Honors College Office of the Provost

Eagle Scholar Newsletter Volume 8 | Issue 7


A Cup at Cater – Coffee & Hot Chocolate!

Join us for A Cup at Cater! Enjoy the fall weather and have a cup of coffee, hot chocolate or tea on us! We’ll have snacks, warm drinks, and more importantly a place to visit with your fellow Honors students!

November 13 | Cater Hall | 7:45 – 10 am

Honors College Film Series

Honors College Film Series was developed to highlight contemporary issues in America.

The Strange History of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
The strange history of the now abandoned American 1993-bill, «Don’t ask, don’t tell» where sexual orientation was a “non-talk” policy in the American forces, leading to 13.368 getting kicked out before 2011.

(source: IMDb.com)

November 13 | Eagle Residence Hall | 8 pm

Interested in Goldwater, Truman, and Boren Awards?

If you are interested in a career in research in the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering; in pubic service; or languages and national security with the federal government, then attend this information session.

November 15 | RBD Library 3041 | 1 pm

Need help contracting a course?

This workshop will focus on all aspects of contracting a course for honors credit. Topics include how to select a course to contract, contracting steps, how to approach a professor, and the contracting timeline. The workshop will also cover contract examples, and allow time for students to ask questions and engage in discussion on contracts.

November 19 | RBD Library 3129 | 3 pm

Baird Senior Research Presentation

Honors senior Lindsey Baird will host her senior research presentation titled: “40 Years of Honoring Dreams: The History of the Auburn University Honors College, 1979-2019”

November 20 | Cater Hall | 4 pm

Career Center Classroom: College to Career

The transition from college to career can cause anxiety for new graduates. Adding to the pressure of entering the “real world” are reports indicating that many employers feel new graduates are not adequately prepared for the workplace. This session will highlight common transition issues and discuss ways to make your move from college to career a smooth one.

November 21 | 303 Martin Hall | 1 pm

Interested in your own Research Colloquium?

Students interested in presenting their own research through the Honors College Research Colloquium can do so by contacting Dr. Ken Thomas. The Honors College Research Colloquium is an excellent way for students to gain presentation experience. This method of presenting to one’s peers makes good practice for those who plan on performing research in the future. 

How do you get your information?

An Honors Public Relations senior needs your help in finding out how you get your information about the Honors College. The below survey is designed to help the Auburn University Honors College streamline its communication efforts in order to provide its students with the information they need to know in the best way possible.(This is a different survey from the one emailed earlier this week.)

Psyched for Success

Don’t be Blindsided by Burnout!

Stress can be a normal response to an atypical situation. However, when we are exposed to stress for prolonged periods of time it can really take its toll. When this happens, some people may begin to experience burnout. Burnout is a phenomenon that is characterized by feelings of being overwhelmed, emotionally exhausted, being unable to feel accomplished in your goals, and feeling more cynical towards others and your responsibilities. Burnout is a result of prolonged stress and as a result, developing burnout is a gradual process that takes place over a longer period of time. As symptoms of burnout develop, research has shown that it can have serious consequences for mental health! So what can we do if we start noticing these symptoms developing, or worse, already feel that we are in a state of burnout? Here are some tips to help you manage symptoms and fight back against the experience of burnout.

1) Understand that your time is precious and learn to protect it.

In today’s world many of us have numerous demands on our resources and one of the most valuable of these resources is our time. As we grow in life we are asked to take on more and more complex responsibilities. Although these responsibilities help us achieve our goals and develop us as people, we also need to be aware that too many complex responsibilities create stress. You may find that it’s important to prioritize the responsibilities within your own life and practice saying no to additional responsibilities that are not urgent.

2) Work to identify values and goals that are personally meaningful to you.

Part of prioritizing responsibilities is being able to identify what elements of life are meaningful to you and worth pursuing. As we have established, your time is valuable and you should spend it in ways that you want and help achieve your own goals for the future. By taking time out of our day to reflect on what we want for our lives and the lives of people we care for, we are able to bring clarity to our situation. As a result we are able to more easily distinguish what responsibilities are not congruent with those goals and adjust accordingly.

4) Develop habits and rituals that help you stay on track with your priorities.

Making changes in our lives is hard and it takes time to implement and develop new habits and routines. However it’s important that change does not happen all at once. By working to add small goals every day, we are much more likely to be able to be able to stick with our behaviors that help us accomplish our goals. Let yourself have small wins every week! Also try changing your environment to help you accomplish these goals. Maybe you decide that for self-care you need to drink more water every day. By putting a water bottle in your office or filling up a glass for your bedside table before bed you are more likely to achieve these objectives. You can use this strategy with bigger more meaningful goals and habits as well!        

5) Incorporate a form of self-care into your daily life!

In the midst of our numerous demands, it is important to balance these experiences with self-care. Self-Care helps us manage and combat the stress we are exposed to. Just like we discussed in tip #4, it is best to begin incorporating self-care as small and consistent daily habits. Despite this, it is also good to be able to plan for bigger moments of self-care by engaging in activities that recharge us. While some self-care activities are unique to the person (watching a movie, playing sports, painting, ect), there are also common self-care patterns that we all can utilize. Working to improve our sleep habits, ensuring that we are eating a diet that is both nourishing and enjoyable, and getting some daily exercising can all help us reverse burnout and improve our overall wellbeing.

Congressional Awards

Feel up to a challenge? The Congressional Awards offer young people the opportunity to set a personal goal and achieve it. There are multiple levels within the program areas of volunteer service, personal development, physical fitness, and exploration. There is a one-time registration fee that the Honors College will cover with proven financial need. For more information contact Suzanne Hunter or Ken Thomas.

Around Campus

Donate a Dollar Campaign:During the week of Nov. 11-15, SGA and Beat Bama Food Drive will be hosting a Donate a Dollar campaign at on campus C-stores. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to donate a dollar with any purchase to support this initiative. Learn more about the program. 

Last modified: November 12, 2019