Camp War Eagle Counselor Information

 
4 photos in collage - 1 Counselor leading group, 1 Counselor talking to group, Counselor leading parents during Pep Rally, group of 6 Counselors.

Camp War Eagle is Auburn’s summer orientation experience for incoming freshmen and their families. The purpose of Camp War Eagle is to help familiarize incoming students with Auburn's campus, traditions, and numerous student services and programs. Freshmen participate in student-led small group discussions about college life and other educational sessions, learn about Auburn history and traditions, and connect with representatives from other campus offices. A parent/family program runs concurrently to the student program. It strives to give families confidence in their student’s decision to attend Auburn University.

To Apply:

  1. Read all requirements and mandatory dates and ensure there are no conflicts. Click on the buttons above for more information about each position.
  2. Review the application details so you can be prepared to submit your application. 
  3. Submit your application by Wednesday, October 6 at noon.
  4. Sign up for your Round 1 Interview by Wednesday, October 6 at noon. More information will be provided in the application. The sooner you apply and sign up for an interview time, the more options you will have. We respectfully ask that you not select your interview time until the application has been submitted. 
  5. Review the next steps about the interview process.

Incomplete applications or applicants without an interview time will not be considered.

Timeline:

What to do When
Submit your Online Application By Wednesday, October 6 at noon
Sign-up for First Round Interviews - more instructions will be provided in the application  By Wednesday, October 6 at noon
First Round Interviews, 189 Foy Hall October 11-14
Second Round Interviews, 189 Foy Hall October 27-29 and November 1

 

Announcement of SOS Orientation Leaders and CWE Counselors:

Teams will be announced on Tuesday, November 9 at 8 p.m. and newly selected leaders will have an Introductory Meeting on Wednesday, November 10 at 8 p.m.

More information will be provided during the second round of interviews. 

 

Interview Information:

First Round Interviews will be a Group Interview:

During the first round interviews, you will complete several activities with a small group of other applicants. Attire for this round is casual – jeans/casual pants, polo/nice top, comfortable shoes. Athletic attire (Nike shorts, other gym shorts, yoga pants, t-shirts) and dressy attire (skirts, heels, suit & tie) is not recommended.

This round of interviews will be in person. If you are required to be quarantined, not feeling well or unable to be in person, please email fyedesk@auburn.edu for assistance. Virtual interviews will only be available on a case-by-case basis.

Second Round Interviews will be an Individual Q&A Interview with a panel of AU students and staff:

This round of interviews will be in-person and will follow social distancing guidelines. If you are required to be quarantined, not feeling well or unable to be in person, please email fyedesk@auburn.edu for assistance. Virtual interviews will only be available on a case-by-case basis.

Get to know past CWE Counselors as they answer Frequently Asked Questions about the CWE Counselor position.

ANTHONY BOSTANY
2018 CC
Marketing
KILEY BRADY
2019 PC
Biomedical Sciences
ADDIE CARDWELL
2020 CC
Rehabilitation & Disability Studies
HARRISON CARTER
2019 CC
Public Administration
JASIMINE CUNNINGHAM
2019 PC
Fitness Conditioning & Performance
SAIGIM GARCIA
2019 CC
Rehabilitation & Disability Studies
OLIVIA GILLESPIE
2020 CC
Nutrition - Dietetics
ADA RUTH HUNTLEY
2019 CC
Nutrition - Wellness
XAVIER KIMBRELL
2019 PC
Biochemistry
ALICIA PERALTA
2018 PC
Nursing
LUKE SIEGEL
2020 CC
Marketing
JP WILLIAMS
2020 CC
Marketing

 

Describe your favorite moment during your time as a CWE Counselor.

My favorite moments during my time as a counselor were being able to connect with my campers. As simple as an ice breaker may seem, those activities allowed for me to be able to connect with my freshman and show them that not only was I their counselor but their friend as well. – Olivia

 

My favorite moments were during Tiger Talk four, where we got to tell them about athletic events as well as life on campus. Seeing the faces of my campers light up when I got to tell them about what it’s really like as a college student made me smile because I was once in their shoes and I knew the exact excitement that they were feeling. It was satisfying to have experienced both sides of that interaction, and I’ll never forget it. – JP

 

The best part about being a CWE counselor was having the ability to connect with different people all over the world and being able to connect with people who came from out of state like me and help them get comfortable with a new setting. – Luke

