Auburn has been my home for longer than I can remember, and I’m proud to say that my family is larger and better because of it. The charm of Auburn comes in many different sizes and shapes. For me, it was the beautiful campus, die-hard fan base and the world-class education that convinced me to keep Auburn as my home.
I was raised in the midst of the most hardcore tailgaters of all, the Recreation Vehicle, RV, crowd. My dad owns University Station RV Park right outside of Auburn, and that’s where my love of Auburn starts. Nothing compares to starting a tailgate the Thursday before a big game. The food is only the beginning piece to the puzzle, followed by the camaraderie of your immediate friends and family celebrating Auburn football together. As the time ticks closer and closer to kickoff, the traditions and brotherhood in Auburn are only strengthened from one event to the next. From Tiger Walk, to the Eagle flying overhead, to the fight songs heard on every corner you truly know that the Auburn Family is gathered together for the most joyous of times in the South.
“It's just a special place,” said former Auburn offensive lineman Kendall Simmons. “It's the atmosphere. It's playing for Auburn. I never thought I would think so much of a place. I'm always going to come back here, regardless. This is my home now.”
My love for Auburn goes far beyond football season though. Unlike a lot of secondary education institutions, Auburn goes beyond pure scholastic achievement in their classes. I have been taught how to work hard to be successful, and I’ve had world class instructors teach me the ins and outs of my industry. I think that nothing sums up Auburn University’s teaching policy quite like the Auburn Creed.
“I believe in my Country, because it is a land of freedom and because it is my own home, and that I can best serve that country by ‘doing justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with my God.’ And because Auburn men and women believe in these things, I believe in Auburn and love it.” - An excerpt from the Auburn Creed as written by George Petrie, Auburn’s first football coach.
The Auburn Family is referred to all the time, but what is it really? It’s the common bond that we all share being Auburn fans and graduates. It’s that X factor of brotherhood and understanding. We all feel the joy of beating Alabama or Georgia, and we all know the struggle of fighting for that A in a class. We all watched as our beloved trees were taken from us, but we were all able to overcome that trial as a family. The Auburn Family is ultimately the biggest appeal of Auburn. In a world with evil on every corner, it’s comforting to be a part of a winning organization that realizes that the best things in life come with an orange and blue bow on top.
Auburn has been and will continue to be the most important place in my heart. It’s where I was born, raised, and ultimately grew into the person I am today. Without the support of the Auburn Family I don’t know where I would be today, but I’m certainly better off for it and I’ll certainly be back. War Eagle.
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