Lauren

When I was 16, my brother bought me a domain, and my love affair with technology commenced. I found myself looking at step-by-step guides on how to build a website, and my first attempt was rough but I got better. I even entered an Information Systems summer program at Howard University where I felt as though my love for innovation and creativity could truly thrive together. I started doing more web projects and my freelancing lead to a career as a Web Developer for a non-profit, but I wanted to continue to develop my skillset.

New York University’s Integrated Digital Media program spoke to me and upon admittance I felt reassured in my reason for being here: to empower others with the resources and tools like I was in my teens. Through the education provided and the experiences that brought me here, I plan to inspire the next generation of innovators.

what I can do
skills
I am a researcher, first and foremost. I love weird facts. I love searching the for answers to questions no one asked. I love going down rabbit holes of information. This genuine curiosity is what made building my first website so easy: I googled how to do it. Whenever I want to know something, I look it up. I exhaust all my available resources from regular web pages to forums to online books until I need have to look at alternate means. I believe in being resourceful above all else, and this has led me to being the youngest researcher at conferences in both Ghana and the United Arab Emirates. This allowed me to become my company's expert on ADA compliance so we could make accessibility a daily conversation when it came to our web presence. This allowed me to learn all of the skills I currently have outside of the classroom.
Design requires knowledge, which is only possible with clear communication of client needs, analysis of the existing presence and audience, and an in-depth understanding of current and upcoming trends within the digital space and physical realm. Whether it is a website or a wedding invitation, I take into consideration all of the techniques at my disposal and was makes my client happy. I love to draw things out first, which I attribute to my drawing ability that peaked in 3rd grade. From there I move to a digital draft version with Adobe Illustrator, XD, or Sketch. Final versions are refined or moved into development.
I am a researcher, first and foremost. I love weird facts. I love searching the for answers to questions no one asked. I love going down rabbit holes of information. This genuine curiosity is what made building my first website so easy: I googled how to do it. Whenever I want to know something, I look it up. I exhaust all my available resources from regular web pages to forums to online books until I need have to look at alternate means. I believe in being resourceful above all else, and this has led me to being the youngest researcher at conferences in both Ghana and the United Arab Emirates. This allowed me to become my company's expert on ADA compliance so we could make accessibility a daily conversation when it came to our web presence. This allowed me to learn all of the skills I currently have outside of the classroom.
research
I am a researcher, first and foremost. I love weird facts. I love searching the for answers to questions no one asked. I love going down rabbit holes of information. This genuine curiosity is what made building my first website so easy: I googled how to do it. Whenever I want to know something, I look it up. I exhaust all my available resources from regular web pages to forums to online books until I need have to look at alternate means. I believe in being resourceful above all else, and this has led me to being the youngest researcher at conferences in both Ghana and the United Arab Emirates. This allowed me to become my company's expert on ADA compliance so we could make accessibility a daily conversation when it came to our web presence. This allowed me to learn all of the skills I currently have outside of the classroom.
design
I am a researcher, first and foremost. I love weird facts. I love searching the for answers to questions no one asked. I love going down rabbit holes of information. This genuine curiosity is what made building my first website so easy: I googled how to do it. Whenever I want to know something, I look it up. I exhaust all my available resources from regular web pages to forums to online books until I need have to look at alternate means. I believe in being resourceful above all else, and this has led me to being the youngest researcher at conferences in both Ghana and the United Arab Emirates. This allowed me to become my company's expert on ADA compliance so we could make accessibility a daily conversation when it came to our web presence. This allowed me to learn all of the skills I currently have outside of the classroom.
develop
I am a researcher, first and foremost. I love weird facts. I love searching the for answers to questions no one asked. I love going down rabbit holes of information. This genuine curiosity is what made building my first website so easy: I googled how to do it. Whenever I want to know something, I look it up. I exhaust all my available resources from regular web pages to forums to online books until I need have to look at alternate means. I believe in being resourceful above all else, and this has led me to being the youngest researcher at conferences in both Ghana and the United Arab Emirates. This allowed me to become my company's expert on ADA compliance so we could make accessibility a daily conversation when it came to our web presence. This allowed me to learn all of the skills I currently have outside of the classroom.