From Auburn Student To Burberry Manager

Dodman was 13-years-old when she moved from her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, to a place where they say “cheers” instead of “thank you” and drive on the “wrong” side of the road, London, England.

Fast-forward 15 years, Dodman is now 28, and landed her dream job working at Burberry, back in that same city that she moved to 15 years ago. However, before landing her dream job Dodman decided to come back to her home state of Alabma to study fashion at Auburn.

“Deciding to come back to America for school was hard becuase I had no idea whether I would ever be back in London again,” said Dodman. “But I had always wanted to go to Auburn for college, so I decided that this was what was best for me.”

During her time at Auburn, Dodman was always looking to be the trendiest around campus. Growing up in London, Dodman had the world at her fingertips. She started traveling at a young age, and became inspired by all of the types of fashion in different countries. Dodman has been everywhere from Dubai to Italy to South Africa, her love for fashion and people stems from her visits to these countries.

While at Auburn, Dodman designed for the annual Auburn fashion show and worked at one of the downtown boutiques. Dodman said that she just always wanted to be surroned by clothes, that is when she was her happiest.

After graduation Auburn in 2010, Dodman applied to a handful of places in Chicago, New York and Las Angeles. However, she still wanted to make her way back to England. That was when she applied for a job at the London based fashion company, Burberry.

Dodman applied for a marketing and communications assistant job at Burberry, telling all of her friends and family that she didn’t believe she would ever get the job. However, she was eventually offered the position, but was unsure on whether or not to accept it.

“I loved the idea that the job was at Burberry, but I really didn’t want to work in marketing or communications,” said Dodman. “I wanted to be in the design part of the company, but it was too good of an opportunity to pass up, no one turns down a job at Burberry.”

For two years Dodman worked like a dog. So much that her “feet would blister” from the shoes she wore that made noise every time she walked. Though eventually all of her hard work paid off when she was promoted to communications manager.At this point in her career Dodman decided that although she still loved design aspect of fashion, she also loved communications and she believed that she had earned her promotion.

My day-to-day life at Burberry is even crazier now that I’m the communications manager, I feel like I never sit still and I love that,” said Dodman. “Everyday is different from the next, you never know what you’re going to get.”

Dodman credits her career succes to the way that Auburn prepared her during her time as a student. “Going to Auburn for university was the best decsion I ever made, I learned so much, gained a ton of friendships and it ultimately helped me get my job at Burberry.”

Dodman has now worked at Burberry for seven years, and has no intentions on leaving the company anytime soon. She says she still feels like this is the “best opportunity” she has ever received and she’s not ready to move on yet.

“I’m a firm believer that if something isn’t broken then you shouldn’t try to fix it,” said Dodman. “and right now my career isn’t broken and I don’t feel stuck, so I think I’m going to stay here for awhile.”

5 Tips To Help You Stay Healthy In College

Sometimes, amid classes, studying, homework, meetings and maintaining a social life, college students forget to maintain their health. Though some students may not think they need to worry about healthy habits, developing healthy habits now will make it easier for students to stay healthy throughout their lives. Here are 5 tips for college students to stay healthy:

1. Eat In, Not Out

Being in college means you’re constantly busy, and sometimes it can be easier to grab a cheeseburger with fries theto go to store and cook a home made meal. However, eating out every night can be a big mistake. When you cook at home you know every ingredient that you are putting into your meal, making it the healthier option. When you eat out there are dozens of hidden ingredients in your food that help pack on the calories. Eating in also helps save money, and when you’re in college you want to save as much as you can. If you live in a dorm, don’t worry! There are so many on campus restaurants that are healthy to eat out, such as Plains to Plate and The Mediterranean Cafe.

2. Go To The Gym

I know this seems like an obvious one, but exercising throughout the week can help you stay healthy throughout college. Have you seen the state-of-the-art recreation andwellness center that Auburn has to offer? It’s amazing and is equipped with a full half a mile track, basketball courts and even a rock-climbing wall. If you don’t like exercising on your own then that’s not aproblem, the gym offers fitness classes such as yoga and spin class. Exercising will help with your overall health and makes eating healthy easier, it will also help keep stress down. So when in doubt, just go for a run!

3. Walk and Always Take The Stairs

If you can then always walk to class! If you’re within walking distance of class then ditch the tiger transit, you’ll probably get to campus quicker anyway! Walking gives you that extra little bit of exercise without even realizing that you’re doing it! Never take the elevator! I have a class on the 4th floor in Mell three days a week, and even though it’s tempting to take the elevator I never do, and you shouldn’t either! Trust me, your legs will thank you in the end!

4. Get Enough Sleep

Between balancing school and a social life it can be hard to get enough sleep in college, but it’s essential that you do! On average college students only getsix hours of sleep a night, however college students actually need seven to nine hours a night to be able to properly function the next day. Recent research on college students and sleep indicates that insufficient sleep impacts their health, moods, GPA and safety. So skip those all-nighters, because sleep really does matter.

