October 5, 2000
In the past few weeks I got to know Lauren better
than I did any other new student on the campus. I was with her on
the orientation camping trip, I was her physics teacher, I ran her
freshman study hall, and I was her soccer coach. On the camping
trip many of the students were apprehensive about being in a new
situation with new people, but Lauren appeared to feel right at
home. She paddled canoes, transporting load after load of gear onto
the island and became an expert at cooking spaghetti for 50 people
over a camp stove (not your everyday skill). Lauren adjusted very
well for being so far away from home.
Lauren obviously wanted to be a lawyer and there is
no doubt in my mind that she would have made a wonderful one. She
took pride in every assignment she completed for school. Her fine
attention to detail left me in awe. Her lab write-ups and even answers
to simple homework assignments were presented typed and well formatted
on high quality paper - more than I would ever expect from a high
school student. During study hall each evening, Lauren spread out
her books, computer, notebooks, etc. across numerous seats, put
on her headphones and got down to work. She was able to efficiently
complete her work, leaving her time for fun during the day. Lauren
even sometimes did too much in terms of academics and I was trying
to teach her how to stop when she had done what the teacher expected.
But Lauren would not accept anything but the best. She put 100%
into everything that she did.
had an incredible internal drive. On the soccer field, there were
numerous times we "butted heads" in disagreements and the funny
thing is, Lauren almost always won. She would not back down. She
knew how to argue and she would not settle for anything but 100%.
Likewise, Lauren never allowed little disagreements to interfere
with her relationships with her peers. She was always joking around
moments later. She put 100% effort into her relationships. I hope
on your visit to campus you are able to see and feel how much the
girls on the soccer team cared about her. The girls gave Lauren
a lot of attention that she needed being so far from home.
Yesterday, Lauren put her best into playing goalie.
She was doing a great job in goal and she was proud. Lauren went
out to make a save with 100% effort. She was knocked unconscious
immediately. I don't think she felt any pain. I ran to her side
and took her hand. I worked with others to try to keep her body
functioning. I held her hand and spoke to her up until her heart
stopped beating. Many people tried very hard to save her. No one
gave up until after it was obvious we had to. I am very sorry for
Lauren talked about you often. She was looking forward
to you coming for parents weekend and spending the weekend with
you in Boston. I wish you and your family the best in your healing
My heart is with you.
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