A Letter to my Freshman Self

Dear Freshman Self,

The most important thing I learned during my four years at Auburn is to be present. No matter what you’re doing or who you’re with, it’s important to be there, and not just physically, but mentally, and soak in every moment possible. If I could give one piece of advice, it would be to enjoy every moment of your college years and take nothing for granted.

These four years will fly by faster than you know it and before long you’ll be graduating in the blink of an eye. Make as many friends as possible, make good grades, be involved and be content. While it’s important to make good grades, it’s also important to not overlook the friendships being developed in college. Something I heard my sophomore year that I found to be so true, is it’s not about the grades you make, but the hands you shake. Your best memories of college won’t be made pulling all-nighters in the library, they’ll be made hanging out with friends and cherishing those relationships.


It’s hard to narrow down the memories I’ve made at Auburn to some of my favorites, but I’ve tried my best. To begin with, as cheesy, fake and hard as rush was, I made so many friendships throughout the process that have lasted me my entire college career, and because of that, it will forever be one of my favorite memories. Secondly, Auburn football games. That in itself is hard to sum up, but go to as many games as possible, travel to away games with friends and really get into the school spirit that Auburn has to offer, because it’s one unlike any other. Lastly, some of my best times I’ve had at Auburn have been weekends in the spring when there’s not much to do so we just get a huge group of friends and have a bonfire or go bowling or even go sing karaoke. These weekends I will forever cherish because these are the times I found my true friends.


There’s not much I would want to do over at Auburn, besides maybe that D I made in my history class. Besides that, I can honestly say I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all four years at Auburn and while I’ve made mistakes that would be nice to take back, it’s all part of a learning and growing experience. I think mistakes are an important part of everyone’s college career because this is the time when you grow into the person who you’re supposed to be.

While I wish I could turn back a clock and go back to freshman year, I know I have to move on to bigger and better things. However, Auburn will always hold a special place in my heart because I grew into who I am as a person on the loveliest village on the plains. So how do I sum up the best four years of my life into a simple blog post to my freshman self? I think there’s only one thing to say, War Damn Eagle!


You senior self

How to Have a Successful Spring Break Using a Public Relations Plan

There’s always a lot of hype built up for spring break, but how do you make it the best spring break ever? Especially if it’s your last one. By using a public relations plan and laying out goals, objectives, strategies, tactics and evaluating it at the end, you can make this spring break a memorable one for years to come.

Depending on what kind of spring break you are going on, your public relations plan may vary. However, I’m going on the most typical spring break trip for college kids, so it makes it easy to lay out a plan. Me and 29 other friends rented a beach house for a week. Now, this may seem hectic and you may be thinking, “30 people, in one house?” But I promise you, if you use this plan, it will make it much more enjoyable and you’ll be able to fully enjoy your last spring break.


According to the public relations plan, goals are a broad statement that list the general outcomes one wants to see as a result. When you are planning your spring break, it’s important to think about what you want to get out of your trip. A typical spring break trip, consists of hanging out with friends and being on the beach with a beer in hand (for all the college kids). But for this purpose, we’ll narrow the goal down to making your last spring break the best one yet.


According to the public relations plan, objectives are specific and measureable indicators of whether or not one has met one’s goals. Identifying objectives are huge when looking at a future spring break trip. The objectives for my beach trip are to spend quality time with friends, free from school work.


Strategies in the public relations plan are communication vehicles to achieve objectives and represent an action plan. When looking at how to make your last spring break the best one, it’s important to lay out the strategies you plan to use. I plan on being present, in the moment and with my friends as much as possible. The strategy I plan on using for not doing school work is to try and relax throughout the week and not think about the weeks to come in school, or my future job.


Tactics in the public relations plan are the specific tasks that must be accomplished to achieve a stated objective. When establishing tactics in your spring break plan, you want to think about how you are going to spend more time with friends and less time doing school work. One tactic to implement in order to spend more time with friends is to put down your phone. So many people spend too much time obsessing over their phones and social media, when they should be spending time with those around them. It’s important to enjoy the moment you’re in and make it memorable, especially if it’s your last spring break.

Another tactic to implement during spring break, in order to forget about school work, is to make it clear with everyone that you’re staying with to not worry about school during the week. You want to make sure everyone is on the same page and knows it won’t be a place to study and do homework. I plan on not bringing my backpack at all on spring break. As long as it’s out of sight, it’s out of mind for me.


When evaluating your public relations plan, it’s important to refer back to the overarching goal and see if you achieved that goal, using the objectives, strategies and tactics. After spring break, you want to sit down, relax and ask yourself if it was the best one yet. After implanting my different objectives, strategies and tactics, I believe it’s possible for everyone to have the best, last spring break ever. Now, be smart, have fun, enjoy yourself and have a blast on spring break.