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Auburn Inspires: A Spirit that is not Afraid
Auburn Inspires: Macy Reece, Graduate Student
Auburn Inspires: Macy Reece, Graduate Student
March 14, 2018

Editor's Note: On March 29, 2018, Dr. Steven Leath will be installed as the 19th president of Auburn University. Be a part of Auburn history and witness Dr. Leath as he shares an inspiring, innovative and transformative vision for Auburn's future. What follows is one in a series of 12 stories that highlight members of the Auburn family who embody these ideals. As you will see, Auburn is on the move. To learn more about the installation of President Leath, please visit

After earning my bachelor's degree in finance in three years, I began working on my MBA and Master of Science in Finance.

It takes incredible time management. It's a lot of responsibility to juggle. I have to be very disciplined and I have to make sure my studies and homework are essentially appointments on my schedule. I make sure I do it all. Even when that means saying no to hanging out. Sometimes I have to turn down some social things, but that's okay because it's going to pay off in end.

As President Leath points out, our tradition of innovation serves as a launch pad for entrepreneurs, industry leaders, government officials and others to improve quality of life and strengthen economic opportunity. His vision ensures a culture that, for me, supports my success in sports and in my schoolwork.

Graduate school provides additional scheduling challenges because of group projects. A lot of it is project-based and being able to apply what we learn in the classroom, which I enjoy because everything is theoretical until you put it into use.

I give great credit to Dr. Keven Yost, an associate professor in finance, for further motivating me on my academic journey. He has been an inspiration to me, helping me find enjoyment in finance.

Auburn is more than a place to go to school, work or engage in research and scholarship. It is a spirit that's not afraid. It is a place that inspires hard work, honesty, respect and mutual helpfulness.

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