My name is Lauren Zeffer and I am originally from Long Island, New York. I completed my undergraduate degree in 2018 at the University of Rhode Island where I studied Wildlife and Conservation Biology. Post undergrad, I was a seasonal field technician conducting fieldwork throughout the United States. Though I was doing critical work, I desired something different. I missed engaging with my community, and in a pivot, became an environmental educator at a science center in Massachusetts. During my time at the science center, I learned that we are all co-learners, whether you are the educator or the student, we are all learning together and discovering new things each day. Science is such a cool subject because it’s constantly evolving, and no matter where you live or how old you are, you can participate in science. My ultimate goal is to become a high school environmental science teacher and inspire our younger generations to help make our world a better place. By studying at Brown University, I hope to gain the tools and skills needed to become the best educator I possibly can be for all of my students. In my free time, I enjoy crafting, crocheting, and thrifting. I also love spending time with my family and my tuxedo cat, Itchy.