Making your time at Auburn Incredible! 
posted June 10, 2013

[We can't begin anything at Auburn without a hardy] WAR EAGLE!!! And hello again from the loveliest village on the plains! Getting annoyed with these posts yet? I hope not because you're voluntarily reading them. This week's blog will hopefully give you even further insight into making the next four years (or however many you choose to take) incredible!

As entering freshmen I'm sure each one of you have heard the following advice from someone older and hopefully wiser than you: "Go to class". Well they're right, and they won't be the last person to tell you that. That's the best way to be successful. But another really important thing to do in college is OTHER STUFF. There are tons of other things to do on campus that don't involve books- or homework. I can speak from experience that compared to high school and the younger years, it's the BEST time of your life. So do stuff you love!

Because Auburn is so AUsome (See what I did there? Get used to it because we "AU" a lot of words around here), there are TONS of organizations and activities in which you can get involved. Auburn has over 375 on campus organizations. And if by some miracle you can't find one you like, you can always start a new one!

In this post I'll be speaking from my experience, but that's only beginning to scratch the surface of the wealth of opportunities that Auburn provides! Here are a few of the things I did freshman year:

  1. Best Buddies: Mission statement: To establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). In Best Buddies we basically spend the year becoming best friends with some amazing people that live in the Auburn/Opelika community and just happen to have intellectual and developmental disabilities. We go bowling, perform at Greek sing, and we even have an old fashioned Valentine's day dance! I loved it so much this year that I'll be back a second year serving as president. So see for yourself this fall! http://www.bestbuddies.org
  2. Alpha Epsilon Delta: Want to be a doctor? Pharmacist? Physical therapist? Dentist? Optometrist? Physician's assistant? Well this organization is all about health professions! Throughout the year speakers are invited to share about the ins and outs of their profession. Who knows, maybe they'll change your mind! If you're interested in a health profession be sure to sign up for pre-health orientation at Camp War Eagle! (SCMH 1890) http://www.auburn.edu/academic/cosam/departments/student-services/student-organizations/aed/
  3. Kappa Kappa Psi: This one hits close to home because it's a music service fraternity dedicated to serving the band! KKPsi helps set up for band practice, organizes clean up crews, loads the trucks and buses, and even hands out highly anticipated Gatorades at half time. But don't you worry ladies! KKPsi is a co-ed fraternity so you can be a brother, too! KKPsi also has social events and hangouts throughout the year and a formal rush during the spring semester! http://www.kkpsi.org
  4. The Oaks Retreat: The Oaks Retreat is an organization that, you guessed it, organizes a retreat exclusively for incoming freshmen at Auburn! The retreat is July 26-28, so you'll have a group of friends even before setting foot on campus! Mission statement: Our mission, inspired by Jeremiah 17:7-8, is to equip students to trust in the Lord and become firmly rooted in Him in order that they may grow and bear fruit during their time in Auburn; and to expose them to the different churches and campus ministries in and around Auburn in order to create a situation in which incoming freshmen can more quickly become plugged into their new church homes. Check it out at www.theoaksretreat.com!
  5. Music Ensembles: During my freshman year I was in the AUMB, symphonic band, chamber choir, and clarinet ensemble, yet I'm majoring in nothing remotely similar to music. You can be involved ensembles, a TON of them, without even being a music major! I made so many friends and had a blast doing what I love: making music! For a full list of music ensembles visit http://www.cla.auburn.edu/music/prospective-students/ensembles/.

See anything in which you're interested? If not check out the student involvement website (http://www.auburn.edu/student_info/student_affairs/involvement/) and learn about even more organizations!

Aside from organizations we have all kinds of events on campus: a FREE end of the year concert- this year we had Hot Chelle Ray AND Train (Yes, like "Drops of Jupiter" Train); speakers like Maya Angelou, Bill Nye the Science Guy, and Kenan Thompson from Kenan and Kel; a 12 hour dance marathon dedicated to raising money for Children's Miracle network (we raised $124,739.89 last year); every sport you can imagine at the intramural, club, and NCAA level (aside from football, gymnastics is my favorite-there's always a great turnout); and Tiger Nights which is basically where the student center becomes a free carnival- with a ton of food.

I could keep going on and on and on, but you're probably getting tired of reading. So I'll let you see and experience the rest of what Auburn has to offer when you get here!

Just a side not: make sure to check out O-days on the concourse August 26-27. All the student organizations will be out trying to get you to join their organization. Naturally, your upperclassmen friends will tell you not to go on the concourse during O-days because it will be crowded. DON'T LISTEN TO THEM. If you don't hear about organizations then how will you know what to join? I avoided it because friends told me to, and I regret it! Yes people will be shoving papers into your hands and possibly yelling out you to come to their table, but you can always recycle the paper and run away from the yellers.

Whew! So much involvement! Well, thanks for your faithful reading! Tune it- or log on- next week for more on what to do in the Auburn/Opelika area!

Until next time!

Matthew

mdm0022@auburn.edu

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