A Letter from a Current EAGLES Student
Dear Auburn Family & Friends,
My name is Anna Moates and I am the first female EAGLES student at Auburn University. I am the youngest of four children and since 5th grade I was home-schooled. But it was always my dream to attend Auburn. My grandfather, my dad and both of my sisters attended, and I wanted to follow in their footsteps.
I never thought I would get the opportunity. It was not until my sister, Ashley, who ran and was selected Miss Auburn in 2017, that this dream was able to become a reality. You see, I was the inspiration for her platform: to provide those with disabilities the same Auburn experience to follow their dreams. And thanks to my sister and the many people like her, especially the faculty in the College of Education, who believe all people could and should have the opportunity to go to college, my time came for me to leave home and live the college life I had always dreamt of.
I came to Auburn in fall of 2018, when the College of Education launched a program specifically designed to give students with intellectual disabilities, such as Down syndrome, a chance to experience college. Because of the EAGLES program (Education to Accomplish Growth in Life Experiences for Success), students are better prepared for a life on their own. We attend college, we have jobs, we are taught time management and how to live away from home, and we are taught how to one day live a life on our own.
Since being at Auburn I have had many opportunities, including volunteering at Storybook, attending bible study with my friends, being chosen to be a Diamond Doll and joining the Auburn University Singers just like both of my sisters. One day I hope to move to Los Angeles and be a singer and song writer or be an author and write books for young adults, especially with disabilities. I feel like the sky’s the limit because of Auburn and what I am learning through the EAGLES program.
I write to you today in hopes that you will give to the EAGLES Program match challenge. The You Might Be For Auburn Foundation is matching all gifts, at any amount, dollar for dollar until April 11. With your gift you will give more students like me a chance to experience college life and learn to live on their own. My parents have taught me that it is important for me to stand up for myself. But it is also important for others to stand with me. I hope you will consider standing with me and my classmates and continue to ensure we always have a fully inclusive campus at Auburn University.
EAGLES Program Match Challenge