Advice to AU students: Be proactive in connecting to resources on campus and try them out as often as possible until you find what works for you. Then keep trying because sometimes what works best can change.
Study tip: My quick study tip is to set start dates for yourself. Students may focus so much on deadlines and due dates that they forget to start. Set yourself up for success by using starting dates for assignments, papers, and test prep.
Favorite lunch spot: Crepe Myrtle Café (I recommend the Greek Chicken Savory Crepe!)
Administrative Associate II
Hometown: Reeltown, Alabama
Favorite thing about AU: I absolutely love the atmosphere! Always a smiling face or a friendly WAR EAGLE.
Study tip: Stick to a routine, efficient study schedule.
Advice to AU Students: If you are taking 12 credit hours, you should plan to spend 24 hours a week on homework. Twelve hours of class time, plus 24 hours of homework time equals 36 hours devoted to school each week. This is the equivalent of a full-time job!
Favorite lunch spot: Jimmy John’s
Tamara Bowden, M.Ed.
Coordinator, Study Partners
Hometown: Athens, Georgia
Favorite thing about AU: You feel as if you know almost everyone, but are able to meet a new friend every day.
Advice to AU students: “Ms. Bowden’s Five Involvement Challenges”: 1) Get involved with an organization or activity that connects with your major; 2) Join an activity that you feel passionate about; 3) Seek out opportunities to get out of your comfort zone; 4) Gain a leadership position; and 5) Seek out ways to get others involved too!
Study tips: Put your phone away, and don’t allow yourself to be distracted by social media. Seek out study groups by befriending others especially in your most difficult classes but all groups are not made equally so find one that is focused and not distracting.
Advice to AU students: Pay attention to your health and check out the many support services available to you to keep your mind, body, and spirit sound.
Favorite study spot: A Supplemental Instruction session! SI is informed by learning theory that tells us that social interaction and collaboration are critical to learning. An SI session provides the opportunity to grapple with and make meaning of difficult content alongside and with the support of peers.
Favorite thing about Auburn: The incredible commitment I see Auburn students making to serve, lead, and do quality work is my favorite thing about Auburn.
Jaime Miller, M.Ed.
Director, Student Academic Support
Hometown: Spartanburg, South Carolina
Favorite thing about Auburn University: The Auburn Family is real! I love the community of students, faculty, staff, and advisors at AU.
Study tip: Take 10 minutes immediately after class to review your notes and identify gaps in your understanding of the course content. Meet with your professor to gain clarification. Use the resources available to you throughout the entire semester.
Favorite lunch spots: Little Italy and Chicken Salad Chick
Allison Stewart, M.Ed.
Coordinator, Outreach & Special Programs
Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama
Advice to AU students: Recognize that you are the expert on you. Avoid choosing classes, majors, and experiences just because “everyone” seems to be making those choices. Explore unique paths that are going to help you grow as a person and as a professional.
Study tip: Create your own test questions while reading through the material. Going over your notes and textbook through this lens will help you identify what a professor may ask on an exam.
Favorite lunch spots: Momma Goldberg’s or Big Blue Bagel
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Front Desk Staff
Hometown: Mobile, AL
Favorite thing about Auburn: I love the energy on campus on game days! Everyone is so friendly, and the campus is blanketed in orange and blue.
Advice to students: Be BRAVE, in all things. On the first day of class, find your professor’s office and meet them. Establish that personal connection. Pick a club, go to meetings, and get involved. If there’s an event on campus you want to go but your friends aren’t interested, go alone! Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there, because college is all about developing the very best YOU!
Study tip: You are not the only person taking this class. Make connections with classmates. Establish study groups. Be productive when you are with them. Email your professor whenever you have a question. Memorize their office hours. Use the people around you to have the best classroom experience!
Favorite lunch spot: Big Blue Bagel. Take it to-go and enjoy on Samford Lawn.
Hometown: Vestavia, AL
Favorite thing about Auburn: The passion of the students. Auburn students love their university, and it is evident in any activity on campus.
Advice to students: Talk to others. Professors and other students are more than willing to help and it helps you to stand out.
Favorite lunch spot: Island Wing Company
Hometown: Navarre, Florida
Advice to AU students: One of the best decisions I made when coming to Auburn was getting involved in clubs and organizations on and off campus. Finding people to support you through your college career helps so much and will make a huge difference in all aspects of your life.