Peer Advisor Wisdom with Kira Kingston

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Peer Advisor Wisdom

Name: Kira Kingston
Hometown: Jacksonville, AL
Major: Communications        
Classification: Junior

Q: Which class has been your favorite taken at Auburn so far?

A: My favorite class that I have taken at Auburn so far would have to be Small Group Communication with Professor Jeremy Walden. One thing that made this class one of my favorites was that Professor Walden made us learn each other’s names even though we were in a class of around 30 people, which is something that doesn’t happen often in college or in the real world. By learning each other’s names, I felt like as a class, we became comfortable with each other and were able to have in depth conversations rather than surface level chitchat. We also played team-bonding games, and talked in small groups or in class about real things happening in the real world. I really appreciated how interactive the class was, and I have many great memories and met some really amazing people because of it. 

Q: What is the best technology-based resource at Auburn?

A: In my opinion, the best technology based resource at Auburn is DegreeWorks. I'm a planner, so I like to be able to see how my academic progress is coming along for myself rather than having to rely solely on my advisors, and trying not to sound too much like an infomercial, DegreeWorks really does help you do just that. I’m able to see what classes I have left to take, which classes gave me credit towards my major and which classes didn’t, and DegreeWorks has a What If option where I can see what classes I would have to take if I were to change my major or add a minor. I also use the GPA calculator on DegreeWorks regularly throughout each semester in order to prepare myself for what my GPA might rise or drop to.

Q: What do you wish someone had told you before you started as a student at Auburn?

A: I wish someone had told me that college should be seen as a place to pursue something that you're passionate about, rather than as a stepping stone to making a lot of money, which is originally the idea I fixated on. I started out in engineering my freshmen year, convincing myself that that path was what was best for me, but really just wanting to make enough money so I could travel and do what I love. After my Freshmen year, and many tears from Honors Calculus, I realized that I wanted to major in something that would require me to travel, something that would require me to do what I love rather than allowing me to do what I love when or if I get a chance. I wish someone would have not only told me, but stressed to me that no matter what you major in or what path you choose to pursue, if you're passionate about it and are willing to work hard, you can not only be successful, but truly content with your career. Job satisfaction is often seen as a fortuitous benefit rather than what it should be, a priority.   

Q: Where are your favorite places to study on campus?

A: I love to work on assignments or write papers in coffee shops like Mama Mocha's , Starbucks, or The Bean, where there's a bit of background noise but it’s not too loud that I can't focus. However, when I need to really concentrate and study, I tend to go to quieter areas such as the library, upstairs in Foy, or just right outside my classroom before class starts (not the best option but it often works). 

Q: How do you balance your social and academic obligations?

A: I have found that when trying to balance my social and academic obligations, using a free hour in between my classes or in between work to do assignments and study is a great way to get homework out of the way. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not always studying or working on assignments in between my classes. Oftentimes I just want to unwind and watch Netflix or stare at my phone for an hour scrolling back and forth through apps I never open. However, when I do feel motivated, I find it easier to complete assignments and write papers between classes or right after classes somewhere away from my apartment because once I step into my apartment, I usually won’t do anything until midnight that night, or early tomorrow morning (also not a good idea). It’s important to have a social life and enjoy college, but it is also very important to study and focus on your academia. After all, we’re supposed to be here for a good time, not a long time no matter how scary the outside world may seem.

Last Updated: September 05, 2017