Camp War Eagle is a fundamental part of entering freshmen year at Auburn University. However, transfer students don’t have the opportunity to experience this rite of passage that allows incoming freshmen to learn about Auburn’s policies and traditions and to get oriented to the school.
Successfully Orienting Students, or SOS, gives transfer students the chance to experience Camp War Eagle in a different setting.
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“SOS is a program that offers transfer students a time to get acquainted and understand Auburn,” explains Megan Miller, an orientation leader for SOS. “They’re coming to a new school and they didn’t have an opportunity to go to Camp War Eagle so SOS is an opportunity for us to orientate the students so that they understand Auburn’s policies and everything, and to feel comfortable at Auburn.”
Miller is a senior at Auburn with a major in art and a minor in psychology, and has been involved with SOS for almost a year. She always wanted to be a Camp War Eagle counselor, but couldn’t because the program is during the summer. When Miller heard about SOS and learned the programs are during the school year, she immediately picked up an application.
“I wanted to give back to Auburn because it has done so many wonderful things for me, and to be able to serve my school has just been a fantastic opportunity,” she says.
SOS has two programs throughout the year, one in the fall and one in the spring, which highlight university services, academic advisors and other elements of college life at Auburn. Orientation leaders, who are upper-class students, lead the programs.
Miller explains the time commitment is about three hours a week where orientation leaders get to know each other and learn about Auburn facts, history and everything else they will teach transfer students during the programs. She says the meetings are fun and a great time to get to know each other.
Applications to be an orientation leader for the fall 2012 program are out now. Students can pick up an application in Foy, Room 189. The application is only two pages and asks about GPA and other general information, and includes a short summary about why you want to be involved with SOS. There is also a two-part interview process, with the first part being a group interview and the second part an individual interview.
Miller encourages students to try out to be a part of such a great experience, concluding with, “My favorite part of SOS has been getting to meet these new people that I would have never gotten to meet – people on campus who aren’t necessary involved in all of the same things I am or in my major. I hope that everyone comes by and picks up an application!”