I finished in 4, even with a demanding major like wireless engineering. Here's how I was successful.

As a student from Huntsville, AL, I was accepted into Auburn with a 30 ACT score, a 4.0 GPA from high school, and a couple of AP credits. Because of my ACT score, the university awarded me a generous scholarship. To help fund the rest of the college expenses, I signed up for student loans. One of the biggest reasons to keep me on the four year track is student loans and the scholarship. Money talks and I was somehow smart enough to listen to it when I tuned my parents out as they gave their "You have to graduate in four years' sermon". On top of that, I had to have at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA to keep my scholarship. This really encouraged me to do well in class, so I could continue my education on the lovely Plains.

I'll briefly give you an overview of my time at Auburn to show I was active on campus and that I didn't just study my life away to graduate in four years.

Active in social fraternity and later held several chair and leadership positions

Worked as an intern in the summer and took English 2 and Calculus 2 at the community college

Joined SGA and Cupola Engineering Ambassadors

Interned again in the summer while taking chemistry at the community college back home. Attended the Engineering Job Expo, talked with a couple of companies, and scored three on-site interviews. After receiving offers from all three, I chose to go with AT&T in Dallas.

I can't believe I finished my studies in four years. It wasn't a cake walk, but it shouldn't be. I wouldn't change a thing about my time here. I'm even thankful for the challenges I faced, because I wouldn't be the man I am today without them. I and plenty of my friends did it in four years, so there's no reason you can't either!

War Eagle!

Will Culpepper, - Wireless Engineering

Dallas, TX

Everyone enjoys a good list, so I'll include a list of general advice on how I graduated from Auburn in four years with an engineering degree.

  • Time management is everything.

    Get good at it and you'll be able to balance school, friends, and sleep pretty well. Though I was up late sometimes, I never had to pull an all-nighter.

  • When it's time to do homework or study, do it!

    Work hard, play hard. Finish your work when you sit down to do it, so you can play hard without worrying about it later.

  • Shoot for at least a 3.0, have some job experience through internships or co-ops, and have leadership experience in an organization on campus.

    You won't have a problem finding a job with these. They make for a nice resume and interview talking points.

  • Have faith.

    You can finish in four years. It doesn' take a superhuman to do it.

  • Find your engineering family (or "whatever your major is" family).

    You can nerd out, act weird, and literally go crazy studying with this group, and they'l never bat an eye. Plus they'll help you keep somewhat sane during those tough days.

  • Never stop learning.

    Yes, please learn in class. On the other hand, everything you do here matters, shapes, and molds you. The good times and the hard times, they all have a purpose. The only way you can fail is if you don't learn something from each situation.