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September 2015

YOU NEED TO KNOW: Marlee Moore and Emma Williams

BY Ellie isbell, JUNIOR/AGRICULTURAL COMMUNICATIONS

Marlee and EmmaThe College of Agriculture Student Services Office works tirelessly year round to ensure Auburn agriculture students have the best college experience possible. This could not be done without the help of two important student workers, Marlee Moore and Emma Williams.

Marlee is a senior in agricultural communications originally from Thomasville, Alabama. Marlee serves as the Ag Ambassador education chair and assistant student recruitment coordinator for student services. Last year she worked in the College of Ag’s Office of Communications and Marketing, and this summer she interned with the Alabama Farmers Federation’s communications team. Marlee will graduate in the spring and intends to work for an agribusiness’s communications department.

What drew you to Auburn University and the College of Agriculture?

I was born an Auburn girl. My parents are 1992 Auburn alums, so my college of choice was obvious – so obvious that I only applied to Auburn. It’s cliché, but Auburn is a family, and that’s what drew me to the College of Agriculture. The people here are the nicest folks on the planet and do an incredible work. I’ve found my best friends in the College of Agriculture and wouldn’t change any of the last three years for the world.

What is your favorite part about working in the student services office?

The people! I love meeting prospective students and finding out about what drew them to agriculture. I also love my coworkers. They make a rigorous job fun. We have a great work environment in Comer 103.

What is the greatest opportunity you have received through the College of Agriculture?

Becoming an Ag Ambassador was the greatest opportunity I ever could have asked for. I interviewed for Ambassadors at the end of my freshman year, and I’m in this position today because of that organization. Connections I made through Ag Ambassadors put me in line for my past work position with the college and for this job. Those connections also led to my internship with the Alabama Farmers Federation. Ambassadors has given me my nearest and dearest friends – friends who will evolve into colleagues. I’m not even being dramatic when I say Ag Ambassadors changed my life.

What advice would you give to current Auburn agriculture students or incoming freshmen?

Don’t be afraid to be yourself! Be genuine in everything you do and to everyone you meet.


 

Emma Williams is a senior in food science originally from Roswell, Georgia. Emma serves as the Ag Ambassador vice president, the alumni relations chair for Ag Council, the assistant alumni relations coordinator for student services and interned with Tyson Foods this summer. Emma will also graduate this coming spring.

What drew you to Auburn University and the College of Agriculture?

In high school as I was looking for a college, I knew I wanted to major in food science but this limited my options of schools. I told my mom I wanted to go visit a school and she decided we should stop at Auburn on our way. I had never thought about coming to Auburn, but I went along with it. The day I came to visit campus was the perfect fall day, and the minute I walked on campus it felt right. It was confirmed even more when later that afternoon I met with Amanda Martin (student services coordinator). She made me feel so welcomed and wanted; I knew that I could call the College of Agriculture my home, and I have never regretted this decision!

What is your favorite part about working in the student services office?

This is my first semester working for the college, and it has been a great decision. I get the opportunity to work with so many different people and be an integral part in planning large events the college puts on. However, my favorite part of the job is getting to meet prospective students when they come into the office. The student services office was a major part of me coming to Auburn, and I hope I can help other students envision their future at Auburn. 

What is the greatest opportunity you have received through the College of Agriculture?

The past three years in the college have provided countless opportunities for me to grow as an individual that I will forever be grateful for. The greatest opportunity is all the people I get to meet along the way. I have had the opportunity to work with alumni, donors, prospective students, professors, industry representatives and so many others. Each person I meet teaches me something different- from how to handle a situation to new research being done in their field. I could never express how grateful I am to the College of Agriculture for the knowledge and experiences it has given me.

What advice would you give to current Auburn agriculture students or incoming freshmen?

Take advantage of every opportunity the college and university offer. This is your time to grow and learn everything you can before you have to face the world. We, as students, are given so many resources to prepare ourselves. Don’t take these resources for granted; when we graduate we will not have this support system behind us, so utilize it now.