YOU NEED TO KNOW: Lauren Cline
Meet Lauren Cline, the academic adviser for the College of Agriculture. She graduated from Auburn in 2010 with a degree in agricultural business and economics, and after completing her master’s at Texas A&M in agricultural leadership, education and communication, decided to come back to Auburn. She now assists with academic advising, which is one of her favorite parts of her job. The Central Florida native grew up in and around her family’s produce and perishable products logistics business. Cline currently lives in Opelika with her husband, Chad, and their 10-month-old son, Wilkinson.
What drew you to the College of Agriculture?
Although I grew up in Florida, my family was rooted in Alabama and agriculture, and I knew from a young age that I wanted to be an Auburn Tiger. I would visit for football games every year and dream about being a student on campus. When it finally came time to apply to colleges, I always had my eyes set on Auburn and fell in love with the College of Agriculture. Knowing I wanted a career in the agricultural industry, I loved the family and community of the College of Agriculture. There were so many ways to plug in, learn about innovative research in the industry and develop my leadership and career skills. I am proud to say that I am a fourth-generation Auburn University graduate! I never could have imagined I would have the opportunity to continue my career path at Auburn doing what I love most – inspiring and educating students in the agricultural industry.
What advice do you have for students looking to attend Auburn University and the College of Agriculture?
Take the time to get to know faculty and staff members in the College of Agriculture. My faculty adviser, the late Bill Hardy, had a huge impact on my college experience and actually helped me discover my passion, not only for agriculture, but higher education. I will always cherish the mentoring I received from Dr. Hardy. Faculty have so much to offer students – from career advice to life lessons. I always encourage students to take the time to talk with faculty about more than just their class schedule! Additionally, I would tell students to find as many ways as they can to gain work experience. Whether it is a part-time job on campus or a summer internship, every experience you have will help shape your career skills and employability down the road. Challenge yourself daily; if it seems tough or out of your comfort zone, then it’s a sign you need to tackle the task. You never know how God will use that experience to prepare you for a position or task later on.
What is your favorite part of your job?
I love having the opportunity to mentor students during their college career. Just the other day I had a student run into my office shouting she had received a job offer three months before graduation! I have been meeting with this student since I started working here to discuss course selection, internships and job applications. To witness students achieving their professional goals is what makes my job completely worth it. I also love that I am working with students who are pursuing careers in an industry I am so passionate about. I love engaging with students on topics that impact society directly and knowing they are positively influencing the agricultural industry.
What does a typical day in the office look like for you?
No day is ever the same! Some days I am meeting with undergraduate students back-to-back, while others I am serving on university-wide committees for undergraduate advising. In addition, I serve as the instructor for our college’s learning community and agricultural leadership courses, so you will also catch me in the classroom about 20% of the time. Teaching and working with students is my passion! To be honest, sometimes I spend more time in the office than I’d like, so you might catch me on a jog around campus during lunch.
What is your favorite Auburn tradition?
I’m not sure if this is considered a tradition, but it is definitely one of my favorite memories as a new student on campus. My first week at Auburn, I was eating lunch between classes on Samford Lawn when, to my surprise, the clock tower began playing our fight song at noon. I remember getting so excited and thinking, “This is why I love this place.” Still to this day, if I am walking by Samford Hall and hear the fight song at noon, a huge smile emerges on my face. I love that my family is rooted in Auburn, and I hope to carry on that tradition!