FRESHMAN LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
When I started my freshman year at Auburn, older students encouraged me to apply to this leadership program. There were nine different programs focused on different aspects of Auburn life. I joined thirty other freshmen to be a part of the This Is Auburn program which focused on how to live out the Auburn Creed in every action you make. This program created life long friendships and started my passion for improving student life on our campus.
STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION
In February 2016, I joined other student leaders traveling to Montgomery, Alabama. There we worked with state political leaders promoting funding for public education. Later, I volunteered with SGA for Hey Day, an Auburn tradition that encourages the Auburn community to meet new people. In the fall of 2018, I also volunteered at the Auburn and UGA Better Relations day, which allows schools to introduce new ideas to other schools and connects students to other universities.
"Working with Sarah Louise in a leadership role was a privilege. She is the most genuine, hardworking, and motivated individual I have ever worked with. She is a true team player and gives her all to everything she does. Sarah Louise is a natural leader who truly cares about everyone she meets and will go out of her way to make sure others are successful. I would not have wanted to work with anyone else; I learned so much about leadership and grew tremendously as a person by spending time with her. She has a great work ethic and will be successful at anything she wants to do."
MICHAEL RUTH, EMERGE TEAM LEADER '18
Assistant Team Leader '17
EMERGE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
Emerge is a new Auburn program that allows over a thousand freshman to participate. There are monthly speaker series that have included Tim Tebow and Erin Kelly. This program is focused on servant leadership and teaches students how to improve the community around them. I was able to help our students create a day of service at a local nursing home and provided a lovely garden for residents in the Auburn community. Since it was the first year of Emerge, I worked with the steering committee members and student leaders to create goals for the program.
MONTREAT CONFERENCE CENTER
The summer following my freshman year I served as a pre clubs red counselor for three and four-year-olds for a duration of ten weeks near Ashville, North Carolina. During this time we participated in an intensive diversity and child development training program. This program helped me learn more about different cultures, religions, and lifestyles.
FRESHMAN LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
During my sophomore year, I lead the This is Auburn program due to my work ethic and enthusiasm during the prior year. It continues to be an honor to serve these student leaders and to have played a part in forming their Auburn experience. I really enjoy continuing to help mentor these students and watch them become leaders of their own by following their passions on campus.
QW is a two-week trip that occurs every two years for college students around the country. Within those two weeks, I traveled in a group to Sedona, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Big Sur, Mount Zion, Bryce Canyon, Lake Tahoe, and many other well-known locations. We learned how to be servant leaders while focused on environmental sustainability to continue to help these parks for generations to come.
"Sarah Louise motivated and empowered me to believe in myself, challenge problems that I saw to improve experiences for everyone and to love the community around me. She is a wise mentor, led by example, and worked well with her team to create an atmosphere that was so impactful that the 40 freshmen who began as strangers still talk and support each other 3 years later."
MARY MARGARET TURTON, SGA PRESIDENT
Former Freshman Leadership Program Participant