Peer Advisor Wisdom with Bizzie Murphree, Senior in English Literature and Political Science
Name: Bizzie Murphree
Major: English Literature and Political Science
Hometown: Auburn, AL
What class has been your favorite at Auburn so far?
My favorite class so far was my American Government course, POLI 1090, during my sophomore year. It really made me realize how much I loved the major I was in, because I found all of the topics covered in that class interesting and I was always ready to learn more. It was that first real introduction into my major and I liked that it assuaged a lot of my worries about my major change, and I ended up taking several more classes with the same professor later on.
What is the best technology-based resource at Auburn?
I think Canvas is the best technology resource at Auburn, especially during these virtual times. It has absolutely everything that is needed for the majority of classes, and I love how it easily displays them as a sort of to-do list on the calendar tab. It's always super satisfying to watch as Canvas strikes through every assignment, quiz, and test you complete throughout the week. The other thing I'd like to highlight is DegreeWorks. That feature of AU Access is amazing and has saved me so many times during registration. It basically allows you to calculate every 'What if' you can possibly think of during the stressful times of registration week.
What do you wish someone had told you before you started as a student at Auburn?
I wish someone would have told me to become much more involved on campus. I wasn't very involved on campus during my first few years here, and I wish I had been. Organizations on campus can be very fun and exciting when you find one that matches your current interests.
Where are your favorite places to study on campus?
My favorite places to study on campus would have to be either the library or the Haley Center. I typically like to sit in the Haley Center, but if I'm in need of some serious study time, I'll reserve a study room for that prime study space. I enjoy both of them because they are easy to settle down in, and they are in very convenient locations for many CLA students. It's really nice to pull out your laptop and some headphones and just go to work. Plus, should you ever be in need of a snack, you're surrounded by good places for food in the forms of food trucks, snack machines, and stores.
How have you been able to maintain your social and academic involvement during the COVID pandemic?
I keep an electronic and a physical planner with me at all times. I write every appointment, assignment, and shift down in them in order to keep up with everything. It's the best way for me to stay organized during these crazy times, especially when I'm trying to keep up with what classes will be virtual or in-person for that week. It's nothing very detailed, but it's an outline of dates, times, and meetings that I have to be sure to complete for that week.