My name is Laura Valine, I'm 20 years old and originally from a beach town in central California. Gold is my favorite color, I'm a makeup fanatic, and a total caffeine addict. I've been a Type 1 Diabetic since I was a little less than 2 years old, and because of this I will probably tease you a little if you tell me about your fear of needles (sorry, but I just can't relate). I enjoy cooking, thrift shopping, and hanging out at the beach. I also spend a lot of my free time on Reddit, YouTube, Pinterest, or Netflix, and occasionally I actually learn something useful in the process.
I'm currently a third year student majoring in Bioengineering with a concentration in biomolecular engineering and a minor in bioinformatics. I find bioengineering really fascinating, and it's exciting to be involved in a field with so much room left to grow. After I'm done with my undergraduate studies, I hope to go on to grad school to get my master's degree, and ideally I'd like to do research in industry. I have yet to get involved in any research labs on campus, although I hope to in the near future!
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If you spend much time in Cowell, Science Hill, near McHenry Library, or in Quarry Plaza, you may have seen me in my bright yellow shirt leading a group of prospective students around. I'm proud to be a Student Life and University Guide (read: tour guide) here on campus, even though the shirts aren't terribly glamorous. It's funny, in high school people would often describe me as "soft-spoken", and "shy", but now I have no problem pulling out my "tour guide voice" if it's noisy in the Quarry, and I feel absolutely comfortable speaking in front of 20-30 strangers for 90 minutes straight!