Meet Lauren Bayne: Our April Leading Woman

Name: Lauren Bayne

Major: Elementary Education and Political Science

Hometown: Chesterfield, MO

What are your career/life goals:

I hope to teach first and then work in educational policy, ideally for the Department of Education!

What is your favorite part about what you're involved in:

I love getting to make tangible change. By registering young voters, I help inspire people to take ownership of their life and the way politics impacts It. Knowing people that I registered went to the polls on March 10th makes all of the rejections and nerves worth it.

Why did you decide to take on this commitment?

I wanted to get involved politically in a way that wasn’t divided by party lines. Voter registration is something all sides can agree upon, and it is exhilarating to be a part of someone’s political journey, regardless of what they believe.

What are your main responsibilities in this job?

Every Monday, you could find me in the student center tabling for ASUM. I registered voters and answered questions regarding absentee voting, upcoming elections, or really anything revolving around civic engagement. Speaking of which, if you are living in house next year, I can help you change your voter registration to the Theta address :))

How has your experiences in Theta changed you?

I have not been in Theta long enough to give a full and sentimental answer, but I am thankful for the overwhelming positivity. I am still learning to fully believe that I am so loved, but having that constant reminder has been such a blessing and an encouragement during some of the lowest of lows this semester.

Tell us about why you chose your major?

I love education, I love policy, and I especially love educational policy. My major combination is fairly unique, but I fully believe that political science and education are inherently intertwined and need to be treated as such. It is a joy to represent that middle of the Venn diagram, the space where these two majors from two different colleges and two walks of life intersect.

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about giving others a voice. Whether it is my future students or the future and current voters, I want to help elevate others so they can speak out and shine.

What does Theta mean to you?

Theta is radical acceptance; it is loving unconditionally not despite of, but because of your flaws and quirks.

Do you have any advice to the incoming freshmen?

Jump on the opportunities you care about, but do not feel obligated to take on every opportunity you see. Make your mark where it matters most to you.

Do you have a specific favorite Theta memory?

The phenomenal Izzy Mealy, Maddie Young, and Jenny Carpio came to visit me in the hospital in February. They showered me with so much love and support, and they eased all of my anxieties about missing meetings. These incredible women made me feel beautiful in my horrendous hospital scrubs, and they made me feel at home even when I was at my most isolated.

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