Auburn Spotlight, Jordan Brooks

"I am very into service and non-profits and being a part of Student Philanthropy Board allowed me to get more involved in that area."
Jordan Brooks

Spotlight Interview

Jordan Brooks is a senior who wanted to customize her educational experience, so she is pursuing a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in psychology, human development and family studies and philanthropy and non-profit studies. In addition to establishing the ideal degree plan, Brooks is enhancing her Auburn experience through volunteering at the Campus Kitchen at Auburn University and serving on the Student Philanthropy Board. 

Q: Would you tell us a little about yourself, please?  

A: I’m from Atlanta, Georgia – but I’ve been in Auburn since I was 8. I chose Auburn because it was familiar and close to home. I am an Interdisciplinary Studies major, and I chose it because I found myself wanting to major in multiple things and with this degree, I was able to combine all of those curriculums into one-degree plan. 

Q: What has your experience as a student at Auburn been like?  

A: I have been involved with Student Philanthropy Board for two years, and this past year I served as the vice president of recruitment. My third concentration in my major is philanthropy and non-profit studies, so I am very into service and non-profits and being a part of Student Philanthropy Board allowed me to get more involved in that area. 

Q: You were named Volunteer of the Week for The Campus Kitchen at Auburn University – can you tell us what you do there? 

A: Campus Kitchens collects food that would otherwise be thrown away and wasted. They go to restaurants, dining halls on campus and fraternity houses to get their remaining food. They use this food to support food insecure families and individuals in the Auburn area. I originally got involved for my Hunger Studies class, but I ended up really enjoying my time there and I plan to continue to volunteer. I like what they do, it’s super helpful and resourceful all at once! 

Q: What has been your favorite class, so far? And why? 

A: My favorite class was Gender, Wealth and Philanthropy. I think that has been the most beneficial class that I’ve taken and I really liked it. I learned a lot of important life information and I would recommend it to anyone – even if they aren’t minoring in philanthropy and non-profit studies. 

Q: What do you want to do when you graduate from Auburn? 

A: I would like to work for an organization that focuses on child advocacy and youth development. 

Q: Do you think your education and experiences in the College of Liberal Arts has helped prepare you for success?  

A: Yes – everything that I have studied in psychology and Human Development and Family Studies has most definitely prepared me well for what I would like to do when I leave Auburn University!