Graduation is just a few days away and I sit here thinking about how fast the time has gone by. These past two years at Auburn have been some of the most rewarding and exciting years of my life. Walking the halls with Cam Newton, experiencing the 2014 snowpocalypse and finding out that every second counts are just a few of the things that have made my Auburn experience an unforgettable one. I’ve learned a lot since I first came to Auburn so here is some advice on making sure your experience is a memorable one….
1. Take more risks.
And no, I don’t mean taking risks as in putting yourself in danger but you do need to take advantage of every moment because it will fly by faster than you think. When I first came to Auburn I was shy and while I wanted to join several organizations, I kept talking myself out of it. I’ve broken out of my shell more now but I missed out on some great opportunities. If I could go back, I would have gotten more involved right away instead of being too scared to try something new.
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” -Wayne Gretzky
2. Surround yourself with good people.
One mistake I think a lot of college kids make is getting into the wrong crowd when they move off to college. Fortunately, I have a great group of friends who I can depend on and I know will always be there for me. But if your “friends” pressure you into doing something you don’t want to do and then make fun of you because you won’t do it, then they aren’t your real friends. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.” Well this couldn’t be more true. Surround yourself with people who are going to lift you up, not bring you down.
3. Stay positive.
When life gets crazy and you feel overwhelmed, it’s easy to have a negative attitude about everything. Most of the time, what we are going through could be so much worse. Be thankful for what you do have and try to stay positive. If you fail your mid-term, don’t worry; there is still plenty of time to bring your grade back up. Having a negative attitude will only make things worse. Go talk to your professors because they will most likely be more than willing to help you. You just have to ask. And one thing to remember….just RELAX. Everything will be OK and and life will go on.
“You can turn off the sun, but I’m still gonna shine.”- Remedy by Jason Mraz.
4. Be on top of your game.
I know you have probably heard people say, “don’t procrastinate.” Well this is so true. I had to learn this the hard way and luckily I have somewhat figured it out because once you hit senior year, everything speeds up about 10x faster. You’ll think, “oh I still have a month to write my 10-page paper,” and before you know it, here you are writing it all the night before. Trust me, invest in a planner and get stuff done ahead of time. You will thank yourself later.
“Procrastination is like a credit card: it's a lot of fun until you get the bill.”- Christopher Parker
5. Experience all that Auburn and Opelika have to offer.
I have lived in Auburn for two years now and there are still so many things I want to do and places I want to see. Make a bucket list of everything you want to do in college… and actually complete it. Auburn and Opelika have so many hidden gems and neat shops to explore. Most of all, never take for granted that you go to one of the most prestigious colleges in the nation. There is no place like Auburn. Also, take advantage of the free services offered on campus. The Career Center will go out of their way to help you and working out at the Rec and Wellness Center is free, so why not take advantage of that? Not to mention the fact you can get in to any sports event (except football) for free with your ignited card. There are endless possibilities when it comes to having fun in Auburn.
Lastly, just know that you are a part of one of the greatest families on earth…the Auburn Family! You’ll never feel more at home than you will at Auburn and I hope your experience will be as great as mine was.
It’s sad to say that this may be one of the last things I write as a student at Auburn University. I have loved every minute of my time here on the Plains and hope to be back here someday. Thank you Auburn for all the great memories, I’ll never forget you.
War Eagle Forever,
Mary Beth Sellers
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