"Being a scholar-athlete teaches a person how to
become more responsible with everyday life."
These are the words of former Lady Bleu Devils basketball player Lauren
Daniel, a recent graduate of Dillard University, accepted a
position at Brown Greer law firm located here in New Orleans. While at Dillard
University she studied accounting and received her Bachelor of Science degree
in May of 2012.
A native of New Orleans, Daniel began shooting hoops at a very
young age. Although she did not want to
pursue a career in the sport, she trained hard and her work ethic has paid off.
"I learned that everyday life comes from the game of basketball,
and being an unselfish team player worked on and off the court," said
Daniel. "There were times when I helped
someone and needed help during the sport and in real life scenarios."
Hanging up the jersey temporarily for a suit, Daniel has adapted
to the corporate world in a positive way.
Working in a firm, she said, is just like going to college. However, the workforce is more structured.
"Time management is imperative.
Practicing that in college and with the basketball team has given me an
idea of how important it is to maintain a job," said Daniel. She gives 100 percent in everything she does,
and this is the only way she knows how to reach her goals.
Daniel credits a lot of her success to her former coach KiKi Baker
"She has prepared me as much as possible to make sure I know how
to speak well, be on time, be prepared and to have good communication
skills. For all these effects, I thank
her for that," said Daniel.
Barnes who is in her sixth season at Dillard said, "Lauren was a
hard worker and really committed to being the best that she could be. I was tough on her and her speaking highly of
me insures me that she understood the pressure."
Barnes' programs focuses on making young women better than they
were. "I want the young ladies to leave
here and be able to compete in their designated job markets. My ultimate goal is to see them successful
and rise to the top," said Barnes.
Daniel says she never forgets her life lessons. One in particular is a constant reminder of
why she strives for success.
"Everyone wants to win, more than they want to lose, but accept
both. Everything won't go your way.
There will be great moments and downfalls," said Daniel. "But if you work hard and continue to strive
forward along the way, you will definitely come out a winner!"
*Photo provided by Lauren
DU Sports Information Dept.