Honors College Office of the Provost

Taking a Co-Op to the Skies

In today’s job market, internships and co-ops are instrumental in the journey to your future career. Participating in these programs helps you not only gain technical knowledge of your industry but can assist in defining your interests. Overall, internships and co-ops can provide lessons in time management, adaptability, teamwork, and company culture.

Honors student and Auburn Professional Flight senior Push Saha spent last year co-oping with FedEx Express. Push worked the nightshift in their Memphis, Tennessee location and worked in flight coordination with the company. On any given day Push could be found closing out flight plans throughout their global network, while confirming times, fuel totals, and delay codes; verifying the  accuracy of wet lease flight information; assisting the random drug & alcohol tests for pilots and send them to get tested; managing the 225 sleep rooms for operating pilots that need rest before operating out on their next trip; and coordinating and ensuring on-time performance of flights in high-volume Memphis airspace.

We asked Push about his favorite parts, his biggest lesson, and the importance of an internship or co-op.

Push’s Highlight

My favorite part about the internship was talking with all my pilots and getting the opportunity to jumpseat with a few of them. The pilots love hearing about what I have to say and where I’m at in college/flight training. I got to know them on more than just a professional basis. I would get invited to go to their house for dinner or go play golf with them and just build on the relationship I had with them. They would all mess around and tell jokes with me whenever they were coming in after a trip or leaving to go fly around the world. They got so many great stories to tell about flying and life which I appreciated a lot.

The Biggest Lesson Learned

The biggest lesson I learned was that my internship was a 12-month job interview and to not be a jerk. I was told that there are always going to be a set of eyes on me during my internship. If I knocked it out of the park and gained the respect of the pilots, I’d be given the opportunity to interview for a pilot slot at FedEx. You always have to be professional and know that you have to work your way up to earning everyone’s respect. I also learned to not be a jerk. That is the polite way of the actual phrase I was told on my first day, too. You don’t want to establish any negative relationships with your co-workers or other pilots or managers because they control if you get to come back to work for the company. Treat the people with the same amount of respect you want. Interns have to earn their way to get their wings and epaulets. 

Why Internships So Important

Internships are important because it allows you to get a step into the industry you’re working in and actually see what a day on the job looks like. You gain hands-on experience and learn a lot more about the industry than others would. It confirms whether you’re picking the right career choice. It gives you mentors, family, and friends for life. It tests you to think outside the box and pushes you to be smarter. Being given an offer to intern somewhere is a blessing but making the most of the time you spend there is where you’ll make an impression. You want the experience to put on your resume so that you stand out when it comes down to getting a job later on. Who knows, the same place you interned at may hire you back.

If you are looking for an internship, let the Honors College help. Contact Dr. Laura Whatley for more information on upcoming informational sessions and career events.

Meet Our New Advisor – Carrington Clevenger

As an academic advisor for the Honors College, Ms. Clevenger advises students with the last names Dp-Ke. When not advising students, she’s brushing up on her movie and television trivia! Let’s get to know our newest Honors advisor.

Hometown: Remlap, AL

Degree (s): B.A. in Communication with a minor in Psychology; M.Ed in Administration of Higher Education

Why did you choose those degrees? Bachelor’s degree:I like to challenge myself. In high school, public speaking made me nervous. I decided that the best way to conquer that fear was to get a degree that forced me to get used to it. It was challenging, but now I’m comfortable with public speaking, and I’ve gained awesome communication skills that make me a better person!

Master’s degree: A few years ago, I was helping a student register for classes during Camp War Eagle. She was nervous about getting a seat in her preferred classes, so she asked me to stay nearby if she needed help. Everything went well, and she gave me a teary-eyed, appreciative hug afterward. This experience showed me that I genuinely enjoy being a resource to students and helping them find peace of mind during the stressful parts of college.

What brought you to the Honors College? I’ve always wanted to work with students of different class standings. Previously, I exclusively worked with freshmen, so I’m curious to see Auburn from a sophomore’s or junior’s perspective. I’m also interested to learn about high-achieving students’ experiences and how their time as Honors students has impacted them.

