Auburn Junior, Lauren Bowen is a busy girl. Between juggling her Biomedical Sciences courses and her numerous extra curricular activities, she has found a unique way to give back to the community that has given her so much.
For the past three years Bowen has participated in the Auburn University S.G.A.’s community service project Big Event. The Big Event is a one-day community service project where Auburn students come out in masses to give back to the Auburn-Opelika community. The Big Event is “a small token of our appreciation to the entire city,” Bowen says.
On the day of Big Event volunteers gather for a kick-off breakfast, meet with their team captains and are assigned a project coordinator. Then the volunteers travel to their job sites where they find the necessary tools and a job description. They work from 9am-2pm and then their work is done.
Bowen’s experience with Big Event over the years inspired her to reach out to others so that they could become inspired to give back to the Auburn Community. This year Bowen is serving as an assistant director of expansion. “My main task was to come up with local high schools and get them involved in their own BIG Event. This would help students develop leadership skills and see how rewarding volunteering and giving back can be in their own communities,” Bowen says of her role in this year’s event.
Participating in the Big Event has been a life changing experience for Bowen. “Being involved with Big Event has shown me a lot about myself and the people I go to school with. I never thought it would feel so rewarding to participate in something that lasts about four hours on one day in the spring. It's shown me that I really want to give back to people and make a difference in their lives in the future,” Bowen says.
Bowen encourages all students to get involved in Big Event to show their “support and love to the Auburn community.” “One of our slogans is to ‘share the thanks’ and that’s exactly what we do on the day of the Big Event,” Bowen says. I challenge each and every one of you to go out and “share the thanks.”