Peer Advisor Wisdom with Paige Alven
Peer Advisor Wisdom
Name: Paige Alven
Hometown: Johnson City, TN
Q: Which class has been your favorite at Auburn so far?
A: One of my favorite classes that I have taken at Auburn so far is Research Methods in Psychology with Dr. Bill Buskist. This class taught me how important it is to build relationships with your professors and teaching assistants, as well as how to get the most out of group work. We rarely had lectures during class; instead, everything we learned was discussion-based which allowed for open communication and a unique kind of teaching style that I had never experienced in a classroom before. This class experience transformed a topic that I assumed would be boring into one of the most interesting and exciting classes I’ve ever taken, and it even sparked my interest in getting involved as an Undergraduate Research Assistant. I really appreciate all of the real-world experience I gained from this class and my professor that I can apply no matter what I do in the future.
Q: What is the best technology based resource at Auburn?
A: In my opinion, one of the best technology-based resources at Auburn is Tiger Scheduler. This is an extremely useful tool when course registration comes along, and it’s an easy and fun way to plan your schedule for next semester. Tiger Scheduler allows you to flip through pre-made schedules of the classes you want to enroll in and all the times they are available. It will even show you other options for the same class at the same time in case one section fills up quickly, and you can save your ideal schedule to “favorites” so you can access it when your registration time ticket date gets closer. This resource saves a lot of time in the planning process and provides plenty of scheduling options to ease the stress of registration.
Q: What do you wish someone had told you before you started as a student at Auburn?
A: Before starting school at Auburn, I wish someone had told me that it’s okay if you do not know exactly what you want to do. Often there is a lot of pressure from family or friends who may know exactly which career they want to pursue, but that isn’t always the same path for everyone. College is a time full of opportunities to explore classes, clubs, and extracurricular activities that you may have never had the chance to do before, and it’s so important to step out of your comfort zone and try whatever interests you. There are multiple resources like the Career Center that can help you discover your passions, and your Academic Advisor, department faculty, and other professors can help point you in the right direction. Finding what you are passionate about can change your life, and sometimes it takes a few years to figure that out – it’s okay!
Q: Where are your favorite places to study on campus?
A: My favorite place to study on campus is the third floor of the Student Center. During the day, the Quiet Zone is a great place to get assignments done between classes or study for an upcoming exam. There are plenty of places to grab a quick snack and get back to work, and its central location on campus makes it a convenient spot no matter where you are. Additionally, the new Mell Classroom Building at RBD Library offers a variety of seating options, quiet spaces, and study rooms, and you certainly can’t beat the view from those windows!
Q: How do you balance your social and academic obligations?
A: The best way for me to balance my time is to plan ahead. After the first week of classes, I know when most of my assignments and exams are due so I can plan for the upcoming weeks. When I devote my time to studying, I try alternating 50 minutes of school time with 10 minutes of break time until everything I need to complete is done. Obviously this isn’t easy, but it’s an extremely helpful way to give your brain a break after some intense concentration. I’ve also found that a good way to combine social activities and academics is to invite your friends to study with you and maybe grab dinner together as a break. Sometimes it’s hard to learn when you have been staring at your notes alone for hours on end, so spending some study time with friends can lighten the mood. It is important to have fun and enjoy your college years outside of the classroom, and sticking to a study plan can be an excellent way to ease the burden of allocating your time efficiently.
Last Updated: September 18, 2017