Do you have any hobbies? I LOVE learning about movie/TV show trivia. I’ll watch something, immediately open my IMDb app, read all the trivia about it, then, when I watch the same show/movie again with other people, I tell them all the trivia I can remember. Did you know that John Krasinski filmed the footage shown during the opening credits of The Office?

I love trying new food and eating locally, so whenever I go somewhere new, I try as many local restaurants as possible. I flew for the first time last August, so I hope to travel more regularly and try more food!

I’m also learning how to sew – I’d like to make my own clothes one day!

What are small things that make your day better? Fresh air, sunlight, dogs, good food, and chatting with my friends and family at the end of the day!

Movies, TV, or Books – or all three? All three!

You’d be surprised to know that I can … Play the clarinet!

What do you hope to accomplish here at the Honors College? I want our students to know I am here to support and serve them. I want to encourage them to have confidence in themselves and educate them on the importance of work/life balance and self-care.  I hope that I am a helpful resource for our students.

What are you most excited about working at the Honors College? I’m excited to get to know our students and learn about all the cool things they have going on. I’m excited to see how these students evolve during their time here, as I’ve never gotten to work with a student past their freshman year before. Hopefully, I can bestow some helpful wisdom upon them as well!

What advice would you give to an Honors College student? College isn’t just an academic experience; it’s a social experienceas well. Trying your best in class is important, but it’s also important to take time for yourself too — take a spontaneous trip, host a movie night, attend campus events, and join organizations. Study hard but don’t forget to have fun!

Do you have a favorite Auburn memory / or Auburn area memory? During my freshman year at Auburn, I met a couple of girls at a Welcome Week event. Three days later, we drove to Columbus, GA, and went white water rafting with a couple more girls we had just met. It was so fun and spontaneous!

Best way to contact? Email me – CRC0063@auburn.edu – or visit me in Cater Hall!

Welcome to Honors – Dr. Laura Whatley

The Honors College is proud to welcome, Dr. Laura Whatley to the team as our Scholarship and Research Coordinator and well as the Fellowship Advisor for the National Prestigious Scholars Program– let’s get to know Laura!

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona

Degree (s): B.A., Art History, Arizona State University; M.A., Art History, University of Toronto; Ph.D., Art History and Medieval Studies, University of Illinois

Why did you choose those degrees?

Arizona State University is a massive and overwhelming institution, and so I registered for an Art History class because it was familiar; I had taken AP Art History in high school and enjoyed learning about history and culture through art and architecture. I initially thought that I wanted to study Criminal Justice and perhaps go to Law School, but I quickly was hooked on the arts and never looked back. The Art History faculty at Arizona State changed the way that I viewed the world, and they certainly set me on my path to graduate education in the field.

What brought you to the Honors College?

After relocating to Auburn from Montgomery in July 2021, I was looking for a student-facing position at Auburn University and this position certainly fit the bill. I always have enjoyed working with college students on professional development. It is so rewarding to help students identify their scholastic interests and career goals and locate the resources that they need to achieve them. This is just a perfect position for me.  

Do you have any hobbies?

I am most happy in the outdoors. I spend my free time camping, hiking, peak bagging, and backpacking. I have big trail goals: I hope to complete the entire Appalachian Trail one section at a time (I have completed the Georgia section and am working on Tennessee and North Carolina), and I am in the process of summiting all of New Hampshire’s mountains over 4000 feet in elevation, referred to as the NH48 Challenge. In May, I had the life-changing experience of trekking in the foothills of the Himalaya with the Nepal study abroad program through Auburn’s College of Human Sciences, and I am obsessed with the prospect of hiking to the Basecamp of Mount Everest someday. 

What are small things that make your day better?

In no particular order: coffee, my gardens, a walk or a hike, good architecture, my husband, my pets  

Movies, TV, or Books – or all three?

All three! I also listen to a lot of Podcasts.

You’d be surprise to know that I can …

…make a yummy meal with almost nothing in the fridge or pantry.

What do you hope to accomplish here at the Honors College?

