Laura Miess - 2014 AAE Award Winner

Laura Miess
Laura is from Potsdam, Germany, majoring in Psychology, with a minor in Sociology.
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After her first year at Western, Laura became an Orientation leader and was promoted to Orientation coordinator for the following two years. She has served on the First-Year Experience Committee, been a sexual-assault-prevention peer educator and been a member of the psychology group Active Minds since her sophomore year. Laura spent her spring semester of her junior year with the Semester-At-Sea program. During her study-abroad experience – when she traveled to Japan, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Singapore, Myanmar, India, Mauritius, South Africa, Ghana, Morocco and Spain – she was special ambassador to K-12 schools and was awarded the Shipboard Education Scholarship. Laura also spent countless hours volunteering as a note taker for students who need assistance and was the assistant conference coordinator when Patch Adams came to campus as a keynote speaker. Her extra-curricular activities have included Symphony Band, Jazz Band and the Saxophone Quartet. Along with all of these accomplishments and with English as her second language, Laura worked two different jobs while maintaining a 3.92 GPA.