Hi, I'm Lauren. Welcome to my portfolio! Here you will find information about my work experience, leadership positions, travels, and coursework.
I'm currently a last-semester senior at Penn State studying Information Sciences and Technology with a minor in Theatre. This seemingly odd major/minor combination has allowed me to be able to leverage the detail-oriented skills of someone in technology as well as the improvisational tactics of someone in the performing arts.
Originally from a small town in northeast Pennsylvania, I am now looking to move to a big city or somewhere on the West Coast after I graduate. However, I think I can happily exist wherever creative people are.
After classes, you can find me attending dance classes, resting in a hammock on Old Main, thrift shopping, dramatically re-coloring photos, or playing video games with my 6 siblings.
Benepath | Digital Marketing Intern | May 2018-August 2018
During the summer of 2018, I completed a Digital Marketing internship with Benepath, a small marketing startup specializing in advertising for insurance companies. Going into this internship, I knew next to nothing about insurance and had never worked an in-person technical job in my life. I was delighted to find that I thoroughly enjoyed my responsibilities which included: designing specific content for social lead generation campaigns, designing banner ads and landing pages, and collaborating with IT to ensure execution and completion of projects. I was met with great praise for my user-friendly designs and colorful revisions of previously muted documents and logos. This internship allowed me to perfect my skins in advertising, collaboration, design, and communication.
Redbubble.com | Independent Artist | December 2015-Present
click one of the stickers above to view my redbubble marketplace
Redbubble.com is a global online marketplace where I've made a name for myself as an independent artist. My colorful designs aimed for the college-aged crowd have been wildly popular, as I've sold over 97,000 of my designs on items such as mugs, shirts, pillows, and laptop stickers. I can walk around campus and observe my own designs on the laptops of strangers. My designs have had international reach as well- as I've spotted some of my stickers in both London and Barcelona! My graphic design hobby has taken off and has become a way for me to connect with my generation around the world. During my time being an independent artist on Redbubble, I've attuned my skills for strategic marketing, color theory, and art in general.
Impakter.com | User Experience/User Interface Intern | May 2017-August 2017
I worked as an intern for Impakter Magazine for the summer of 2017. Responsibilities included designing graphics for social media campaigns, creating headers and logos for brand's social media, preparing various documents, and redesigning powerpoint presentations.
Adapting my personal style to Impakter's minimalist aesthetic was difficult at times, but I learned a great deal about communication and collaboration in order to produce a proficient result.
Leadership / Activities
Movin' On 2019 | Marketing Team | Graphic Designer
Movin' On is Penn State's annual music festival and one of the largest student-run festivals in the country. I'm so excited to be a part of this year's team as part of the marketing team as a graphic designer- it's always been my dream to design art for a music festival! My responsibilities include designing social media posts, merch designs (shown above), and other promotional materials.
Delta Zeta | Greek Sing 2015-2018
Greek Sing is the annual singing/dancing/acting competition between Greek organizations in order to raise money for the Gayle Beyers Scholarship. Fraternities and sororities work together to assemble an abridged version of a theatrical production for 3 months in preparation for the big showcase at the culmination of the semester. I have remained involved throughout my 4 years in college and my experiences being in Greek Sing and directing have taught me so much about leadership, conflict resolution, technical theatre and countless other things.
IdeaMakers Challenge Startup Competition | Project Leader | Spring 2016
The IdeaMakers Challenge is an annual competition within Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology where entrepreneur-minded students compete in order to come up with the next big thing in technology.
I was the project leader and pitched the idea of Squod: an application to organize all of a college student's clubs, sports, and organizations.
On a personal note, I belong to many different clubs that all communicate on different pages (facebook groups, groupme, gmail, slack, snapchat, etc.) Since plans change so frequently, writing events down in my planner has proved ineffective in staying organized.
The problem this app would address is the disorganization of clubs in college across their various digital platforms. Since our generation is so fast-paced, one platform that would allow us to organize all of our activities is becoming increasingly necessary. This app would be able to carry over information from preexisting group pages. Unlike facebook groups or email, this would be tailor-made for organizations to communicate by means of an integrated calendar, group messaging, and a shared drive.
Study Abroad | FSU: Theatre Academy of London | Spring 2018
I am so lucky to have studied abroad in the Spring of 2018 in London, Great Britain. London was an obvious study abroad destination for me due to my love of cities and interest in western theatre. This was my first experience outside of the United States and London was the perfect starting point. There, I studied physical theatre, stage combat, London theatre, Shakespearian performance, and gender/race in performance. I saw over 25 live shows including musicals, one-man/woman shows, plays, experimental pieces, and Shakespearian works. (Some highlights include seeing Carey Mulligan and Bryan Cranston perform live!)
Outside of London, I visited 7 other countries: Belgium, Italy, Spain, Scotland, Norway, France, and the Netherlands. It is difficult to put into words all the things I have felt and learned throughout my travels. Those intense, action-packed four months provided me with a brighter sense of independence. What has really stuck with me is the kindness I was given by so many strangers, the different colors that saturated each individual place's art and architecture, and the sheer inspiration I felt by just walking through an unknown city.
Women in Cyber Security Conference | Tucson, Arizona | April 2017
I attended the Women in Cyber Security Conference in Tucson, Arizona in April 2017 on a scholarship.
Prior to this experience, I had difficulties finding my voice when collaborating with peers in group projects. The predominantly female conference was a different IT world than I was used to. Through workshops and keynote talks, I found myself understanding that my passiveness simply stemmed from my fear of being too bold.
In addition to attending the conference, I took the time to try some local cuisine, hike nearby, and enjoy the dry heat of Arizona.
Alternative Spring Break Startup Trip | Silicon Valley, CA | March 2016
In March 2016, I was chosen as one of eight freshmen to attend a spring break trip to Silicon Valley to visit Twitter, Google, LinkedIn, Salesforce, and Weebly.
As a recent transfer from the College of Arts and Architecture, I was new to the College of IST and this trip was a great introduction to the world of Information Technology. We spoke to Penn State graduates and asked questions about what it takes to make it in the extremely competitive environment that is Silicon Valley.
“The most valuable thing I learned on this trip to the West Coast is that you can never be 100 percent prepared for a career in technology, said student Lauren Senese, who says she now wants to head west to immerse herself in the birthplace of tech culture. “Now I know to constantly seek out creative solutions, stay curious and continue to learn. I feel a deeper motivation to be successful and prepare myself for the future.”