My name is Lauren, and I am an upcoming junior at PLU. Like many other students, I am not the first one in my family to attend PLU. My dad attended school here in the early 80's and my sister graduated in 2011.
Growing up near Nashville, TN, I started my college journey elsewhere. I thought that I wanted a "large school experience," but soon realized that I was wrong. I decided to transfer to PLU after one year at a state school with the hope that I could experience the community feel and have a deeper connection with my school.
When I started at PLU, I was still unsure of what role the university would play in my educational journey and the life that I envisioned for myself. The convocation ceremony at the start of my first year here was a very special experience. Being in the presence of so many Lutes who shared great enthusiasm for their one wild and precious life rang true with me. Convocation helped me to realize that I was truly meant to become part of the PLU family.
I always knew that I wanted to be an art teacher before I came to PLU, and that just meant I needed to obtain an undergraduate degree. However, when I learned of the school's strong Master's of Education program, I decided to focus on art for my undergraduate and then get my masters in education in order to fulfill my aspirations. I am now enrolled in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program, a highlight of which has been my ceramics classes. Accompanying my degree in art, I am working toward a minor in Hispanic Studies. I have always been interested in study away and thankfully, PLU has an amazing program and strongly encourages study away. As a part of my minor in Hispanic Studies, I will be studying away in Granada, Spain for Spring Semester 2013.
In addition to my studies, I participated in the University's Dance Ensemble this past spring, and I intern at the Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations.