LauraLaura is a third year from Alexandria, Virginia who is studying English and American Studies with a Spanish minor at the University of Virginia. She is involved in various clubs around grounds, from her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, to club tennis, to starting her own cooking club. Laura has volunteered through Madison House tutoring and working with children, both at the local Boys and Girls Club and in one-on-one sessions with Latino children. She has recently returned from a five and a half month trip to Europe, where she did a lot of traveling and studied in Valencia, Spain. While in Europe, Laura had the opportunity to work on a vineyard in Tuscany, Italy for a month through a program called WWOOF (Willing Workers on Organic Farms).

Laura is interested in social transduction and the ways that people share information and experiences with each other. When analyzing literature as an English major, Laura enjoys studying how authors use form and structure to communicate their message more effectively and, conversely, how they are limited by the style that they choose. She applies this same critical thinking to American Studies, where Laura looks at how things like race, gender, class, and other factors impact culture and vice versa. Her time in Spain, especially the time spent working as a translator for a Spanish museum, also ignited an interest in translation and how messages are decoded across languages and cultures. Laura is curious to explore how the humanities and sciences can interact and complement each other.

Laura in Tuscany