Dear class of ‘27,
Welcome to The Plains. Since 1856, this special home has exceeded expectations and built generations of CEOs, Hall of Famers, Doctors, and Astronauts. Auburn is characteristically known for radio host Rod Bramblett calling the Kick Sick and completing ground-breaking research all in the same week. I remember being in your shoes, my eyes were open, and my jaw was locked. Soon, you will be part owner of the greatest student experience in the nation. Like a postman, Auburn has delivered the best few years of my life. Before you arrive, I want to take some time to offer pieces of advice and knowledge that have greatly transformed my time here.
First, recognize the unique opportunities you have ahead. Whether you are a student athlete, an out-of-state student, or Auburn has always been your home, the next semester will quite honestly be full of doors that are open right in front of you. Make the intentional decision to explore everything Auburn has to offer and do not limp at any opportunity. Whether it is getting a red neck at Plainsman Park or joining an intramural team, look to enrich your academic experience. Join different organizations and try different restaurants and coffee shops. After three years here, I still find myself experiencing something new, something that makes Auburn special to so many. I believe Auburn has a niche for every student, take the chances to find yours.
While absorbing your new home, I would argue that Auburn is at a key point in its enriched history. Recently, we have completed multiple facility improvements, furthering the Auburn experience. Take the chance to explore the new Tony and Libba Rane Culinary Science Center or the Horton-Hardgrave Hall. Not only will you find breath-taking views, but you will understand how much Auburn is willing to invest into you. Also, Auburn has welcomed a new university president, Dr. Christopher B. Roberts. While maintaining a spirit that is not afraid, we are looking to grow the Auburn Family to achieve its newest heights.
Lastly, believe in yourself and believe in Auburn. Eighty years ago, George Petrie described a belief that is like no other and is now stapled across our campus. Study for your exams further in advance and cross-check your answers to see the results of hard work. Connect with others at dining locations and inside the Melton Student Center to further appreciate the human touch. Instill in yourself honesty, truthfulness, and obedience. Be sure to maintain a sound body at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. The Auburn Creed reminds us all that humble competence, not the loudest mouth, makes an Auburn man or woman. Take the time to reflect on its ideals, it has and will continue to shape decisions for the betterment of Auburn.
John David Jones, SGA President ‘24