Laura honed her creative writing and journalism skills through participation in The Reverie (the College’s literary journal) and The Mountaineer (the student newspaper).
For Laura, a life-long reader, the resonance between creative writing and pre-law comes naturally.
A native of Greenwich, Conn., she explored a plethora of academic interests at Green Mountain College.
“In law courses, it’s important to be able to write and speak persuasively,” Laura said. “It’s the same with creative writing; you have to be able to sell your world to a reader.” Laura’s personal writing does not seem especially lawyerly—she prefers to write stories with foundations in myth, fantasy, or surrealism. She also has honed her creative writing and journalism skills through participation in The Reverie (the College’s literary journal) and The Mountaineer (the student newspaper). She also participated in the College choir and worked as a teaching assistant in an Images of Nature course.
Laura found out about Green Mountain through her guidance counselor’s personal recommendation. In her high school’s college fair she met representatives from GMC and loved how friendly and welcoming they were. She signed up for a prospective student overnight trip on campus during which she found an even friendlier and open environment. Once enrolled, her passion for the arts led her to pursue a major in creative writing.
She participated in Model UN activities at GMC and in 2010 studied at the Nagoya University in Japan for six months while taking graduate courses. She also attended an International Negotiation conference at Tokyo University, which fueled a more specialized interest in international diplomacy. “I think when it comes to international law it’s not just making laws; you need to able to compromise and be a problem-solver.”
With graduation looming, Laura is looking forward to joining the Peace Corps. She wants to be able to travel while experiencing and sharing first hand with people in another culture while doing community service work and becoming immersed in another society.