 

My favorite moments during Camp were meals with my campers. I have grown up where people come together over food. So, when I got to sit with my campers and just talk at lunch and dinner we would just really get to know one another and form strong bonds. – Harrison

 

My favorite moment was always at the end of each session. Seeing every student head to registration with a whole new outlook on Auburn, new friends, and new memories, it was hard not to smile. They would always hug goodbye and exchange social medias so they could keep up with each other and with me. It was the little things like that that I loved the most. – Anthony

 

My favorite moment during my time as a counselor would be delivering my first small group! After studying and training for so long, I delivered the small group with ease and that moment gave me so much more confidence in myself and my role as a counselor during the summer. – Jasimine

 

My favorite moment during my time as a counselor was definitely hopping on a Tiger Transit and giving a tour to a bus full of parents. My tour partner and I always made sure to have a lot of energy to make the parents excited! Several parents were so interactive and it made me so happy to be able to make them smile or laugh. It was also so fun reciting so many facts and knowledge about parents who may have never known it! – Alicia

What was the most rewarding aspect of your time as a CWE Counselor? What did you get out of the experience?

The most rewarding thing about my experience as a counselor was the feeling of doing something that mattered. I have worked plenty of other jobs in my life but up to that point, none of them felt like they mattered as much as Auburn’s First Year Experience. Knowing that I was the first impression of Auburn for a number of students and knowing I did a good job sure puts a smile on your face. – JP

 

The most rewarding aspect of being a counselor was the ability to help and guide freshmen and know that I was able to have an impact on them. Not just being a counselor to the incoming freshmen but knowing that you will establish a valuable relationship throughout their time in college and being able to become a mentor to different students. – Luke

 

The most rewarding aspect of my time as a counselor was knowing that I had the opportunity to welcome in first year students to a place that I love so incredibly much. There is no greater honor than sharing what makes Auburn University so special, and I can say with confidence that being even a small part of the freshman experience for my campers was and still is so rewarding. – Addie

 

The most rewarding thing I experienced during my time as a counselor was definitely experiencing and hearing about how I impacted some of my campers’ lives. Throughout training, you will hear time and time again that you are creating a big impact on your campers and their future in Auburn, but I never believed it until they told me themselves. When they tell you how much you impact them, it is such an overwhelming and amazing feeling. – Saigim

 

I think the most rewarding aspect of my time as a counselor was being able to directly help parents with all of their concerns and making them feel better about their child’s decision of coming to Auburn. Little moments where I can make sure I am completely there for each parent is what I found most rewarding. – Alicia

 

It was extremely rewarding to see an emotionally disgruntled parent find peace in their student's situation because I gave them useful information or told them where they could get it. I struggled transitioning to college with my parents, and I was so happy to save another student from having to go through what I had to. – Xavier

What makes a great CWE Counselor?

A great counselor is someone who can adapt quickly and can meet people where they are at. Things can change rapidly during a session, and you always had to be on your toes ready to take action when we had to readjust things. Also, meeting people where they are at is essential. As a counselor, you meet lots of students and families over the course of the summer, and it is your job to make them start to see Auburn as home if they haven’t already had that feeling. Not all of them are going to come from the same background as you, but you have to be able to find common ground with them and make them feel comfortable. – Ada Ruth

 

A great counselor definitely requires patience. You will have to learn how to breathe and be patient in stressful situations. Another thing that makes a great counselor is perseverance! The most important thing I think that makes a great counselor is the ability to take criticism and to apply it. – Saigim

 

A great counselor is someone who has a passion for Auburn University and a desire to serve this university and others. Beyond that I don’t think that there are any traits in particular that a counselor needs, you don’t have to be loud, involved, or an Auburn expert. CWE is looking for unique individuals, so it is most important to be yourself. – Kiley

 

A great counselor is someone who is willing to see the perspective of both parent and student, who can actively listen and communicate clearly, and who can be intentional in committing to making the experience of students and guests better. A great counselor must be punctual, professional, and hardworking, but also needs to be willing to relax, have fun, and show the true human touch and love of Auburn University. Lastly, a great counselor must be willing to hold themselves to the standard set by the Auburn Creed as a worker, student, friend, and person. – Xavier

What is something most people do not realize about the position?

