ROLLIN' WITH BOLAND
AUBURN UNIVERSITY MISS HOMECOMING CANDIDATE 2018
ABOUT THE PROCESS
Auburn's Homecoming court consists of five women on campus who have represented the University through leadership and involvement on campus during their four years. Auburn allows each of the 500+ organizations to nominate a representative, the organization that nominated me was Executive Society with the College of Business.
Each young woman will apply for her interview with a letter to the university explaining an area of campus that needs improvement. The first round of interviews is with fellow student leaders who will select the top twenty candidates.
The next day those twenty women will be interviewed by the administration about Auburn and their platform. That night five women are selected and have three weeks to complete their team, budget, and marketing strategy.
BUILDING THE TEAM
Typically each campaign has a full staff of twenty current students who help delegate and lead various committees. Within the first 48 hours of being announced top five, the candidate must annouce the staff to be approved by the University.
One week before the official University Kickoff, the teams meet up and build materials, form a social media campaign and begin reaching out to various student organizations. After kickoff starts, you are free to place billboards and start asking other students their support.
The first week of my senior year I broke my foot and had to depend on my community in Auburn to help me adjust to this new lifestyle. Through this temporary disability, I saw just how hard it is for people who need physical accommodations to get to class, involvement activities, and sports events. This encouraged me to use the rest of the time as a student at Auburn improving the physical and mental health of students facing temporary and permanent disabilities.
During my campaign, I worked with the Office of Accessibility and the Auburn Counseling Center to provide guides for students facing disabilities in college to make sure they continue to have a “sound mind, sound body, and a spirit that is not afraid.” My hope is to make life easier for someone going through a similar situation during their college experience.
The most important strategy for me was picking the right team. Choosing students who believed in the platform, who had strong work ethics and who were students leaders on campus was vital to our success.
When selected by the University, you are required to attend an informational meeting and pass a regulation exam. These regulations involve safety rules, student conduct rules, and required sizes for materials being used.
I lead our social media team to help create content weeks in advance and form a posting schedule for our volunteers. We had multiple videos, posts, and Instagram stories that were used across all platforms. Having a team of creative students was extremely beneficial and I loved learning from them.
My favorite part about this campaign was being able to engage with students that I would have never met otherwise. I worked on the concourse and met with every student I could during the campaign week.
AUBURN COUNSELING CENTER
OUR TEAM WORKED WITH THE UNIVERSITY TO PROMOTE VIRTUAL COUNSELING SO NO STUDENT HAD TO ASK FOR A RIDE TO GET THE HELP THEY NEEDED. WE ALSO PROMOTED THEIR VARIOUS COUNSELING SERVICES.
OFFICE OF ACCESSIBILITY
AUBURN MAY BE THE LOVELIEST VILLAGE ON THE PLAINS BUT SOME PLAINS ARE STEEPER THAN OTHERS. WE IMPROVED GOLF CART SERVICE HOURS SO STUDENTS WITH ACCOMMODATIONS
CAN STILL GET AROUND.
OUR NUMBER ONE FOCUS FOR THE CAMPAIGN WAS SIMPLY TO BRING AWARENESS TO STUDENTS SO IF THEY HAVE A CLASSMATE OR FRIEND WITH A PHYSICAL ACCOMMODATION THEY WILL BE MORE WILLING TO HELP.
“Sarah Louise is the embodiment of what an Auburn woman should be. She leads furiously, but with compassion and joy, in all that she does. She is never seen without a smile. She is a constant source of encouragement and puts great importance on creating lasting and meaningful relationships with those that she meets. I would not be the leader I am today without her mentorship over the past few years!”
- SHIVAM PATEL
HEAD OF STUDENT ENGAGEMENT