What I Would Tell My Freshman Self

There are so many things I wish I could go back and tell my freshman self. I am so thankful for my experiences at Auburn University but with that, there also comes mistakes and things I wish I could do differently.

First things first, say yes to every opportunity you are given and work hard for what you want. Yes, this means study more! School is your top priority during the four years at Auburn. Studying for a test over binge watching Friends may seem boring but you will thank yourself later on when that knowledge is burned into your brain. Your GPA will thank you too! Keep all of these things in mind but also know when to give yourself a break to relax every now and then.

Second, get out of the house and try something new. Remember that there is a time to rest and a time to play, but don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and do something you wouldn’t normally do. Say yes to ice cream at midnight after studying all day for that huge test tomorrow. You deserve it! Go out with your friends, go to more sporting events because you’ll miss those times when they are gone. Put down your phone and be present with those around you. You wont regret it when you are in the place I am now realizing that you wont be five feet away from your best friends. Reach out to people around you in your classes and become friends with people that are different from you. You never know what positive impact you could have on someones life.

Finally, enjoy your youth and the four years you are given at this wonderful university. You have NO CLUE what stress you are about to endure once senior year comes around and once you graduate college. Enjoy having time to go to the gym. Enjoy worrying about that biology test because after this the real world hits you and you have to worry about a 401K(what’s that? I still barely know), you will be wishing you could learn more about blood types and the human body. Enjoy the free time you have now because soon it will not be the same. Go to Toomer’s Corner and get an ice cream sandwich and some lemonade. You will miss fun things like that once you’re gone. You will never live this close in distance to all of your friends after college. Remember this and hold them close because once graduation comes and everyone is moving to different parts of the country you will be begging for one last sleepover with them.

When you feel like it is going to be the end of the world, don’t stress. It will all work out like it is supposed to. When you get to the point that I am at now you will look back and laugh at all those moments and realize how small they are. Be a good friend to everyone and most importantly strive to be the best person you can be. Now on to the real world! You got this girlfriend.

How To Have The Best SENIOR Spring Break

As I approach the last spring break of my college career there are a lot of emotions rushing over me. I am so excited about the future and what is to come but I am hesitant to leave behind Auburn University and the amazing memories I have made there. This spring break my friends and I are going to Clearwater, Florida, which is right outside of Tampa. As I began to think about how I would like to spend this weeklong vacation with my best friends, I realized that I could use some public relations practices that would help me plan the best week of my life. I am going to use goals, objectives, strategies and tactics to ensure I enjoy this stress-free week off of school.

The goal is to enjoy the last spring break I will ever share with my friends.

There are three main objectives I hope to accomplish. These include:

Getting a nice summer glow

 Having fun with my friends 

Trying something new

Lets start out with objective number one, getting a good tan.
I will approach this objective by using a strategy that I think will be most effective. My strategy will be sitting out in the sun everyday. The first tactic I am going to use to extend my tan and avoid getting sunburned is use sunscreen and tanning oil regularly. Another tactic I am going to use is making sure I take breaks and sit under an umbrella every couple of hours to make sure I am not getting burned. The last tactic I am going to use is to apply lotion everyday when I decide to finally leave the beach to hydrate my skin and lock in the sun I got that day.

Objective number two is to have fun with my friends.
I will accomplish this objective by using the following strategy: I will make our happiness a top priority. The first tactic I will use to accomplish this is make homemade pizzas together. Who doesn’t love pizza on the beach? The next tactic I will use is get fun doughnut floats and float in the ocean. This will help with my first objective. The last tactic will be making sand castles or bury each other in the sand. I do not enjoy getting very sandy but I think it will help me accomplish my next objective.

My last objective is to try something new.
The strategy I am going to use is seeking out activities that I have never done before. The first tactic will involve researching and planning somewhere that I can swim with manatees. This has been a lifelong dream of mine and I will finally be somewhere that I can accomplish this. Want to see a cool video of manatees? Click here. The next tactic will be trying a new type of seafood. I typically stick to shrimp, oysters or salmon so I plan to try a new kind of fish and see if I like it.

The last step to this process is measuring how well the week went. I will measure if it was a success based on how tan I am by the end of the week, if I made some fun memories with my friends and if I tried something new. I will also look back on the week and think of ways I could have executed my plan better.

Through all of my plans I hope to have the best spring break and maybe enjoy and nice margarita… or two.

Your Guide to Planning a Fabulous Galentine’s Day

The best day of the year is just around the corner!! Valentines Day? Nope.


