Growing up in the small town of Osage Beach, Missouri, I spent a majority of my time at practice or on the lake. I wouldn’t change my small town roots for anything, but I was ready for a change. I’d lived in Missouri my whole life, but I knew college would be the perfect opportunity to branch out from my comfort zone. So, I took advantage of the opportunity and went 11 hours south because, honestly, I was tired of the snow.
Lucky for me, my family also moved South, only to Madison, Mississippi. Instead of driving 11 hours home, now it’s only 5 hours to see my mom, dad, 16-year-old sister and my pup, Bruzer.
I love pizza, music festivals, meeting new people, and most of all, traveling. Going to Auburn gave me the confidence I never thought I’d have. Summer of 2014 I studied abroad through an outside program, API, in Barcelona, Spain with not a single person I knew. I always had a passion for traveling, and that summer in Spain only confirmed that I had a serious wanderlust problem. The following summer, the Auburn School of Business offered an internship in Rome, Italy and, given my wanderlust problem and my need for an internship, that was my cure.
Although seeing the world and experiencing what different countries had to offer is in itself an amazing experience, traveling broadened my horizons and taught me how to survive when communication, or lack of, is difficult. Oh, and that Google Maps is a serious lifesaver.
I went to Auburn not knowing a single person, and I’m graduating with more friends than I ever thought imaginable. Auburn has not only prepared me for a successful career ahead, but has also taught me that when you devote yourself to your goals and what you love, some great friendships, experiences, and opportunities are bound to happen.