At first glance, you probably wouldn’t guess that this red-haired American girl can speak Chinese. But after living the majority of her life in China with her mother, Laura not only learned to speak the challenging language – she became fluent in it. When Laura was accepted into a four-year liberal arts college, she found herself facing another daunting challenge: figuring out how to pay for college. The scholarship that she received would pay a sizeable amount of her tuition, but it wouldn’t be enough.
So, she made the tough call to move back to the states and in with her brother, which is when she discovered HCC. Since then, her life has been a whirlwind of activities, classes and leadership roles. She has served as the president of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, interned at the Robinson Nature Center, volunteered with the Environmental Club, and worked in the Center for Service Learning. When Laura isn’t studying hard to earn A’s in the classroom – she's been named to the Dean’s List and Phi Theta Kappa’s All-Maryland Academic Team — she also tutors Chinese-American children in Chinese.
After earning her associate degree in environmental science, Laura went west to continue her studies at a four-year college in California. Eventually, she hopes to be able to help develop and implement sustainable practices around the globe.