Lauren Olsen '14 (M.S. '15)
Describe your Marywood experience
I first visited Marywood my junior year of high school. I was in search of a small school in a safe area with a strong program for speech-language pathology. I am originally from Long Island, NY and had attended a small, Catholic high school. I needed a college that would satisfy my need to live in a new area and meet new people, while still feeling like home. After finding Marywood through an online college search, I quickly discovered that Marywood excelled in all aspects that were most important to me. I loved the campus. It was in a safe and beautiful area. It was also warm and inviting, much like the many people that I met during my first tour. The professors were personable and genuinely supportive of student’s academic success. The speech-language pathology program was led by knowledgeable professionals in the field, who challenged students to become exceptional therapists. I knew this was a place I could call home.
Tell us about your fondest memories from your time at Marywood
I have many fond memories of Marywood, it is hard to select just one. I loved my memories of the Christmas tree lighting. It is such a great community event, and it is wonderful to see students, alumni, and professors all come together to celebrate Christmas in such a meaningful way. I also loved my experiences in campus ministry. As a
What was your favorite course?
One of my favorite courses was Clinical Methods which was in my major, Communication
How did your Marywood education shape you as a person?
I have grown and evolved as a person at Marywood. I walked in as a shy and timid freshman and walked out as a leader with a Masters degree, ready to start my career as a speech therapist. Marywood instilled in me the importance of service to others. My professors and peers saw potential in me, which helped me gain confidence and grow as a leader.
Is there a relationship in your Marywood years that helped you to become the person you are today?
I am very grateful for my relationship with the students I met in my major program, Speech-Language Pathology. It is a small, specialized program in which students are accepted their freshman year, and continue at Marywood for 5
What do you do now?
I moved to Pennsylvania and currently work as a