To: My Freshman Self

FreshmanFirst of all… how has it already been four years since freshman year when I lived in a 2×2 dorm in the quad overlooking the beautiful Jordan-Hare Stadium? There are so many memories and lessons I’ve learned since then. Also, there are people I’ve met along the way who have helped me learn those previously mentioned lessons, and also the people who stuck it out and will be my best friends forever and ever (cliché but true).

With that, I would consider myself a wiser person than I was at 18; at least I like to think I am. If I could go back in time and give myself some constructive advice, then I would jump at the chance in a second. I’m saying that because I made a lot of mistakes freshman year, but those make for the best memories, right? So, in this blog, I am going to be giving some advice to my 18-year-old self.

Get Outside Your Comfort Zone
I was lucky enough to have some amazing friends from high school that are still my best friends to this day. With them, I never had to get out of my comfort zone, because I was content in my little high school bubble.

Upon arriving at Auburn University, it was a little hard for me to step out of my comfort zone. Don’t get me wrong, I’m an outgoing person, but something about being away from 10402580_10203047829892124_9089536130643609910_nhome made me shyer when I started to meet new people. If I could go back, I would definitely go out of my way to meet more people and make better relationships with them than I initially did.

Be Careful With the Freshman 15
Once a week, my friend and I would go to Outtakes and get a pint of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. We would then proceed to eat the whole entire pint in one sitting. I can’t say I regret the good talks we had while eating those pints, but I will say my body did take a toll.

The freshman 15 crept into my life over time, and I could definitely see a difference. I went from working out every afternoon after school, to not participating in a single second of physical activity once I got to Auburn. It was an adjustment, but I would encourage my freshman year self to keep enjoying the food, but maybe hit the recreation center up every now and then.

Enjoy Every Second
There are so many times freshman year when your experiencing certain things for the first time, and not even realizing how badly you’ll miss those things once you’re 21 years old and five weeks shy of graduation. Never again will I live in a tiny dorm surrounded 10649857_10203615447842218_4734748476786301203_nby all my best friends, or go to my first sorority social or pledge party.

Looking back, I didn’t realize how much those memories would mean to me today. If I were given the chance to start all over and be a freshman again, I would do it. Call me crazy, but four years in the most amazing college town just isn’t enough.

Nothing can ever replace the memories I have made at Auburn. It will forever and always be home long after I walk across the stage in May.

War Eagle: Ever Wonder How it Came to Be?

The War Eagle soaring around Jordan-Hare Stadium.
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Aubie the Tiger and War Eagle – many people who do not know the history behind Auburn University’s mascot get confused as to which exactly, the tiger or the eagle, is the specific mascot. To clarify, Aubie the Tiger is the mascot, and “War Eagle” is the battle cry that can be heard on and off the football field. The origin of how “War Eagle” came to be is recognized in multiple stories that all have one thing in common – they are interesting.

The first story as to how “War Eagle” came to be is referenced on Auburn University’s website. Considered to be the most “popular” version, where it said in 1892 a veteran of the Civil War had found an injured eagle on the battlefield and made it his pet. The veteran brought his eagle to a football game versus Georgia. “According to witnesses, the eagle suddenly broke free and began majestically circling the playing field,” as stated on Auburn’s website. After winning the game, many

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spectators were thrilled and credited the win to the eagle. After this, many began to say “War Eagle” at football games to cheer on the Auburn Tigers. On Auburn’s website, it says that at the end of the game the “eagle took a sudden dive, crashed into the ground, and died,” but the cattle cry lived on.

A more in-depth history of this legend comes from, and actually involves the University of Alabama when in 1865 Ulysses S. Grant’s Army began their march deeper into the South and eventually into Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The Union troops assisted by some volunteers from Wisconsin marched into Tuscaloosa and burned all but seven buildings on campus. It is said that these volunteers from Wisconsin had an American bald eagle in their possession and it had become known as their mascot “Old Abe.” She had been with these soldiers during the Battle of Vicksburg and then became known as “War Eagle.”  Some have wondered if this led to Auburn fans taunting Alabama fans at their first meeting on the football field in 1893 by cheering “War Eagle.” This is considered to be the first Iron Bowl between these intense state rivals.

The next version of how “War Eagle” came to be is a less known one. This legend was originated when Auburn was playing football against the Carlisle Indian team in 1914. Auburn’s website states

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that the toughest player on the team was named Bald Eagle. The football team would charge Bald Eagle play after play, yelling his name with each one. Spectators mistook “Bald Eagle” for “War Eagle” and it stuck. “When Lucy Hairston scored the game-winning touchdown for Auburn, he supposedly yelled ‘War Eagle,’ and a new Auburn tradition was born,” states Auburn’s website.

