Lauren standing in front of the famous statue of Rembrandt in Rembrandt Square, Amsterdam.

Lauren standing in front of the famous statue of Rembrandt in Rembrandt Square, Amsterdam.

Lauren Brand credits her SRCS education and friends for encouraging her to branch out and pursue her dreams

When did you graduate from SRCS?

I graduated in 2007.

Where did you go to high school and college?

I attended Millbrook High School and graduated in 2011. I then went on to Loyola University New Orleans to study psychology and play volleyball!

What are you studying in college and why?

I decided to study psychology because there’s a need for people to work with special needs children, and I’m passionate about helping others. Psychology is fascinating and continues to teach me not only about others, but also about myself.

After I graduate in May 2014, I’ll continue my education by pursuing a doctorate in clinical psychology.

What are some of the milestones you’ve marked since leaving SRCS?

When I ventured outside my comfort zone and expanded my horizons by moving away from my family and friends in North Carolina to go to school in New Orleans. It was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do, but I have always found support from my family and friends, and from both the SRCS and Millbrook communities.

It’s not easy moving away from home to a new place where everyone is a stranger, but I’ve been so fortunate in life to have gone to schools that value the Jesuit ideal of educating the whole person.

Both through my experience at SRCS and now at Loyola, I’m constantly reminded that stepping outside my comfort zone can lead to new discoveries and make me a better person. It’s one of the many benefits to a Jesuit foundation of education.

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Lauren wearing traditional Dutch attire.

Lauren wearing traditional Dutch attire.

I’m currently studying abroad in Amsterdam! Once again, I left what I had known, but could not have done it without the support of those in North Carolina and Louisiana. Amsterdam is such a culturally enriched city, and I am so excited for the opportunities to learn and grow in such an amazing culture.

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posted March 27, 2014