Meet Scott Tye, CLA graduation marshal
Scott Tye is the graduation marshal for the College of Liberal Arts during the December commencement. He is graduating with a major in Communication Disorders and a minor in Theatre. He is pursuing graduate school options and hopes to become a speech-language pathologist so he can help others overcome adverstiy.
Would you please tell us about yourself?
I’m from Auburn, Ala., but I moved around frequently growing up because of my dad’s affiliation with the Air Force and Delta. I was born while he was stationed at Columbus Air Force Base in Columbus, MS. I’ve lived in Auburn since moving here in the 5th grade so I consider it to be where I’m from as opposed to Columbus. Both of my parents, my grandfather, and multiple other relatives attended Auburn University so I always thought of going to school at Auburn while growing up to continue the tradition. My major is Communication Disorders and what led me to it was actually my interest in theatre. On-stage actors use their voices and the power of speech to transport the audience into the world of the play. I want to use my education to help individuals diagnosed with [vocal] disorders to overcome them and find their voice. My minor was much easier to narrow down because I’ve always been interested in Theatre. Ever since I was little I’ve enjoyed performing in front of people, helping take their minds off what is stressing them out and allowing themselves to relax and enjoy the show.
What has your Auburn experience been like?
My experience here at Auburn has been nothing like I expected it to be, but in a good way. For starters I never would’ve thought that my time here in undergrad would’ve gone by as quickly as it has. As a freshman I was scared to come to college because it seemed like such a huge transition from high school, and it is, but I just had to keep telling myself that I was capable of handling it. I’ve loved my time here at Auburn and I would tell any freshman to really take the time to enjoy it and not stress the little things. Grades are important and so is your future, but sometimes you just have to take a step back and look around at all the amazing things this school has to offer. College is the time to meet new people, try new experiences, and find out who you really are. Auburn University prepares you to achieve all of those goals.
Do you have a favorite memory you can share with us?
A favorite memory from my time at Auburn has to be going on the Global Perspectives in Speech-Language Pathology study abroad trip. Along with two professors, and a whole lot of women (finding a guy in the field of Communication Disorders is a rarity) I traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland and Galway, Ireland. We met with professors and students in the Communication Disorders department at Queen Margaret University, University of Glasgow, and The National University of Ireland, Galway. It was an incredible opportunity for all of us because we were able to see how students at these schools learn and engage with the same material that we were learning. The trip showed me that just because we may live on different continents doesn’t mean anything, we’re all striving towards the same goal of helping people find their voice.
What are your plans after graduation? And do you think your CLA education has prepared you?
I am currently in the process of applying to graduate school in Speech-Language Pathology. My hope is to start this next step of my journey next fall, and I would love to continue my education here at Auburn in the graduate program within the Department of Communication Disorders. Looking beyond my graduate education, I want to be a speech-language pathologist (SLP) who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of craniofacial anomalies. This area is of special importance to me as having been someone who was almost born with a cleft lip and palate. I believe that my CLA education has helped me towards reaching this goal because within the College of Liberal Arts we are exposed to such a wide-variety of knowledge about different cultures and people. As a future SLP, I will be working with individuals from all kinds of cultures/backgrounds, and it’s important to be aware of this before entering into the field. Culture and communication are so connected to one another which makes it so crucial to take classes that introduced me to those ideals.
What will you miss most about Auburn? And what is something you recommend other students do before leaving Auburn?
What I’m going to miss most about Auburn University is being surrounded by the community of friends that I’ve been a part of since freshman year. The friends that I have made here really have become like my family and we have been through so much together. I know that even after graduation we’ll still keep in contact, but it’s not going to be same without having them so close by. That’s what I would recommend to other students here at Auburn, find a group of people that can be there to support you. College isn’t always easy and during those difficult times are when you really need to have your friends there to back you up. Also, everyone should get lunch at the Amsterdam Café food truck before they graduate because they never disappoint with their food. War Eagle!
Last Updated: November 20, 2018