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Mock Interviews With Career Development Services By: Ashley House

For many students job interviews are the scary and intimidating part of getting a job. However, Auburn’s Career Development Services has ways for students to prepare for not only Career Counselor Phyllis Bickers talks about services provided. interviews, but for every step in the process of getting the job they want. CDS offers many answers so they can Career services to help watch how they Development Services students find jobs and respond to the offers many services for internships and also questions and how students, prospective apply for graduate they need to improve students and alumni of school. They help on those responses. auburn. They help students build and “It gives them prospective students perfect their resume the kinds of questions decide on a major and and also help them they get typically asked find out what job improve their in an interview which opportunities are out interviewing skills. is really important there with that major. CDS now has because we don’t go They also help students, software called around getting asked graduate students and interview stream where those kinds of alumni with getting their students can practice questions every day,” first jobs. their interviewing skills said Bickers. “We spend a lot in the comfort of their Students also of our time doing career own homes. Interview have the opportunity to counseling and then we stream asks students go to mock interviews, also spend a lot of our questions that are where the CDS time helping students likely to come up in counselors hold the learn job search skills,” an interview and they interview and ask them said career counselor can record a video of questions that may Phyllis Bickers. their responses to the come up in their future


“The idea is to help them get over being this nervous with us, to practice on us and not the employer.”

Interview. Students dress up and pretend as if it is the interview for the position that they applied for. They bring their resume and are asked questions by the counselors and then get feedback on how well they did and what areas they need to work on. “The idea is to help them get over being this nervous with us, to practice on us and not the employer. Students feel a whole lot more confident after they’ve practiced both through interview stream and mock interviews,” said Bickers. Career Development Services provides great opportunities for students to find jobs after college. They really do everything they can to help students succeed in the real world. They have job fairs where students can meet potential employers,

career expositions, and many other opportunities for students to network with business professionals. Their walkin hours are from 12 to 4, Monday through Friday.

“Students feel a whole lot more confident after they’ve practiced both through interview stream and mock interviews”


Kaplan Test Prep is on the Plains By Ashley House “It’s never too early to start thinking about graduate school.” For many Auburn students, school doesn’t stop after they complete their undergrad. More students are applying to graduate school than ever before even though it’s extremely competitive and difficult to get in to. However, there are actually ways to prepare for graduate school entry exams. And a lot of them are free. Kaplan is a company that is devoted to helping students raise their test scores and get accepted into the graduate school of their choice.

Jessica Simpson, associate relationship manager at Kaplan, talks about the various services Kaplan provides for students. Whether you need to prepare for the LSAT or the PCAT, Kaplan offers the tools to succeed. Kaplan offers free practice tests and courses to help better test scores. “Many students get overwhelmed when they first take their graduate school admission test and taking a practice test definitely helps prepare them for when they take the real thing,” says

Jessica Simpson, the associate relationship manager. Kaplan has currently been on the Plains the past few weeks informing students of all the services that they provide. They have free practice tests held on campus every semester to give students the opportunity to experience exactly what taking the real


“Taking a practice test definitely helps prepare them for when they take the real thing.”

test is like. Practice tests on campus this semester will be held on Oct. 17. We’re really hoping for a big turn out of students for the practice test in October,” says Simpson. Taking a practice test also has financial benefits. With the MCAT costing around $230 and the GRE costing around $280, they’re not tests you want to take twice. Taking a practice test before is definitely a financially wise decision. Many students stress out about getting into graduate school and Kaplan is a definite way to ensure that you are doing everything possible to get accepted into the school of your choice.

While most students wait until senior year to worry about graduate school, it’s never too early to start. “There have been freshman and sophomores who take our courses and dramatically change their practice tests scores,” Simpson says. “It’s never too early to start thinking about graduate school.”