I hope to provide students in the Honors College with the tools that they need to go out into the world as prepared, professional, and engaged citizens. I want to be a great resource for our students!

What are you most excited about working at the Honors College?

I am really looking forward to getting to know our students, to working with them as they navigate the application processes for National Prestigious Scholarships or prepare for graduate school or their future careers.

What advice would you give to an Honors College student?

Get involved, be engaged, seek out guidance, remain humble (even if you are doing amazing things).

Do you have a favorite Auburn memory / or Auburn area memory? 

I feel like the best of my life at/in Auburn is still to come. I did get a hug from Aubie last fall—that was pretty cool. 

Best way to contact?

Email always works (ljw0017@auburn.edu) or stop by my office in Cater Hall.

Allen Li Awarded Truman Scholarship

Auburn University student Allen Li has been awarded the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship, one of 58 nationally this year.

Li, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, is an Honors College junior majoring in political science and economics with a minor in philosophy within the College of Liberal Arts.

“Allen’s selection as a Truman Scholar is a testament to his remarkable impact on our campus community and his ability to continue influencing those around him,” Interim Provost Vini Nathan said. “His commitment to identifying important LGBTQIA+ issues on our campus and initiating meaningful solutions represents, in my opinion, the very best of our students.”

Created in 1975 by an act of Congress, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship is awarded to approximately 60 college juniors each year based on four criteria: service on campus and in the community, commitment to a career in public service, communication ability and aptitude to be a “change agent” and academic talent that would assure acceptance to a first-rate graduate school.

“I extend my heartfelt congratulations to Allen for receiving this prestigious award,” said Ana Franco-Watkins, interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “This is an extraordinary recognition, as only a select few students are honored nationally. We are extremely proud of Allen for his commitment to excellence in public service.”

The Truman Scholarship Program was established to provide scholarships to outstanding students who are committed to a career in public service. Scholars receive an award of $30,000 toward postgraduate education. They participate in leadership development programs and have opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government.

“This is a richly deserved recognition of Allen’s role as an agent of change,” said Tiffany Sippial, director of the Honors College. “He has repeatedly demonstrated the power of moving toward a problem, listening to those involved, asking hard questions, being willing to take risks and then taking bold and decisive action to bring about transformative change. I am so proud of all that Allen has already accomplished and know his journey as a leader is only beginning. This is a truly outstanding honor.”

Li was awarded the Truman Scholarship thanks to his work with LGBTQIA+ issues at Auburn. As a sophomore, Li developed the Inclusive Housing Project, which specifically addresses LGBTQIA+ student issues regarding the roommate matching process. Li developed a three-phase plan with SGA that focuses on prioritizing a safe space for students who may be dealing with harassment, misgendering, fear and anxiety.

“It means a lot that an organization like the Truman Foundation recognizes the intersectionality of my communities and the work that I did through Auburn’s Student Government Association and the Human Rights Campaign,” said Li. “I am so excited to have a platform to magnify the work I’ve done at Auburn on a bigger stage and talk about issues in the LGBTQIA+ and AAPI community with leaders all around the nation.”

Li accredits his accomplishments to much of his Auburn family.

“For the endless support, reassurance, application edits, interview prep and for caring deeply about the LGBTQIA+ community, much thanks must go to Alex Sauer, Honors College coordinator for scholarships and research,” Li said. “I also must thank Dr. Paul Harris, department chair and professor of political science with the College of Liberal Arts, for supporting me academically, giving me the opportunity to study under him about one of Truman’s most influential policy decisions, connecting me with alumni that were incredibly helpful for interview prep and for being so willing to provide the space and accommodations needed for a successful interview.”

Li also acknowledges Sam Wilcox, Azeem Ahmed, Marian Royston, Ray Griffin, Sara Rains, Kelly Krawczyk, Dr. Soren Jordan, and Dr. Ryan Williamson for their support in preparing for the interview. As well as those at the Human Rights Campaign and Auburn SGA, “two organizations that spring boarded me into the field that I want to pursue in Public Service.” 

