Reflections from 2014 Staff

We asked some staff from 2014 to reflect on their experience and share some thoughts with you.


SOS Orientation Leader


What is the most rewarding part about being an SOS orientation leader?

"The most rewarding part of being an OL is when you see the students that you had in your group in classes and on campus. I was walking to a department, and I saw at least seven of my students. I saw them making connections with other students and professors, and I stopped and thought, "This is why I do it." After all of the facts that we learn about the stadium and the history of Auburn, the connections that I made with each person and the look on their face when they see that you remember them is the best thing". - Kayla Fromhold

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Were you involved in any other organization, job, or club while you were an OL? If so, how did you manage the various time commitments?

"I'm currently an SOS Orientation Leader, taking sixteen hours, serving as the Vice President for one campus organization and the Assistant Vice President for another, and I have a part time on-campus job, so you could say I'm a little busy. At the beginning of every week, I sit down and plan every day down to the minute. I have to be really good about using my free time wisely, but I'm able to do everything I want on campus and still have time to study. So even though I don't always sleep much, I have had an incredible experience as an Orientation Leader and I wouldn't change it for anything!" - Taylor Prouty

"Being involved in several different campus organizations has been an amazing and rewarding experience. I serve in officer positions for three other organizations in addition to being an SOS Orientation Leader. Needless to say, sometimes things can get a bit stressful. This year has really taught me how important time management and organizational skills are. My lifeline is my planner. I sit down every morning and write down and go over everything I have to do for that day. Some people say that I’m OCD, but my planner is what keeps me sane and gets me through the day. Being an SOS orientation leader has given me the opportunity to give back and serve my fellow Auburn family. Though it can be stressful at times, I have enjoyed every minute of it. People say that if you’re doing something you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. This has certainly been my experience with SOS!" - Stephen Caton

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How did your involvement in SOS affect your opinion of on campus involvement?

"Being a member of the Auburn family, I cherish those moments where I get a chance to brighten the community and help my fellow students become successful and happy here on the Plains. As an SOS Orientation Leader, it’s also my job. After having given tours and helping students get better acclimated to this great university, I found that campus involvement is a different piece to each individual, yet all the pieces are part of the same puzzle. To each his own, if you will. What I mean is that someone who walks past you on a dreary day, only to smile and wave, participated in campus involvement. The young lady who spoke up in your class when silence was the only noise, participated in campus involvement.  Because while the Creed connects us as individuals, a friendly campus is what connects as family members. To me, this is involvement. To me, this is Auburn."  - Shivam Desai

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CWE Parent Counselor


What was the most rewarding part of being a Parent Counselor?

"The most rewarding part of being a Parent Counselor this summer was being able to give back and serve the place that has shaped me more than any other place ever has. Auburn University has built, developed and maintained me in every aspect possible and having the opportunity to share that knowledge with parents of incoming freshmen this summer is something that I never took lightly and always considered an honor to be a part of." -Cade Smith

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How did you manage other involvement with being a part of Camp War Eagle?

"At first, managing other on campus involvement along with CWE was challenging. There were times when I felt overwhelmed and stretched too thin. However, once I learned to manage my time better, things got a lot easier. I made sure to schedule out my week each Sunday, and within that I would plan times to study for CWE tests, skit practices, schoolwork, and any other meetings or activities I needed to attend. Being able to visibly see my schedule each week allowed me to plan accordingly and prepare for long, busy days. With self-discipline and a good attitude, balancing CWE and other on campus involvement is not hard!" -Allison Childress

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How did being a part Camp War Eagle jump start your involvement in other organizations?

"CWE has helped me so incredibly much develop my leadership skills so I can best serve the Auburn community. By being a counselor, I've learned so much about myself and have grown so much from the experience. After doing camp, I felt more confident about trying out for other organizations on campus because I knew how to contribute my leadership style and personality to a group." -Ellie Inman

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Camp Counselor


What was the most rewarding part of being a Camp Counselor?

"Impact. I loved not only getting to be a huge guide to the freshmen to help them start their own college experience, but also being influenced by my fellow CCs. I learned so much about myself through CWE, and I am so thankful to have been molded by such a great group of fellow counselors while also impacting the freshman class." -Whitney Brown

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How did you manage other involvement with CWE?

"It was fairly challenging but very doable to handle several different responsibilities in the spring semester leading up to our summer of CWE sessions. Like the majority of the counselors, I was involved in a few other organizations while preparing for CWE, which included IMPACT, AU Dance Marathon, and a social fraternity. The things that helped me the most in juggling these several commitments as well as doing well in my classes were having good time management skills and utilizing my planner as much as I could. I found such a great support system in my fellow counselors and the FYE staff, who will do whatever they can to help you and make your life easier. CWE has absolutely been one of the biggest blessings in my life and although it was challenging at times, it was never impossible to be involved in other organizations alongside CWE." -John Ahn

"Coming into Camp War Eagle, I had a lot of other involvement commitments, and while at first I was extremely nervous about how to balance everything I had on my plate, it never became a big problem because of the staff members in the FYE Office. The First Year Experience staff genuinely cared about me and all that was going on in my life, so even though I had a lot of 'to-do's," I never doubted having support and encouragement to do my best in everything I did. While Camp War Eagle training was time consuming and difficult at times, I never felt like it was something I couldn't do because I knew that the staff cared for me, my well-being, and were understanding of me, and all the commitments I had prior to CWE." -Meredith Zepf

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How did CWE jump start your involvement in other organizations?

"Camp War Eagle helped me gain interpersonal skills that allow me to communicate my ideas whether it's in casual conversation, public speaking, or formal presentation. The most important thing I've gained, however, is the ability to have faith my own abilities and realize what I as a person can bring to the table. I am now much more confident in myself and with what I can accomplish besides of what I've experienced in CWE." -Tyler Toledo


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