Lauren Naylor from Grapevine, Texas is a highly ambitious student, studying to complete her nursing degree at Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, Texas. She is also an honors student, having graduated Grapevine High School with an impressive 4.5 GPA.
Lauren first became inspired to pursue a career in healthcare after reflecting on her time as a child, when she was critically ill. She credits the care she received and the positive impact her nurses had on her for her motivations and drive to pursue a career in health care. Lauren firmly believes that her success in the nursing program is rooted in her own experience as a patient, and she hopes that she can have a similar impact on the lives of others.
As a committed student, Lauren Naylor occasionally works as a Nanny, which she enjoys. She successfully maintains a work-life balance and is able to navigate the academic landscape while still prioritizing time with her family.
She is actively involved at Texas Christian University, attending UIFI sorority/fraternity leadership summer camp, and acts as a Leadership Day Rush Chair with the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. She also actively participates as a member of the Student Nurses Association and is a TCU faculty scholar.
As a student studying nursing, Lauren Naylor looks most forward to learning about the human body, as well as the clinical aspects of her program which allow her to work one-on-one with patients in a supervised environment. She advises other students who are studying nursing to remain dedicated, as the program can be highly challenging. Lauren’s experience as an honors student in high school has ultimately prepared her for her academic hardships and her future objective is to be both a competent and kind nurse.
While she attended high school, Lauren Naylor was the Captain of her high school dance team, where she received multiple honors and leadership awards. She was also a member of the National Honor Society, a Presidential Scholar and a Grapevine High School ambassador.
Lauren Naylor is also actively involved in her community and has received awards for her service, including the City of Grapevine Volunteer of the Year award.
To help maintain a work-life balance, Lauren Naylor continues to pursue her hobbies and passions — namely, dance. She was also involved in figure skating from the ages 3 to 12, and later pursued dance in middle school and high school. Her first dance competition was at age 12. Lauren’s favorite type of dance is lyrical. To this day, she credits her time spent on the dance team for the leadership, teamwork and self-disciplinary skills she has honed over the years — qualities which she knows will serve her well as a nurse.
What is your hobby?
My hobby is dancing. I have always enjoyed activities that involve moving your body.
How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?
From age 3 to 12 years old, I did figure skating and loved the dancing aspect of it. I entered middle school and saw the dance team perform and immediately became inspired, I wanted to be like them. I decided to start taking dance classes in the 7th grade and I tried out for the team and was thrilled to be accepted. It led me to performances and competitions and a whole new world of dance.
Tell us what you love about it?
There are so many things I love about dance. I love all the different types of dance, the different ways to move your body, the make up and costumes.
What is your favorite thing about your hobby?
My favorite things about dance can be the adrenaline rush you get from performing and competing. I did my first competition at age 12 and over the years have done many types of dance from jazz, lyrical to military. My favorite dance is lyrical because its very slow and flowy.
How would you say your hobby has changed your life?
Dancing, especially finding it at such a young age, has really given me teamwork and leadership skills which I am able to take with me into college and the workplace. I have made many close friends and met many new people. I have also gained great self disciplined working hard and dedicated myself though the regular practice that it required, sometimes up to 20 hours per week.
Are there any groups you’re a part of that you attend related to your hobby?
I have created many lifelong relationships with previous dancers that I have met along the way and I still try to attend classes from time to time.
What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?
It can be hard when you are starting out because you have to start at the bottom, you don’t know what you are getting yourself into and what to expect. It is also a lot of time and effort but if you have a love and passion for it and are willing to put in the dedication and practice it will definitely pay off.
Are there any other hobbies you have?
I am involved in healthcare, working out, I loves dogs, fashion and cosmetics.
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