Finally, Li would like to thank Abby Stapp, Sierra Berry, Molly Grubb, and Maggie Nelson for cheering the hardest and believing in him every step of the way, and of course his parents for their love, support, and inspiration.

Staff Update: Courtney Arnold

The Honors College is proud to welcome, Courtney Arnold to the team as our Business and Administration Services Coordinator – let’s get to know Courtney!

Name: Courtney Arnold

Hometown: Pensacola, FL


Completing BS in Horticulture, Business and Counseling

Why did you choose those degrees?

I grew up on a farm and have had a passion for vegetable and fruit production, a love for helping others and believe increasing by business sense is always beneficial.

What brought you to the Honors College?

My interest in becoming a part of the team in the Honors College was due to the amazing reputation of servant leadership, student engagement and team-oriented environment. It is a great place full of amazing people!

Do you have any hobbies?

I love to garden, cook anything and everything, fish, kayak and make memories with my husband (Branden), dog (Penn) and friends and family.

What are small things that make your day better?

A good cup of creamer with a dash of coffee, positive affirmations and laughs with my husband.

Movies, TV, or Books – or all three?

All three! I enjoy turning my brain off and diving into another world!

You’d be surprised to know that I can …

make homemade jams, jellies, salsas, marinara, soups, vegetables, etc. I am the youngest of a “Rebel Canners” group. My friends LOVE to make fun of me for it.

What do you hope to accomplish here at the Honors College?

I hope to be a valuable asset that serves our team, students and Auburn University. 

What are you most excited about working at the Honors College?

I am excited to serve the students and provide a safe, productive and welcoming environment for all.

What advice would you give to an Honors College student?

You are here, you made it! Now, lets take it one day at a time, focus and enjoy this once in a lifetime experience! War Eagle!

Do you have a favorite Auburn memory / or Auburn area memory?

My memory is on its way – the day I graduate and can officially claim that I am an Auburn Tiger!

Or the 78th Iron Bowl. Kick Six, that moment will go down in history!  I will never forget, I can still feel the way the stadium rumbled that night!

Best way to contact?

Email: cea0022@auburn.edu

Honor Student Blazes Trail with Tenacity

Victoria Johnson is blazing the trail as the first University Honors Research Scholar in the history of the Auburn University Honors College.

The Honors College at Auburn University introduced two new graduation distinctions: Honors Research Scholar and University Honors Research Scholar two years ago. These research-intensive curriculum paths reflect the Honors College’s commitment to help expand Auburn University’s enterprise as an R1 Carnegie Research Institution and to uphold the Honors College mission to “seek truth with courage and conviction.”

With the new distinctions, students can plan a profound, individualized research experience. “Many times, in my life, I have been taught the power of hard work, and my experience in the Honors College was no exception. However, I did not go on this journey alone. I had several incredible Honors professors that made their challenging material fun and engaging, and had the support of my advisors, older Honors students, and peers throughout my entire journey. The Honors College community is so encouraging, and I would not be here without them,” says Johnson.

Originally from Panama City, Florida, Johnson graduated from Auburn University this spring with a Bachelor of Science in Microbial and Cellular Biology with the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM). Johnson was preparing to be a University Honors Research Scholar way before she knew what the prestigious distinction would mean. “I went to North Bay Haven Career Academy for high school, where I was able to challenge myself academically through vigorous Advanced Placement and Duel Enrolled courses. My high school also offered a health science career track, in which I was able to explore the medical field far earlier than most students,” says Johnson

The distinction is a major milestone that goes down in Johnson’s book as a sweet surprise. “Never in my life would I have guessed that I would be named Auburn’s first University Honors Research Scholar! It is such an honor, and I am grateful for the opportunity to have had such a thorough research experience at Auburn,” states Johnson. “However, the title is not what is important to me. When I was choosing a university to attend, I wanted to pick the one where I was sure that I would leave as a better person than when I entered it four years prior. In reflecting on my time at Auburn and my experience in the Honors College, I am completely confident that in becoming an Auburn woman, I achieved that goal.”

