Emily M. Hedrick

Emily M. Hedrick

Auburn, Alabama

Emily on AU Sign


Auburn University

In high school, I always wanted to go away from my small hometown for college. For some reason my heart pointed south and I applied to several schools. I was accepted into the Seamless Program at Auburn, a program of about 200 freshman who were officially enrolled at Auburn Montgomery, but lived in Auburn and had class on Auburn’s campus. After completing two semesters with an adequate GPA, students “seamlessly” transfer to Auburn, having one year college experience and knowing the campus and culture.

As a freshman I had no clue what I wanted to major in, but I kept leaning towards liberal arts and I first declared political science as my major. In my sophomore year I changed to public administration, but I wasn’t sure that I wanted to take that path either. After my spring semester of sophomore year, I took a break from school to work full-time and gain in-state tuition status. In spring 2014 I took part-time class at Southern State community college and during the fall I was awarded in-state tuition. Before getting back into school I found public relations major and thought it would be a perfect combination of my interests in communication and business.

I started back with a journalism, marketing, communication and business law class. I finally felt at place and interested in all my classes. Not to mention I was back from a school break and was ready to focus and put forth all I could to my classes. That semester, I interviewed to be a mentor for the Young Women Leaders Program (YWLP) at Auburn and was chosen to be a “big sister” for the next school year. I also applied and was accepted into the public relations major. In summer 2015 I took three classes at Auburn during the second mini-mester. It was a crazy experience having each hour and a half class five days a week, back-to-back-to-back. But I enjoyed the mini-mester and wish I would have been able to utilize it before. In fall I took classes in management, human resources management, newswriting, and public relations, plus class time and meeting time for YWLP. This spring, I am taking Multimedia Writing for Public Relations, Public Relations Research and Style and Design. After this semester I have to take two classes and complete my internship, then I will graduate in December 2016.

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