College of human sciences
Junior, Nutrition and Horticulture
The College of Human Sciences has opened doors and expanded my worldview more than I ever thought possible. I have encountered incredible opportunities to explore and connect my areas of study to pressing local and global issues through collaboration with the college’s world renowned partners, such as the United Nations World Food Programme. My knowledge and understanding have been furthered through once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to study abroad in Fiji and South Africa, where I have learned from cultures different from my own.
I also have had the privilege of being a Global Challenge Fellow, an experience that exposed me to diverse views about important local and global issues alongside similarly motivated student leaders, and it created opportunities for mentorship from outstanding faculty members. None of these experiences would have been possible without the support of generous scholarships, for which I am extremely thankful. I can say confidently that I would not be where I am today without the extraordinary education and experience that I have received from the College of Human Sciences.
Each of our legacies begins at birth and is passed on to the next generation. I am blessed that from the day I was born my parents, Barbara Drummond Thorne and Dr. Buddy Thorne, fostered in me a love of family, beginning first with my siblings. Through their example, I learned that strong relationships are predicated on family values such as loyalty, trust, and philanthropy. As I have come of age and have been given opportunities to learn more about this great university, my devotion to and love for the Auburn Family has grown much deeper.
I am particularly drawn to support the College of Human Sciences because its mission addresses the very foundations necessary for a quality life. At the most basic level we all need nutritious food, adequate shelter and clothing, and strong familial relationships to grow and flourish. I believe that the College of Human Sciences is made up of faculty scholars and students who are contributing daily to individual, family, and community well-being, which in turn leads to a more prosperous and stable society. I am honored by the opportunity to give back to the Auburn Family. I am blessed to be able to share this experience with my son and his wife. It’s “AUsome” to see the legacy continue.