Noel Eason, senior in The College of Education, knew she would come to Auburn as a small child. She had dreams and would pursue them. Her dreams came true as she became a student here at Auburn in August 2009. She could now come to campus not only as an Auburn fan, but can now call herself an Auburn student.
Eason, now quickly approaching graduation, has had several obstacles that she has had to overcome in order to graduate. The classes she needs haven’t always been offered the semester she needed them or her advisor was out of the country, but she overcame those and is now ready to become an Auburn Alumnus.
Prior to June 2006 Eason’s life plan was to become a physical therapist. These plans quickly changed while she was on a mission trip in Jamaica. While in Jamaica visiting the Hanbury Home Orphanage, Eason noticed the lack of education these children were receiving.
Eason knew that she couldn’t help these kids specifically, but by becoming a teacher in the United States, she could make an impact on the kids here. The kids there had very little access to an education like ours. “America is rich in education, and so many of these children would love the opportunity to go to school in America,” said Eason.
Eason’s after graduation plans are to obtain a job as a secondary English teacher in her hometown of Albertville, Ala. After teaching for a couple of years she plans on attending graduate school and obtaining her reading specialist degree. She may not be able to continue graduate school at Auburn, but it will always be in her heart
After obtaining this degree she looks forward to being able to assist children at a young age with learning how to read or improve their reading skills. Those children will make an impact on Eason as she makes an impact them. “I know every teacher I have come in contact with from elementary school through college has made a definite impact on my life, and I want to do the same.”
As Eason prepares to graduate she wishes new students or current students the best of luck and not to give up. “I know that college is overwhelming. Trying to balance an academic and social life is very difficult, but you need that balance in order to make it through the semesters. My father gave me the best advice before I came to Auburn, so I’ll pass it along; never forget who you are and where you came from. “