Charting her course in a world of endless possibilities
Lauren's journey has been difficult at times - from being raised and homeschooled in a loving Christian home to sitting in her first classroom in 2009 to serving last year as the undergraduate commencement speaker, with a 3.97 GPA and a degree in General Business. Regardless of the challenges, Lauren sees the experience as being transformational. Her introspective abilities make her wise beyond her years.
After leaving home at 18 years and without a traditional high school diploma, pursuing college seemed impossible. Nevertheless, Lauren was able to overcome financial obstacles through scholarships and later channeled her own experiences into a workshop to help other students. She leveraged her accomplishments as a cellist into working full time for the Rhode Island Philharmonic as box office manager.
Working now for the Feinstein Center for Pro Bono & Experiential Education as well as serving as a part-time consultant for NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley, Lauren aspires to run a community based organization. Passionate about women's issues, poverty, and social justice issues, she wants to contribute to her community.