War Eagle Words Student News

 

February 2015

YOU NEED TO KNOW: Student Services Team

Interview BY Harlan bailey, Sophomore/AGRICULTURAL economics

StuServ

From left, Megan Ross, Satrina Kelley-Jordan and Amanda Martin

At some point in your years as an Auburn Ag undergrad, you will need to know the staff of the college’s student services office. They handle everything from student recruitment to internship placement to student advising, and they’re three of the nicest people you’ll meet. 


Megan Ross

Why Auburn:

Well…I actually graduated from the College of Business at Auburn. When my husband and I moved back to the Auburn area, I applied for a job in the College of Agriculture. Eight years later I’m still here and have loved being a part of this college.

Advice for students:

No matter where you go to school, you need take advantage of many opportunities to learn, outside and inside the classroom. We offer many professional development opportunities, ranging from internships to undergraduate research fellowships and from mentoring programs to study abroad trips. We want to see our students be successful in their careers!

Favorite Auburn tradition:

One of the best things about Auburn is saying “War Eagle!”

Favorite spot on Ag Hill:

I am biased, but I love Comer Hall and in particular, the Student Services Office. It’s always fun to have students coming through my office just stopping by to chat about life. 


Satrina Kelley-Jordan

Why Auburn:

I was drawn to Auburn University and the College of Agriculture by the great reputation that both have, and I knew that if I could be employed by the university and get connected into the College of Agriculture, I would have a wonderful experience!

Advice for students:
Explore our departments to make sure that the major you choose is what you truly would like to do as a career.  I would encourage you to choose something that you would be passionate enough to spend the rest of your life doing.  Also, take advantage of any internships that are available in the major you choose, as this will help in choosing, maintaining or redefining your career path.

Favorite Auburn tradition:

My favorite Auburn tradition is when the football team wins and downtown Auburn is rolled with toilet paper! It’s a great tradition! 

Favorite spot on Ag Hill:

My favorite building on Ag Hill is Comer Hall, which houses some of the best people on the Auburn campus!


Amanda Martin

Why Auburn:

I grew up in southern Illinois in a small town of 250 people. I honestly did not have any idea what to do after high school, but fortunately, I was blessed with an amazing agriscience teacher who pushed me to apply to college. As a first generation college student, I relied heavily on the support of the staff in my college’s student services office – they truly made all the difference in my life. The support and guidance I received from the staff and faculty helped me direct my own career in student services and develop the passion for helping other students find their way. This is what led me to Auburn University! I applied for a job in the poultry science department, was selected to interview and during my first ever visit to Alabama and Auburn University, I knew this is where I needed to be. I am truly honored to work for such a prestigious institution and to now be a part of the Student Services team with Dr. Paul Patterson.

Advice for students: 

Get to know the faculty and staff in your college; they are there to help you succeed! The faculty and staff I met during my college career helped me immensely and I developed many friendships from building these relationships. Also, don’t rush! I wish I had taken advantage of the experiences and opportunities provided through my college. College is a time for you to develop personally and professionally; take advantage of those opportunities! The College of Agriculture at Auburn University has some of the most welcoming and genuine faculty and staff. We make all of our students feel like they are part of our family. 

Favorite Auburn tradition:

My favorite Auburn tradition by far is the eagle flying in the stadium before football games. There is no other collegiate tradition like it! I would say the most exciting moment so far has been the 2013 Iron Bowl…it just goes to show that every second counts! Outside of athletics, another exciting moment was when we hit record numbers for enrollment in the College of Agriculture in fall of 2014. The hard work, dedication and time we’ve invested in the recruitment program is paying off!  

Favorite spot on Ag Hill:
Ag Heritage Park. Thought it’s not technically on Ag Hill, it is a beautiful place to watch an Auburn sunset by the pond.


Harlan Bailey is a sophomore studying agricultural economics and is originally from Birmingham. Although he didn’t grow up an Auburn fan, he fell in love with Auburn the moment he stepped on campus. Harlan is involved in SGA, AUMerge, BSU, Ag Ambassadors and works in the Student Services Office.