Heavenly Highlight~ Abi Benz

Abi Benz is a rising senior majoring in Global Studies and minoring in Italian Studies. She grew up in Atlanta, Georgia but has called Auburn home since she arrived. Abi transferred to Auburn from

Colorado State after her freshman year and affiliated with Alabama Gamma after being initiated in Colorado Gamma. She is the 10th Pi Phi in her family and was lucky enough to attend Pi Phi Convention for their 150th year with several of her family members. She has always had a love for travel and this love is what guided Abi to pick her major. After taking a class which discussed the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, she recognized a need for change in the world, and global studies has helped her discover ways she could help in Auburn. In the fall of 2017, Abi volunteered over 20 hours at the Boys and Girls Club, an opportunity given to her through Pi Beta Phi, in order to help eradicate illiteracy. She is also involved in Campus Kitchens, which is an organization that seeks to end hunger in Auburn through collecting leftover food from around campus and then distributing it to communities in Auburn and The Big Event, which is a day of service that connects Auburn University students with Auburn residents. Abi

was motivated to work with both of these organizations after learning about the hunger in Auburn through the global studies classes. Participating in Global studies and the global studies club has allowed Abi to spend two semesters abroad learning about how she could help make a change in the world. Last spring, she spent the semester in Italy through the Joseph S. Bruno Abroad in Italy program. Abi was the recipient of the Women’s Philanthropy Board Scholarship, which allowed her to travel with Auburn to Nepal this summer for her internship. This summer she is interning for Love Justice International, which is an organization that works to end human trafficking through transit monitoring. She will be working as the Anti-Trafficking Research and Analysis Intern and will have the opportunity to dive into a database that contains information on over 11,000 human trafficking interceptions. In November, Abi will represent Auburn as a student ambassador for the International Quality of Life Awards held at the United Nations. At Auburn, there is something for everyone, which is what makes this university so amazing. Abi would encourage students to not avoid the clubs on the concourse during O-Days, instead, sign up for things that interest you. You will get out of Auburn what you put in, and that involvement will help you discover your passions.