For­mer Stir­ling pupil soars in dance of life and stud­ies

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FOR­MER Stir­ling High School pupil Lau­ren Volker has achieved an amaz­ing nine dis­tinc­tions in her 2016 univer­sity ex­am­i­na­tions and will be grad­u­at­ing her third year cum laude.

Volker stud­ies psy­chol­ogy at the Nel­son Man­dela Met­ro­pol­i­tan Univer­sity and has re­cently started her hon­ours year in psy­chol­ogy.

“The most chal­leng­ing part about the psych de­gree is the work load. It is ex­tremely de­mand­ing of your time and in or­der to do well, you have to be very or­gan­ised and ded­i­cated,” Volker said.

Her hard work and com­mit­ment to her bach­e­lor’s de­gree have helped her to achieve great aca­demic suc­cess.

“One has to set goals to achieve in life. I be­lieve that sup­port from fam­ily plays a huge role. I don’t think I could have ever achieved all this with­out the con­stant sup­port and love of my won­der­ful fam­ily,” the 22-year-old said.

Volker, how­ever, is more than just an aca­demic, she is also a dance coach and chore­og­ra­pher at the Dare to be Dif­fer­ent dance stu­dio in Port El­iz­a­beth.

Start­ing her danc­ing ca­reer as an eight-year-old with the Tracey Del­port Dance Com­pany in East Lon­don, Volker has com­pleted ele­men­tary mod­ern and se­nior hip-hop ex­ams, as well as tak­ing part in var­i­ous shows and com­pe­ti­tions. Last year, Volker com­peted in the Ta­lent Africa Na­tional Cham­pi­onships held in Cape Town with Dare to be Dif­fer­ent.

“I will be com­pet­ing again this year in the solo cat­e­gory of the na­tion­als to be held in Port El­iz­a­beth. My goal is to be cho­sen for the South African team that trav­els to New York or win the over­all com­pe­ti­tion,” a de­ter­mined Volker said.

The driven young woman aims to com­plete a PhD in clin­i­cal psy­chol­ogy and one day own her own clin­i­cal prac­tice and dance stu­dio.

“I love dance as it can be seen as an out­let for a busy per­son. Dance is good for the soul.”

ON SONG: Lau­ren Volker is not only a very tal­ented dancer but is also brainy. She is seen here per­form­ing at Ta­lent Africa Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in Cape Town last year

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