Meet Senior Lauren S. of Grandview High School
Lauren S. will be majoring in Environmental Science. Lauren's first choice college is North Carolina A&T State University, where she has been accepted into their Honors College.
Lauren what is your career interest and why? "I want to be a conservationist. As a little girl, I wanted to be a lawyer. Standing up for those who couldn’t stand up for themselves is what I thought I was going to do for the rest of my life. But before my first year in high school, I was spending my whole summer at the Denver Zoo. I began to realize that every time I walked into the zoo, every animal was a representation of the beauty we have in this world. I also realized that they were a representation of the little man in our world. The human species has advanced so much with new technologies and growing populations that I think sometimes we forget that we share this world with others. So, I tried to find a field where I could still be a lawyer(advocate), but for the animals: and conservation was my answer."
Lauren what was your favorite memory of AAYLS? "My favorite memory of AAYLS was the retreat. Even though the Grandview girls were new to the scene, the rest of the girls made us feel so welcome. We were allowed to open up about our experiences and journeys in life. I got to see that life will throw us curve balls and we may strike out, but when we come back up to the plate with a new mindset; we can get a home run."
What do you miss or wish you had the opportunity to do before the pandemic? "Before the pandemic, I wish I had gotten the opportunity to go on my choir trip. The Grandview Performing Arts trip only happens every three years. This year we were supposed to go to Germany and Austria and sing our hearts out. This adventure would have also doubled as my senior trip. I will certainly appreciate the time I spent with my family. While I was sitting with my family, I realized that if the year had gone as planned I would only have had a summer to be with them. But, now we have an extra three months."