Going beyond college expectations

Briana Deckard, '13

Senior communication major Briana Deckard is making the most of her college experience through her involvement in numerous student life activities.

By Briana Deckard, ’13

When choosing a college, I knew two things: I wanted to attend school outside of my home state of Indiana, and I wanted to run track and cross country. After attending Aurora University for three years, I’ve realized that there are many reasons why I’m happy with my choice to attend AU.

Going to a smaller school allows for many opportunities that I don’t believe I would find at a larger university. AU professors provide individualized attention. The faculty actually engage in the learning process with their students. That kind of attention truly makes me feel like a valued part of the community.

There are experiences outside of the classroom that make me feel connected to AU too, such as being on the track and cross country teams. I’m able to form close friendships with my teammates, and my coach and I communicate with ease. Being a student-athlete also has taught me a lot about leadership and teamwork.

Beyond running, I’ve explored different opportunities to be involved at AU. This past year my friends introduced me to the Latin American Student Organization. LASO has given me an outlet to experience diversity and learn about other cultures. And, I’ve got an on-campus job that keeps me busy, but organized. I work in the Office of Admission where I supervise peers who make calls to
high school students. We answer questions about the university and talk about the benefits of an AU education.

So I’m mixing it up in college—and that’s my advice to other students. Seek out activities you enjoy, and don’t be afraid to try new things. College is an opportunity to grow personally, professionally and emotionally. There’s more to experience at AU than you realize.