Get to Know Alpha O: Julie McDaniel

Julie is from Montgomery, AL and is starting Pharmacy school at Auburn in the fall! She was nominated by Bonnie DeCarlo who said, "Julie is smart, kind, generous and above all the most loving friend! She consistently lives out the values that we embody in AOII and serves as an uplifting role model to our chapter. Julie always makes everyone laugh (even if it’s sometimes at her expense) and she is truly such a light in her pledge class! I wish that I could show half of the grace and kindness that she demonstrates daily!".

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What are some things you are passionate about?

I am passionate about children because I think it is so important to teach them what is truly about important in life at a young age. This summer, I am working at Summer Show-Offs, a show-choir camp for children of all ages. I am a counselor for the 1st and 2nd graders, and although our goal is to teach them to be confident, our main goal is to show them the love of Christ through the way we live. I am passionate about sharing the good news of Christ to these children.

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What is your favorite AOII memory?

There are way too many amazing AOII memories to choose just one. I think my favorite memories are from living on the hall and having movie nights with girls on the hall and just hanging out with everyone. Although planned AOII events are fun, the most fun times are when we just all get together and hang out.

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

My favorite thing that I am involved in besides AOII is definitely AU Singers. AU Singers is Auburn’s show-choir, and like AOII, it has an incredible family atmosphere. I have had the opportunity to serve AU Singers as secretary my sophomore year and as vice-president this past year. It has been a tremendous blessing to perform with AU Singers and meet some of my best friends along the way!

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What do you like most about your role as Chaplain?

As Chaplain, I have the opportunity to serve AOII in a different way than other leadership positions. I enjoy giving devotions at weekly chapter meetings and allowing our members to slow down from the business of college for a few minutes and reflect on what is truly important. It is so easy to get caught up in the craziness of classes and involvement, but I think it is crucial to pause and remember that the reason we exist is to glorify the God of the Universe who created us and loves us unconditionally.

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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!"