Lauren PowellLauren Powell

2015 Summit Coordinator




Interpersonal Communications


Newark, DE




Volunteering on local farms and cooking with the Down to Earth Food Co-op, doing my homework outside, adventuring, and exploring new places

UD Involvement:

Coordinator with the Summit Program, secretary and extended trips coordinator of the Outing Club, participant in Yoga Club, participant in DART (Design and Articulture) Club

Most exciting UD memory:

Participating in Summit as an incoming freshman in 2012!

Advice for a new student:

Make sure to venture into White Clay Creek Preserve from North Campus. It is a beautiful little slice of outdoor peace and quiet that not many freshmen know about. Exploring the trails by foot or by bike is a great stress reliever or way to spend a gorgeous day.

Advice for their parents:

The first couple of weeks your kids will be very busy. It is tempting to ask for every detail of their new college adventure, but be sure to give them space and support to grow on their own. They will reach out to you!

How I decided on my major:

As a high school senior, I had no idea what I wanted to pursue professionally, so I applied as a communications interest major because of it's broad nature and focus in the humanities. I soon realized it was the right major for me due to the captivating professors, emphasis on personal growth, and because it allowed me to pursue what I enjoy: reading, writing, engaging in deep conversation, and analyzing human behavior as well as the media.

Favorite outdoor adventure:

Aside from Summit, leading the Outing Club's week-long winter trip to Asheville, NC has been my favorite outdoor adventure with UD! Mountain-top camping, hiking, rock climbing, zip-lining, and waterfall-exploring in the blue ridge mountains for a full week with 13 other students was so exciting, empowering, and fun!

Favorite memory of my Summit experience:

Reuniting with my fellow Summit 2012 participants on the first day of freshman year to slackline on the green together, and unexpectedly meeting a group of 2011 Summit participants who were doing the exact same thing!

Favorite Song:

"Take Me Home, Country Roads" by John Denver

Plans after college:

My passion is exploring, appreciating, and learning from the natural world. I see myself working with others to better the environment as well as themselves. This could lead me to outdoor and/or environmental education, the non-profit sector, nature-based therapy, creation of media content, or a number of other possibilities.

Favorite spot on Main Street:

Home Grown! This restaurant has the best food and live music around!