What. A. Week. 9.

This week has been a long one, that is for sure! I am struggling getting used to all my classes being online and not seeing anyone, besides my parents, their dog, and Ruby, for days. Time management has been a huge issue for me this week and I’m hoping to work on the next week, especially for this class because I almost ran out of time this week! Hope everyone is doing okay and staying healthy!


Acrostic Pictures- Rework!

I decided to rework this post because I wanted to show more of myself in the pictures and only use pictures I have. Also, I completely forgot to include my pup the first time, which is wild!

Law for L: A picture of me at the first Pre-Law interest meeting and the law school I am going to be attending in the fall! (just got accepted yesterday!)

Adventurous for A: The picture on the left is from the Lighthouse on Anastasia Island, St. Augustine, FL. My best friend and I decided on a whim to drive to Florida for spring break and my brother took us on a 3 mile walk to the lighthouse and all the way to the top! (I was super tired) The other picture is a picture my other brother and I on a hiking and kayaking vacation my family went on!

Unique for U: I chose these pictures of me because I think they illustrate my corky, unique side.

Ruby & RBG for R: The first picture is a picture of Ruby and I on my birthday and she sat with me to blow out my candles. RBG is still by idol and this is my new favorite picture of her!

Eagle for E: Obviously, I am a student at UMW. I chose to use the picture on the left because it is the picture my mom took of my dogs and I right before I left for my first day at UMW, after I transferred! The other picture is my best friend and I, which I included because she made my experience at UMW 10000x better and it is my last first day as an Eagle!

NO NUTS for N: I chose to use these two pictures because it shows how serious my allergies are and the last two times I went to the hospital because of my allergies!

What’s in a name? Rework

Recently, I stumbled onto a random facebook post that talked about the etymology and historical origin of names, so I looked for Lauren. It’s always interesting to see what different people say about names and how different it is. Anyways, I wish I would’ve found this when I was doing the original post because in my original post, I had a couple different opinions. The post I saw also included the idea of a “Lauren Personality” and the popularity of the name. Here is what I found this time…

Etymology & Historical Origin

The name Lauren is a short form of the French masculine name Laurence which was originally derived from Latin. The Latin Laurentius essentially means “someone from Laurentum.” Laurentum was an ancient Roman city in the Latium region southwest of Rome, and some Roman historians consider it the first capital of the Latins. As such, Laurentius was a common Roman given name during the classical era, and the name has persisted for millennia through the Middle Ages and into modern times in many forms (Laurence, Lawrence, Lorenz, etc). The name of the ancient city of Laurentum may have been derived from the Latin word “laurus” meaning “laurel” (a symbol of wisdom and accomplishment). The female “Lauren” however is a pretty recent mutation of the original name, and probably most popularized by a young Jewish girl from New York, Betty Joan Perske, who would later change her name to Lauren Bacall in the early 1940’s.


A girl named Lauren has number Eight personality, which has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.


The name Lauren first appeared on the U.S. popularity charts in 1945, the year following the release of actress Lauren Bacall’s first film (To Have or Have Not). The movie skyrocketed Bacall to fame, and at the same time, her first name saw the same meteoric rise on the female naming charts. The name Lauren essentially went from complete obscurity to #354 on the charts that year. It maintained its moderate usage from the 1940’s throughout the 1970’s, and then achieved its peak of success in the 1980’s (her best year was in 1989 when Lauren was the 9th most popular girl’s name in the country). Lauren maintained a position on the Top 50 list for almost two decades, averaging around #20. Only recently have we been seeing a small decline in usage. Although Lauren is still a Top 100 favorite in America, she may be heading off that list as we speak. Lauren is a beautiful name; it has a gentler, arguably more feminine, sound to it when compared to Laura. Even though Lauren has only been on the charts for a little more than half a century, it feels timeless.

Project Brainstorm!

I’m not sure if this is exactly what the assignment means but, my idea is to do 80s what-ifs. Basically, I think it would be cool to talk about the what-if of historical events.

For example, what if in 1980, John Lennon wasn’t killed? What would be different? Would the Beatles be reunited? If the Beatles would have reunited, what would be different now?

What if in 1983, Motorola didn’t make the first portable cell phone? What would cell phones be today?

What if in 1986, the Chernobyl meltdown never occurred? Would there have been more nuclear power plants? Would the USSR still exist?

Since our class theme is the 80’s, I think it would be interesting to look at how the events from the decade shaped the world now, and if they were to have happened differently, what that would mean for the present.

Tuning into the 80s

All the radio shows made by this class were so awesome. It was hard for me to decide which one to reflect on because I loved all of the shows. I decided to talk about the show “The Breakfast Club” which broadcasted on Monday. I think I liked this one because when I was listening, it felt like a real 80s radio show. The on-air caller idea made the show feel very authentic. I also enjoyed the discussion about all of their favorite things from the decade because it put a personal touch into the show, similar to the way radio talk shows are. The ideas they had were super well put together, and it seemed like everyone enjoyed what they were talking about, making it more fun to listen. Plus, the commercials and music transitions were perfect for the show and did an excellent job tying all of it together!

Daily Create a Story

In this time of crisis, there was a girl and she was a social butterfly but with the virus becoming so widespread she decided she would need to adopt a new way to live and interact with the world. She knew if she wanted a future, she would need to make decisions that would allow that. So she decided to adopt new ways of living.

One day, she realized she was out of hand soap. *gasp* The girl decided she needed to go to the store to get more. After she bought her hand soap, she ran into an old friend, who was with their significant other. Her friend introduced them and they shook hands!! To avoid an awkward situation, she quickly said her goodbyes and continued home. In a panic, the girl raced to the bathroom to wash her hands. She couldn’t stop panicking and thinking her future was in jeopardy, so she began to sing..

After her panic, she finally began to settle down. She decided she would need a new way to greet people in such a germ filled time. She thought for hours… could she touch elbows, fist bump? or could she possibly do a high-five with her foot? She wanted a greeting that would not involve touching other anyone else at all. Finally, it came to her…

She knew this would be the best way to remain a social butterfly when she had to go out, while still remembering to be cautious of other people’s germs. The jazz hands greeting became a worldwide sensation and everyone is doing it!

The jazz hands greeting became a worldwide sensation and everyone is doing it!

The End!

***p.s. I know this was a little bit dramatic but it was the best I could think of!

Radio Show

Last week for the 80s crime radio show, our group had some difficulties with UMW closing but also personal issues, which I am sure everyone has been dealing with. Originally, we reserved a room to record everything together but instead we each recorded segments. All of us put it our own time and audio so we could finish it up. Since the process of getting all the research together was already finished and I made my bumper the previous week. It was not too bad getting the segment together.

For some reason I am unable to embed the soundcloud audio into this post, so I will be providing a link!

What’s Their Damage? Bumper

This is a radio bumper I tried out for my groups show, I’m not sure how I like it though! The other beginning and end voice is the Joker from The Dark Knight, played by Heath Ledger. It’s one of my favorite lines and the Joker is my favorite super villain so I wanted to incorporate that. Then I used a small part of the emergency alert sound to cut to the other sound because that’s the sound they use to alert the public via radio. I wanted to use the show name, obviously, but I wanted it to sound like it was a witness speaking and the voice is distorted. Finally it cuts back to the Joker. Still not sure how I feel about it..