Prattville, AL native Khendra Lucas graduated from Auburn University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences, also completing a minor in Psychology. During her studies, Khendra was an Alpha Epsilon Delta member, served as a frequent volunteer for COSAM Outreach, and was an undergraduate teaching assistant for various labs. After her service year with Impact America, Khendra hopes to obtain her MS in Clinical Laboratory Sciences.

What was your most meaningful service experience or extracurricular activity in college and why?

This past MLK day I was invited by an Auburn organization to do service in historic Selma, Alabama. First, I went to Edmundite Missions and served PB&J sandwiches and hot soup to the homeless and needy. Then, the group took a mini tour of downtown Selma and at the end of the tour we met the daughter of one of the “Bloody Sunday” marchers who took us across the famed Edmund Pettus Bridge. Finally, we took a tour of a civil rights museum. Being an Alabama native, I already have a deep emotional and physical connection to the Civil Rights movement, but being in such a place with a rich history was so overwhelming and powerful. History holds a dear place in my heart, and to know that not long ago people suffered in agony and turmoil and separation is so heartbreaking, yet fascinating. It was also fun to give back to Selma, which has since been neglected. 

What is your favorite quote from a book, film or song?

Hands down, “Just growing up in stages/Living life in phases” by Tame Impala. All my life I’ve learned to embrace my development. I’ve endured many trials and achieved many triumphs, so I’m always looking for the next stage in life. Change is imminent and I’ve accepted that I’m still growing every day, every minute.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

People always seem excited when I tell them I was born the same day Princess Diana unfortunately passed. My mom has told me over and over that as soon as she saw the news of her death on the TV, she immediately went into labor with me. She was so inspired by the late Princess that she almost named me “Princess” (and I thank her everyday she didn’t).