Whether you believe the legend of “War Eagle” was derived from a Confederate soldier, a cheerleader in the early 1900s or from Bald Eagle, each one is an interesting tale. No matter where it came from it is – and forever will be – the Auburn battle cry.

The Use of Social Media During Hurricane Harvey

When Hurricane Harvey made landfall on August 25, 2017, in Texas, many were left with no power or shelter. During this state of emergency, 911 had an overload of calls, therefore, civilians were unable to contact the 911 dispatchers.

Through the use of social media platforms, people were able to share photos and locations describing the distress they were in. This allowed for help to respond – opening a new gate for the use of social media.

For examples of the social media posts and updates on Storify click here.

Social and Involved: Auburn Senior Proves Students’ Can Do It All

A common misconception among college students is if you have a social life, it becomes hard to be involved in on-campus activities, organizations or clubs.

Carter Brown
Carter Brown

Carter Brown, a senior from Smiths Station, Alabama majoring in public relations. He proves that to have a social life and be involved is not so hard.

Brown is the vice president of marketing for the University Program Council (UPC) on Auburn’s campus. His job is to “coordinate and execute a marketing plan for UPC,” and is “in charge of coordinating with our public relations team to ensure that our events are being promoted on social media to the best of our ability. Also working with each committee to appropriately market their events in person, as well, whether through concourse hours or banners displayed on campus,” said Brown.

UPC “works to provide an engaging atmosphere that enhances the Auburn experience by programming free events planned, organized and executed by students for students,” as stated on the UPC website.

Not only does Brown enjoy his involvement, but keeping his face present around friends is something that is important to him. He luckily was able to meet many of his friends through his involvement.”My best friends are ones that I have made through being involved with UPC. I go to most events, whether I am assigned to work them as exec or not,” says Brown.

Brown keeps up an active social life along with his school work and involvement with UPC. “I also love going to football games, or being an Auburn “tourist” and exploring the city with my friends,” says Brown.

Prioritize Your Time

Never spread yourself too thin in one certain area, whether that be socially or with involvement. Put time where it is necessary, which can change day-to-day. “I’ve learned it’s about balancing and prioritizing. Sometimes I have definitely picked having a social life over school, but I’ve also set deadlines to get school work done ahead of time,” says Brown.

Find Your Niche

Like Brown, you too can turn the people you work with into lifelong friends. Make sure to find an organization/club that fits your personality and needs. When you find an environment that works well for you, meeting people will come next. Many people around you are in similar situations, so don’t be hesitant to reach out.

Advice for the Future

While being social is important, especially in the first few months of freshmen year, so is involvement. It is not as hard as you think. “For freshmen looking to get involved, I would tell them to look on AUinvolve and get out on the concourse to hear what these organizations have to say. They want you to get involved and will show you how,” says Brown.

What It Means to be a Part of The Auburn Family

Samford Hall
Samford Hall

To be a part of the Auburn Family means a lot of different things. The spirit is undeniable – you feel it whether you are on campus or far from it. Being a part of the Auburn Family is not hard, it is a common belief that Auburn is, and always will be, home. It’s the memories you make – whether it was the first time your parents brought you to campus as a child or that first campus visit as a prospective student, it is engrained in you forever.

The Creed

Written by George Petrie in 1943, the Auburn Creed should apply to all Auburn men and women. The creed is an expression of the gratitude that is felt through attending Auburn University. Petrie began the creed by saying “I believe that this is a practical world and that I can count only on what I earn. Therefore, I believe in work, hard work.” To me, this means you get as much out of your education as you put into it. The harder you work, the more you can earn far past graduation. Petrie finishes the creed with “And because Auburn men and women believe in these things, I believe in Auburn and love it.” The creed creates the spirit of what Auburn Family embodies.

The Traditions

Once you experience the traditions Auburn has to offer, they will never leave you. From rolling Toomer’s Corner after a big win on Saturday game days to yelling “waaaaaaar eagle hey!” as Nova the Eagle makes her way around Jordan-Hare Stadium. “War Eagle fearless and true – fight on you orange and blue! Go! Go! Go!” will ring through your head as you stop in Toomer’s Drugs, on the corner of College Street and Magnolia Avenue, for a large lemonade. The chants, the seal, the dorms – it is all a part of being in the Auburn Family.

Jordan-Hare Stadium
Jordan-Hare Stadium

The Family

The Auburn Family is made up of all kinds of people – young and old, from all over the United States and across the globe. You never know when or where you’ll hear the familiar greeting of “War Eagle.” You’ll know the feeling of being a part of the Auburn Family when you are getting off a plane in Europe with your Auburn attire on, and that beloved greeting is heard from a complete stranger. You suddenly feel a lot more comfortable with that stranger. You can relate because you are both a part of the Auburn Family.

