YOU NEED TO KNOW: Michelle Bufkin
Meet Michelle Bufkin, the student recruiter coordinator for the College of Agriculture. A 2016 graduate in agriculture communications, Bufkin grew up in Autaugaville, Alabama, where her family owns timberland and a small cattle operation. She originally came to Auburn for veterinarian medicine, but decided agricultural communications best fit her passion for the agriculture industry. In her spare time, Bufkin enjoys spending time with her horse here in Auburn and freelance writing and photography. She also loves driving around rural Lee County, enjoying the beautiful scenery.
What drew you to the College of Agriculture?
Honestly, it was the allure of vet school. Growing up, I had wanted to be a veterinarian, and I knew Auburn was a great way to achieve that. Once I got here, I fell in love with Auburn and the agriculture industry! I felt at home from the first time I stepped on campus, and the family atmosphere is one of my favorite things about Auburn.
What advice do you have for students looking to attend Auburn University and the College of Agriculture?
It’s all right to not have your life figured out by age 18! Some of us still don’t have our lives figured out. Once students realize this, they are much less stressed, they can find a problem they want to solve in the world and focus on that. That will help them find their career and, most importantly, their passion. Keep an open mind, especially about majors and interests. It’s all right for these to change. I am proof of that.
What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is that I get to interact with and (hopefully) influence the next generation of the agriculture industry. Agriculture is my true passion, so seeing students who are passionate about it inspires me every day. I also love telling students about all of the different opportunities within the agriculture industry and the college. Mainly, I enjoy shaping and teaching students about future careers in agriculture.
What is your favorite Auburn tradition?
It is hard to pick a favorite Auburn tradition, especially as a recent alumna. I love them all! They are what make Auburn unique. But I think my absolute favorite is singing the alma mater after football games. In all four years of my college career, I never left a football game early. I always stayed, locked arms with fellow students and sang our alma mater. There is just something about singing with 87,451 of your best friends. It has come to mean so much to me, especially when we did the same thing at graduation.