5. Avoid Sugary Drinks

Drink water instead! Though caffeinated beverages like soda and energy drinks can be tempting when studying or doing late-night homework, they are ultimately harmful in the long run. The combination of caffeine and sugar in these drinks causes you to crash and feel bad later. Choose water because as your drink of choice because staying hydrated can help your concentration and keep you from overeating. It also replenishes your body and gives you more energy throughout the day.

Just follow these tips and you’ll have no trouble maintain a healthy lifestyle while in college!

Turning Your Passion Into A Job

Adrianna Riggins, but as her friends call her Ade, was born in a quaint town of Fairhope, Alabama on the Gulf Coast. She currently attends Auburn University, where she is a senior studying Apparel Merchandising. From a young age she had a passion for photography and fashion. If you ask her friends to describe Riggins in one word, they would all say the same thing, that she is the ultimate “girl-boss.” Riggins didn’t achieve being a girl-bossout of nowhere though, she worked hard to gain that title.

Riggins always loved photography, but her skills startedto shine when she started at Auburn. She did photography and videography for her sorority, and that’s when people really saw how talented she was. More and more people were asking Riggins to take their senior photos, personal photos and so on. That’s when she decided to turn her passion into a business.

Riggins, a motivated self-starter, started “Adrianna Riggins Photography” a small, one-person business that has blossomed into something bigger then she could ever have imagined. Riggins is now the “it” girl at Auburn for everything photography. Now she does everything from graduation pictures, personal pictures, engagement pictures, wedding pictures and even photography for some of the downtown Auburn Boutiques. “I love photography because love seeing peoples reactions when they see their photos,” said Riggins. Riggins still finds a way to make photography less of a job, and more of a hobby. Riggins loves taking photos on her disposable camera, “I carry a disposable camera everywhere I go for a month or two and then get the pictures developed,” said Riggins. Riggins has found the perfect balance for being able to keep photography as her business and hobby.

We can’t talk about Riggins without talking about fashion, her other passion. When it comes to fashion, she beats to her own drum, wearing whatever she wants, whenever she wants. The summer going into her senior year, Riggins was offered an unbelievable internship in Los Angeles at a fashion company called “Sage the Label.” This was the perfect job for her in the perfect place. “Expression through clothes has become my way of feeling good about myself. I always enjoy throwing together an outfit that wouldn’t necessarily go together. I still surprise myself sometimes at how well it works out,” said Riggins.

Riggins, at only 21, has been able to find her passion at such a young age. She is excited to keep taking her passions and further purse them as a career, which no one has any doubts that she will be extremely successful at, after all, she is a girl-boss.

How To Turn Your Internship Into A Job

Rachel McKean, 21, has always been a hard worker. She got her first job as a hostess at the age of 15, when she was 16 she became a waitress, but when she turned 18 and went off to college in Auburn she decided it was time to focus all of her hard work into her studies.

McKean is a marketing major with a minor in finance and wants to make sure she can secure a good job after she graduates in May. She decided that in order to do that she had to have an internship under her belt. That’s when she found Chic Soul.

Chic Soul is a small fashion company, only consisting of 10 people. She applied for an internship with the company as a backup, but when she went in for the interview she fell in love with the people and the company culture.

McKean was immediately offered a summer internship going into her senior year with Chic Soul.

“When we took Rachel on as our summer intern we only expected to have her in the office part time,” said Dan Smith, owner of Mint Julep. “But by the second week of her working for us we knew we had to have her full time. Her personality, work ethic and creativity are simply inspiring.”

Mckean started working as a full-time intern and by the end of the summer she was offered a part-time job as an employee during the school year.

Now that McKean is an employee she has been given much more responsibility, including editing photos, assisting on photo shoots and running marketing campaigns.

“ I thought that having a job in college would be really hard, but it’s a lot better then I ever expected,” said McKean. “I love that I get to do so many different things for the company, it’s nice getting to dip my toes into all different parts and aspects.”

Over the past few months, McKean has proven to be a key part to making Chic Soul a successful business. So much that she has been offered a full-time, salary-paying job after she graduates.

However, that’s not all. McKean’s boss is so determined to have her accept the job that he has said he will match whatever salary she is offered at a different job.
McKean hasn’t decided yet if she is going to stay at Chic Soul or look for a job in a big city, which is what she has always wanted. She said that she is “flattered” and “grateful” that the company wants to keep her so badly and that it would be an amazing opportunity to be keep working at Chic soul.

McKean has proven that if you work hard, have a good attitude and love what you do, then you can be just as successful as her.

Dancing For A Cause

This year on February 10th Auburn will hold its seventh annual Auburn University Dance Marathon. This is an event that Auburn Students look forward to all year around, putting their best efforts forward to make every year better then the last.

Auburn University Miracle Network Dance Marathon is a year-long, campus-wide fundraising effort that culminates in a 14-hour Dance Marathon on February 10th to celebrate the money and awareness raised for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The money they raise stays locally to benefit the Children’s Hospital at Midtown Medical Center at Columbus Regional Health.