You do not have to be alumni to be in the Auburn Family – you just have to “believe in a sound mind, in a sound body and a spirit that is not afraid,” like George Petrie included in the creed. It is that spirit that lives in the Auburn Family and continues to spread from one generation to the next.

5 Unlikely Auburn Restaurants with Healthy Options

Life for freshmen is busy, and trying to balance a healthy diet while maintaining a schedule can be hard.  Eating out is inevitable, and it doesn’t have to be unhealthy. Here are five delicious Auburn restaurants that prove you can choose better-for-you dishes at.

Momma Goldberg’s Deli

An Auburn University favorite, which started right here on campus. Although their steamed sandwiches and Dorito nachos are yummy, healthier options are available. Try a ‘Big Momma’

Momma G's
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sandwich with mayo substituted with mustard. If that doesn’t make your mouth water, then try the ‘Cajun Turkey Wrap,’ or the ‘Beef & Cheese’ with mustard instead of mayonnaise.

Moe’s Original BBQ

Moe’s BBQ is known for their barbecue sandwiches and variety of southern side items. Eliminating the bun from your BBQ sandwich can make a healthier meal option. Try the ‘Pulled Pork,’ ‘Smoked Chicken,’ or ‘Smoked Turkey’ plate, which comes without a bun. Side dishes change each day, so be sure to choose a nutritious one. ‘Collard Greens’ and ‘Black Eyed Peas’ frequent the menu, and are conducive to a hearty meal.

Island Wing Company

Many students enjoy Island Wing Company, and it’s a perk for your health that every food item on the menu is baked.  Always choose baked foods over fried foods for a healthier diet. Try the popular ‘Maui Wowwie Mahi’ tacos with a side of seasonal veggies, or ‘Reggae Rice.’ If you aren’t craving tacos, opt for the ‘Fire Grilled Tenders’ tossed in your choice of sauce/spices.

Big Blue Bagel and Deli

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Big Blue Bagel and Deli is a must try breakfast and lunch stop for Auburn students. A variety of bagel and cream cheese options are available, along with different sandwich types. When choosing a bagel, stick to low-fat options, such as the ‘Multigrain’ bagel. Low-fat cream cheese is the perfect pick for the bagel. If that is not filling enough, try the ‘Egg Bagel Sandwich’ or the burrito with egg, cheese and salsa only.


A classic restaurant option when craving all things pizza. Although this isn’t anyone’s first pick for healthier options, there are a few menu items that might surprise you. If you aren’t feeling super hungry, try the pretzels on the appetizer menu, but order with no butter. The cheese pizza is always delicious, but for the healthiest option, go for the ‘Mega Veggie Pizza.’

It’s important not to stress too much about the foods you eat, but substituting healthy items into your diet will help you in the long run. Enjoy the five Auburn restaurants mentioned, and War Eagle!

Making Involvement Easier for Freshmen

New friends, new classes, new environment – a whole bunch of new experiences. Life for incoming freshmen is hard, and juggling a social, academic and sleep schedule is even harder. One thing that doesn’t have to be hard is getting involved right here on Auburn’s campus.

Elise Mann
Elise Mann in her involvement picture.

Many students find their niche at Auburn University through their involvement, but many freshmen don’t know where to begin. Elise Mann, a senior in biomedical sciences at Auburn University, is a former Involvement Ambassador and an all-around involved student.

As an Involvement Ambassador, I encouraged student involvement and aided student organizations by providing resources such as personal consultations during office hours and hosting training workshops,” said Mann. Given all the resources Involvement Ambassadors provide, freshmen can easily set up an appointment. Through the appointment,  one can gain the information they need to find involvement opportunities personalized to their interests, abilities and availability.

Elise and her fellow ambassadors are trying to change something. Not as many freshmen are involved on campus compared to upperclassmen.

Byerly Wilson, a freshman at Auburn University from Birmingham, AL, finds it hard to make time for involvement. “I don’t want to be involved in everything that Auburn offers because I want to be able to have time to study and do well in my classes – as well as time for myself to just de-stress from my classes or sorority events or anything I’m feeling stressed about,” said Wilson.

Many freshmen share Wilson’s feelings about being overwhelmed by the new responsibilities of their new found independent life. So, they often wait to get involved. “I believe that freshmen often wait to become involved because they are adjusting during their first year at college. I find that freshmen value becoming involved, but often push it off until their sophomore, junior, or even senior year,” said Mann.

Getting involved freshmen year can be helpful because it transitions students at an opportune time. You are able to make connections early on. “It is important for freshmen to become involved because beginning involvement early can lead to an opportunity for leadership in the future.

