For Lau’Rent Honeycutt, service and leadership have always been important, but it hasn’t always come easy.
“I wasn’t accepted into the honor council and I didn’t make the spirit leader team in high school,” said Honeycutt. “But, it was something I always knew I wanted to do. One thing my parents really instilled in me was service to a bigger community.”
Now, he’s doing just that as TCU’s student body president for the 2021-2022 academic year. He wasted no time in getting to work on a student textbook swap program, DEI certificate option and more.
“I ran on a list of things that I thought were common sense kind of actionable steps,” Honeycutt said.
Notably, Honeycutt is the first Black student body president in TCU history, and that significance is not unbeknownst to him.
“I hope that my being in this position will make people feel like they have a place at TCU,” Honeycutt said.
He certainly holds a special place with the student body – chatting with various students as he walks around campus. He admits he has gotten quite good at throwing up his “Go Frogs!” to passersby.
Chatting, in fact, seems to be a common theme of the job.
“We’re always texting each other or on the phone, and if we’re not together in-person we’re always in constant communication because so much of what we do is relying on each other,” said Catherine Cunningham, TCU’s student body vice president.
It is people like Cunningham, Honeycutt said, who make the job fun and manageable.
“I could not do my job if I didn’t have the utmost trust in my cabinet and house,” Honeycutt said.
Cunningham said that she, too, has a lot of trust in Honeycutt, but admires, most of all, his humor and quirks – or as she calls them, his “Lau’Rent-isms.”
And so, he continues each day with these “Lau’Rent-isms,” leading the student body through service and with a smile.