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Student Spotlight: Haley Todd selected as SGA "Outstanding Students Award" for 2019-2020

Written by Ally Shumpert, student author in the College of Liberal Arts

Haley Todd

Although her last semester as an Auburn student was cut short due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, senior Haley Todd ended her time at Auburn with an amazing accomplishment. She was recently chosen to represent the College of Liberal Arts as one of Auburn’s Student Government Association’s “Outstanding Students” for the 2019-2020 school year. 

Todd, a senior majoring in social work, said she found out in early March via email that she had been chosen to be the recipient for the prestigious award.

“I was excited to learn I had won the award and shared the news with my family. I'm grateful that, although the awards ceremony had to be canceled, the Student Government Association and the College of Liberal Arts have committed to recognizing the accomplishment in other ways,” Todd said. 

According to the Auburn University website, “Each year, Auburn University’s Student Government Association gives recognition to outstanding faculty and students who are nominated by leaders in their schools and colleges. This recognition gives every school and college at Auburn the opportunity to honor outstanding individuals for their accomplishments.”

Upon graduation, Todd is hoping to move to Accra, Ghana, in September for an internship with International Justice Mission. She will be working alongside the Country Director to stop child trafficking and slavery in the Lake Volta region. If she is unable to go to Ghana due to travel restrictions imposed by COVID-19, Todd plans to pursue other opportunities to work with international populations and advocate for social justice. Eventually, she plans to attend law school, study international human rights, and apply her legal education to advance worldwide gender equality.

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Todd says she has been doing a lot of crafts, including but not limited to sewing masks to donate to local hospitals, knitting a baby blanket for her cousin who is expecting a baby soon, and even learning how to embroider. 

When the pandemic subsides and things return to normal, Todd says she hopes to be able to return to Auburn for the graduation ceremony in August because “it would be so special to celebrate that accomplishment with my friends and family, especially after being apart for so long due to COVID-19.”

As her time at Auburn comes to a close, Todd says she made one of her most favorite memories while recently walking through campus with one of her closest friends. They took pictures of the flowers blooming and visited spots that had been special to them the past four years, and even though her time at Auburn didn’t end as she had planned, this opportunity helped them find some closure and gave them a chance to reminisce on the many wonderful memories they have made in their time at Auburn over the past four years. 

When asked what advice she had to give to students who wanted to be successful at Auburn, she said, “Don't put yourself in a box! If you told freshman me that I would change my major to Social Work, serve as a Camp War Eagle parent counselor, or travel to India for a short-term study abroad program, I would never have believed it. But by trying new things and putting myself out there, I had incredible experiences that I wouldn't trade the world for.”

 


 

Last Updated: May 07, 2020