Feb. 24, 2012
By Anthony Alfano, Auburn Media Relations
For Jillian Fuller, finding out what she wanted to pursue in life has been a journey all its own. However far the trip, Fuller knew she wanted to keep horses close to her every step of the way.
"I started riding when I was 3 years old," Fuller said. "By the time I got to high school I started hearing more about the collegiate programs, and when I found out that it was an option for me, I knew I wanted to do it."
Although Fuller knew she wanted to ride at the collegiate level, she wasn't sure what she wanted to strive for career-wise. This led her to attend community college for two years.
"I changed my major three times before I came to Auburn while I was at community college," Fuller said. "I started out as an agriculture major, then teaching and finally liberal arts while I was there."
It wasn't until Fuller transferred to Auburn that she found her passion for health promotion.
"I changed to health promotion because I really enjoy the material, and I wanted to do something in the field," Fuller said. "It has really worked out, and I've had great professors in the department."
Fuller interned at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, Ala., in the fall of 2011. While she was there, Fuller was able to gain clinical experience and further explore her career possibilities.
"I interned five days a week and was able to do a lot of different things in various aspects of the health field," Fuller said. "Although I enjoyed the clinical experience, I really want to be on the marketing or sales side of the health industry."
With some experience under her belt, Fuller is ready to make the jump out into the real world. To help her make that transition is her high school sweetheart and fiancée, Brett Dubois.
"We got engaged last December and are getting married in September," Fuller said. "He asked me the night I got home for winter break by the fireplace. He got down on his knee and pulled the ring out. It was super sweet, and I wouldn't have done it any other way."
As Fuller gets ready to embark on her new life, she won't forget the times she had at Auburn and the bonds she made with her teammates.
"I am really going to miss football, because up north we're not really into college football, and down here you can't beat being in the SEC, so that's going to be a big change," Fuller said. "I'm going to miss the girls on the team, as well as just the team aspect. Before I came to Auburn I never had that team camaraderie, and I'm truly going to miss it."
No matter where Fuller ends up she always wants to keep horses a part of her life.
"I'll always like to have a horse whether I'm competing or not," Fuller said. "It's a part of me, and it's just what I enjoy."