Thanks in large part to her journey as a University Honors Research Scholar, Johnson says that she is entering the next phase of life believing in the power of hard work and convicted of the need to pursue truth with courage and conviction, no matter how challenging that may be.

While at Auburn, Johnson participated in two and a half years of research in the Human Development and Family Studies Department under the direction of Dr. Wendy-Troop-Gordon. Her study examines the relationship between students’ and teachers’ perceptions of conflict resolution strategies used by teachers and the levels of student victimization in elementary school classrooms. Johnson’s research paper is in the final stages of revision before she submits it to the journal for publication.

Johnson admits that she was intimidated by Honors classes as an incoming freshman. She feared that she would not be able to handle the workload. However, that wasn’t the case. “The Honors College curriculum is designed in order to broaden perspectives and encourage critical thinking among its students. Embrace the challenges because they will ultimately mold you into a more inquisitive, well rounded individual,” Johnson says.

Now that Johnson has had the opportunity to blaze the trail of being the first University Honors Research Scholar, she will realize her lifelong dream of attending medical school. In July, she will move to Omaha, Nebraska, to attend the Creighton University School of Medicine.

For more information on the Honors College, or Honors graduation designations, please visit honors.auburn.edu.

Staff Update: Matthew Stinson

The Honors College is proud to welcome, Honors College graduate, Matthew Stinson to our team as an Academic Advisor – let’s get to know Matthew!

Name: Matthew Stinson

Hometown: Summerdale, Alabama

Degree (s): M.Ag. Plant Pathology, B.S. Horticulture: Fruit and Vegetable Production

Why did you choose those degrees?

Early in academic career, I became interested in agriculture. It is an industry that is so fundamental that it is frequently overlooked. I wanted to understand how this global system operated and what effects it had on our everyday life.

What brought you to the Honors College? 

When I reflect on the courses and experiences that I enjoyed most throughout my academic career, each thought that comes to mind includes something that I was uniquely exposed to as an Honors student. Looking back, the advice that I received from my Honors Advisor proved to be invaluable in helping me navigate my undergraduate and graduate studies. When I saw the opportunity to join the Honors College and help provide today’s students with the same experience I had, I jumped at the chance!

Do you have any hobbies?

I love baking sourdough bread and lifting weights

What are small things that make your day better?

I enjoy taking a walk around campus and to downtown Auburn during my lunch break.

Movies, TV, or Books – or all three?

Anything in the Sci-fi and Fantasy genre!

You’d be surprise to know that I can … Swing Dance!

What do you hope to accomplish here at the Honors College? 

 I want to help provide Honors students with the best possible college experience that Auburn can offer.

What are you most excited about working at the Honors College?

Working with the fantastic Honors College staff members!

What advice would you give to an Honors College student? 

Take ownership of your value. While at Auburn, work hard to develop your skills, to learn all you can, and to build your professional network. However, do not let your value be determined by what you can or can’t do, what do or don’t know, or who you know. 

Do you have a favorite Auburn memory / or Auburn area memory?  

Yes, I proposed to my wife in the Arboretum, so it will always be a special place for me!

Best way to contact?

Through email Mws0024@auburn.edu

Matthew will serve as an academic advisor to students with he last names: Go-Mo and serve as the advisor for our Honors Serves student organization.

Austin: A Force for Change

Austin Blanton is a powerful force across Auburn’s campus. He serves as an Honors Ambassador, a leading member of a campus wide LGBTQ+ initiative, and as the Executive Vice President of Curricular Programs for Emerge, which keeps him busy. Not to meantion his triple major course load.

headshot of Austin

Blanton is a Honors College junior from Hoover, Alabama pursuing a triple major in Biomedical Sciences, Premed and Neuroscience. For as long as Blanton could remember he wanted to become a doctor and started to get involved with a Health Science Academy and EMT training in high school. “I love it because it combines science but also has the social aspect of face to face interaction while making an impact,” said Blanton. 

