In honor of Hispanic Heritage month, The Gramblinite would like to recognize the contributions of Afro-Latinos for their accomplishments in academics, leadership and civic engagement.
Recently, Grambling’s very own Abyssinia “Abby” N. Flores became a Coca-Cola Ambassador, developing and maintaining a positive image for the company.
Flores, a senior, double majoring in mass communication and public relations and minoring in psychology, is not foreign to distinguished titles. Since her freshman year, she’s been on President’s List and currently serves as the vice president of the Earl Lester Cole Honors College. Flores is also the vice president of marketing and public relations for The President’s Student Leadership, Initiative.
Although things seem very bright, it was failure that gave her a great insight on her achievement.
“Five years ago, I survived a failed suicide attempt,” Flores. “There were many factors: I gained weight, my boyfriend cheated on me and I was bullied in high school. I felt like I couldn’t turn to anyone so I overdosed on medicine and ended up in a coma. The doctors told my mom that I wouldn’t make it.”
A week later, she woke up.
“It was hard acknowledging my issues,” Flores said. “But the importance of accepting it and sharing my story has taught me that if I could overcome that battle, I could tackle anything. I am the designer of my destiny; the author of the story.”
Reflecting back about her experience was the key to her learning and cultivating a passion for mentorship and helping youth. In 2015, Flores was enrolled to be a nurse at Grambling but the program was canceled. Making a connection to characteristics of a nurse, she decided to be in public relations.
“Nurses and those working in public relations are very identical in a sense,” Flores said. “They are flexible, detail orientated and have a willingness to keep learning. I can’t say I wasn’t discouraged not being a nurse but I think it was fate. Everything that I have been through helps me assist people in need. I want them to know that they are not alone.”
As the good saying goes, “Things go better with Coke!” Recently, Abyssinia has held events throughout campus, where she gives away Coca-Cola beverages with a smile.
It’s more than just giving away the drink, but engaging and educating her peers about her story and Coca-Cola.
“There are so many reasons to smile,” Flores said. “If you need someone to talk to, I’m always available!”
You can contact Flores at Abyssinia.flores@Hotmail.com.