Farmville Central High School - Lauren Shackelford

Lauren Shackelford

Hello! My name is Lauren Shackelford, and I am a senior at Farmville Central High School in Farmville, North Carolina. I have two brothers and a very goofy dog that I love to spend time with. I live in Farmville now; however, my family moved after my freshman year of high school from Wilmington, North Carolina. While I will always be a beach girl at heart, moving away from my hometown has taught me a lot about accepting change and making the best of an unexpected situation. I will be attending North Carolina State University (NCSU) in the fall. I have been accepted into NCSU’s highly competitive College of Engineering. I am extremely excited to start my higher education as well as make new friends and get involved in club lacrosse there. After graduating from college, I hope to take advantage of NCSU’s tightly knit alumni community across Raleigh and North Carolina to quickly start working towards my future career goals. While I have a lot going on, I am proud to say that I can balance it all with excellent grades, friendships, family, and anything else that comes my way. I look forward to what is coming next!

SCHOOL: Farmville Central High School
NAME: Lauren Shackelford
AGE: 18
PLANS FOR NEXT YEAR: Attending North Carolina State University
WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING TASK AS A SENIOR: Staying focused once spring hits
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR UNDER CLASSMEN: Get involved in your community now! Not only will you beef up your college applications, but you will make lots of great friends!
WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR SENIOR YEAR: Playing lacrosse with D. H. Conley's club team
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 10 YEARS: I plan to own my own engineering firm.
WHE MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSON IN YOUR LIFE AND WHY: My parents are the most influential people in my life because, I know that they have great expectations for me, and I want to make them proud. I love them more than anything.
I AM MOST UNIQUE BECAUSE: God has blessed me with the ability to play four different varsity sports in high school while still having time to make good grades, have a job, volunteer, and spend time with my friends.
WHAT IS THE ONE QUOTE YOU LIVE BY: "Kindness is the language the deaf can hear and the blind can see." -Mark Twain
WHAT ARE 5 THINGS YOU VALUE MOST IMPORTANT AT THIS POINT IN YOUR LIFE: 1. My relationship with my family 2. Having excellent educational resources 3. Being physically and mentally healthy  4. All of my athletic opportunities 5. My big dreams for the future
IF YOU COULD MOVE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, WHERE WOULD IT BE AND WHY: I would love to move to Panama for a while. My grandmother immigrated to America when she was young, and I have always wanted to see her childhood home and learn about my roots by experiencing for myself that part of her life..
WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOUR CLASSMATES STILL DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU AFTER ALL THIS TIME: My biggest fear is public speaking! Despite having to do it for numerous clubs and school activities, getting up in front of a crowd and speaking into a microphone always makes my teeth chatter.
WHICH YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL WAS YOUR FAVORITE: My senior year has definitely been the best! I have accomplished so much this year, and I have heard so much good news.
IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON A DESERTED ISLAND AND COULD ONLY TAKE ONE ITEM WITH YOU, WHAT WOULD IT BE?: I would definitely bring my dog! He is a great companion, and we would keep each other company. Plus, he could help me find food or search for shelter! 

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