One thing most people do not realize about the position is that you are never expected to fit a certain mold of what you think a counselor should be. Every single counselor is different and the FYE staff recognizes how valuable those differences are in creating a group of people that accurately represent the Auburn family. There is no stereotype to what makes a good counselor; being in this position means that you will be invited to grow in what makes you individually special. – Addie

 

The thing that most people don’t realize about being a camp war eagle counselor is that it’s more than just orientation. I’ll never forget the memories and friends I’ve made over that summer, whether they were other counselors or even just my campers. – JP

 

Something I believe most people do not realize about being a CWE Counselor is that this gives you the opportunity to challenge yourself. You constantly are working to be the best version of yourself while growing in relationships with the counselors around you. This position is about service and within that service is where you find yourself and grow the most. – Olivia

 

I don’t think everyone realizes how much this job challenges you. Everyone talks about the amazing friendships and how great the experience is. While both of those things are very true, it is still a tough job. It’s a lot of early mornings, a lot of late nights, and having to keep a good attitude even when things aren’t going well. But it was in those moments that I experienced the most growth as a leader, friend, and Auburn woman that left me a completely different and better person at the end of it. – Ada Ruth

 

Most people do not realize how much you grow as a person when you are in this position. You accept the job, thinking that the freshmen’s lives are the only ones that will be affected, but that is definitely not the case. As you go through training and CWE, you learn so much about yourself that you never knew before and it really changes your outlook on yourself as a whole. – Saigim

 

People don’t realize just how fun it is to work with the parents. They joke around, they want to hear your experiences, and they genuinely care about what you have to say because it impacts their student. While there is an appeal to pour into 130 students, it is just as impactful to serve their families. It is the family’s job, in most cases, to be the financial, emotional, and physical support system of a student, and you can help them do that job better for their student by serving them passionately and having fun while doing it. – Xavier

What skills did you get out of this experience?

The leader, peer, and friend that I am today is because of the growth I experienced through CWE. I have learned the value of meeting others exactly where they are and leading others with humility, confidence, and patience. I walked away from this summer with a deeper appreciation for people with backgrounds and lifestyles different from my own, which will be such an asset to how I walk through the rest of my life. – Addie

 

My public speaking skills going into this experience were less than stellar. After my time as a counselor, I now feel comfortable being able to not only talk in front of groups or give presentations, but I feel comfortable now knowing my own specific leadership style. – Olivia

 

The most important skill I got out of Camp War Eagle was definitely my confidence as a leader. Before camp, I was nowhere near being independent and having the confidence in myself to lead a group, let alone 120 incoming freshmen. However, I grew so much as a person and an individual during my time with Camp War Eagle, that it just happened! The staff and your fellow counselors become your biggest support system; you will be surprised as to how far you will go. – Saigim

 

I gained so many skills that are valuable everywhere! I gained a lot of self-confidence and it strengthened my communication skills as well. I’m not as shy to present publicly as well, which is an important skill I truly needed to improve before starting CWE. – Jasimine

 

Time management, public speaking, customer service, study skills, the ability to listen to and understand other people’s perspectives more clearly, the ability to challenge yourself to make someone else’s day even when yours isn’t going that great (resiliency) – What didn’t I learn? – Xavier

Do I have to know everything about Auburn to be selected as a CWE Counselor?

Absolutely not. Just like any job you would get, there is extensive training as a part of working with Camp War Eagle. The staff and the Head Counselors are going to make sure that your brain is filled to the brim with Auburn knowledge including history, fun facts, and statistics. They will definitely work with you to make sure you know your stuff to do the job! – Ada Ruth

 

Not at all! I knew very little about the campus and about Auburn’s history as a whole, prior to CWE. I still struggled getting around, even as a sophomore, so I was worried about this when it became time to apply for CWE. Luckily, you do not need to know everything about Auburn; that’s what training is for! – Saigim

 

Definitely not! I hadn’t even been on campus for an entire semester before I applied for camp; in other words, I knew very little about Auburn University. It’s not important about what you know coming in, it’s what you are ready to learn. – Anthony

 

No, you don’t! Being selected as a counselor isn’t about knowing more information about Auburn than your peers, but it is more about your soft skills, ability to communicate, and the potential to lead passionately and serve purposefully for the incoming class of students and their families/guests. – Xavier

Do I have to be extroverted and super energetic in order to be a CWE Counselor?

