Aurora Lenz-Watson '09

by Ryan Dixon '11

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Figuring it Out

East of Lake Pennesseewassee lies little Norway, Maine, population 4,611 as of the 2000 census, home to Green Mountain College senior Aurora Lenz-Watson. Her parents were influential early, Aurora says. “My parents really focused on education. They both were very passionate about learning. They passed that on to me. It’s what I enjoy doing most.”

After a high school AP psychology class, Aurora found herself drawn to the study of human behavior. “I don’t think anyone has what it means to be human completely figured out, like ‘Oh! I know exactly what it means!', " she says. “I’m interested in psychology to take pieces and try to figure out certain aspects of what it means to be human.”

Upon arriving at Green Mountain College, she discovered gender studies. “When I took my first few women’s studies classes I felt like blinders had been taken off of my eyes,” she says. “I realized that in everyday interactions people say a lot and don’t realize they are saying it. These things are right in front of me and I just didn’t see them.”

She slowly shaped her college education to mirror her interests, double-majoring in psychology and a self-designed women’s studies degree, combining the separate studies into a concentration in social psychology.

“It’s nice that there aren’t many graduate students here because I was able to work as a research assistant for Alan Marwine, and that really opened up doors. I was able to work on further research projects with all three psychology professors here. They really helped me a lot with getting into graduate school, especially Jen Sellers, who also went into social psychology.”

Aurora’s passion for learning has paid off: Not only has she already completed her studies, she has been accepted to PhD programs at Penn State and UVM. As she gets ready to walk with her graduation class in May, she is keeping busy completing research projects with Vance Jackson, and is grateful for her GMC experience.

“I want to live my life in a sustainable way it’s really built that way at GMC. I definitely had a good environmental education, and even if my career doesn’t relate to that, it will be an important part of my life.”



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Women's Lacrosse
Wednesday, 3/18
at Castleton State, 4 p.m.

Sunday, 3/22
at St. Joseph's College, 2 p.m.

Men's Lacrosse
Saturday, 3/21
at Maine Maritime Academy, 1 p.m.

Sunday, 3/22
vs. Mitchell College, 12 p.m.

Women's Softball
at Becker College, 1 p.m.

Men's Tennis
at Thomas College, 11 a.m.


WEEK AT A GLANCE


MONDAY, MARCH 16
Tai Chi
5 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Kayak Pool Session
8 - 9:30 p.m., Waldron Pool

TUESDAY, MARCH 17
Meditation
2:30 - 3 p.m., Chapel

LEAD Series
6 - 7 p.m., Gorge Atrium

Open Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

African Dance
7 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Film Screening: Magdalene Sisters
7:30 p.m., The Gorge

Kayak Water Polo
8 - 9:30 p.m., Waldron Pool

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18
Massage Therapy & Reflexology
11 a.m. - 8 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Central Vermont Outdoor Job Fair
11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Withey Hall

Faculty Colloquium: Marsha Fonteyn
12 - 1 p.m., Terrace 124

Yoga
12 - 1 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Vinyassa Flow Yoga
4 - 5 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Uncle Tom's Cabin
4 - 6 p.m., Ackley Theater

Karate Club
6 - 7 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Tribal Belly Dance
7 - 8:15 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Film Screening: Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas
7 p.m., The Gorge

THURSDAY, MARCH 19
Morning Yoga
9 - 10 a.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
11 a.m. - 8 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Feminist Fair
11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Withey Lobby

Jon Jensen
4 p.m., Dickgiesser Room

Open Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

Mixed Martial Arts
6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Dale Allen
7:30 p.m., Ackley Theater

FRIDAY, MARCH 20
Student Art Reception: Gill Whiting
6 - 8 p.m., Surdam Gallery

Open Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

SATURDAY, MARCH 21
Vinyassa Flow Yoga
12 - 1 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

2009 Community Dinner for Poultney Schools
6 p.m., East Room



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