Student Spotlight: Miriam Abikhaled

Miriam Abikhaled

When it was time to choose a major in college, Environmental Design (ENVD) student Miriam Abikhaled put a lot of thought into her choice. “I wanted to persue an education that would teach me the beauty of design through different lenses,” Abikhaled stated. “The interdisciplinary nature of the major is something that caught my eye and truly interested me. In Environmental Design, I am able to learn design in all its forms, from graphic design and industrial design to architecture and landscape architecture, which is something I find valuable.”

Miriam Abikhaled
ENVD student Miriam Abikhaled is a member of War Eagle Girls and Plainsmen.

Originally from Vestavia Hills, Alabama, Abikhaled was recently chosen to be a member of War Eagle Girls and Plainsmen (WEGP), a group of students who represent the university to faculty, administrators and the community by serving as official hosts and hostesses at on- and off-campus events. WEGP members work with the Office of the President as well as Auburn Athletics and the Auburn Alumni Association to be a welcoming presence to visitors at a wide variety of events, including both home and away football games. Abikhaled says she applied to be a War Eagle Girl because it’s an opportunity to give back to the University. “Auburn is truly a special place for me,” she said. “It’s a home away from home, a support system and a family like no other. Auburn constantly pushes me to become the best version of myself, both in and out of the classroom, and it is an honor to be able to represent this university.”

A rising senior, Abikhaled will graduate in May of 2024. She hopes to gain experience at an architecture firm before going back to school for a master’s degree in architecture or building science. But before senior year begins, she will spend this summer completing her senior capstone project while studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. “I will be studying how historic spaces can cultivate contemporary functions,” she said. “I find the history and culture behind a country and its cities fascinating.”