Effective June 19, Opelika Observer Staff Reporter Natalie Anderson will be resigning from her position to pursue a master’s degree in communication studies at Auburn University. She will also serve as a graduate teaching assistant for undergraduate courses within the School of Communications and Journalism.
“Going to Auburn University has been a dream of mine since I was back in elementary school. I grew up being an Auburn fan, and as I became older, I fell in love with the school and community,” Anderson said.
Anderson started with the Observer in January. During her time with the newspaper, she said she learned how tight-knit the Auburn-Opelika and Lee County community is and is grateful for the experiences she has had during the last six months.
“My experience at the Observer has allowed me to take what I’ve learned in some of my undergraduate courses and apply it to the real world. I’ve conducted interviews with local business owners, attended city meetings, interviewed local citizens and more,” Anderson said.
“The people of Opelika and Auburn are so welcoming and willing to share their lives and stories with their neighbors, whether that be their local business, celebrations in the family, a new event, etc. However, I’ll still be in the area so I’ll still be around the community and be able to be a part of it.”
Originally from Destin, Florida, Anderson received a bachelor’s degree in communication with a focus in public relations from the University of North Florida. She graduated cum laude from the four-year institution and was part of the school’s PRSSA club, where she served as secretary.
After graduate school, Anderson said she will re-evaluate her career path, whether to pursue her doctorate’s degree or immediately begin searching for a professor position.
“I’ve always wanted to get involved with teaching and as I developed a passion for communication, I decided I really wanted to be a professor for communication studies,” Anderson said. “I’m sure as time goes on, it’ll all fall into place as long as I give my best and try my hardest to be the best I can be both personally and professionally.”