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Jocelyn Amoo

First-year pharmacy student

Jocelyn Amoo came to Auburn University to find a stable career in health care. Thanks to the unwavering support of her father, a pharmacist, and mother, a chemist, she found the College of Sciences and Mathematics, or COSAM, and the Harrison School of Pharmacy, or HSOP. The Amoo parents also encouraged their other children, who also came to Auburn, and are following their father's footsteps. The oldest, Mark, is a second-year pharmacy student at the HSOP Mobile campus and the youngest, Jasmine, is a sophomore with plans for pharmacy school on the main campus. Unlike any other Amoo, Jocelyn found much more at Auburn. While an undergraduate student in COSAM, she got involved in the college's student council, Promote Academic Success for Students, or PASS, mentoring program and IMPACT, and even made the Dean's List, while working as a tutor in chemistry, calculus, organic chemistry and anatomy. Jocelyn eventually tried out for Auburn Cheerleading, and earned one of the 21 spots. On her 20th birthday, she learned she had been admitted to the HSOP. Her first of four years in pharmacy school began in August.

1. Why did you come to Auburn?

I always knew I wanted to do pharmacy and Auburn has such a prestigious pharmacy school, so it was an easy decision. What solidified my decision was my first visit to Auburn for Camp War Eagle. Everything from the experience was like a calling, from the enthusiastic counselors to the pep rally in Jordan-Hare Stadium. It's the most beautiful campus I have ever seen and I loved all the energy and love flowing from the Plains. I knew I wanted to become part of the Auburn Family!

2. What attracted you to cheerleading in the first place and why have you stuck with it?

I have always done cheerleading, but I always wanted to become an Auburn cheerleader. An Auburn cheerleader is a representative and an ambassador of Auburn University and serves the community. It is a rewarding and unforgettable honor. I know Auburn Cheerleaders are role models to many people and I always looked up to them as well. I love supporting the greatest school and community while doing one of my favorite things - cheerleading.

3. Why did you pick pharmacy school?

I knew that I wanted to do something in health care because I always wanted to care for others, but I had to consider how I wanted to live my life in the future. I wanted a stable career, but also flexible enough to do other things without worrying about financial issues. My father is a pharmacist and I have witnessed firsthand all the benefits of the field. I know I am on the right path to where I want to be in the future.

4. How do you plan on maintaining the academic rigors of pharmacy school with a busy athletic schedule that includes traveling with the team?

It's all about time management, which has always been the key to my success in college. I believe it is important to challenge yourself to see exactly what you're capable of achieving. I always plan ahead and give 100 percent of my effort with everything I have to do. It also helps to have a positive attitude and optimism because it is not always going to be fun or easy. I also measure everything accordingly. Pharmacy school is my number one priority and I see cheerleading as the fun and physical outlet in my schedule. I try to remember how blessed I am to have both of these opportunities and I always need to keep up the hard work!

5. What's the secret to maintaining enthusiasm and encouraging support from the fans when the game isn't going Auburn's way?

Definitely being down in a game is not the most comfortable situation, but the hope and spirit of being an Auburn Tiger goes a long way. The crowd's engagement and support, especially at times when we need it, makes our job as Auburn Cheerleaders a lot easier. We usually start traditional cheers like "Bodda Getta" and "Here We Go Auburn." We also use our signs and stunts to carry on the energy throughout a packed stadium. Last football season comes to mind, especially the Iron Bowl, to come back and win at Alabama! I know I speak for all Auburn Tigers when I say, win or lose, it's great to be an Auburn Tiger!

Dec. 16, 2011