Our Mission

Focus Magazine is a student publication devoted to bursting the “Baylor bubble” by examining the culture of Waco, Texas including the people, the places, and everything in between.

Focus Magazine is owned and published by Baylor University. It is produced through the student publications department. The entire content of Focus Magazine is protected under the Federal Copyright Act. Reproduction of any portion of any issue by any means, mechanical or otherwise, is not permitted without the consent of Baylor University.

About Focus Magazine, Fall 2017

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five adults in the U.S. experience a mental illness at any given time. This statistic is personal for us. It means that our friends, colleagues, family members, teachers — anyone we know and love — could be suffering right now. Mental illness is not something far away. It is here, affecting our community, our loved ones, the people we spend our time with, and we may not even know it. Many who suffer do so in silence because of the stigmas associated with mental health issues. In our Fall 2017 edition of Focus magazine, we’ve given a platform to several brave individuals to share with us their pasts and how they have worked to rebuild their lives from the ground up. We want to bring hope and a voice to those living in darkness or fear, and understanding to those who haven’t experienced this personally. By speaking out about these prevalent battles, we hope to shift the overarching outlook on mental health and, in turn, encourage people to get the help they need to take control of their lives.  


Hannah Neumann | Lauren Friederman

Front & Back Cover

Model : Jade Alexandra

Photographer: Hannah Neumann


Kristina Valdez | Cameron Bocanegra | Bailey Brammer | Corrine Moore | Kailee Coward | Amanda Cordero | Meredith Wagner | Trey Honeycutt | Andrew Church | Ryan Barrett | Rewon Shimray | Aadil Sheikh |Sarah Barrientos

Special Thanks 

Curtis Callaway | Julie Reed | Erica Thorpe | Bruce Gietzen | Jim Anderson | Jamile Yglecias | Monica Saucier | Baylor Counseling Center | Wellness Department | our brave subjects | our families | & all of our contributors


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