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Lauren Britton, '15

This post was first published on June 20, 2016.

Lauren Britton, '15Lauren Britton graduated last May and spent most of the last year living and studying in Germany. Britton, who was a busy nursing major during college, didn’t have the time to study abroad during her undergraduate years, so she decided to take the opportunity to do so before launching her career.

Before she flew to Germany, Britton spent two months studying for her nursing board exam, which she passed on her first try. From September 2015 to March of this year, she lived in Deggendorf, Germany, where she studied international management alongside 25 German students and 25 international students. She also traveled throughout Europe with her new friends and her boyfriend, whom she met when he was an exchange student at Muskingum.

Upon her return to the U.S., Britton began a job at University Hospitals as a Cardiac Nurse.

Britton, who grew up in Bay Village, Ohio, said that most students in her hometown chose to attend larger state institutions, but she knew she wanted to find a smaller school where she was “a name and a face, not a number.”

During her senior year of high school, Britton made a whirlwind tour of six colleges in three days. When she and her parents passed the exit for Muskingum, her mom talked about attending Muskingum for one year. Britton and her parents quickly drove through campus, but Britton admits she “was not impressed…initially.” It wasn’t until she met her admission counselor and got to know him that she felt Muskingum was the right place for her. She says, “It’s about the relationship you make with people at Muskingum that allowed me to feel comfortable from day one.”

Britton tried her hand at many things as a student; she was an athlete, member of a sorority, Resident Assistant, tour guide, and served on Student Senate and as a member of the Nursing Student Organization. She says it was possible to be so involved on campus despite her rigorous curriculum because of the support she received from her academic advisors and friends on campus.

Although Muskingum is a small campus, Britton says, “The connections you have outside of the […] university are monumental. You never know when you will bump into a Muskie, but when you wear your spirit wear, you always get stopped by a stranger and talk about your mutual love for this school.”