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Five reasons why Auburn University is the best college in Alabama

Two years ago I made the best decision of my life and transferred to Auburn University. Where from you may ask? The University of Alabama. Being from Alabama, I know the rivalry runs deep between the two schools but once I visited Auburn, I knew where I belonged. 

My transfer had nothing to do with who I knew at Auburn or the fact that it was further from home. What drew me in was the small town charm, the beautiful campus and all of the things Auburn has to offer. 

If you're in a position right now where you're contemplating between Auburn and Alabama...let me help clear up that decision for you. 

There are so many things to love about Auburn, but I narrowed it down to my top five favorites.

1. The Haley Concourse

I still remember visiting Auburn for the first time and walking down the concourse. I immediately felt the feeling of family and togetherness. If you want to get involved, visit the Concourse on any given day and you can sign up for a club, learn about an event happening on campus or even get free candy (this is a very common thing).  

At Auburn, it's easy to get involved and feel like you're getting the most out of your college experience. 

2. Samford Lawn 

I know Alabama has the Quad, but trust me, it's nothing compared to the beauty that is Samford Lawn. The big, open grass field is perfect for frisbee, picnicking or just taking a break in between classes. The beautiful trees that surround it are a great place for students to set up their Enos and study. Not to mention, you have a great backdrop for pictures and Samford has its very own Snapchat filter!

Not only do beautiful trees cover the Samford Lawn, they also cover the campus. Hayley Hydrick, a senior at Auburn, said, "I like how many trees there are because during Spring and Summer time the campus is very green."

3. Great On-Campus Food Options

If you love good, cheap food Auburn's campus is just the place for you. Whether you want something healthy or just want to grab fast food, the dining at Auburn has something for everyone. Hydrick said that one of her favorite things about Auburn's campus is the food and "the Panda Express on campus has the best orange chicken out of any Panda Express." 

Auburn may have a big campus, but the food is always easily assessable anywhere on campus. Even if you want Jimmy Johns at 2:00 a.m. when you're stuck in the library studying for a big test, they'll deliver it to you.

4. Crosswalk Central 

Auburn is a small town and you can walk almost anywhere you need to go. Both Downtown Auburn and Auburn's campus are accommodating to pedestrians.

Katy Reynolds, a senior at Auburn, said she likes that, "campus is very pedestrian friendly by not allowing cars on campus."

By not allowing cars on campus, it is easier and safer for students that are walking to their classes. 

5. Downtown Auburn

I would have to say that I have saved the best for last. Downtown Auburn captures you immediately once you pull into Auburn. From restaurants to shopping, to bars Downtown Auburn has it all. The best part about Downtown Auburn is that it is basically a part of the campus. It has great lunch and dinner spots fo students to go in between or after classes. 

Downtown is also home to the famous Toomer's Oaks. Although the original ones are gone, the two new ones are just as fun to roll when something great in Auburn happens. 


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