Making A Difference in the lives of others is one of the major goals of FOCUS, and Lauren Burkett, our December Alumnus of the Month, continues to do just that at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Lauren is the daughter of Jolanda Burkett and Charles Burkett. She graduated from Jacksonville High School in 2021, where she was involved in FOCUS as a Peer Helper. She is currently a sophomore majoring in Kinesiology with a minor in Athletic Coaching. Lauren is involved in the Pre-Physical Therapy Society and the Women’s Club Lacrosse Team. Lauren also serves as President of the Women’s Club Volleyball Team. Lauren loves her extra curricular activities, but she is most excited about serving as a UAB Peer Partner.
Lauren attributes her success to FOCUS. “FOCUS helped me get out of my shell and become more extroverted. In elementary school I was a very shy kid, and it got slightly better entering high school. When I joined FOCUS, it was not only a place where I would be educated and educate others on issues facing our community, but it also helped me develop into the outgoing person I am today. Peer Helping taught me how to be a resource for others and to be there for others when they need a helping hand, academic help, or just someone to talk to. As a UAB Peer Partner I do just that,” says Lauren.
Lauren further shared that she is there to help students with organizational skills, study skills, and problem outsourcing to UAB’s many programs offered to students. Lauren stated, “I enjoy the work environment and working alongside an amazing group of people. Becoming a Peer Partner has given me many opportunities to learn more about myself, the people around me, and the many programs and opportunities that UAB has to offer its students.”
Congratulations, Lauren! We are so proud of you and are thrilled that your involvement in FOCUS continues to make a positive impact in your life and in the lives of others around you.