Involvement Ambassadors
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“Early involvement also allows you to stick with an organization for a longer period of time, which provides an opportunity for fellowship with faculty and other members,” said Mann. “I also believe that is particularly important for freshmen to become involved because an organization can provide students with a group of individuals to lean on during times of stress and adjustment to college.”

With over 500 organizations on Auburn’s campus, there is an involvement opportunity for everyone. Guidance is important throughout this process and Involvement Ambassadors are there to help.

No matter what, it’s important for freshmen to “focus their involvement in areas that they are passionate about,” said Mann. “Do not become involved in something for the sake of another bullet point on a resume.”

Social Media Release: CMA Fest 2017

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May 1, 2017




Listen to your favorite country artists perform in the Nissan Stadium located in Nashville, Tennessee. Up-and-coming artists will also be set to perform across various stages in Downtown Nashville. The event is held June 8-11, 2017 and will be hosted by Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini. The Nissan Stadium will host country music artists such as Cole Swindell, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and many more.



The CMA Music Festival is held annually for one weekend during the summer. Country fans from all over the nation gather in Nashville to hear country music artists perform over the course of the weekend. There are multiple stages across downtown during the day where up-and-coming artists perform. A-list country music artists perform in the Nissan Stadium during the evening hours. It is a festival that continues to draw in many concert-goers each year with optimal success.



  • Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster.
  • Average ticket prices for a four-day pass is $800+.
  • XFINITY Fan Fair X tickets are available for artist meet & greets, celebrity Q&A and more.
  • Festival passes must be worn inside the Nissan Stadium.
  • All ages are welcome, and children two and younger are admitted free into Nissan Stadium.
  • Alcoholic beverages may be purchased inside the stadium by those 21 years old and up.
  • Services for guests with disabilities are available.
  • Re-Entry is not permitted for concerts in the Nissan Stadium.
  • Nissan Stadium follows NFL Public Safety guidelines when permitting bags. Clear bags are permitted.



  • “I could not be more honored to be hosting CMA Fest this year,” said country artist Thomas Rhett. “There are some amazing artists set to perform this year.”
  • “My favorite part of CMA Fest is attending concerts all day long,” said Lori Gillum. “The smaller concerts across downtown are where I find my new favorite artists.”
  • “This is my third year attending CMA Fest,” said Elizabeth Jones. “I’m excited to do the Fan Fair X this year to meet the big artists!”



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Thomas Rhett performs at LP Field on Saturday, June 10 during the 2017 CMA Music Festival in downtown Nashville.

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6 Celebrities That Were Enrolled at Auburn University

Before these six Auburn celebrities became the well-known celebrities that they are today, they attended Auburn University at some point during their education. It is no wonder that Auburn University is a special place, and these celebrities knew that too.

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Lionel Richie
After graduating from Tuskegee University, Lionel Richie chose to attend Auburn University for a period of time. Growing up in Tuskegee, Alabama, Richie was not far from Auburn’s campus, so it’s no wonder he wanted to pursue his education here.

Tim Cook
Before becoming the CEO of Apple in 2011, Tim Cook was getting his education from Auburn. Cook is from Robertsdale, Alabama, and decided to earn his BA in Industrial Engineering from Auburn. He graduated in 1982 and is still an avid Auburn Tigers fan. Cook can be seen in advertisements supporting Auburn’s football

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team to this day.

Cam Newton
Cam Newton led the Auburn Tigers to the 2010 National Championship title before he went on the play NFL football for the Carolina Panthers. Newton is loved around Auburn’s campus and came back to graduate from Auburn after he was finished playing football at Auburn. There is a statue of Newton outside of Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Jimmy Buffett via Southern Living

Jimmy Buffett
The famous singer and guitar player attended Auburn University for his first year of college. He was in Sigma Pi fraternity, and it is said that he learned to play guitar at Auburn. Jimmy Buffett went on to graduate from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1969, but it is said that Buffett failed out of Auburn because he “was unable to balance his newfound interests in music and girls with his college classes and failed out of Auburn in April 1966,” according to

Octavia Spencer
Now an award-winning actress, Octavia Spencer’s roots are in Alabama. Raised in Montgomery, Alabama, Spencer chose to attend Auburn University.

Octavia Spencer via List Challenges

She graduated in 1994 after studying English and Theater Arts. Spencer loves Auburn University and often talks about her Alma Mater in various interviews. Spencer is best known for her roles in The Help and Hidden Figures.

Charles Barkley
Charles Barkley is a famous basketball and football player, and he was at the start of his sports career at Auburn. Barkley played basketball at Auburn for three years before being drafted into the NBA. Charles Barkley is a huge Auburn fan and is active with the University often. Auburn just recently put up a statue to honor him.

I hope you were able to learn about an Auburn University attendee that you did not know about before. War Eagle!