The following is an essay written by Lauren Allison. Lauren was a Student Recruiter from Jackson, MS.
What does the life of an Auburn University Student Recruiter involve? It involves building amazing friendships that
will last a lifetime. It involves reaching out to those undecided high school students out there who are looking for
a home away from home. It involves instilling a love and loyalty in your heart for this institution that will forever
be a part of you. It involves giving back to Auburn only a part of what she has given to you.
The friendships I talk about are built through office hours and Sunday night meetings. During weekly office hours,
our responsibility is to lead prospective students on tours of our campus. If there is no tour to be given, we do
odd jobs around the office. Since there is rarely work to be done around the office, we use this time to really get
to know each other. There is never a dull (or quiet) moment in The Quad Center when Student Recruiters are present.
Every other Sunday night, we have a scheduled meeting that involves signing up for group tours, fighting for a spot
on a college fair trip, and telling funny tour stories.
On the Sunday nights that we don't meet, we go out to eat together. These are the times that we really get to build
everlasting friendships. These are the memories that I will treasure from my time as a Student Recruiter.
We have many opportunities to reach out to those scared and undecided students. We participate in War Eagle Days in the
fall where we give out free football tickets to high school seniors. To see the looks on their faces as they enter Jordan
Hare on game day is worth a thousand words. We also give tours of campus to alumni and prospective students on game days.
In the spring we help recruit scholarship students on Merit Monday (TALONS Day). We also conduct a letter writing and phone
calling campaign to prospective students. This is a time to adda personal touch to undecided seniors. We get to tell them
what it means to be a part of the Auburn family in hopes that they will sense your passion for Auburn.
The love and loyalty for Auburn that is instilled in your heart comes from giving tours of the campus. This is your chance
to shine and to connect with prospective students. You have a rare opportunity to relay the thoughts and feelings that are
present in every Auburn student's heart to people who are in no way associated with this university. To them, Auburn
is just a name. Before they leave here, they will see that the Auburn spirit is alive. Maybe that comes from the smile on your
face as you tell them about Toomer's Corner, or maybe it's from their observations of friendliness on the Concourse. Oftentimes
it is that breathtaking view of the splendor of Auburn from the Eagle's Nest. Whatever it is, the Auburn spirit is alive and ever
presents. The pride you have in this university can only grow as you try to describe the chillbumps you get from being a part of
this wonderful institution.
Through all of this, you are given an awesome opportunity to give back to Auburn some of what she has given to you. You are given
the simple task of loving this university with all of your heart. If you do that, it is very easy to illustrate this for prospective
students. Through this organization, I have grown so much. I will graduate in the fall, but the memories I have from being a Student
Recruiter will forever be a part of me. War Eagle!