The Road the Attorney at Law

In just about every college at Auburn you can find that group of students that are looking to have Attorney at Law written after their name. Some may choose to study Economics, some political science. For senior Morgan Kain, she has chosen to double major in English and Management to prepare her for the road to law school.


“I started off as management because it was a good general business degree. I added the English major because I’ve always enjoyed English and literature. By adding the English major, it will help with analyzing different things.”


Since Kain came to Auburn, she knew that she was going to follow her undergrad degree with a law degree. To get more experience with the way law works, she joined Mock Trial and E-Board. These organizations are designed for students like Kain who have interest in law. Kain heard about Mock Trial through the Pre-Law organization on campus.


Mock Trial is a trail competition team that gives you real life trial experience. There are different roles including attorneys and witnesses. It is a role-play competition where members of Mock Trial team across the south come together to compete.


“It helps you form connections within the law community at Auburn. It allows you to see how to use the law in trial situations. It’s something that you really know how to do until you’re in the situation, so it was cool to be a part of that and see how a courtroom runs. “


Mock Trail is a student-run organization. The team meets three times a week for a bout two hours to practice and prepare for competitions.


“Essentially you given a packet and you have to build a case. You have to be prepared to be on the defendants and the plaintiffs side.”


Another organization that has prepared students like Kain for law is E-Board. The Student Government Association runs this board. It consists of five members, two alternates, the executive board of elections for SGA and the SGA president. It is the ruling body of campaign elections. If a candidate breaks an election law and it is violated, hearings are held by the E-Board. If there are any questions relating to the law of elections, candidates reach out to the board to decide if breaks campaign law. The board is required to stay unbiased during elections, meaning they cannot support any candidate.


“You are able to use the SGA Code of Laws and see how one strict law applies to different situations. It gives you good practice on how to really analyze a situations and make an executive ruling.”


Not only has Auburn given Kain the opportunities to learn through on-campus organizations, it has given her the resources to get internships. There is a political science professor who has connections with law firms and connects students with law firms in the Auburn area. For Kain, she got an internship at a law firm in Opelika. The firm she interned worked as family law practice, and that environment made Kain’s mind up on choosing to pursue family law. Kain received credit at Auburn for the internship. She was required to work 120 hours and write a reflection paper in order to receive credit at Auburn.


“It introduced me to how the firm side of law. It was a good starting point of where I want to go, and gave me a good idea of what family law is. After working with that firm, it made me want to work with family law so it worked out great.”


Kain graduates from Auburn in May 2018 and plans to attend law school starting in the fall of 2018.





Auburn in The Big Apple

For Auburn senior Emily Ann Clemons, a dream of living in New York City was made into a reality. It is easy for young girls to dream of living in New York City and have that perfect job. With a hard work ethic and driven personality, it’s possible.

When she came to Auburn, Clemons was a nursing major. After a hard semester in biology, she decided to switch to Public Relations. She decided PR wasn’t her niche and then decided to switch on the last day of freshman year to Restaurant and Hotel Management. She finally found her fit at the beginning of her sophomore year when she moved to the College of Business as a marketing major.

“I’ve been a marketing major ever since. I love it. I love the College of Business. I think it’s the best college. It has the most resources. The OPCD and the professors are awesome and are there to help you get real-world experience.”

During her freshman year, Clemons knew that she loved to write. After talking with an older girl her sorority, Hannah who was the Editor and Chief, she learned of Odyssey. At the time it was a Greek magazine that also had a digital presence. Clemons worked for the Odyssey for a year before she was asked by Hannah to take over as Editor and Chief. Little did Clemons know at the time, but this would her connection that would take her to the Big Apple.

During Christmas break of sophomore year, Clemons applied for an internship with Odyssey in New York City. She found out at the end of her sophomore year she found out she had been accepted as an intern. During her time in New York, Emily Ann was one of 15 interns. She worked every day on starting up Odyssey at universities around the country that did not have Odyssey. When Clemons returned she worked for Odyssey for a few more months.

Even after a few changes to her major, Clemons was able to find her passion. From the beginning stages of working for Odyssey on Auburn’s campus, to being encouraged in her classes by her professors, Clemons carved a path to success. She plans on taking the experience she has and returning to New York after her May 2018 graduation. Auburn has a strong presence in New York, and Clemons will continue the Auburn tradition of hard work.

