kappa Delta sorority, and a member of the Residential Life Council.

Anna loves breakfast in the DH, hiking on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and making Spotify playlists.

Fun fact: she studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, and traveled to 10 different countries during her semester away! Ask her about when she went hiking in Scotland and made friends with Scottish cattle!


Ronald (RJ) Rogers is a rising senior from right here in Greenville, South Carolina. He is a sociology and education studies double major and serves many roles across campus.

RJ is a resident assistant, an admissions ambassador, a Dins Dialogue facilitator, Mosaic Team member, a part of the Gospel Ensemble, and he works with Men of Distinction. He loves lifting weights, biking, and singing!

Fun fact: RJ is a morning person and enjoys engaging in long intentional conversations where individuals commit to being vulnerable and authentic.