Definitely not. There are a lot of different personalities that come together in Camp War Eagle. Sure, we had a lot of extraverted and outgoing people in our group, but we also had some people who were more on the quiet and reserved side. It takes that wonderful balance to make CWE want it is, and there truly is a place for everybody. – Ada Ruth

 

Nope! While that is a common stereotype or stigma about orientation leaders in general, it’s actually very false. Many of my coworkers last year were introverted by nature and still were awesome counselors. First Year Experience needs different types of people to be the most efficient; so just because the outspoken person is the one you see or hear, doesn’t mean that’s all that is represented here. – Anthony

 

Absolutely not. Before I knew what CWE was, I assumed I had to be this overly-extroverted and outgoing person if I was ever going to be a counselor. After meeting my peers and really connecting with them, I realized that all of our personalities are all completely different, and everyone’s personality ranges from introvert to extrovert. – Alicia

Do I have to be involved in multiple other organizations if I want to be a CWE Counselor?

You definitely do not need to involved with multiple organizations. They are looking for people who genuinely want to impact the lives of incoming freshmen, regardless of your existing commitments to other organizations. I was worried that since I was not in a sorority, SGA, or any other big group on campus that it would affect me, but I still got the position and I believe it was because of my passion! – Saigim

 

You do not! First off, CWE is a job and development opportunity more than it is an involvement that can be added to your resume. FYE cares more about who you are, what you’re passionate about, how you serve and communicate with others, and what you can contribute as a person than what your resume and past involvement looks like. – Xavier

 

Not at all. Some of the closest friends that I’ve met through Camp War Eagle have never been involved on campus at all, and other friends were heavily involved. Involvement is not a criteria or something that will make or break your application. All that you need for your interview is, YOU! – Alicia

Can I be a CWE Counselor if I have never been involved in any other organizations at Auburn?

Absolutely. Being involved at Auburn gives you no competitive advantage in the selection process. Everyone is on a level-playing field. Last year we had counselors who Camp War Eagle was their first involvement at Auburn and on-campus job. If selected, everything you need to know to share about organizations will be provided to you, so no worries if this is your first application. – Anthony

 

Yes. There is no requirement of being in any organization or having an extensive resume to show. Of course, it’s great if you are involved since that could help you talk about past experiences, but being a counselor can be a great first your first role at Auburn! – Alicia

Was it difficult to balance CWE with other involvement? Will I be able to be involved in other organizations if I am selected for CWE?

Learning how to balance Camp War Eagle with other commitments and school did take some getting used to, but it would be the same case for any other kind of involvement or job. At the end of the day, you have to remember that school is important, but so is your commitment to this job. Once you get the hang of balancing everything, it all falls into place. – Saigim

 

It was somewhat difficult because it required a lot of time not only during actual trainings but also to study and practice Tiger Talks. I found it to be enjoyable though, and would just try to do a little CWE stuff every day rather than all at once. You have to prioritize it like a class. I was involved in other organizations on campus as well; it was very helpful to buy a planner and also be upfront with other organizations with your time commitment to Camp War Eagle. They’ll understand a lot more if you let them know ahead of time. – Anthony

 

At times it was somewhat difficult. Times can get pretty hectic in the semester, but it wasn’t ever too much. I had all of the time commitments and tasks in advance so it just required some planning. You really can easily be involved in other organizations, it’s all about time management! – Jasimine

 

It depends on the person, but for me, I did have to dedicate a good chunk of time every week preparing for every training session. At times it did get difficult with my other commitments, but all it took was time management and planning out my weeks in advance. – Alicia

What was the spring time commitment like?

The spring training requires about four hours a week. Three hours for training (which is really enriching) and then another hour to prepare for those things (studying Auburn Knowledge, practicing Tiger Talks, etc). While this is a big time commitment each week, it is often fun since you are around great people! – Harrison

 

When training starts in the spring, there is one time of the week that will be mostly dedicated to Camp War Eagle. As your week goes along, you learn to balance your responsibilities and spread them out evenly, but that comes with time. Like any other job, you have to realize that this is a commitment and give yourself fully to it. – Saigim

 

The springtime commitment was equal to another class in the spring. It requires time commitment outside of training with different things such as studying for Auburn Knowledge tests and skit practices. Although it may seem like a lot, it is all well manageable if your time is used accordingly and planned out well. – Jasimine

Last modified: September 20, 2021