~from English Department Communications Intern Ashley Alfirevic

I first met Lauren in our Advanced Public Speaking class last year. She gives some dynamite speeches, by the way. Now we both participate in our Nonfiction Creative Writing course with Debby Thompson. She’s this week’s Human of Eddy and talks journalism, writing, and unwarranted air conditioning.


What’s your name? Your major?

Lauren Sawinska, Journalism and Media Communication

What do you like most about your major?

I like the practical, hands-on experience I receive in my classes. Not only am I learning valuable skills that will benefit me in future careers, but I get to build my professional portfolio at the same time. I also have had fantastic teachers during the past five semesters.

How do you spend most of your time in Eddy Hall?

My time in Eddy is spent attending my Nonfiction Creative Writing class and my journalism capstone class.

What inspired you to take a class outside of your major?

As a journalism major, I’ve always enjoyed writing. I like English classes because I get to explore the literary and creative realms that fall outside my journalistic writing comfort zone.

Do you have a favorite English or composition professor?

Emily Morgan was my CO300 teacher the first semester I transferred to CSU and I still consider her one of the best teachers I’ve ever had, at CSU and elsewhere.

Describe Eddy Hall in one word.

Cold. I really hope they get this excessive air conditioning thing figured out before winter hits.

What’s your favorite book, poem, quote, lyric, or genre? 

My favorite book is The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. He has such a beautiful writing style and I can’t wait for his new book to come out in November.

Who is your favorite author?

J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter series will always have a special place in my heart.

If you were to give advice to incoming CSU students studying the Liberal Arts, what would it be?

I would advise students to constantly be looking for new ways to grow, whether that is professionally, personally, spiritually, as a writer, as a reader, etc. You feel so accomplished when you can look back and see how you are a different and better person than you were just a year ago.

What’s your biggest goal/priority right now?

My goals right now are to find employment after I graduate in December and to try my hand at writing a novel. Hopefully in that order. 🙂