Psychology - Pre-Physical Therapy
Lauren chose to attend Illinois Wesleyan after growing up in Park Ridge, IL and attending Maine South High School. For Lauren, IWU had the whole package: the campus is beautiful, it's far enough but close enough to home, the academics are awesome, the professors are super accommodating, it's a close-knit community, and the track and field team is one of the best in the nation. She set foot on campus and knew it was the place for her. Now, she says she probably has the best job in the world: she works as a student assistant for Coach Schumacher. Lauren says the job involves a ton of paperwork, spreadsheets, emails, and serving as the occasional host for a recruit. She gets to be around track and field stuff, but also gets to experience 24/7 Schumor (that's humor with a bit of "Schu" intertwined). Lauren has also worked at the Shirk front desk, as a grader for the Chemistry department. She has participated in DRL and Psi Chi (Psychology Honor Society), but track and field have been the zenith of her involvement.
When she is not running in circles, Lauren enjoys any other activity such as swimming, biking, watching movies with friends, as well as grabbing a bite to eat or exploring Bloomington... when she is not buried under some form of academia.
Her favorite memory from Turning Titan Orientation is the first group meeting on the quad with Titan Orientation Leaders! She tells us "The fact that you're in college finally starts to hit home when you are introduced to some of your classmates for the first time." Another favorite memory from her orientation is the hypnotist, the BEST. SHOW. EVER.
Lauren's advice for new students:
Take your academics one day at a time, but plan ahead. Don't stress about things you cannot control.. a test is just one grade, a paper is just one grade, etc... but doing any part of a project due in two weeks beforehand will be one less part you have to do when you wait until the night before it's due to start it (which WILL happen.) AND GO TO CLASS...and participate... sounds simple, but the professors are more likely to raise your grades or round up at the end of the semester if you are a regular attender and speaker.