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Dan Proctor in the anthropology department. My freshman year I had a class with him every term. I felt that I have learned and retained the most information from his classes. He has also demonstrated a genuine care for his students, including me, and has been extremely approachable, helpful and understanding. It also helps that his career is the closest match to my career path and expectations.

This is probably a tie between biological anthropology and forensic anthropology (surprise, surprise). Both of these classes focused on my passion, what I want to do for the rest of my life. I learned a lot about what I want to do in these classes and I was intrigued the entire term.

Mac and cheese, easily the mac and cheese.

Alexander Gymnasium/Whiting Field/Banta Bowl. I am a softball player. I keep my health in balance and find my cathartic release of stress when I am in the weight room, on the field, in the batting cage or generally staying active. I also get to support my fellow athletes when I am here. It is easily my favorite place on campus.

The aesthetic of Fall Term. The way that the campus is set up puts trees with their fading leaves surrounding you as you walk from class to class. The view wherever you are on campus is wonderful and freeing

When it’s not so nice/warm outside: Sommerset Room on the third floor of Warch Campus Center. It is a silent room that looks over the river. It is easy to focus and also provides a great view to stare into space as you come up with ideas and formulate thoughts.
When it’s beautiful outside: Main Hall green. You have nice trees to sit under but also access to soaking up the sun when you want to, depending on the work needed to get done. It’s my favorite reading spot for sure.

LU-aroo! Both years have been fun. The atmosphere of the weekend-long event is positive and welcoming. It feels so much easier to interact with everyone, even if your school hobbies and interests  are vastly different. It is really cool to get to know everyone on a new level. This event allows us to do that. Plus, it is a great stress release going into hectic 10th week.

 

What are you studying? Why are you studying this?
I am a Biological Anthropology and English double major. My ultimate goal is to become a forensic anthropologist. When I was younger, I wanted to be a doctor, orthopedic surgeon, but after volunteering in the ER and ICU for a summer, I decided it wasn't for me. Forensic Anthropology allows me to continue with my desire to help people, but I will interact with deceased people to provide living people with closure and justice.

Outside of being a student at Lawrence what do you like to do?  Hobbies?
I love being active. I play softball for the school and we are in season winter and spring term. Being in season consists of daily practices and lifts. Because this is so time consuming, I am constantly on the go. When we get down time, you would think I would stay in and relax, but that is not the case. I like to go outside and throw the football around with friends, go on walks, and play fun games. Being active and being outside are my top two things I love to do.

How have you benefited from donors while you are at LU?
Absolutely yes. I would not be able to afford to go to school here without the financial help from donors. Also, being an athlete, I benefit from any money put towards athletics. Money coming from donors goes to a lot of things that make this school better in various ways. I whole-heartedly believe that everyone benefits from donors while they attend Lawrence University.

What does being a Lawrentian mean to you?
Being a Lawrentian means being accepting individuals, lifting your peers up, supporting endeavors, making changes that need to be made, addressing problems and then solving them, excelling academically, and making a difference in the lives of others. That would be my true definition of the word.

What are your plans for after Lawrence?
I officially have two years left and as of now, I plan on attending grad school to pursue my masters and eventually my PhD. I also hope to have a dog because dogs are my favorite and being here without one is hard. However, two years is a lot of time, with a lot of internship and work opportunities. So, I'm not setting my original plan in stone, but as of now that is what I want to do; I feel passionate about it and I cannot wait to see what the future brings (that future will definitely include a dog though).

What clubs are you involved in at Lawrence?
I joined Kappa Kappa Gamma in the Fall (2016) and now hold a position in the chapter. I am heading up the Student Athletic Advisory Committee with my fellow hard working athletes, Eryn Blagg and Natalie Kramer. I also volunteer a lot through multiple organizations on campus.

What has it been like for you being a student athlete?
Honestly, being a student athlete is hard work. I have to balance my homework, volunteering, and other obligations with my training time. With lifting and practice combined, I spend an average of 4-5 hours devoting myself to my team and my sport. Some people do not understand the difficulty of staying true to this commitment, but at an especially busy and trying school like Lawrence, this commitment means something. I can't even begin to imagine how student athletes in the conservatory do it with all of their extra practice time. However, even with the difficulties, being a student-athlete is completely worth it. Softball has been part of my life since I was 4 years old starting my career in T-ball. I don't know where I would be without it. Having something like this in your life should be cherished and recognized forever.  Because of my team, I have a family on campus, and that is a big deal, especially being so far from home. My teammates and other fellow student athletes support me and encourage me, and I do the same for them. With each year, this program wide support for every team and individual athlete keeps growing, and I am lucky to be part of that. We win and lose as an entire athletic program. I like to see everyone succeed, in athletics and in the classroom. School comes first, of course, but athletics are part of who I am and that deserve as much recognition as anything else involved with putting a label on myself.

 

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