In addition to pursuing three degrees, Blanton also leads an LGBTQ+ initiative across Auburn’s campus. Blanton’s main objective is to help lead the effort to create a solid foundation and framework for this initiative. This includes bringing together action committees which help implement the agreed agenda on campus. 

Blanton biggest goal for this LGBTQ+ initiative is creating a mechanism for continuous change.

“I want this to be something that will continue to grow and happen year after year. I want to push for this to be a more equitable LGBTQ+ community at Auburn,” said Blanton. He is so excited to see the change that is already taking place throughout campus. 

“The best part of this process and initiative has been seeing the amount of support we have from the Auburn community,” said Blanton. Even at the initial prospective meeting, Blanton explained the gravity of how important this is and to see how far we’ve come. 

Blanton was blown away to see the over 100 responses to fulfill the 20 open leadership roles. 

The biggest challenge has been learning to work with faculty and administration as co-equals in this process. “It is a shift and we are working to pull together different parts of Auburn’s campus and treat them as co-equal to address this issue,” said Blanton. 

You would think the heavy coursework load and time commitment of helping lead a LGBTQ+ initiative across campus was enough to fulfill someone’s day, but Blanton is also Executive Vice President of Curricular Programs for Emerge. 

“The reason I got involved with the LGBTQ+ Initiative originated from the Catalyst Workshop that was put on by Emerge during sophomore year while I was a team leader.”

It was after that workshop that Blanton realized he needed to be doing more. 

“My experience with Emerge and the initiative is intertwined. Without the foundational knowledge from Emerge I would not bring what I currently bring to the table. However, without this initiative I would not have the opportunity to take what I learned from Emerge and apply it to a real-life setting,” Blanton noted.

Emerge has taught Blanton that every single person has the ability to emerge as a leader. 

The hardest part of balancing the schoolwork, LGBTQ+ Initiative and EVP of Curricular Programs is Blanton’s very passionate about all of them. “It is so important that I remain present for whatever task is at hand. I need to focus my time and prioritize what I am currently spending my time on,” he explained. 

To no one’s surprise, COVID-19 has impacted many things. However, Blanton has seen some of these recent impacts in a positive light. “I have really seen people push their limits and stretch their creativity in a way we have not had to before,” said Blanton. His goal is continuing to make this experience as beneficial as possible to students, even with the current situation at hand. 

In fact, Blanton plans to continue to carry over some of the changes that were made because of the pandemic. For example, they have started to do hybrid event formats to become more accessible to students and he has seen a positive impact from it. This helps students who are unavailable to attend the event and still have access to the information that was given out. 

Blanton attributes these accomplishments with joining Honors College freshman year.

Blanton was able to come in and connect with his peers and the Auburn community from the very beginning with Honors College. He was given the opportunity to get involved with ‘Week of Service’ and become an Honors Ambassador. “Becoming an Honors Ambassador has allowed me to come in touch with incoming students and show people the platform that Honors has given me to launch off of.” 

Thank you Austin for being a force of change across the Auburn University campus!

-Written by Megan Bloomquist

Staff Update: Taylor Mitchell

Getting to know you!

Name: Taylor Mitchell

Hometown: Columbus, GA

Degree (s): B.B.A in Marketing- University of West Georgia; M. Ed. In College Student Affairs Administration – University of Georgia

Why did you choose those degrees? My ultimate career goal has always been event planning. I would love to own my own business one day which inspired the marketing degree. During my undergraduate career, I was introduced to student affairs as a supplemental instruction leader. Student affairs has offered me the best of both worlds by combining my two passions: event planning and working with others, particularly college students.

What brought you to the Honors College? Being a Georgia girl, I wanted to stay in the South for the warm weather and to be close to family. I also knew I wanted to continue gaining experience in event planning and coordinating, so when this opportunity arose, I jumped at it!

Fun fact, Auburn was my first choice for college after graduating high school, so now working here has been a full circle moment for me. The Honors College allows me to work with some amazing and hard-working students and help create an engaging environment where students can learn and grow from one another.

Do you have any hobbies? When I’m not working, I’m spending time with family and friends, finding new series to binge watch, and looking for new places to explore!