The one day a year you get to celebrate your girlfriends.

Are you stuck trying to think of fun ways to celebrate Galentine’s Day? Your friends are the TRUE loves of your life so obviously it has to be good. Have no fear your guide to planning an unforgettable Galentine’s day is here. We are going to use a classic public relations approach to ensure your celebration runs flawlessly.

FIRST: Planning
I don’t know about you but I LOVE to plan events especially if it involves my friends. When you’re planning for the best day of the year there is a lot to consider when you begin the planning process. First things first, what do you and your besties want to do, go to dinner and a movie or order a heart-shaped pizza from Papa Johns and stay in? It all depends on the vibe of the group. Another thing to think about is if a lot of your friends have significant others. Keep this in mind because if they do, consider having your Galentine’s bash the night before or after Valentine’s Day. Lastly, don’t forget the chocolate!

  • Goals and Objectives
    • What do you want to accomplish? Throw the best Galentine’s Day get together of course!
    • The goal is for you and your friends to have a fun night together.
    • One objective is to make sure everyone leaves with a full tummy and a smile on their face.
    • Another objective to focus on could be making sure you and your galentines take plenty of cute pics to post on Instagram. Don’t forget a festive banner backdrop!
  •  Strategize
    •  How far in advance will you need to order/make the food if you choose to stay in?
    •  When will you need to make a reservation for if you decide to go to dinner?

Make sure you have variety food for anyone who isn’t into pigging out(we all have that one friend who is a health nut).

SECOND: Implementing
During this step you need to tie up all the loose ends. Your main priority should be sticking to the plan!

  • If you are going out, make reservations.
  •  If you are staying in, pick up or make the food.
  • Decorate everything in pink and red.
  • Get creative and send(or make) invitations!

Make yourself a list to ensure you have completed everything that you planned on doing. Also don’t wait until the last minute – give yourself enough time to get everything done. It may be fun(and easier) to decorate and cook with a friend so take that into consideration too.

Now you have that step done enjoy your Galentine’s Day with your girlfriends!

THIRD: Evaluation
You had the best night with your best gals, now it’s time to take a step back and ask yourself how the night went. Did your friends seem like they had a fun night? Did everyone love your sweet treats? You should also think back to your initial planning stage and evaluate how well you stuck to your plan.

Was the night as fabulous as you had hoped? This public relations process has helped me in the past and I hope it has helped you. Spring Break is up next so before you do anything, don’t forget to plan, implement and evaluate!

5 Ways to Avoid the Freshman Fifteen

Are you worried about coming to college and gaining the freshman fifteen? Have no fear, your guide to staying healthy is here!

1. Exercise. Exercising is the best way to maintain or lose weight. There are multiple places on campus to get your workout in. The Recreation and Wellness Center is a prime facility with clean equipment and a state of the art track. It also offers group fitness classes such as kickboxing and spin classes. If you live near the Quad or the Hill, go for a run around the Hill. The run is about a mile if you run around twice. The Coliseum is another great place to run around the top ring or run stadium stairs at. There is also an outdoor track and field right next to the Coliseum where students play soccer. Lastly, Auburn has tennis courts next to the kinesiology building where students can play any time of day. Don’t have a racket? No problem! The Recreation and Wellness Center has tennis rackets you can rent for free.

2. If you live on campus, find the healthier restaurants such as Plains to Plate or the Wellness Kitchen. If you live off campus, cook for yourself. It will save you a lot of money and you will feel so much better about yourself. I have found a lot of easy recipes that are healthy and some that are dorm-friendly on the Tasty app. Another tip: don’t eat two dinners! That was such a temptation for me freshman year. I would stay up late studying then order a pizza just because I needed a midnight snack and needed to stress eat.

3. Ditch the transit and walk to class. My freshman year I lived in the Quad and I parked my car in Resident Overflow parking which was about a mile from my dorm. When I needed to leave campus and run errands I would walk to my car. If you live off campus, walk to class. That alone will make a huge difference.

4. Find a friend that can keep you accountable. Dieting and exercising with a buddy makes it so much more fun and doable. If you ever start to get lazy, find that friend that will push you to get out of bed and go break a sweat! It is also fun to cook and meal-prep with friends.

5. Choose water over soft drinks or juice. Drinking water has so many benefits. It promotes healthy skin, flushes toxins, increases energy, boosts your immune system, prevents cramps and promotes weight loss. Studies show you should drink at least eight bottles of water a day. Drinking water over other drinks also makes you feel more hydrated and overall healthier.

