Posted on Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Lauryn Todd ’22
Accounting and Finance
After spending one college visit day on Westminster’s campus, Lauryn Todd knew Westminster was where she wanted to spend her next four years. Originally from Lisbon, Ohio, the junior tapped into the Westminster’s sense of community on that first visit. “Everyone was so friendly. I met several faculty members that day and I could tell that they all genuinely cared about me and my success. I wanted to be a part of that community.”
Lauryn quickly embraced the Westminster spirit and has become an active member of the campus community. A natural leader, Lauryn enjoys sharing her experiences with prospective students in her role as a Titan Guide. As an orientation leader, Lauryn offers a warm welcome to first-year students each fall. She extends a helping hand academically as a peer tutor in the accounting, business, economics and communications disciplines. She is the lead college correspondent for the student newspaper, The Holcad, and is a student representative on the College’s Planning, Budget and Institutional Research Council (PBIRC) and is a member of the Emerging Leaders/Y2 Leadership program. She is active with the Westminster Entrepreneurship Center (WEC), is a member of the Student Alumni Association, and belongs to the national honor societies Lambda Pi Eta and Lambda Sigma.
As an accounting and finance major, the experiential learning component to her coursework is unmatched. “As a business student, I’ve been able to work with real companies through several different programs that the School of Business offers.” Through the Financial Analyst Program and the WEC, Lauryn received real hands-on experiences. With the WEC, for example, she had the opportunity to provide financial forecasting and modeling for start-up companies in the Pittsburgh area. Lauryn has also taken advantage of Westminster’s alumni network to connect with professionals and gain career advice.
But discovering the benefits of an education grounded in the liberal arts tradition has proven to be an even more rewarding experience for Lauryn.
“One of the best moments I’ve had educationally occurred while I was sitting in an environmental science class during my sophomore year. In that moment, I connected educational content from my Inquiry class, the analyst program and the class I was sitting in,” she said. “And I think that is really the special thing about a Westminster education. Our professors prepare us for these experiences and our outside experiences also prepare us for a deeper understanding in the classroom. Ultimately, these skills are going to translate to the professional world—and for that I could not be more grateful.”