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Student Spotlight: Lauren La Rosa
Name: Lauren La Rosa
Hometown: Rockwall, Texas
Major: Recreation Management
Expected Graduation Date: May 2019
What do you want to do after you graduate?
My dream job is to work for a tourism agency, specifically focusing on ecotourism. The idea is to educate people about conservation and environmental responsibility by taking them on tours. I want to share my appreciation for the environment and show others why it’s important to take care of the world we live in.
Where did this passion originate from?
Last year, I participated in the National Student Exchange program and had the opportunity to live in Honolulu, Hawaii for a semester. I was involved in beach clean ups, picking up trash and plastic. The experience was life changing and opened my eyes to how much we need to take care of the environment and be more aware. Before going to Hawaii, I had no idea ecotourism is what I wanted to do with my life.
Tell us more about your National Student Exchange experience.
I spent the Fall 2017 semester taking courses at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. It was an amazing experience. I loved it! We lived ten minutes from the beach and went hiking every week. The atmosphere was beautiful. I was introduced to so many new experiences and opportunities. It was refreshing to be immersed in such a relaxed culture. Everyone was extremely friendly, family-oriented and adventurous.
What would you tell other students who might be considering an exchange program?
I would tell them to go for it! Get outside your comfort zone, travel, meet new people and take advantage of such an amazing experience while you can. Like me, you might even realize you can do bigger things than you ever imagined.
What are you involved in on campus?
I’m a member of the Recreation Management Club and Rho Phi Lambda, which is an honor fraternity for recreation management majors. I previously worked at Wings of Hope, helping victims of domestic violence through activities and programming. Currently, I’m a student worker for the College of Education, Health and Aviation.
What’s your favorite thing about the College of Education, Health and Aviation?
Definitely the people! They really care. My adviser, Todd Snethen, is so willing to work with me and help me. All the professors are fantastic, encouraging and helpful. They truly want to see me succeed.