Why Auburn?

Let our students tell you about the experiences that make Auburn the right choice.

John Otis Blanding poses outside for a photograph.
John Otis Blanding
Birmingham, AL
International Business-Economics and Mandarin
What advice would you offer new freshmen?

I wish I had known how important it was to explore the university and all of its glory in my first semester. I was a bit reclusive initially. I had to catch-up in terms of making friends and uncovering opportunities. It is essential to step outside of your comfort zone. You’ll learn a lot about the world, others, the university, and most importantly, yourself.

How has Auburn prepared you for your career?

After graduation I hope to simultaneously obtain my MBA and law degree. The university has extended a wealth of knowledge to me—knowledge I will be able to apply to my future studies and career. Outside of the classroom, offices including the Office of Professional and Career Development and the Cross Cultural Center for Excellence have prepped me with skills necessary for the workforce.

Why would you encourage other students to get involved with campus organizations?

I currently serve as the president of the Black Student Union and as a Plainsman, an official university host. Involvement on campus is just as important as academics. It’s an easy way to make lifelong friendships, and it allows you to make your college experience what you want it to be. Students have the power to leave a lasting impact on the university.

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Last updated: 4/4/2018