Follow these steps and you will definitely avoid the freshman fifteen!

Auburn Student Gets Internship at D1 Sports Training

Kate Cornelius is a senior at Auburn University studying Fitness Conditioning and Performance. She is involved in Athletic Recruiters where she was the president last year, she teaches group fitness and personal training at the Auburn Recreation and Wellness Center and she currently interns with the women’s basketball strength and conditioning program. She is also in the Chi Omega sorority. This summer Cornelius got the opportunity to intern at D1 Sports Training in Nashville, Tennessee. There, she trained people of all ages with different abilities and skill levels. “Interning at D1 was a great experience for me. I learned so much more about myself, and about coaching than I ever imagined I would. In my time at D1, I got the chance to work with a variety of athletes in individual, group and team settings. Because of this, I got to see what I like, where my strengths lie, and really figure out what direction I want to take in my future career. In addition, I got to work with and learn from several amazing veteran strength coaches and professional athletes. This opportunity challenged me to grow as a coach but also reaffirmed that is exactly what I am supposed to be doing,” Cornelius said.

Cornelius’ dream job is to be a strength and conditioning coach for young athletes. She loves athletes at the developmental stage because she has always had a heart for working with kids and young adults. “Kids and high school athletes are fun because they tend to be more excited about the process. It’s cool to watch them learn and grow and be proud of themselves when they work hard. I think I get even more excited than my athletes do when they reach a goal, learn something new or do something they didn’t know they were capable of, ” Cornelius said. Cornelius also plans to eventually get her master’s degree in biomechanics because she loves how the human body works and how to make it function properly.

Cornelius’ three favorite things are sports, fitness, and talking to people so its no surprise that her inspiration to become a strength and conditioning coach came from these things. In high school she had an injury that put her out of sports for the first time in her life. She started hanging out with the strength coach at her high school and began learning more about preventing injury and how exercising will make you a better athlete. After coming to college she began to teach group fitness and started personal training. She became certified in AFAA group fitness and NASM certified personal training. Kate is currently working on an NFCA certified strength and conditioning certification.

Auburn helped prepare Cornelius for her internship and her career after college, “Not only have I taken a lot of great classes at Auburn that have taught me information that is truly relevant to my future career, but there are also a lot of really great professors in the School of Kinesiology that have gone above and beyond to help me both in and outside of the classroom.” Her advice to freshman wanting to pursue an education in strength and conditioning is to utilize your resources. Auburn has a lot of great strength coaches on campus, reach out to them and ask to shadow them or even just pick their brains about why they do what they do. Just get to know the people in the business because they are the ones you will learn from the most. If you want to study kinesiology, there is no better place to be than Auburn University.

Engineering Student Lands Dream Job

Meet Sarah Beth Wheat! Wheat is a senior at Auburn University studying Industrial and Systems Engineering with a minor in Supply Chain Management. Wheat chose to come to Auburn because Auburn always felt like home to her. Auburn is also one of the top engineering schools in the southeast, which drew her there even more.

Wheat had the amazing opportunity this summer to work at Lockheed Martin Rotary Mission Systems. She was a systems engineering intern where she provided system-engineering analysis, products and support to the C2BMC national team for development of major software build supporting the primary integration and battle management function of the Ballistic Missile Defense System. In other words, Wheat wrote system requirements and generated spreadsheets for missile defense software that detects incoming threats. Before starting school at Auburn University, she originally wanted to study either business or go into pre-medicine. Her senior year of high school she told her math teacher this and she advised Wheat to look into engineering because she is excellent at math and because there are also business aspects of engineering. Wheat tried it and not only was she successful at it, but she also loved it.

Wheat opened up to me about what it was like working in a male dominated field like engineering. “There is definitely a majority of males in my field of work. At my internship out of thirty employees, three of them were females. The challenge isn’t necessarily that I am a woman in the field. It’s more of an issue of age gap. Everyone is in their 40’s to 60’s and sometimes don’t know how to speak to younger females.” When I asked her what motivates her through adversity like this she told me, “There are a couple females that are in high positions in the company and I really look up to them. I know that it is possible to achieve to their level which is what I am striving to do.”

During her time spent at Auburn, she was involved in the Auburn University Marching Band her freshman, sophomore and junior year. She is a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority and Society of Women Engineers. She is also Vice President of Administration for the Institute of Industry and Systems Engineers and she tutors high school students in math.

