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Auburn Williams

Exploration Specialist, University Advisement Center

Meet Auburn

Books: Percy Jackson series, To Kill a Mockingbird, and More Than the Tattooed Mormon
Movie: The Help
Food: Chinese food
Animal: Turtles
Color: Turquoise

Exploration Experience:

I’ll be honest, my first semester at BYU I felt directionless. To anyone who knows me, I’m usually characteristic for being ambitious and chasing after what I want but coming to college I felt thrown into a sea of decisions, and honestly, all the options and emails crashing down on me were drowning me out. I spent a lot of my time frustrated, feeling like I didn’t have it figured out and everyone else did (which was so not true). I hated feeling like there was no one place or person that could answer all my questions or help me to find just where I fit in here.

Having just got back from my mission, I decided to enroll in the Student Development Career Exploration class. I enjoyed the class, but I still felt pretty lost. One day, I was walking through the Wilkinson Center and saw the Exploration Point office. I knew my teacher worked there, so I decided to walk in. What happened next was meeting a bunch of fun, inspiring, and chill students who had the direction I had been missing. They shifted my perspectives by assuring me my uncertainties could be a period of self-discovery, and I didn’t feel like I had to figure out everything on my own anymore. The path of self-discovery is ongoing, but I am a firm believer that you don’t have to blaze your trail alone.

Exploring is Important to Me Because:

Exploring is important for me because it’s the difference between saying “it (is/is not) for me” and actually knowing it! I think it can be easy to create a picture of ourselves we know everyone might like to see but choosing to explore yourself opens the way to knowing who you are and being comfortable and confident in that person.

Since I’ve started my own exploration path, I’ve been learning if you don’t take the time to get to know yourself, time might take you farther away from doing the things you love. So why wait? The faster you start your own journey, the better your chances are of living the life you really want to instead of living the one you only say you want to.

Does Pineapple Belong on Pizza?

Pineapple on pizza is an absolute abomination, period. I don't want to taste savory ham with sweet pineapple at the same time on my perfectly good pizza. The pineapple makes the ham soggy, bleh. If I were Simon on America's Got Talent, I’d have to say, "it's gonna be a no for me."

Boring Fact About Me:

For Christmas one year I asked my mom for a book on architecture because I’m obsessed.


I love spending time with my people! Most of the time you’ll find me traveling, camping, or playing and messing around with my family. They are my built-in best friends. And nothing is better than connecting with my friends through our inside jokes and good times. When I’m not doing that, I’m plucking away at the ukulele or jazzing out on the piano- mostly to myself, singing in a choir, enjoying my Jesus-time, getting involved in young adult and youth programs, watching Marvel movies or musicals or murder mystery shows (I like to solve the crime before the end), and I’m obsessed with learning new things from people who absolutely love what they do.

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