Auburn Women

Chacolby Burns-Johnson ’01

By July 31, 2017 No Comments
Chacolby Burns-Johnson '01

 

The Loveliest Village on the Plains has held a special place in my heart for the past 20 years. Since stepping on campus as a freshman in 1997- Auburn will always be a place I call home! Auburn provided many opportunities for me to grow as a servant, leader, friend, and member of the fearless and true orange and blue. I was blessed to experience a balanced and blended community of fun and fellowship while focusing on my future.

Without a doubt, Auburn laid a solid academic foundation for my career and I was thrilled to be offered my first professional position following graduation by a fellow Tiger! My days at AU allowed me to experience fond celebrations of love and laughs, to confront challenges and make choices, to build courage to tackle trials and tribulations, but most importantly to pursue my passion with purpose and perseverance. As an Auburn Woman I strive to live by the Auburn Creed, which significantly impacts my life today. Especially true is “I believe in the human touch, which cultivates sympathy with my fellow men and mutual helpfulness and brings happiness to all.”

As an Auburn Tiger, I connected and fully committed myself by actively participating in the AU culture and improving the campus and community as a Camp War Eagle Counselor, Student Alumni Board Charter member, Lambda Sigma Honor Society member, President of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Dunkin’ Darlings (Secretary), Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.-Kappa Upsilon Chapter (various positions), Miss Auburn 2001 Campaign Manager, and the Black Student Union. My involvement in these capacities taught me essential management, leadership, and interpersonal skills, the importance to pursue progression not perfection, to build bridges and break down barriers and boundaries, and the significance of hard work and excellence. I continue to benefit from these critical life lessons.

I am proud to dedicate my time, talent, and treasure as a dedicated and passionate community volunteer and practitioner in the Non-Profit Management and Leadership arena where I strive to stand up, speak out, and serve to help others. Because of Auburn, I became my very best self and grew “a Spirit that is not afraid” while connecting, leading, and uplifting others with love and compassion.

Like an Eagle, Auburn provided the opportunity for me to soar and shape my journey. I am forever grateful to be a part of this amazing Auburn family and network that expands across the globe. I have meaningful relationships and memories from my time on the Plains that will last a lifetime and I know I will continue to experience and make many more special moments. I will forever “Believe In Auburn and Love It” and hold in my heart as I did then and do now thou cherished name-

War Eagle!