Wheat has many dreams she would like to accomplish during her career, one is to assist in sending the first person to Mars. Another dream she has is to be a Program Manager in Operations at Lockheed Martin Space Systems for fleet ballistic missiles or on the space launch system. Luckily, through her hard work at her internship with Lockheed Martin, they offered her a job. Wheat will be a Systems Engineering Associate at Lockheed Martin Rotary Mission Systems in Huntsville, Alabama after she graduates in May.
Wheat’s hobbies include singing karaoke, watching Netflix and making her favorite food, fried eggs.

From Freshman to Pharmacist

Meet Shelby Means! Means is a first year pharmacy school student at Auburn University. She grew up an Auburn fan and went to football games with her family when she was little. It was during her tour here that she knew Auburn was the school for her. She had always loved the family traditions that she had seen on game days but she loved how it was still prevalent on campus even on a hot day at three in the afternoon when she took her tour. After that she made up her mind and didn’t apply anywhere else!

Means’ dream job is to work as a pharmacist in a pediatrician’s office in ambulatory care. Originally, she was unsure if she should choose pre-pharmacy or pre-med but she knew she wanted to work in the medical field. She chose pharmacy over med school for a couple different reasons but the main one is as a doctor, you get the opportunity to provide patients health care. However, many doctors do not have to time to get to know their patients on a personal basis and make real connections with them. The pharmacy she shadowed was an independently owned pharmacy and she absolutely loved the way that the pharmacist knew every patients name, their family, and their medical conditions so well. It made the encounter so much more personal and because the patients felt comfortable with the pharmacist, they felt that they could share any issues with their medication and illness. She wants to be able to provide this type of care to patients, a real, genuine and personal relationship that betters not just that person’s health, but their everyday life as well.

Before starting Pharmacy school Means was a student recruiter, a part of Freshman Leadership Program, and she also worked on the event staff at Auburn University. She believes that it’s important to be involved for a multitude of reasons. To her it was so satisfying serving the Auburn community. Being involved grows you in more ways than you would ever imagine. It also helps expand your resume for whatever you hope to do in the future. Means’ advice for incoming freshman is to get involved, say yes to every opportunity you can and don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone. Freshman year is the perfect time to find your niche of people and become deeply rooted into it.

Means’ favorite thing about Auburn is the special traditions it holds true. No one ever comes here and doesn’t feel loved and welcomed. To her, that’s what it means to be a part of the Auburn family. Means’ favorite Auburn tradition is participating in Hey Day because it is such a fun way that the student body joins together and it is a great way to meet people. It shows how inclusive and welcoming Auburn is especially for freshman. It’s perfect for freshman because it is such an easy way to put yourself out there and make new friends. Her favorite place to eat at is The Hound in downtown Auburn, especially for brunch because it has, “the best brunch in all of Auburn.” Means hopes to leave a legacy of someone who has made a positive impact on every person she has encountered. She hopes to be remembered as the girl who was inclusive of all of her peers no matter what age or background they come from.

An Auburn Alumna’s Advice

Meet Kaleigh Garner, an Auburn alumna that graduated in August of 2017. She majored in public relations with a minor in marketing. While at Auburn she was involved in a multitude of things such as Tau Sigma National Honor Society, Diamond Dolls, PRSSA/PRCA, Phi Mu Fraternity, she was the public relations chair for Mortar Board Honor Society and she was an SOS Orientation Leader. Garner always aspired to work for a corporation while doing public relations, which is exactly what she is doing now!

For the past six months Garner has interned for Blue Cross Blue Shield, a large health care corporation in Birmingham, Alabama. As a Corporate Communications Intern, her experiences and duties are writing and editing content for internal newsletters, formatting and editing PowerPoint presentations for various departments, participating in video and photo shoots, interviewing Company executives, providers and other external clients, hands-on training for Adobe Connect presentations, participating in Company-sponsored events, attending Young Professionals Summit, participating in all team, department and divisional meetings, event planning, working with all Microsoft Office Programs and editing internet web page content. This has been an amazing experience for her and she feels very blessed to have been given this opportunity right after graduation.

Garner chose to come to Auburn during high school after her campus visit. “Growing up with a dad who was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, I never thought the words ‘War Eagle’ would come out of my mouth,” Garner said. She never thought Auburn would end up being her future home, but for her it was love at first sight and she knew it was exactly where she was meant to be. Since graduating from Auburn, Garner has gotten a taste of what it is like to live and work in the real world. Garner’s Auburn experience definitely prepared her for her career and life after college. From her public relations and marketing courses to on-campus involvement, being a student at Auburn taught her the importance of hard work, dedication and most importantly, teamwork.

