Mountain Home, Arkansas
International Politics & German
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Being Challenged. Gaining New Perspective. Preparing for Tomorrow.
Junior Austin Seaborn is looking forward to building his life around the foundation he's set in his first three years at Drury - a process that has certainly kept the Mountain Home, Arkansas native busy. In addition to double majoring in international politics and German, Austin is also active in a number of campus organizations, including SIFE, Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, Leadership and Volunteer Development, and Student Government Association.
Having Fun, Gaining Valuable Experience
While Austin's busy schedule offers plenty of fun, there's another reason he's doing his best to learn new skills both in and out of the classroom: Austin's hope is that these campus leadership roles will help him gain the necessary experience for challenges in his professional career after college.
His involvement as the Vice President of Student Affairs in student government, for example, has provided him with experience working in groups and developing negotiation skills that he hopes to continue building upon in law school.
"I've really learned how to work in a group of people more than I feel I got to learn in high school," Austin says. "I'm in situations where we're working with a team of 40 to 50 people and it's not just about what I want. It's what the team wants and what's best for the university."
Being Pushed to Face New Challenges
Throughout his first three years at Drury, Austin has been challenged and pushed to achieve by his professors. In fact, that challenging nature is why he cites Dr. John Taylor as his favorite professor on campus - and certainly not because Dr. Taylor's classes have been easy to get through.
"He has pushed me so hard to the point where he's the professor I get the most frustrated with, but that in the end I know everything is for a reason," Austin says. "He is the person that sees in me what I can't see in myself yet. He's such an inspiration for me."
Preparing for Life after Drury
As he continues to look toward graduation in 2013 and what lies beyond it, Austin says he feels prepared for the future. In fact, he expects that Drury's small campus and ease of developing personal relationships with faculty and other students will be a huge benefit in graduate school.
"Drury is really unique because we don't have that many people here," he says. "It's a small campus and there's a lot of one on one time with the professors. I have one class where there are just two students. It's a lot of personalized time where we can sit down and talk with the professor about what we want to do after college."
After graduating from Drury next year, Austin plans to go to graduate school in Washington, D.C. at Georgetown University to study law.