The University of Alabama

Find Your Passion

Students at The University of Alabama find countless ways to get involved and expand their horizons through exploration and discovery. This section highlights students who have found their passion while pursuing their interests, and shows ways they are making an impact on the University, the state, and the world.

Jackson, right, started a comic book company with Pearce, his best friend (Matthew Wood).

Find Your Passion: Creating Heroes in Print

A senior engineering student recently started a comic book company with his best friend.

Foster, left, and McAlpine, are seeking to launch a women’s field hockey team at UA  (Matthew Wood).

Find Your Passion: For the Love of Sport

Women’s field hockey is proving an unlikely avenue for a UA student to gain sports management-related experience.

Garrett reads to young children (Jeff Hanson).

Find Your Passion: Take Two: Garrett finds peace in change

Lauren Garrett took a winding road to find her way into the brightly colored classroom where she teaches toddlers several days a week.

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Find Your Passion: A Nice Guy Who Won’t Finish Last

Nathan Craft weaves his personal mantra – kindness toward others – into his professional outlook.

Mixing computer science with studio art, Mitchell Griest uses computer coding to create images (Zach Riggins).

Find Your Passion: Mixing the Senses

Mitchell Griest came to The University of Alabama to study computer science. His interests in art and technology seemed, he says, mutually exclusive.

“Houndstooth and Hardhats,” a campus radio show with an engineering bent, was conceptualized by UA’s Matthew Culver (Jeff Hanson).

Find Your Passion: Broadcasting Engineering

It was just before 3 p.m. on a Friday, and as the song on the radio began fading, Matthew Culver motions to his partner. He was ready to start the show.

Journalism student Kinsey Haynes turns a passion for music into a career path in music journalism (Bryan Hester).

Find Your Passion: From Mix Tapes to Camera Lenses

A Demopolis native, Haynes majors in journalism at The University of Alabama, where she combines class-based studies and extracurricular experiences into a course of training she hopes leads to a music journalism career.

A double major in dance and international studies, Herring says she’d like to dance abroad (Jeff Hanson).

Find Your Passion: A Light Bulb Moment

University of Alabama senior Mallory Herring doesn’t have a problem finding her passion. In fact, she may have too many options from which to choose.

Even if her future isn’t onstage, this music administration major finds ways to stand out (Jeff Hanson).

Find Your Passion: Setting the Stage

Unlike a lot of performers, Michelle Montabana’s life isn’t the stage. Her dream isn’t performing on Broadway or in a noted symphony orchestra. Instead, the 21-year-old University of Alabama junior focuses on her work behind the scenes, letting others be the star of the show.

Campers with chronic challenges have shown Christian Shannon how to stay positive (Miriam Brant).

Find Your Passion: Desire to Help Becomes a ‘Fire in the Belly’

A junior in the STEM Path to the MBA program at The University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Commerce, Shannon’s passion lies in pediatric medicine and fighting cancer in children.

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