So here it is. The year I have been dreading for four years now: my senior year of college. December is fast approaching, which means I only have one more semester left at the best school in the entire nation. For some, graduation is an exciting time because it means no more school. For others, it’s the day we have dreaded since stepping foot here for the very first time.
As scary as it is to graduate, it has to come and we might as well make the most of it. At Auburn, there a several things that upperclassmen will tell lowerclassmen that they need to do during the next four years. After thinking about graduating, I came up with a list of things that all Auburn students must do before they walk across the stage and receive their diploma.
1. HAVE TOOMERS ON SAMFORD LAWN
Samford Lawn is the most iconic spot on Auburn’s campus. On a pretty fall or spring day, the lawn will be covered with students studying, catching up, throwing the football or walking their dogs. While at Auburn, it is a must to not only have Toomers Lemonade, but to drink it on Samford Lawn. Toomers is located steps from Samford Lawn, so just bring the lemonade on over to campus. Something about having Toomers Lemonade on Samford Lawn makes it taste even better. It’s hard to describe, but if you’re an Auburn student you’ll understand as soon as you do it.
2. GO TO AWAY FOOTBALL GAMES
Every year I made an effort to attend one Auburn football away game. Let me just say, that I should have attended as many as possible. Senior year, I made a pact with myself to attend all of them unless there was no way I couldn’t. I made it to every game but the Missouri game. Not only does it allow you to see more Auburn football games, but it gives you an excuse to travel to other states and schools and meet new people.
3. VISIT CHEWACLA
Chewacla State Park is any adventure, nature loving person’s playground. All it takes is $2 to get in and you have hiking/biking trails galore and a river to take a nice dip in. You can rent a bike, hammock or kayak from the outdoor rental store at the Auburn Recreation and Wellness Center to take to the state park.
4. STUDY ABROAD
This is my biggest regret while attending Auburn. There are so many ways to study abroad at Auburn, that there is no excuse not to. From yearlong, single semester and summer study abroad programs, Auburn has something for everyone. Why not take a class in another country and get credit for it?
5. FIND THE SECRET TUNNELS
Word on the street is that there are secret underground tunnels that run all over campus underground. There is even one that leads to the fifty-yard line of Jordan-Hare Stadium. Find someone on campus who has previously done this and go on a hidden tour of Auburn University.
6. CLIMB SAMFORD HALL
Only certain organizations on campus have the privilege of being able to climb to the top of Samford Hall. Find one of these organizations to get involved in, or get someone higher up in Samford Hall to take you to the top. Once at the top you have the opportunity to sign the clock tower and leave your forever mark on Auburn University.
7. CLIMB CATER HALL
As you go through your four years at Auburn, you will more than likely see a picture of someone standing on the roof of Cater Hall. Visit one of the upper quad dorms located besides Cater Hall to get access to the roof. Just knock on the door that has window access, and I’m sure they will understand. It comes with the territory.
8. VISIT THE RED BARN
If you ever want a photo shoot, the Red Barn is the place to do it. When the sun is setting, the view from the red barn over the little lake is breathtaking. There is nothing like an Auburn sunset, because God is an Auburn fan, right? Whip out those cellphones and document the view on social media for everyone to see.
9. ROLL TOOMERS CORNER
This is a no-brainer. After every football win, the Auburn Family and community makes it way to Toomers Corner to roll the oak trees. It doesn’t snow in Auburn often, so this is our own version of a “Winner Wonderland.” Take part in rolling Toomers by throwing a roll of toilet paper up into the trees.
10. EXPERIENCE CALLOUTS
There is no tradition like Cater Callouts. When you interview for an organization at Auburn, instead of posting a list of who was accepted, your name will be read aloud on the back steps of Cater Hall for the entire Auburn Family to hear. Everyone gathers to celebrate and congratulate the new members of the organization.