What I Wish I Knew

Everyone says hindsight is 20/20 right? Well, that is certainly the case when it comes to learning the lessons college life brings. Arriving on campus as a freshman, students are wide-eyed and hopeful for everything college will bring. New friends, activities, and opportunities are around every corner, all valuable tools to make the most of the college atmosphere. Like starting a new job, or going somewhere for the first time, there are always unknowns. It is the unknowns, however, that grow and stretch students into success. Nevertheless, one can avoid learning the hard way, by looking to the experience of others for the tricks of the trade, the helpful hints and the lessons learned only from experience.

In hopes to act as a guiding hand for those freshmen, here are four Auburn students who describe what they wish someone had told them and what they would tell themselves as they stepped foot into the next four years.

Matthew Youngblood, Junior, Building Science

“Something that I wish I knew now, that I didn’t know then, are all the dining options on campus,” Youngblood says.

“I just went to Terrell this semester, and it is a lot closer to all of the classes,” Youngblood adds.

Working to offer students the best college experience, Auburn University’s Campus Dining offers a dynamic assortment of dining options throughout campus. This accommodates the different taste buds and busy schedules of Auburn’s diverse student body. As a freshman, be sure to explore all the dining options Auburn offers. From barbecue to donuts, Auburn’s campus is littered with venues to satisfy all your cravings.

Mallory Smith, Senior, Accounting

“Something I wish someone would have told me coming into college is to fully enjoy the differences in all the people I am going to meet,” Smith says. “Therefore, I could learn as much as possible from everyone and all of their life experiences instead of waiting until junior or senior year to realize that there is exponential value in the differences in every person.”

Auburn acknowledges and values the benefits that a diverse campus community provides. Auburn students are prepared for life and leadership in a multicultural world. Be sure you take advantage of that as you walk onto campus.

Travis Adcox, Senior, Finance

“If I  could go back and tell myself something my freshman year, I would say, ‘find a church to get plugged into’. I would make my friends based around my church,” Adcox says.

No matter your religious background, students have ample opportunities to continue to grow and connect. Offering various religious organizations on campus like Baptist Campus Ministries, Muslim Students Association, Reformed University Fellowship, and Campus Crusade for Christ, Auburn is dedicated to catering to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of all students.

Payton Beck, Senior, Public Relations

“I wish I would have known, going into college that it is okay not to have your life together,” Beck says.

“Sometimes I felt the pressure that you had to be on your A-game 24/7 and that is just not the case. You just roll with the punches and it is all going to be okay.”

Auburn has a unique way of stretching, challenging and nurturing students in a way that prepares them whatever their future brings. Like Beck states, it is okay not to know, it is okay to ask for help and it is okay to make mistakes and learn the hard way. It is important, though, to look to those who have already completed the journey to maybe save yourself from a few of those mistakes. Cherish these precious years, you have an amazing adventure waiting ahead of you. Make the most of it.

 

Creed Week: A Tradition In The Making

The Auburn Creed

“I believe that this is a practical world and that I can count only on what I earn. Therefore, I believe in work, hard work. I believe in education, which gives me the knowledge to work wisely and trains my mind and my hands to work skillfully. I believe in honesty and truthfulness, without which I cannot win the respect and confidence of my fellow men. I believe in a sound mind, in a sound body and a spirit that is not afraid, and in clean sports that develop these qualities. I believe in obedience to law because it protects the rights of all. I believe in the human touch, which cultivates sympathy with my fellow men and mutual helpfulness and brings happiness for all. I believe in my Country, because it is a land of freedom and because it is my own home, and that I can best serve that country by “doing justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with my God.” And because Auburn men and women believe in these things, I believe in Auburn and love it.”

You know it, you love it, and some can even recite it by heart. The Auburn Creed. (Photo on left: Auburn SGA)

In 1943, George Petrie put pen to paper to write out the ideals he believed made up Auburn’s foundation. Now, almost 75 years later, Petrie’s words still serve as one of Auburn’s most cherished principles.

To celebrate and recognize the history behind the Auburn Creed, Auburn’s Student Government Association developed a brand new program called “Creed Week.”

“Considering that the creed shapes our lives, it seemed only fitting to create something that highlighted and broke down those values, and celebrated the creed holistically,” Faith Webb, SGA’s Executive Vice President of Programs says.

Webb explains that the university has been looking for ways to celebrate the creed more and more each year given its impact on Auburn University’s campus.

“We see it everywhere around campus– inside buildings, on the side of buildings, and even segmented on t-shirts, computer backgrounds, and stickers,” Webb states. (Photo on right: Auburn SGA)

One particularly special aspect of Creed Week was the Be the Creed award ceremony held at the Auburn Alumni Center on Feb. 27. The event recognized Curry Cates, a senior in health services administration and this year’s recipient.

Cates was honored for his donation of stem cells to a man in France suffering from an aggressive blood cancer.

Throughout the week, SGA sponsored numerous events in and around campus to engage students, alumni, and friends throughout the Auburn community.

Just a few of the events that took place during Creed Week include:

  • “Sit Down, Make A Friend” with the Auburn Police Department and Campus Police  (Photo on right: Auburn SGA)
  • Spin the “Wheel of Kindness”
  • Letter writing to deployed alumni with ROTC, Silver Wings, Auburn Alumnae and Student Veterans
  • “I Believe in Auburn and Love It” tailgate with WEGL and Tiger Dining
  • Group Zumba and yoga classes

Through partnerships and sponsors, Webb believes a key part of SGA’s mission was fulfilled, to “unify all that is Auburn.”

“It was a physical picture of the Auburn Family coming together to celebrate something they love,” Webb states. “We see this a lot with athletics, which is wonderful, but it is always encouraging to see it happen on other occasions.

Both Webb and SGA believe Creed Week exceeded expectations in its inaugural year. However, they work to continue to grow the event even more.

“We collectively agree that the program has a lot of room to grow, but that for the first year it was a success,” Webb says.

Programs like Creed Week provide the portal for the creed to come alive in tradition, service, and spirit. It continues to shape Auburn’s atmosphere because of the dedication of students, alumni, and friends to “be the creed.” (Photo on below: Auburn University)