Get to Know Alpha O: Anna Grace Breedlove!

Get to know Alpha O with Anna Grace Breedlove! Anna Grace is a freshman from Vestavia Hills, Alabama, studying Biomedical Sciences - Pre Med. She was nominated by her friends Jordan Woody and Brooke Bouton! "She is the best friend to anyone who needs one. She will sit with you while you get your nails done, go to the doctor when you need your mom but she’s not here, or do a jig when prompted. Simply the best." said Brooke Bouton. "Since bid day, Anna Grace and I have become so so close and I couldn’t even imagine in high school being such great friends with her like I am now. I know that I can always tell her anything. She gives me the best advice and always listens to me. Overall she is the chillest most down to earth girl and I think AOII is very lucky to have her!!" said Jordan Woody.

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What is your favorite AOII memory?

My favorite AOII memory would probably have to be my first… Bid day!! It was so nice to finally be done with the stressful week and to get to run home to so many cool new people!

What is the best trip you have ever been on?

The best trip I have ever been on was this past summer when my family and I went to Hawaii! It was absolutely beautiful, and there was no shortage of cool things to do. It truly is paradise!!

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What makes Auburn so special to you?

There are too many reasons to name for why Auburn is such a special place. For starters, I love the way the student body is like a family. We all like to rally around one cause especially when it comes to football!

What is your major and why did you choose it?

My major is currently biomedical sciences, and I chose it so maybe one day I could be a doctor. Although it is challenging and makes me spend lots of time in RBD, I am hoping it will be rewarding in the end.

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Get to Know Alpha O: Sara Masaschi

Get to Know Alpha O with Sara Masaschi! Sara is a sophomore from Greenville, South Caroline, majoring in industrial design. She was nominated by her friend, Elizabeth Clardy, who said, "Sara is one of my very favorite humans. She's extremely talented and is killing it in her industrial design program. Although she's very dedicated to school, she always has time for her friends. She's extremely loyal, and I know that whenever I need her, she's there, ready to go. My life would be a lot less sunny without her killer dad jokes and GNO playlists. Wherever Sara goes she brings joy and love: evidence of how she allows the Lord to work through her life. She's doing big things and I'm so blessed to call her my best friend."

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Describe yourself in 3 words.

"I had to ask my friends to help me with this one! They came up with compassionate, outgoing, and funny."

Why did you choose Industrial Design as your major?

"I actually originally applied to Auburn as an engineering major, but I knew that I wanted more creativity in my major. When I came and toured Auburn, I stayed with my neighbor from home who was in industrial design, and I realized that it was something I was really interested in. I went through the summer program and was accepted into the industrial design program this fall, and I love it. I spend all my time in studio, but I don’t mind because it’s something that I love to do and I’m with a ton of other people who have the same creative mindset I have."

Tell us about your love of art.

"My love for art really started in high school with photography. I joined yearbook and became editor, and I absolutely loved photographing different events for it. I then started going out and taking pictures on my own and fell in love with the creativity of it. I then got really into painting and would paint on my own all throughout high school. Art has always been a way for me to relax. This summer, with the Industrial Design Summer-op, I worked with materials that I had never tried before which was challenging, but I loved it. We did lots of sketching, but my favorite was the marker rendering section. We drew different objects with Copic or Prismacolor markers, which I had so much fun with. With my major being a design major, I am lucky enough to get to have that creativity in my everyday!"

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What is your favorite thing you’re involved with?

"Outside of AOII, my favorite thing I’m involved in is Highlands Church. Being from South Carolina, I didn’t know what Highlands was, but I quickly found my home there. This semester, I have had the privilege of doing the 252 Internship there, and I have made the greatest friendships and grown in my faith more than I could have imagined. I’m so sad for it to be over next semester, but I will continue to be involved in Highlands because it’s the place that I love the most in Auburn."

What’s your favorite AOII memory? 

"My favorite memory was spring break last year. A bunch of us rented a huge house in Seaside, and we had the most relaxing break ever. We sat on the beach all day, and then at night, we would have movie nights/dance parties. I have never laughed so hard because of how bad Olivia Trehern and I were at dancing. Everyone else that was there had been dancers in high school, so they actually looked good, but Olivia and I looked like complete dorks trying to dance. It was an amazing time and I got so close with the girls there. Definitely one of my absolute favorite memories."

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"To me AOII is my home away from home. Being from out-of-state, joining AOII was one of the biggest blessings I have had at Auburn. I’ve met my life long friends in AOII and I’m so so thankful for them. AOII is the most supportive group of girls and I wouldn’t have found my place at Auburn without them!" 

Get to Know Alpha O: Morgan Edwards

Get to know Alpha O with Morgan Edwards! Morgan is a senior from Trussville, studying political science. She was nominated by her friend, Julia Shelley, who said, "Morgan is the type of friend who will ask you the hard questions and love you no matter your answer. She will drop absolutely everything to help you, and she will do so with such joy and a smile on her face. I am incredibly thankful to AOII for giving me a friend like her!" 

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What's your favorite AOII memory?

"My favorite AOII memory is probably the Atlanta Braves social we went to this year. It was just a sweet night with some of my best friends getting to be ridiculous and funny, while watching the Braves win in their brand new stadium!!"

What’s your favorite thing you’re involved in, besides AOII?

"For the past two years, I have had the incredible opportunity to work as an athletic recruiter for the Auburn football team. Through this organization, I have gotten to show my love of Auburn to incoming football recruits and watch them fall in love with Auburn and eventually commit to play here. Getting to see the players that you had a part in getting to Auburn running through Tigerwalk before the game, scoring a touchdown, or giving you a hug after a long game will always be one of my most treasured memories from Auburn!!"

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Describe your ideal day.

"Sleeping in, waking up to brunch made by my wonderful roomies (S/o to Jessica Stevens), spending time in the Word, getting to watch football with Julia Shelley, eating lunch/drinking Toomer’s on Samford with Claire Langford, and ending the night watching a rom com with my best friends."

Tell us about your trip to Ecuador this past summer.

 "This past summer I had the incredible blessing of being able to work as an intern in an orphanage called the "Happiness Foundation" in Quito, Ecuador for two months. I was mostly the liaison between the North American church teams and the orphanage (particularly the 90 kids living there). Through this, I learned a ton about the culture, the language, and how to love kids who were different in almost every way from me but loved me so well. I absolutely loved being able to see how adoption and orphan care are two things that are so close to the Lord’s heart. Earthly adoption is a beautiful picture of our adoption through the blood of Jesus Christ into an eternal, heavenly home with our Father. Getting to love on these sweet kiddos was a true treasure!!"

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"AOII will always be incredibly special to me. It introduced me to some of my best friends, girls who would disciple me, and girls I would get the privilege of pouring into. Those friendships are incredibly meaningful to me and will last forever."