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.”