Meet the Off-Campus Programs Office Staff!
Director, Off-Campus Programs
As Director of Off-Campus Programs at Lawrence, Laura is here to work with students as they consider their options for studying off-campus. Laura was a first-generation college student and studying abroad was not something she knew was an option for her when she started college. She participated in the Lawrence London Centre as a junior and living and learning in London for a term opened her eyes to varied perspectives and backgrounds. She graduated from Lawrence with majors in Government and Environmental Policy. She has worked for Lawrence in various roles as the London Centre Programme Manager for three years and in the Off-Campus Programs office for a decade. While in London, she completed an Extramural Certificate program in Criminology from Birkbeck College in the University of London system. Laura holds a Masters of Science in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from UW-La Crosse.
The best way to make an appointment with Laura is to submit this form with your availability to meet during business hours.
Emma Arnesen '18
London Centre Student Assistant
Government/ French (double major)
"In London I learned the proper way to make tea."
-Participated in Lawrence London Centre, Spring 2017
Lily Atkinson '18
London Centre Student Assistant
INS Geology/ Chemistry (double major)
"When I studied abroad in London in the Winter of 2016, I got the opportunity to take lessons from a world-renowned harpist at the Royal College of London. It was such an incredible experience to walk into a room of thirteen concert-grand harps and get to choose which one I wanted to play on."
-Participated in Lawrence London Centre, Winter 2016
Molly Doruska '19
Senegal Student Assistant
French/ Economics (double major)
"Growing up I took dance lessons. While in Dakar, I was able to take dance and djembe classes at the Baobab Center. The dance was very challenging because it was unlike any style that I learned growing up, but it was so cool to connect a childhood love of mine to my abroad experience. Towards the end of the program we had a performance for our host families where we got to share what we had learned in class. After I got home, my host family had me perform for them multiple times. It was so much fun to dance again, and I loved seeing the joy that my dancing brought to my host family."
Participated in Lawrence Francophone Seminar in Dakar, Senegal, Spring 2017
Allison Brooks-Conrad '17
Off-Campus Programs Outreach Specialist & Special Projects Assistant
Cello Performance (B.Mus.) and History/ French (minor) (B.A.)
"While I was studying in Paris, I was lucky enough to ride past the Eiffel tower each day as part of my commute to class, where I got study French music with a French musicology professor at a French university, which I definitely could not have done in the US!"
Participated in IES Paris, Fall 2016
Michelle Jimenez '18
Off-Campus Programs Inclusion Specialist & Special Projects Assistant
Government (major)/ Spanish (minor)
"An experience that I will never forget was the time I went to the Canary Islands and stayed with my friend at her aunt’s house in Tenerife. It was around noon and we had just got done exploring the city of Santa Cruz on the Island of Tenerife. It was lunch time and everyone was heading home to spend time with their families. Most stores close down for a couple of hours in the afternoon to make time for a nap or to simply have a meal with their families. My friend's aunt had prepared an amazing meal and her daughter came home from school to enjoy this time with us. Family is very important in Spain and I learned the different ways it was incorporated into the Spanish lifestyle by immersing myself completely."
-Participated in ISA Granada, Fall 2016
Mara Adams '18
Off-Campus Programs Special Projects Assistant
Psychology/Theatre Arts (double major)
"The time when I felt most connected to the city of London was during the commute to my internship. Being able to take a bus with working Londoners and watching everyone on the streets going about their daily business helped me to see London as a place where people live and work, rather than just a tourist destination."
-Participated in the Lawrence London Centre, Fall 2016