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Caroline Begley

Caroline Begley

Elayna Seago
Caroline Begley, MS Ph.D. Student in Family Studies

Department of  Human Development and Family Science

Caroline is a Masters student who is researching college age students and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the transition into higher education. She has a focus on protective factors present in emerging adults transitioning to college, and understanding their unique experience of college within the COVID-19 context. She is also taking graduate level courses in higher education outside of the department to get a full understanding of the impact and needs of higher education as an institution. Caroline is also a senator for the Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) at Virginia Tech and participates in the communications sub-committee that works to disseminate important progress and policy development in higher education throughout the university. In November of 2020 Caroline presented a poster at the conference for the National Council for Family Relations (NCFR) on adolescent development and future orientations.


  • Higher Education
  • Emerging Adulthood
  • Transitions in the Life Course


BS in Education, Health and Human Science: Child and Family Studies, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2020

  • Fulbright English Teaching Award Recipient 
  • James D. Moran Memorial Scholarship Recipient
  • Center for Leadership and Service Medallion
  • Evelyn Martin Shafer Scholarship Recipient