YOU NEED TO KNOW: Megan Ross
Meet Megan Ross, the Student Development and Programs coordinator for the College of Agriculture. The Monroeville, Alabama, native graduated from Auburn in 2001 with a degree in human resource management. She and her husband, Chris, whom she married in 2003, moved to Johnson, Tennessee, so he could attend seminary. While there, she worked as an administrative assistant for the seminary school in the admissions office. They moved back to Auburn in 2006, following her husband’s graduation. In her spare time, Ross chases her 2-year-old son, Rabe, who keeps her and her husband on their toes.
What drew you to the College of Agriculture?
In the summer of 2006, my husband and I were moving back to the Auburn area so he could attend graduate school. I saw the job opening in the college, interviewed, got offered the job, and here I am 10 years later. I haven’t regretted it once! The faculty, staff and students exemplify what it means to be a part of the Auburn family.
What advice do you have for students looking to attend Auburn University and the College of Agriculture?
Don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone. I am a natural introvert and would most times prefer to be the “wallflower” in the room, but I’ve learned that most of my successes in life come from stepping out and doing something that just doesn’t come naturally. I believe it’s in those moments that you really figure just who you are!
What is your favorite part of your job?
The students. It is such an honor to be a part of their collegiate journey. Being able to help students find their passion is pretty awesome. Our students each have their own individual story and are so passionate about the industry, it’s fun to be able to watch them grow!
What is your favorite Auburn tradition?
From growing up tailgating close to Haley Center, to singing the Alma Mater at football games, it’s hard to choose just one. It’s really great being a part of the Auburn family.
How can students receive information on possible career and internship opportunities?
There are many ways to learn more about career and internship opportunities. I send out a bi-weekly email (Find Your Career) that lists opportunities that have been passed along to me. We also post on our Student Services Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/AuburnAgServices#!/AuburnAgServices) different companies students can look at. I tell students to get involved in clubs, join the Ag Alumni Mentoring Program, and/or attend career fairs. I can’t stress enough how important it is for students to build their network. Sometimes having that connection really goes a long way in getting your foot in the door.