Peer Advisor Wisdom with Jessica Barnett
Name: Jessica Barnett
Hometown: Headland, AL
Q: Which class has been your favorite at Auburn so far?
A: My favorite class that I have taken at Auburn so far would be Psychology in the Workplace. Not only was the material very interesting, the professor made a point to engage the class in lively group discussions. Psychology in the Workplace also taught great life lessons that everyone can use beyond the field of psychology. For example, this course taught me the importance of focusing on every aspect of a job before choosing it as a career. It taught me that just as it is important to make sure that you are qualified to do the work it is also vital that you are happy with the work that you are doing. If someone isn’t thrilled about the work they are doing they may not only slack off and potentially get fired, but also cause issues in their personal lives as well. Therefore, it is better to live to work rather than work to live.
Q: What is the best technology based resource at Auburn?
A: The best technology based resource at Auburn is AU Access. Within it, there are many features that are very useful to students, such as accessing Canvas for all assignments and class information, DegreeWorks, which allows students to check their academic progress, and Advise Assist which allows students to make an appointment with their advisors. It even allows you to access to things such as finding different organizations to join on campus through the AU Involve tab and ordering tickets to athletic events. AU Access is truly one of the most useful resources that Auburn has to offer and has certainly been my go-to for everything during my time at Auburn.
Q: What do you wish someone had told you before you started as a student at Auburn?
A: I wish someone told me that I wasn’t alone in my journey to my degree. When I began my academic career at Auburn, I was under the impression that no one else cared if I finished my degree or not and that it was all up to me .While I was still responsible for putting in the effort and the work to obtain my degree, I had no idea the kind of support that I would receive throughout the years from my Auburn family. From very helpful professors who would reply to all my frantic emails and who pointed me to additional resources when I needed further guidance, to my academic advisor who was there with me to offer encouragement and sound academic advice when I needed it the most. Even fellow students, I found would all band together and help each other out by proofreading essays before final submissions and forming study groups before each exam. At the end of the day, it takes a village, and as a student at Auburn University, it is the “loveliest village on the plains.”
Q: Where are your favorite places to study on campus?
A: My favorite places to study on campus are the third floor in the Student Center and anywhere on the first or second floors of the library. I find that I study best when there is a little background noise, so these spots are usually perfect for me to study. These areas are also very great options for students looking for places to study in groups as there are usually large spaces to work.
Q: How do you balance your social and academic obligations?
A: I balance social and academic obligations by organizing my time each week. I devote a certain amount of time for homework and studying each day throughout the week. If I don’t have anything very pressing and I believe that I have put in enough study time for the week, I will usually spend time with my friends during the weekend. If we are all studying for tests however, we may study together and quiz each other which really helps us absorb and understand the material more than studying on our own.
Last Updated: August 08, 2019