For Amanda Loyal, a senior majoring in integrative biology, football has always been a passion for her. It all started with her dad being a high school football coach. When she was younger, she was the water girl for her dad’s football team, and she has always just loved the sport. She has been an Auburn football fan since she can remember.
Amanda’s love for Auburn sprouted because of her aunt, who was the biggest Auburn fan in her family. “One of my biggest dreams in life was to come to Auburn. I never even considered other schools because I was so set on Auburn. Honestly, I think it’s the most beautiful and amazing place. I couldn’t imagine anything more from my time in college. Auburn has truly given me the best of the best in all aspects of college life,” says Amanda.
She is involved in her sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma, she is a 252 intern at Church of the Highlands, and she has a on-campus job. Since coming to Auburn, she has gotten many amazing opportunities, but her most proud is being an Auburn Athletic Recruiter, which has made her able to carry on her passion for the sport. “Getting to be behind the scenes of the athletic recruitment process and playing a small but impactful part seemed like the coolest thing to me, and it is,” says Amanda.
Being an athletic recruiter has taught her much more than she could have ever imagined. She has bettered herself in the area that she can now better connect with people and do it comfortably. Amanda has to talk and connect with recruits and their families, which she has never met before and has to do this for hours. On top of gaining people skills, her love for Auburn has grown more despite her not thinking that was possible.
“I have gotten to see a side of Auburn football that most people don’t get to see. I get to interact with the coaches and staff in a way I would have never been able to if I hadn’t tried out for athletic recruiter—everyone is so genuine and nice and I just love it,” says Amanda. It has also taught her all of the rules and regulations that comes with recruiting.
She has many favorite memories of being a recruiter for the past two football seasons, but some of her favorites are getting to go on the field during half time of one of the games of the last season, winning against LSU last season and rushing the field, getting pictures with Aubie on the sidelines, meeting the sweetest of families and getting to share her love of Auburn with them.
Amanda has been touched by Auburn and her experience as an Athletic Recruiter. She wants to continue to grow and embody everything Auburn is and has taught her. “Because Auburn men and women believe in these things, I believe in Auburn and love it!” Amanda says, “This last line is a culmination of all the things above mentioned in the creed and all things that make Auburn so amazing to me. These are the reasons why I genuinely believe in auburn and love it so much.”