SGA Fall 5K Allows Students to Run for Wounded Soldiers By: Ashley House

Auburn University’s SGA is hosting “Run, White & Blue,” a 5K race to benefit PAWS (Plainsmen in Action for Wounded Soldiers.) PAWS is the 2010 Miss Homecoming’s platform which hosts fundraisers throughout the upcoming year in order to raise money to send to the Lima Foxtrot Program for injured military and Operation Lakeshore. Both programs are a part of the Lakeshore Foundation in Birmingham. The Lakeshore Foundation promotes independence for those with physically disabling conditions to help them pursue active and healthy lifestyles. The Lima Foxtrot Program provides camps to

teach severely wounded veterans who have returned home how to have an active and healthy lifestyle despite their disability. Operation Lakeshore builds houses for the injured military and their family members during the camps. “I think it would

just be great to have the students out there supporting this cause,” said PAWS President Kristi MeGahee. “I think it would really mean a lot to the Lakeshore Foundation for them to know that students at Auburn are supporting them. Also just to kind of bring all of us


“I think it would just be great to have the students out there supporting this cause”

together in the realization that there are student veterans here at Auburn and that this is something that we can all get behind and make a difference.” MeGahee added that they also plan on holding events around campus just to bring awareness to student veterans. The “Run, White & Blue” race will be held on Sunday, Oct. 17, at 3 p.m. and starts at Tichenor Hall. The event will have live entertainment, door prizes and kids’ activities including writing cards for soldiers. Auburn students will get five spirit points for registering and another five points for running the race. There will be food and drinks and an awards ceremony at the end. Brian Hicks, a guest speaker from the Lakeshore Foundation will also be there.

The Lakeshore Foundation serves more than 3,000 people with physical disabilities, from infants to men and women into their 90s. It provides access to exercise and recreation opportunities to these individuals that they can’t get anywhere else. Students are encouraged to come to come out and support not only Auburn’s student government but also the men and women that have served our country. supporting this cause,” “Also, just to kind said PAWS President bring all of us Kristi MeGahee.

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together in the realization that there are student veterans here at Auburn and that this is something that we can all get behind and make a difference.”


Auburn’s Official Ice Hockey Team By Ashley House Attention all hockey fans: Auburn students now have a reason to say “War Damn Hockey.” Get out your sticks and pucks; an official ice hockey team is now on the plains. Auburn hasn’t had a hockey team since the 80’s, but thanks to a few students who grew up playing and loving the sport, a team has officially been created and is now legitimized. There are 20 guys on the roster and the team is ready to play their first game this Friday at Vanderbilt. Their home games will be held at the Civic Center in Columbus and their away games are going to be all over the Southeast. Auburn’s ice hockey team gives students who grew up loving the sport an opportunity to play or

Team member Corey Hamilton talks about the upcoming season.

watch it while they’re attending school in the state of Alabama, where hockey isn’t nearly as popular as it is in other regions of the country. “So we’re really excited about the first season, having a hockey team again. We’ve got some good players from all over the country. I think we’re going to be good competitors with everybody. We’ll definitely make it fun to watch.” said player Corey Hamilton. The team is looking forward to a good season and hoping to get a lot of support from students. The

Civic Center in Columbus is only around 30 minutes away and students now have the opportunity to go and watch their Tigers play a nice game of ice hockey. “We could use all the support we can get. It’d be great if you guys could come out and see our games in Columbus,” said Hamilton. The team is not only looking for fans but also hostesses. If you are


PRSSA On Auburn’s Campus By Ashley House Calling all PR Majors. The Auburn University chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America has been officially recognized by National PRSSA Headquarters. PRSSA is an organization on Auburn’s campus that gives students the opportunity to get involved and get a more hands-on experience in the world of PR. The Auburn chapter of PRSSA submitted their application in March after being recognized as a student organization on campus. PRSSA officers are extremely excited about becoming officially recognized and have huge plans for the upcoming year. Members are going to have many opportunities to get some real world experience. “We’re so excited about this year. We just had info sessions and got a ton of new members and we’re really excited to get down to business

and start doing stuff now that we’re nationally recognized and do more as a chapter,” said Lauren Schuster, vice president of PRSSA at Auburn. There will be meetings once a month, the next one being on Thursday, Sept. 30. At the meetings, members will discuss all of their upcoming events and plan all of their campaigns. Members will visit PR firms, execute campaigns for many clients on and around campus and have many PR professionals speak at meetings, including Charles Bloom, the president of PRSA. Members have the opportunity to attend actual PRSA meetings in Birmingham and see what PRSA is all about. PRSSA members will also help plan the PRSA conference for all chapters in Alabama in Birmingham this spring.

