A student’s first year at Auburn University is a once in a lifetime experience. It shapes his or her Auburn career – friends are made, organizations are joined and traditions are learned. Though most of these things are figured out by the student, it is the guidance from the First Year Experience office that leads students to become a true member of the Auburn Family.
The First Year Experience office is located in 189 Foy Hall. The staff and students who work in the office coordinate many programs, including Camp War Eagle, Successfully Orienting Students, Tau Sigma transfer honor society, and the Transfer Student Organization. The office is also involved with putting on first year seminars and organizing learning communities.
Taylor Kamin, one of the Assistant Directors of the First Year Experience Office, says that her favorite part about working with incoming students is seeing their joy and excitement about becoming a part of the Auburn Family and learning about the spirit and traditions of Auburn.
“Sometimes they’ve been waiting a long time to come to Auburn, and sometimes they’ve just found out about Auburn – but they’re coming here and they’re ready and excited to join the family,” said Kamin.
Older students who want to work with incoming freshmen and transfer students can become involved with the First Year Experience office by applying to be Camp War Eagle Camp Counselors or Parent Counselors and SOS Orientation Leaders.
“Students will learn how to lead a small group session and really connect with the students that are coming in,” said Kamin. Camp War Eagle is held during the summer, and SOS sessions are primarily during the school year. Applications for each position are currently out, and interviews will be held in Foy 189 over the next two weeks.
Those who work with incoming students, both staff and current students alike, love their jobs and bringing Auburn into the lives of so many people. “When they [incoming students] see that getting a degree from Auburn University is a reality, that’s a very rewarding part of the job,” said Mark Armstrong, Director of the First Year Experience Office.
One tip Armstrong has for incoming students who are interested in Auburn is to take a tour of the university – get a feel for Auburn and all that it has to offer. Schools can send postcards, brochures and other items to give students a feel for the university, but the Auburn First Year Experience office offers incoming students the perfect gateway into becoming a member of the Auburn Family.