Since coming to school, all of Tyler Jorgensen’s Instagram captions had ended with the same hashtag: #collegenoparents.Since coming to school, all of Tyler Jorgensen’s Instagram captions ended with the same hashtag: #collegenoparents.
“It was just really funny because I would never post like a crazy picture,” Jorgensen said. “I don’t know, it was just like ‘#collegenoparents.’ I did it to kind of just mess with my mom, to be honest with you. Whether we admit it to ourselves, we’re all just excited to be away from our parents and just do us for a little while.”
Jorgensen presumed that he would follow in his family's footsteps and spend his college years at LSU. He toured the school and felt comfortable following that path, but a tour of Auburn’s campus made him reconsider.
After becoming enamored with the campus and everything that is the Auburn Family, Jorgensen decided to pass on his grandparents’ offer to pay his out-of-state tuition at LSU so that he could come to The Plains. He knew he made the right decision at the first home football game against Clemson his freshmen year.
“I was looking around me, and I got goosebumps, and I realized I was going to be an Auburn fan,” Jorgensen said. “From that time on, I was all in for Auburn.”
Jorgensen, rising junior in marketing, always knew he had an interest in business in some capacity. In high school, he had tried to run a T-shirt company with some friends.
“Not going to lie, it was a failed T-shirt company,” he said with a laugh.
The interest in business resurfaced at Auburn when he changed his original major of pre-nursing to marketing. The comfortable environment at Auburn along with supportive faculty and advisors allowed Jorgensen to find and explore his passions, and he said the transition was smooth.
Involvement has played a large role in Jorgensen finding his home at Auburn. In addition to being a CWE counselor, he spent the past year serving as an athletic recruiter.
He got to spend home football games on the sideline as he helped host many of the future Auburn Athletics stars.
Jorgensen said it was really cool to see some of the players he had gotten to know, such as Asa Martin, play in the A-Day game this spring. Jorgensen is excited to see these players he made a connection with get playing time in the next few years, he said.
Jorgensen has also gotten involved by being a resident’s assistant in one of the on-campus dorms. He has really enjoyed having to be there for the residents in his building, and he thinks helping so many freshmen with their living situation made him well equipped for his time as a CWE counselor.
Jorgensen said whether it’s been his advisors in a new major or friends he made in different forms of involvement, the overall Auburn community has been the biggest impact on his time in college. He hopes to pass that feeling along to his campers this summer.
“There’s a lot of people in the Auburn Family that truly care about you, and they might even not know your name,” Jorgensen said. “But because you’re associated with the institution that is Auburn, they have this care about you.”