Ella Weaver, assistant director of Camp War Eagle, said potential parent counselors should be available for all 10 Camp War Eagle sessions, starting May 26 and ending July 15. Potential parent counselors must also be full-time enrolled students and have an ungapped GPA of 2.2 or higher.
But the attributes for a good parent counselor do not only include academics.
Head Parent Counselors Michel Fields and Drew Lowry named three important traits that every potential parent counselor should possess: patience, professionalism and a passion for Auburn.
Fields explained patience plays a key role in successfully connecting and interacting with the parents.
“The parents aren’t always going to understand what you are telling them the first time,” she said, “so you need to be patient and willing to keep explaining.”
Lowry said professionalism is important because the parent counselors are a direct reflection of Auburn.
“The parent counselors are one of the first people the parents meet at Auburn,” he said. “(Parents) expect professionalism from the University they are giving money to and sending their student to.”
Camp War Eagle could not be as successful as it is without counselors who possess a true love for Auburn, Fields said.
“You are selling Auburn to the parents, and it would be hard to do so if you did not love Auburn yourself,” she said.
Once the parent counselors are accepted, there will be mandatory training meetings every Tuesday—except during Spring Break—from 3:30-6:30 p.m. in 189 Foy Hall.
Fields and Lowry said becoming a parent counselor was a decision that introduced them to people they never would have had the chance to meet otherwise and prepared them for success after graduation.
Becoming a parent counselor also gave them a new perspective on Auburn.
“The more you know about something or someone, typically, the more special it is to you,” Lowry said. “Being a parent counselor teaches one not only about the University, which we love, but it also teaches one how to be successful in a professional setting through the unique experience that is Camp War Eagle.”
The next information session will be at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 25 in Student Center 225.