“The transition from college to ‘real life’ is definitely a challenge!” Garner said. The greatest lesson she has learned since graduating and leaving Auburn is that she can’t waste her time or energy stressing on what her next step will be. She has learned to go with the flow and be patient about what her future holds. She has realized that her goals can’t be accomplished overnight and that she must keep working hard and everything will fall into place.
I asked Garner what advice she had for incoming freshman and she told me this, “As cliché as it sounds, make every second count. After college you will no longer be able to stay up with your girlfriends until 3 a.m. – bedtime will quickly turn to 9 p.m. Take your classes seriously, but don’t stress yourself out. Manage your time efficiently so you are able to hang out with your best friends, but still ace that 8 a.m. final. Get as much experience as you can, even if it isn’t work related, employers like to see someone who is a go-getter and takes the initiative to be involved.”

A Day in the Life of an Auburn Drum Major

Meet Auburn University Drum Major, Ransom Creech! Creech is a senior majoring in civil engineering. Creech is the epitome of hard working paying off. He has been a part of the Auburn University marching band for four years and has loved every second of it.

Creech was a member of his high school marching band for four years and spent his senior year as drum major. He had several friends who were in the marching band at Auburn so it was a natural next step to join the Auburn University Marching Band. He decided to give it a try and ended up loving it. Being drum major was something he had his eye on from day one. As time went on, he got more involved in the music department and was chosen in November of 2016. “I’ve always been drawn to leadership positions and anything that poses a real challenge to myself. Being a drum major at Auburn University is extremely challenging, competitive and rewarding. Seeing how the drum majors in years past handled themselves and how the Auburn community received them made it an easy decision for me to try out,” Creech said. This is such an honor to him and counts his blessings everyday for this opportunity.

Creech has learned a lot through his experiences with the Auburn University Marching Band. The director, Dr. Corey Spurlin does a tremendous job of hammering home qualities such as integrity and work ethic. They have fairly strict rules that mostly all relate to establishing an image of the program that Auburn University and its alumni can be proud of. “The AUMB has taught me how to carry myself and be a person of integrity and high character. Dr. Spurlin tells us to be thermostats, not thermometers. We control our surroundings, they do not control us. If this idea is applied to anything in life, it will lead to success,” Creech said.

Oddly enough, just about every aspect of the drum major position scares Creech. He hates being in front of large groups of people and gets nervous easily which are two aspects of being a drum major at a large SEC school like Auburn University. “One of my favorite quotes is ‘Your fears aren’t there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.’ Being a drum major terrifies me, and that’s how I know it’s worth it.” Pregame was always the part that worried Creech the most. “I was never very good at spinning the mace. I practiced just about every day over the summer spinning the mace thousands of times so that when I was under immense pressure in front of almost 90,000 people, my routine would be automatic.” Creech has learned that with hard work and determination, you can overcome any challenge that comes.

Creech hopes to leave a legacy of kindness and hard work. He wants to be remembered as someone who was nice to everyone and never had anything negative to say about others. He always tries to be positive in every situation and turn people to look at the good instead of the bad. He also wants to be known as someone who was never fully satisfied with his craft and worked every day to be the best he could be. “I am a firm believer in self evaluation, another thing the AUMB has helped me learn. This means always reflecting on what you’re doing and analyzing what went well and what needs work,” Creech said. He hopes that others have seen this in him and makes them work harder themselves, eventually making the band even greater.

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December 10, 2017

Auburn Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Christmas parade on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 2 p.m. The event will take place in downtown Auburn, Alabama to celebrate the holiday season.

The annual Christmas parade is one of Auburn’s most loved holiday traditions. The community comes together every year to see Santa Clause, take pictures by the trees on Samford lawn and to get into the Christmas spirit.

• The Auburn Chamber of Commerce will hold the Christmas parade on December 10, 2017 at 2p.m. in downtown Auburn, Alabama.
• $25 entry fee for non-chamber members.
• Friends and family are welcome!
• Space for the parade is limited, so get there early and reserve your spot.
• To participate, see the parade entry form and rules and guidelines.

• “It’s such a fun experience for kids and their families. The kids love seeing Santa and Aubie.” –Allyson Dozier
• “I love going to the parade every year because it lets you see a side of Auburn you don’t see on a daily basis as a student. You get to see Auburn come together as a community which is an awesome experience.” –Kate Cornelius



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