Auburn University 2017. This year AUDM is hoping to surpass last year by over $100,000 by setting their goal to $658,000, and they have no doubt that they can reach it.

“The number we chose is connected to the number of surgeries performed at  the Children’s Hospital at Columbus Regional at Midtown Medical Center, during the 2017 fiscal year,” said AUDM president Tiffany Thompson.

The money that is raised during the Dance Marathon helps the hospital purchase specialized equipment, alleviate health care costs for families, and provide exceptional care to all children and their families.

The Dance Marathon is an event like no other. It is filled with games, entertainment, food, friends and, of course, dancing. After spending all day standing for the kids, the fundraising total is revealed, which is an experience you will never forget.

Kacie Adams, a senior at Auburn, has been participating in Dance Marathon since she was a freshman. “During the marathon the kids have so much light and excitement in their eyes, you can tell that they really appreciate that we’re there supporting them, trying to raise as much money as we can.”

At the Dance Marathon you will find students, kids, parents and teachers dancing around the student center ballroom. During the 14-hour long fun there will be different musical artists to dance to and a photo booth to capture all of the days memories, along with Wii games and many other activities for a fun-filled day!

“At the end of the day when they reveal how much money we raised, its make the swollen feet and aching back all worth it,” said Alex Stewart, a 2017 first year participant. “ Knowing that I did something to better these kids life’s is extremely rewarding, I can’t wait to do it all again this year”

This years Dance Marathon will take from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. in the Auburn Student Center Ballroom. If you would like to participate in the Auburn University Dance Marathon you can register here at






Finding Balance To Find Success

Emma McCormack always dreamed of following in her mother’s footsteps of becoming a nurse, but she never imagined how difficult those steps would be.

Once McCormack started attending Auburn University, she worked as hard as she could to get the grades to be accepted into nursing school. However, all the work McCormack put in wasn’t enough to get her accepted, and she had to wait another semester to apply. She didn’t let this get her down though, she kept working hard and on her second time applying, McCormack got accepted into Auburn University’s nursing school going into her junior year.

As an eager and excited junior, McCormack didn’t know what was waiting for her in nursing school. She found that balancing involvement in her sorority, maintaining a healthy social life with her friends and staying on top of her work in one of Auburns hardest programs was going to be tougher then she had anticipated.

Going into the second month of her first semester in nursing school, McCormack had fallen behind in work and was struggling to keep her grades up. Going into the third month she was failing all of her classes. Her failing grades made McCormack consider transferring to a different school with an easier nursing program and then she question whether she was meant to be a nurse at all.

After considering all of her options, McCormack decided that she could thrive in nursing school and that she could pass her classes as long as she learned how to balance all of the parts of her life better.

In order to improve her grades, McCormack started to plan her days out. She would set herself goals to meet each day, these goals would include a certain amount of time to study and a certain amount of time to relax with her friends or attend sorority events.

With the changes that McCormack made, she was starting to understand the material that was given to her better. This resulted in an improvement in her grades and she was doing significantly better on tests and assignments then she had previously done.

McCormack is now a senior and he has gone from almost failing out of nursing school to flourishing in the program. She is one of the top students in her program, proving to all students, nursing or not, that if you learn how to balance all of the aspects in your life, then you too can be successful.

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Breaking News – This afternoon at approximately 2 p.m., an explosion occurred in the sold-out Auburn Arena 10 minutes before tipoff of the Auburn and University of Kentucky men’s basketball game for the SEC title. Five people, including two Auburn students, were killed and at least 20 people were injured from the explosion that took place near a crowded concession stand. The cause of the explosion is still under investigation, and the game is postponed until Monday, Feb. 28.


Auburn University is home to more than 28,000 students served by more than 4,000 faculty and staff. Since its opening in 1859 Auburn has provided students with superior education for more than 155 years. With 15 schools and colleges Auburn offers over 140 different majors from which students can choose.  The Auburn creed states, “I believe in a sound mind, in a sound body and a spirit that is not afraid, and in clean sports that develop these qualities,” which is the goal the Auburn basketball team strives to follow. Their team and program is based off of core Auburn traditions – passion and spirit.

The Auburn Tigers basketball games take place in the Auburn Arena, which is located on the west side of Auburn University’s campus. The Auburn Arena is a 9,121-seat multi-purpose arena, which was built back in 2010 to replace the Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum. The arena is home to the Auburn Tigers men’s and women’s basketball, women’s gymnastics and women’s volleyball teams.


“We are working with authorities to start the investigation of how this happened, why this happened and how we can keep this from happening again,” said Hayley Wright, public information officer.

“We are sorry this explosion happened, we are extremely concerned and we are doing everything possible to contain the effects of this event,” said Abbie Little, head of university public safety and security.

“Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this explosion and those who lost loved ones tonight,” said Laura Sellers Perdue, Auburn University president.



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