• Mary Helen Lagarde


Who am I?

Since beginning school at Auburn University, I've been afforded the opportunity to come into my own. I've been challenged not only academically, but spiritually and relationally. The people here push me to be the best version of myself and for that, I'll forever be grateful for the friendships I've found at Auburn.

I am the quintessential “oldest child”—a perfectionist, independent, organized and competitive. Born to two hardworking, selfless parents, no one inspires me or supports me more than they do. They have taught me what it means to work hard and work smart and the importance of learning how to laugh at yourself. I believe it's the little details that matter and that the big moments in life are a collection of these small, seemingly insignificant details all working together for a greater purpose. I believe in creating character and that a person’s integrity is something to be preserved. A realist at heart, I am a firm believer in constructive criticism while surrounding yourself with people who will support and encourage you to chase after your dreams.

Public relations embodies the best aspects of my personality, which is why I chose to pursue a career in this industry. Basic human communication and interaction is something I thoroughly enjoy, and it was important to me that my profession gives me the chance to engage in conversations with all types of people. I look forward to the upcoming changes in my life that await me following graduation in May and the uncertainty which accompanies these decisions because it is out of the unknowns that come the biggest rewards.