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Senior Spotlight: Lauren Wild

The first word that comes to mind when thinking about this student is hardworking. Hackett senior Lauren Wild has had a full schedule during her four years in high school. She participates in school sports, club sports, NHS, and SLT all while achieving great grades. She is on Hacketts' varsity soccer, track, and ski teams, and when school is not in session, she plays club soccer with her portage lightning team. She is the NHS vice president and an avid member of the Student Leadership Team. Lauren plans to attend the University of Michigan's nursing school in the fall. After college, she hopes to pursue a career as a CRNA Nurse.

With her acceptance into Michigan, you would think school has been easier than most for her; however, that is anything but the truth. Throughout her time in school, she has learned to persevere and work hard even when the odds seem to be against her. Lauren struggles with dyslexia, making things like schoolwork twice as hard for her. 

Since elementary school, Lauren has been in the less advanced English classes. Mattawan, her former school, would have a separate reading program for the kids who needed extra help, consequently taking her out of avid learning time with the other students. Losing this learning opportunity would cause her to fall behind in math as well. Then, when attending middle school, Lauren consistently struggled to keep up with her peers. While working twice as hard as everyone else, she still could not achieve the best grades. However, she persevered and by the end of middle school, she caught up in math. 

When coming to Hackett, Lauren was placed in the basic level of English. Even though her grades were not as high as she would have liked, she decided to move up to honors English her sophomore year. The challenge pushed her as a student, challenging her to work harder on her reading skills. Now, in her senior year, she is taking AP Lang, and she consistently achieves good grades. 

She did get into Michigan's Nursing school, which is the seventh-best nursing school in the nation, however her application was anything but perfect. Her SAT score was significantly below the average, so she could not send it in. She did get good grades; however, she did have a few B's, with an average GPA of 3.75. 

She shadowed nurses and worked under them over the summer between their junior and senior years. While balancing school life, seeing someone take an interest in their career after high school is impressive. She also began participating in honors, advanced, and AP courses near the end of her Hackett career. She consistently grew as a student, from a 3.5 GPA in her first year to a 4.0 GPA in her junior year. Her essays also positively reflected her strong views about feminism and her struggles with growth as a student. Lauren is an exceptionally well-rounded student; with all that she does with the school and sports, she also showed interest in her career after school, making her application stand out among others. 

Lauren is hardworking and smart, however she wants people to understand that success is not just about being naturally smart. Hard work and determination will always get you to where you want to be no matter how long it takes you, and Lauren embodies this concept. 


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