Peer Advisor Wisdom with Grace Friedenreich, senior in Psychology

Name: Grace Friedenreich
Hometown: Auburn, AL
Major: Psychology
Classification: Senior

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Which class has been your favorite at Auburn so far?

My favorite class at Auburn was my Developmental Psychology class. The professor who taught it was really interesting and made the class really engaging for me. The topic that we were studying was not directly related to what I want to do with my degree later in life, but it was still very interesting. I have even been able to use some of the strategies we talked about in class during babysitting gigs.

This class is open to all majors and I would highly recommend it to anyone that needed another psychology course, or even an elective!


What is the best technology-based resource at Auburn?

I use DegreeWorks all of the time. It really has helped me on numerous occasions with planning ahead and knowing what paths I could take to complete my degree. I also love that I can go in and make a plan with my advisor and still be able to see it whenever I log into the program. A lot of my planning for classes happens in spare moments at work or in random moments not filled with something else, so to have all of my notes and degree requirements completely online where I can access them is wonderful. 


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

I wish that someone had told me to stop stressing about classes. I remember that I was so concerned about getting all of my classes done and I was so worried about getting classes at "good" times. I realized, after my freshman year, that there are so many ways to get a degree at Auburn, especially a liberal arts degree, and I was going to have plenty of time to fit everything in. I also realized that getting the classes I wanted to take, with professors whose teaching style would work for me, was way more important than the class being at a particular time. 


Where are your favorite places to study on campus?

I try to find places on campus that are not highly occupied. I study best when I am alone, unless I am actively teaching someone the material from the class, so I make sure to find a spot that I can put my headphones in and not have to worry about overhearing conversations and having a bunch of people moving around. At the same time, I don't like the fourth floor of the library because it's too quiet. A perfect compromise for me is the quiet zone of the student center. I always have an {electrical} outlet, there is noise but it's not an overwhelming amount, and I have my own space to work out of. 


How do you balance your social and academic obligations?

I balance everything pretty much by writing it all down and setting reminders on my phone. Even if it's just dinner with a friend, I have found that I need phone alerts and the reminders to keep everything straight. Most of the time I am already thinking about the thing I have to do, or the next place I have to be when the reminder pops up on my phone, but it has saved me more than a few times over my three years at Auburn. 

Last Updated: August 07, 2018