What are small things that make your day better? Drinking coffee from a non-traveling mug, taking cute boomerangs of campus, and lighting a new candle

Movies, TV, or Books – or all three?  Movies and TV. However, I’m working on becoming a more avid reader!

You’d be surprise to know that I … am somewhat of a thrill seeker. I’ve even been ziplining across the Chattahoochee River!

What do you hope to accomplish here at the Honors College? I hope to help create a welcoming, inclusive, and tight-knit community for the Honors College students. I want students to feel like there is always something to do, to make a new friend, and to learn something new. Through my role, I hope to contribute to students’ overall sense of belonging and college experience by providing fun and innovating opportunities and events.

What are you most excited about working at the Honors College? I’m so excited to bring some new events to the Honors College! I’m ready to learn about what students are interested in seeing and doing and working to provide those experiences to them.

What advice would you give to an Honors College student? Take advantage of all the opportunities presented to you by the Honors College, your school or department, and the university as a whole. There are so many wonderful (and often times, free!) resources such as tutoring, writing labs, etc. available that students don’t take advantage of enough. Have fun, work hard, don’t be scared to try new things or meet new people, and help others where you can!

Do you have a favorite Auburn memory / or Auburn area memory?  I’m still new to the Auburn area, but I’m excited for the memories to come!

Best way to contact? Email me your event ideas at tbm0039@auburn.edu

Nice to meet you Taylor and welcome to the Honors College!

Taylor Mitchell Headshot

New Advisor: Savannah Woodall

Over the summer we added a new member to our advising team. Today we’d like to officially welcome Savannah Woodall to Auburn University and the Honors College. Let’s get to know Savannah, who advises students with the last names A-Gn.

Name: Savannah Woodall

Hometown: Lake Butler, Florida

Degree(s): B.S in Agricultural Education & Communication,  M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration

Why did you choose those degrees?

As the daughter of two educators, I always knew that somehow I’d work in the field of education, but I wasn’t sure exactly what the right fit would be. My bachelor’s degree program focused heavily on communication and leadership development, which I knew could translate into a career focused around helping people communicate well and grow their leadership skills. In my gap year, I began working in higher education at UF. I quickly realized that not only do I love helping people succeed, I love helping students see their potential and reach their goals even more. This led me to pursue my master’s in higher education administration.

What brought you to the Honors College?

With my background in agriculture, it was important to me to work at a land-grant institution, and from my time at Baylor University, I learned I really liked working at a mid-sized school.

Thus, Auburn was already in the running. What really drew me to the Honors College was the opportunity to work with such incredible high-achieving students. Getting to teach honors participation courses was the icing on the cake!

Do you have any hobbies?

Yes! When I’m not working there’s a good chance I’m traveling the globe (when it’s allowed) binge watching Netflix, taking photos, or finding a hole-in-the-wall restaurant to enjoy!

What are small things that make your day better?

Coffee dates, fresh sunflowers, and snail mail! I love sending and receiving handwritten cards.

Movies, TV, or Books – or all three?

All three!

You’d be surprised to know that I …

always use Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives food map to decide where I’m going to eat in a new city!

What do you hope to accomplish here at the Honors College?

As a result of working here, I hope that the students whom I’ll get to interact with will know how supported and valued they are. College is a time to discover your passions and pursue your dreams. I just want students to know that I’m here to support them through every step of their collegiate experience.

What are you most excited about working at the Honors College?

I am so eager to interact with Honors College students in both advising appointments and in the classroom! I’ve heard such great things about this group of students and can’t wait to meet everyone.

What advice would you give to an Honors College student?

Your college experience will fly by; so, make the most of your time and don’t feel like you need to rush! Take a class that you’re interested in (even if you don’t “need” it), pursue creative opportunities, and use every opportunity you have to network.

Do you have a favorite Auburn memory / or Auburn area memory?

I don’t have many memories of Auburn yet, but I’m excited to make them soon!

Best way to contact?

Email me at Slw0083@auburn.edu 

Savannah Woodall in front of War Eagle sign