Inclusion at Auburn University

For senior Bethany Keel, the Auburn University Special Education Program runs deep. Her mother, a 1988 graduate of the program, inspired her to step into Special Education.


When Keel began at Auburn she was enrolled as a communication disorders major. She joked that by choosing this major she would be able to make more money than her mother. After an introductory to communication disorders class, Keel found that she only enjoyed a portion of the material.


“I took the intro class for communication disorders and the only part I liked was helping people with disabilities. The other part bored me to death and I didn’t care about any of it.”


So, passion beat money in this case. At the beginning of sophomore year Keel changed her major to what she really loved, special education. Keel praises the professors she interacts with in her classes. She mentions that she can go to any of her professors with a question and they are happy to discuss it with her.


“Professors not only teach special education at Auburn but they are all actively involved in the community with people with disabilities. I’ve seen them personally out and about working with people with disabilities which is a cool thing.”


Special education majors have a cool opportunity at Auburn to join an organization that focuses on what they are learning in class. They have a chance develop friendships with members of the community with disabilities through Best Buddies. Auburn is home to the largest chapter of Best Buddies, giving students the opportunity to learn and grow so much through the relationships with the disabled in our community.


“The university does such a good job of communicating with families who have someone in their family with disabilities.”


Keel’s best buddy is Dawn. Through Best Buddies, Keel has had the chance to develop a one-on-one friendship with Dawn. The two friends get to hangout at least once a month and talk on the phone.


Over the past few years a new inclusion program has been in the works through the efforts of current Miss. Auburn, Ashley Moates. The program is called All For Inclusion. This year Keel is serving as the president of the organization. The organization was created to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities onto Auburn’s campus.


Auburn is currently in the works of creating a post-secondary education program. It will provide an education program for adults with disabilities after high school.


“It’s really cool to see that begin in my time at Auburn. I am really excited to see what that turns into.”


Auburn has given Keel and many others a magnitude of opportunities to succeed and be involved with this career path.


“I truly don’t know how it cant be said of other universities how Auburn works so well with inclusion. Being a special education major has allowed be to see how great Auburn is and how Auburn listens to its students and the needs of not only the students but also the Auburn area.”

What is Auburn Forestry?

As most know, once a family has the roots of the Auburn Family it’s hard to break. For senior William Ireland, his kept the Auburn tradition alive in his family. Ireland says he knew since he was five years old would follow in the footsteps of his grandfather.


Ireland is forestry major at Auburn, just like his grandfather was.


“Growing up I was always loved the outdoors. I’ve been involved in outdoor sports since I was a kid. I knew that my grandfather was a forestry major and at a young age I said that’s what I want to do.”


Well, Ireland kept to his word. He came into Auburn with the same major that he will graduate with. One of the biggest parts of the forestry major is a summer spent in Andalusia at the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center. In between sophomore and junior year, forestry majors are required to complete a 10-hour course at this summer camp. The camp lasts for eight weeks.


“They teach us the basics of forestry like GPS, timber cruising, dendrology and surveying. We learned the basics of all those principles. When we came back to school we knew what the professors were talking about.”


Each day at this camp they were awake as the sun was rising. The first task of the day was in a classroom setting. They would go to class for a few hours then head outside. They would be given a project to work on for the afternoon and have it done by dinner. After dinner, the students were either given a test, quiz or required to write a report on their finding for the day.


“Summer camp wasn’t always the most fun place to be because it was a lot of work, it paid off when we got back to school. We learned a lot. My favorite part was probably the food, it was really good.”


This year Ireland said he has one big project he’ll be focusing on. Seniors are put into groups of about three or four members and then assigned a landowner. From there, the group goes to the land for surveying. At the end of the semester they have to create a management plan for the landowner and professors and describe what should and shouldn’t be done to the land.


Ireland will graduate in May 2018. He isn’t sure if he wants to do forestry full time, but he wants to combine forestry with his passion for making and editing videos. Auburn has given him opportunities to expand his knowledge on forestry as well provide opportunities for him to improve his editing skills.

Full-Time Student Doubles as Full-Time Steel City Pops Manager

A move to the South was the beginning of a new life for David Tice. Before his senior year of high school, Tice and his family moved to Birmingham, AL from Pittsburg, PA for his dad’s job. His dad took on a position as the children’s pastor at Brookhills Church in Birmingham. Not only did his dad start a new job, Tice did too.

During his senior year at Oak Mountain High School, Tice met the owner’s son of Steel City Pops. Along with the son, Tice met some other guys who worked at Steel City.