Members will also be given the opportunity to go on a trip to Washington, D.C., for the 2010 PRSSA National Conference. At the conference there will be leadership sessions and a variety of speakers. PRSSA gives its members so many opportunities to dive in to the world of public relations. Each member will be able to network with many public relations professionals and fellow students. They will really be able to get real world experience executing public relations campaigns and working for actual clients. Joining PRSSA would be a great decision for any public relations or communication major. PRSSA definitely goes above and beyond to help its members succeed in the real world.


The Use of Social Media in the Business World By Ashley House “So I feel that it’s im portant for businesses to take advantage of the social media aspect because it’s a great way to stay connected and you’re connected immediately”

in a way that can reach just as many people? Besides being no expense to businesses, there are many other benefits to social media. Social media is really great for small business owners, because social media can be very community specific. All the same people are “friends” or “follow” each other in communities and using a facebook group There’s one thing or event would really help that’s clear in today’s spread the word about society: social media is their business. everywhere. Not a day Also, social media goes by where you don’t is a great way to relate hear the words “Twitter” or to customers in a more “Facebook” or “YouTube.” personal way. Word of It hasn’t taken to long mouth advertising is for businesses to take highly more successful advantage of all that social than normal advertising media has to offer. because consumers are Advertising can be a much more likely to huge expense for businesses believe and trust it. and many small business If you are “friends” owners just don’t have the with someone on money for it. This is where facebook, than you have social media comes in. already established some Social media is completely kind of relationship and free and that is its main trust with this person, appeal to most businesses. even if it is small. Social Why not advertise for free media is also a great way

for politicians to show voters who they really are on a more personal level. Social media is a way for businesses to get automatic feedback on their product or service and also be able to respond to that feedback. Whether someone comments on a blog or tweets about it, companies can find out exactly what consumers think about their business. Twitterfall is a site where you can actually search for what people are saying on twitter and it shows exactly what they’re saying about any topic, from Justin Bieber to the BP oil crisis. Social media is also a great way to get news out and get it out now. Newspapers are becoming increasingly less popular because now we can get news minutes after it has actually happened and at no cost to us. Social media is a great way for companies to tell people about themselves and the latest things going on


within their company. “The world is so tech-savvy right now that when we want the news and we want what’s happening, what’s up to date, what’s current, and we want it immediately, as fast as possible. So I feel that it’s important for businesses to take advantage of the social media aspect because it’s a great way to stay connected and you’re connected immediately,” said communication major Elissa Mosman. Contrast to popular belief, it is not just young adults that have social media sites. Social media is becoming increasingly popular with people of all ages. Marketing on a social media site is a way to reach people of all ages, socioeconomic classes and races. It’s a great way to reach people from all countries as well. “My Great Aunt’s 80 and she has a facebook and gets on more than I do,” said Mosman. Also, if a business wants to, they can pay to have advertisements on social media sites. This is a great way to really reach their target audience. Facebook uses direct marketing on their site. They pull in things

from the consumers’ likes and dislikes on their page (such as their interests or favorite movies) and use that to decide what advertisement to put on their page. It really is the perfect way for businesses to reach their target market. Social media is a great way for businesses to get in touch with people and market their product or service. Not only is it free but it’s a more personal way to connect with consumers and also get automatic and truthful feedback from them.

Auburn student Elissa Mosman talks about the benefits of social media.


The Auburn Creed I believe that this is a practical world and that I can count only on what I earn. Therefore, I believe in work, hard work. I believe in education, which gives me the knowledge to work wisely and trains my mind and my hands to work skillfully. I believe in honesty and truthfulness, without which I cannot win the respect and confidence of my fellow men. I believe in a sound mind, in a sound body and a spirit that is not afraid, and in clean sports that develop these qualities. I believe in obedience to law because it protects the rights of all. I believe in the human touch, which cultivates sympathy with my fellow men and mutual helpfulness and brings happiness for all. I believe in my Country, because it is a land of freedom and because it is my own home, and that I can best serve that country by “doing justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with my God.� And because Auburn men and women believe in these things, I believe in Auburn and love it. -George Petrie (1945)

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