I am from Anniston, AL and my undergrad is in Psychology with a minor in Human Development. I wanted to get involved with Project Rebound after experiencing the tornado in April and seeing the effects it had on the community. I also am an aspiring therapist and I thought that because of my direct experience with the tornado, and my psychological background, I could be an effective support for people who needed one.
I am from Mobile, Alabama, and I have lived in Tuscaloosa since 2005. Some of my hobbies are painting, baking, running, and cycling. I also love coffee, cold weather, and playing with my dog. I would really like to continue to work for nonprofit organizations after I finish my graduate degree--either for children or disaster relief.
I am from Mobile, Alabama. I love to read! I'm a huge fan of the Twilight series (the books not the movies). And I love traveling and spending time with my family. If I can travel with my family while reading a good book, then I'm happy!
I applied for the counseling position with Project Rebound because I understand the resilient nature of the people of Alabama. Historically speaking, we are raised to persevere during adversity, but not always taught how to deal with the emotional aspect. I became a crisis counselor so that students can have a healthy outlet.
I am from Florence, Alabama. I'm a graduate student in the Rural Medical Scholars Program (RMSP, a program aimed at recruiting and training primary care physicians for rural Alabama) at UA and will enter the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham next year. I'm an avid fan of nearly all genres of music, and have always loved playing the piano, beginning to play at the age of five. Growing up around the many lakes surrounding Florence also gave me a deep love for water; I enjoys fishing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, and sailing. I also enjoy soccer, having played competitively in both high school and my undergraduate career. While I have a wide variety of hobbies, my greatest love is for other people. This love created both my aspiration to become a doctor and my desire to become involved with Project Rebound. With an outgoing personality, I want to serve my fellow students in every way possible as we recover from April 2011 together.
I am originally from Parrish, Florida. My hobbies involve writing poetry, reading novels, and spending time with my family and friends. I got involved with Project Rebound because my heart goes out to those who were affected in any way, shape, or form from the April 27th tornados and I want to be there for those who need someone to talk to and additional assistance.
I'm from Danbury, Connecticut. I got my BFA in Musical Theatre from The Hartt School, and am now looking to get my MFA in Theatre Management. I love working with other people, and after April's tornado, I went out to help the affected areas. I saw that sometimes, just letting people talk to me helped them, and it made me feel like I made a bit of a difference. Project Rebound interested me because I wanted to continue to help people, and I'm grateful that I was given the opportunity to get involved!
I was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, AL. I am currently enrolled in the MSW program at the UA. I have several hobbies that include: reading romance novels, shopping, volunteering, spending time with family, friends, and loved ones, and bowling. I chose to apply for the position of Crisis Counselor because I am passionate about making a difference, and I have an overriding desire to help others and concern for social justice and for the political events going on in the world.
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
- Maya Angelou
Shani K. Collins
I'm a native of Greenwood, MS. I'm a senior-level social work doctoral student, and a master of social work degree candidate at the University of Alabama. My dissertation research will examine barriers to mammography screening among older African-American women in the Mississippi Delta. I enjoy writing, reading, cooking, public speaking, powerwalking and running. I plan to enter the professoriate, and pursue a career in higher administration after graduating from UA.
I enjoy reading books like Three Cups of Tea and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I enjoy long distance running and hope to run a half marathon in the next year. I like NC State University and Bama football and a good time with tailgating! I love eating sushi and fish tacos, and trying new foods.
I'm from Opelika, Alabama, but have been a lifelong Alabama fan. My first love is sports of all kinds, and I'm pursuing a Master's degree in Sport Management. My goal is to work to make sports and sporting events a positive experience in people's lives. I love surfing the web and reading all sorts of articles from various websites. I joined Project Rebound because I saw first-hand how the tornado affected the lives of Tuscaloosans, including students, and wanted to be a positive influence for them.
Lauren Gibson is a Rural Medical Scholar at the University of Alabama and will graduate in May with a master's degree in Human Environmental Sciences. She obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree (major in Chemistry/minor in Spanish) from the University of Alabama Birmingham in 2011. She begins medical school at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in the fall and hopes to one day open her own pediatric clinic. Working for Project Rebound is important to her because she values the opportunity to assist (in any way) those affected by the tornado.