Senior, communication; minor, leadership studies
College of Liberal Arts
Wilmer, Alabama, native Bradley Burroughs grew up disliking Auburn University, but after attending a campus tour he saw it as his perfect place to feel comfortable as a student. Burroughs chose to come to Auburn because it had the three main qualities he was looking for: strong academics, a spirit that highlights tradition and athletics, and plenty of involvement opportunities. Throughout his time as a student, he has been involved in many campus organizations, including Freshman Leadership Programs, Camp War Eagle, SOS, LeaderShape, Student Recruiters, Welcome Week and the SGA High School Leadership Conference. Burroughs currently works for the Center of Leadership and Ethics as a program specialist where his duties include overseeing and advising some of their organizations, such as SpringUp and Leadership Small Groups, and evaluating the current programs to find ways to improve them. This semester he coordinated and emceed the This is Auburn Speaker Series and continues to find ways to stay involved before graduation.
1. What made you want to become involved as a student?
During my freshman year I discovered that the best way to meet new people was by getting involved. I came to Auburn knowing only two or three other people, so I was pretty determined to find an organization to join, or apply to be in. The first program I got involved with was Freshman Leadership Program (formally known as Tiger Tuesdays) and it was awesome. Some of my best friends came from that group and I became more aware of other involvement and leadership opportunities through that program.
2. How does the Center for Leadership and Ethics help students become better leaders?
The Center for Leadership and Ethics offers many programs to all students on how to become better leaders. Programs such as LeaderShape, Spring Up and Signature Leadership Series are open to all students who are either still trying to find their place on campus, or want to have a better understanding of their strengths while making a difference on and off campus. Also, the This is Auburn Speaker Series has allowed students to come listen to Auburn alumni, faculty and leaders speak about their leadership experiences and how it all connected back to Auburn. We also offer Freshman Leadership Programs and Leadership Small Groups for first-year students to get involved right off the bat. The Center for Leadership and Ethics always has an opportunity for students to get involved and learn to become better leaders.
3. What challenges have you faced while staying involved?
One of the biggest challenges I have faced, and one that many people aren't aware of, is having to balance my involvement while managing my Type 1 diabetes. I was diagnosed when I was 10 years old and have been using an insulin pump since I was 16, but I have always tried to not let my diabetes stop me from staying involved. It hasn't been easy at times, especially on days where I worked an activity from morning until night, but over the years it has definitely taught and challenged me to manage it better so I am able to stay involved. I want people to know that it is possible to do the things you love no matter what your circumstance is.
4. What's been your favorite experience at Auburn?
My favorite experience has been flying in the Auburn University jet. I was a student recruiter during my junior year and I was given the opportunity to work a scholarship reception in Mobile, Alabama. A few days before the event my advisor emailed me and said that a spot had opened up on the jet, so instead of me driving to Mobile by myself I could fly with the administrators. On the jet I got to sit beside Dr. Gogue and I was extremely nervous - I had no idea what to say. He began the conversation and was asking questions about myself and my experience so far at Auburn, so it didn't take long for me to feel comfortable talking to him. I really enjoyed our conversation. Overall, the entire trip was incredible and I am grateful for that opportunity.
5. How do you feel your experiences at Auburn have prepared you for success after graduation?
I think a person is successful when he or she is confident and optimistic. For me, the best way to reach those two qualities is by being around people that I can encourage and support. Auburn has shown me that a successful leader lets others know that he or she cares by challenging and believing in them through every obstacle and triumph. The moment people know that you care is the moment they begin to trust and respect you. All of my advisors have done that for me in all of the roles I have held and I hope that somehow I have also been able to portray these traits to those that I have led or worked alongside. From working with FLP to being a Camp War Eagle Counselor, I have tried to my best to let everyone know how much I cared for them. After graduation I plan on finding a job that allows me to continue encouraging and supporting students so they can become great leaders as well.
Last Updated: March 23, 2015