This week’s student spotlight features Lauren B. of MeriPasadena! She is currently a senior at Westridge School and was recently selected as a Princess on the Royal Court for the Tournament of Roses. Try to spot her when you watch the world famous Rose Parade this upcoming New Year's Day!
Lauren first attended MeriEducation this summer for ACT prep and, with only 8 weeks of tutoring, ended up scoring a 32 on her official test! Despite only dedicating 2 months to tutoring, she made sure to take hundreds of practice tests and review independently.
Not only is she an ACT champ, she’s basically a freakin’ champ in everything she does. Lauren is a 3.8 GPA student and displays natural leadership and a true passion for community outreach.
She is the founder and head of her own club, Every Body Affinity, to promote body positivity and self-love on campus. As a voracious reader and writer, Lauren serves as the head of the Book Club and volunteers for numerous reading programs at schools and libraries in her local community. In her free time, she writes poetry as a way to express her emotions. In case that isn’t enough, Lauren is also the ASB Secretary and plays for Westridge’s Varsity Volleyball and Basketball team. Sports has been a huge part of her life growing up (she’s played basketball since she was 8 years old!).
Given her accomplishments, it’s no surprise that Lauren was selected out of 44 competing finalists for the honor of serving as Princess for the Tournament of Roses Association.
She is currently finishing up her college applications and plans to study biology, linguistics, and Latin. Her dream college is Duke University! In addition to committing to ACT prep this summer, she also completed a medical internship that allowed her to shadow a doctor and helped confirm her dreams of pursuing a medical degree on the way to becoming an OBGYN.
When I was little my grandfather nicknamed me “Busy bee” and ever since then I’ve truly lived up to that reputation. I always felt like I was never doing enough and have consistently sought to take on new challenges and new activities. Personally, I do best when I have a goal in mind to strive for because I am able to focus all my efforts and work as hard as I can for something I want. I have never taken the easy way—instead, I enroll in rigorous courses and constantly set new goals for myself. I am intrigued by the world around me and am eager to try everything that I can. For me it was never about finding the time to do it all, it was about keeping myself interested and doing what I love.