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Lauren Lessard, 2017 Featured Graduate

Lauren Lessard

Lauren Lessard plans to continue her education to help athletes prepare for the U.S. Paralympic Games

Degree/s: Exercise Science

Place of birth: Lewiston

Hometown: Lewiston

What led you to pursue your education at USM? What led me to USM was mainly the sense of community as well as athletics. My dream had always been to play college ice hockey and lacrosse, and I am fortunate to have accomplished this goal at USM.

Have you had an experience at USM that you feel changed your life or your view of the world? Absolutely. At USM I have been able to be involved in many ways. I have tutored in chemistry, become an RA and a lead RA, become co-president of the student-athlete advisory committee and secretary of the exercise science student association, as well as played two sports and become a three-year captain in lacrosse. Meanwhile, I juggled a full course load as well as worked an off-campus job and completed practicum/internship hours. Through these experiences, I have learned to go with the flow and to never feel comfortable in a position. USM has challenged me in many ways, in and out of the classroom. However, my professors, coaches, and advisors have continuously taught me one thing: don't settle. There will always be something greater out there that you want to achieve. Put your mind to it, and do it!

What are your future plans? My future plans are to attend a master's program at Springfield College in the fall of 2017. I will be pursuing a degree in therapeutic recreational studies in hopes of one day working/training paraplegics for the US Paralympic Games.

Is there anyone you'd like to thank? Of course! I'd like to thank my professors, advisors, coaches, teammates, classmates, friends, and family. Without any of them, I wouldn't have been able to complete my degree as well as be the person I am today. I like to think of myself as very eager and determined. They have each helped me become that way.

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