The Honors College is thrilled to introduce our newest academic advisor Yvette Stone. Ms. Stone started earlier this week, and is excited to begin her journey with the Honors College at Auburn University!
Let's get to know Ms. Stone.
Name: Yvette Stone
Hometown: Gulf Shores, AL
Degree(s): M.A., History (Auburn University); B.A., History (Auburn University)
Why did you choose those degrees?
I always joke that History was my first love. I am an avid reader and as a kid I loved getting lost in detailed historical fiction. When I came to Auburn, I was not quite sure what I wanted to do career-wise, but I knew that I was going to major in History. I couldn’t imagine spending my time studying anything else. When I got to my senior year, I still was not sure which direction I wanted to go in after graduation, so I decided to stay at Auburn and earn my Master’s in History as well. During that time, I was a graduate teaching assistant and a tutor over in the athletic department. Both of those experiences led me into a career in higher education.
What brought you to the Honors College?
I started my career in higher education working as an academic advisor at the University of South Alabama. At South I got the opportunity to work closely with Honors College students and enjoyed every second. When an opportunity presented itself to return to Auburn and work with the astounding Honors students here, I jumped on it. I am thrilled to be here and can’t wait to get to know everyone.
Do you have any hobbies?
Most of the time you can find me reading or bingeing Netflix. I also love to travel. My husband and I try to find one or two fun destinations each year and we are also trying to visit all 50 states. Next on our list is the Pacific Northwest.
What are small things that make your day better?
A Coke Icee and any kind of donut. Also walking around campus and seeing students enjoying their university experience. I loved my time as a student at Auburn and I am excited to be back and close to the action!
Movies, TV, or Books- or all three?
All three! In addition to reading and hanging out on the couch watching TV, I am the proud owner of the AMC refillable popcorn bucket and go to the movies all the time…mostly for the popcorn.
You'd be surprised to know that I can...
When chewing bubble gum, I can blow a bubble inside a bubble inside another bubble…aka a triple bubble.
What do you hope to accomplish here in the Honors College?
I hope to be a resource to students during the entirety of their undergraduate experience. Being a student is a full-time job, and Honors students in particular have a lot on their plate. I want students to know they can come talk to me about their highs and lows and everything in between.
What are you most excited about working at the Honors College?
I am excited to be surrounded by students who are invested in their education and have an incredible curiosity about the world and their place in it. College is a transformative time and I am excited to be a small part of that process with Honors College students.
What advice would you give an Honors College student?
I would encourage students to take advantage of all the resources the Honors College has to offer. There are so many things to get involved with, whether that is undergraduate research, study abroad, internships, or community engagement. If I could go back and give my freshman self some advice, it would be to get involved in all of these opportunities sooner rather than later. Before you know it, graduation will be here!
Do you have a favorite Auburn memory/ or Auburn area memory?
Too many to count! Other than being a student during our national championship year in 2010 (War Eagle), one of my favorite memories is the West Virginia football game my freshmen year. It started to pour during the first half, and while the majority of the stadium left during the rain delay, almost the entire student section stayed. We stood for over an hour dancing to music and getting completely drenched. It was one of the best games I’ve ever been to—we were just enjoying being Auburn students and wanted to represent our team regardless of how wet we got (very).
Best way to contact?
I check my email constantly, so feel free to reach out if you have any questions!