“Be that role model”: Auburn’s Brusch inspires through perseverance

Those who admire Brusch, black or white, will see character traits such as perseverance, courage and determination. They will see a supportive side, a compassionate side, a selfless side.

For head coach Jeff Graba, it’s the commitment Brusch has shown since arriving at Auburn that stands out the most. A commitment to the team and to the sport.

“She’s extremely dedicated,” Graba said. “She shows up every day, usually gives more than she’s supposed to, which is a good thing. It is up to us to remember it if we can. She’s so driven, and it’s that commitment. If the team needs her to do it, she will drive for it. But she also has this internal drive to be the best she can be.

“I think there’s a bit of altruism about her. At the same time, it is “Follow me”. It’s the best of both worlds with her.

Ask Brusch and she’ll tell you she’s a determined, honest athlete who loves her team and is committed to helping Auburn get to the top. As much as she wants to succeed, she wants to see her teammates surpass themselves even more.

“I’m someone who always wants the best for others,” Brusch said. “I think that’s probably something I want people to know about me because sometimes I can come out on top. But I really am. I love all of my team-mates and I wouldn’t change a thing.

Committed. Determined. Honest. Disinterested. Support.

The list goes on, but if you want to know what it means to be an Auburn woman, look no further than Aria Brusch. She embodied the concept and continues to inspire her teammates and those who look up to her despite everything she’s been through.

Rebecca R. Santistevan