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Student Highlights

Haley Hawkins, Undergraduate Researcher
03 Dec 2020
Written By
Military REACH Project Manager
Haley Hawkins is studying Human Development and Family Science at Auburn University and was introduced to Military REACH while taking a course with Dr. Lucier-Greer, REACH Project Director. She recently began working with Military REACH as an undergraduate researcher and assists our research team as needed by completing tasks ranging from writing Family Focus articles, adding terms to the Dictionary, and drafting social media posts. We are grateful to have Haley on our team; she has a “go-get-em” personality, is motivated, and is always eager to try new tasks. Continue reading to learn about Haley’s role with REACH, what she does in her free time, and more.

1. What have been some of the primary tasks you have worked on for Military REACH?

I have had the privilege of working on a myriad of projects even in my short time in the REACH lab. I have written social media posts for TRIP reports and special holidays, I keep up with the REACH Dictionary by adding new terms, I have pulled holdings for our extensive library of research, and now I have the privilege of collaborating on a holiday piece with another undergraduate research assistant!

2. What do you do in your free time and what are your hobbies?

I am a creative person at heart, so much of my free time is dedicated to art. Be it painting, singing, or just doodling, being creative has always served as an outlet for me! I also love to read (specifically anything by C.S. Lewis) and cuddle my cat Albus!

3. What is something that makes you proud of yourself?

My love and desire to learn makes me most proud of myself. When I was younger, I struggled to motivate myself. As I have grown up, I have learned that school is about more than grades – it’s about who you are. I believe the purpose of school is to make students better people. This realization has allowed me to form a love of learning, as I have directly seen the benefits of digging into my education.

4. What is your dream job?

My dream job is to become a marriage and family therapist with a specialization in grief and trauma. I also have a dream of opening my own nonprofit organization, “The Nest,” a safe home for survivors of sex trafficking. My time at Military REACH has taught me the importance of collaboration and communication, and has allowed me to develop my research skills, all of which have refined me into a better professional.

5. What are three words you would use to describe yourself and why?

Three words I would use to describe myself are empathetic, passionate, and strong. I care deeply about others and strive to lighten their burdens by walking alongside them in all of life’s experiences. I am also extremely passionate. Whether I’m debating morality, or the proper ranking of Harry Potter films, I am firm in my beliefs. Finally, I am strong. Through all of life’s hardships and disappointments, I have learned to push through and find the good, ultimately allowing me to learn from, instead of being hindered by, heartache.

Students are an integral part of Military REACH because they provide our team with a new perspective, high-quality products, and invaluable assistance. Continue to look out for our Student Highlights, where we will feature students from our team and will highlight the contributions they have made not only to our team, but to the larger military community.

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