Hi! I’m Laura and I’m so excited to join the Baldwin community. I was born in Georgia, spent much of my life in the Bay Area of California, lived in London during high school, and am (at least momentarily) based in New Jersey. One day in the (hopefully) near future, I will update this bio with more solidified career ambitions, but at the moment, I am drawn to many different paths. I look forward to the day I can more fully describe my future plans, but here I will try to offer an exploration of some of my various intrigues and passions.
Perhaps I should start by examining how I spend my time. The margins of my days are filled filling paper with pen, oftentimes spontaneously, between zoom appointments and trips to the library. One would be equally likely to find me hunched over a journal or laptop at 4 am or 4 pm as some sentence, phrase, or word catalyses what may be minutes or hours spent writing,writing, writing. Poetry, songs, and short stories stream into the corners of notebooks and tumble down hundreds of pages of iPhone notes as I go about my day. One of my responses to a Baldwin application prompt was even in the form of a free-verse poem.
The time surrounding the hours I spend writing for my own enjoyment are often spent with friends (extroverts write poetry too!) or taking notes on biology lectures I’m no longer reticent to admit I enjoy. The walk to the science lab is often more of a gallop or at least a cavort than a traipse, and I would just as gladly spend my time reading about obscure diseases as I would explaining the newest linguistic studies to friends. Biology, chemistry, linguistics, yoga, history, writing, reading, perambulating over fall leaves on the trail, playing and writing and listening to music ... I am passionate about more things than I am not, and while this makes me extremely indecisive about what I want to “do” with my life, I also live life eagerly and excitedly.