Gateway Grads: Lauren's Story

Friday, May 20, 2016
Lauren enrolled in Gateway at age 16 with only 3 high school courses completed. Traditional high school didn’t work out because she missed many days due to debilitating migraines. The later start time, reduced classroom hours, and new environment provided the breath of fresh air Lauren needed in order to reduce the migraines’ frequency and severity.  

Lauren became the first Gateway student at MWCC to simultaneously earn her high school diploma and associate’s degree (Broadcasting & Electronic Media), graduating with 100 high school credits, 69 college credits, and a cumulative college GPA of 3.12. Lauren also pursued her passion for writing through her contributions to the college's annual literary journal.  

Lauren attended Brandeis University and earned a double major in English and creative writing. Her goal is to become a writer with a focus on the arts and ultimately to weave her love of writing and photography into a cinematography career.  

When asked how Gateway made a difference in her life, she said the campus atmosphere was student-focused; the staff was supportive, helpful, and really cared about student success. The aspects of the program which contributed most to her academic success was the self-accountability which motivated her to do her best. Lauren feels she has a more mature outlook toward education and works harder because of this experience.

Gateway has changed the way Lauren views herself in that she is much more positive about herself and the future, where education is stimulating and not a chore. The environmental change enabled her to focus on academic success and not merely on the “survival treadmill” of managing the traditional high school workload/schedule with medical absences.  

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