“They all loved it. They loved working there,” mentioned Tice. “So I applied and started working there February of 2014.”

Tice worked at Steel City Pops for one year before he began college. He mentions he came to Auburn because he received scholarship money, and wasn’t about to go to Alabama. He caught word that Steel City Pops was looking to open a store in Auburn. He reached out to his boss and threw out the idea of allowing him to start the store since he would be in Auburn.

“They said yes to letting me open this store which was a surprise to me. I was about 17 or 18 years old at the time and I had worked there for a year. I was really excited.”

The Steel City Pops in downtown Auburn opened in Spring of 2015, giving Tice time to adjust to college his first semester.

“After the first semester, I was just working constantly. Back then I didn’t really know how to manage my time. I was just working all the time.”

A lot of the employees that Tice worked with in Birmingham get to transfer and work at the store in Auburn while they are in school. Tice mentions that is one of the cool things about working at this store, he gets to interact with colleagues he knew from Birmingham and continue those friendships here in Auburn.

Tice is the store manager, which requires him to have a heavier load than most students in a job. He is in charge of scheduling, work a lot of front desk shifts, vending shifts and assist in inventory. Tice is a senior majoring in Psychology He chose this major because it is the most applicable to people. He finds a way every year to manage his schedule between managing a store and working toward his degree. He mentions that he has to miss out on a lot of activities with his friends, but knows it will pay off in the future.

Post-graduation Tice is not exactly sure on where he wants to go, but he is not opposed to continuing his career with Steel City Pops.

“I’d like to go the beach. I’d like to start a store in Destin or something like that. I would kill it down there. Why would I not want to live at the beach?”

Tice has almost two years of management experience under his belt and hasn’t even graduated yet. This is only the beginning for David Tice.

Summer 2017- The Life of Auburn Engineering Student in India

Before entering his senior year, Ryan Sargent took on an internship in a culture many have never seen. As a part of coursework at Auburn, most students are required to complete an internship. As a civil engineering major, Sargent knew that coming in. His first few years at Auburn he began looking at the internship that would best fit him. While in his search, Sargent found the company for him; a company that used engineering as a mission field.

After completing his junior year, Sargent left for Delhi, India to begin working for the organization he had in the back of his mind since freshman year.

“Seeing different cultures is something I’ve gotten to do a little bit of here at Auburn,” said Sargent. “I wanted to translate that to my everyday life. John 14:6 says
Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life and I wanted to move to a place where I could tell people about him.”

After a 14-hour trip across the country, Sargent landed in his temporary home. As he walked out of the airport, he described the feeling as intense.

“So I got off the plane and walked outside and its night time, it’s midnight, and it’s about 39 degrees Celsius which is 98 degrees Fahrenheit. There are about 150-200 people standing around the doors at the airport. I was just following my friend blindly. It’s loud, there are strong smells, and people are just everywhere. All of my senses were heightened to a place they had never been before.”

Sargent had no lack of learning experiences while in Delhi, whether that is through his faith or by his engineering skills. The first three weeks Sargent was working on auto-cad drawings, checking site locations for rainwater, sewage water and also writing up reports that eventually were being turned into the client. His job was to work on a team of civil engineers and architects on the surveying of locations to build a school. After just a few weeks at work, he was given opportunities that most interns wouldn’t see.

When asked how Auburn prepared him for the trip, Sargent referred back to the courses he had taken. He mentioned Auburn taught him about hard work in a lot of classes. He got to use a lot of information from geotechnical class and structures class on the job site.

“One big thing was I learned at Auburn was to write really well. You’re constantly writing reports for labs and they seem meaningless, but when you go to the job market you realize that you’re writing reports daily. You’re sitting there as an engineer and you want to do these math problems but a lot of times its already been done so you have to describe what you’re talking about.”

Auburn not only prepared him for the workplace but also gave him opportunities to learn how to adapt to different cultures before he moved to Delhi. Sargent mentioned he has friends that have shown him how to engage with people from different cultures. He has gotten to engage in diversity through different organizations like international buddy program and being in classes with foreign exchange students.

“I have always welcomed people into my home and I got to translate that to learning how to talk to people who English isn’t their first language. The more I got to learn about their culture, the more I could show them tangibly who Jesus is in a way that they would understand.”

Through the foundations of Auburn, Ryan Sargent was able to take on, and successfully complete the internship of a lifetime.