My name is Lauren, and welcome to Roll Tidings.
Sometimes life gets in the way of blogging, but you can expect to see new posts here or there on the occasional Sunday.
This blog was born partly out of boredom, partly out of a desire to be heard, but mostly out of love for the Alabama Crimson Tide. The ride I’ve been on since I was a student at the University of Alabama has been a wild one, and I’m here to tell my story.
You’re probably wondering, “Why choose Bama if you’re from Florida?” I wish I had an answer like “family tradition” or something. I was just drawn to Alabama when searching for which college to call home. One foot on that campus and I was home!
I spent seven stressful, painful, unbelievably wonderful years of my life as a competitive coxswain and rower in Tampa, Florida and briefly for Alabama. After my one year in Alabama, it was back home to Tampa. I graduated with my Bachelor’s in Public Health from the University of South Florida, where I was lucky enough to be the President of the Rowing Club at USF. My second try at collegiate rowing was far more successful than my first, and my love for being a leader on and off the water in the rowing world led me to believe I could be a leader on land in the world of healthcare, which brings us to the present day.
That’s me all the way on the right! No better feeling than going into a race with low expectations and finding out mid-way that you’re actually in second place! Forever grateful for my whole USF Rowing family and the memory of this incredible race!
I am now a Graduate student at the University of Florida, pursuing my Master of Health Administration while I live in Gainesville with my cat Baby. I’m also finishing up my summer internship at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida! In the meantime, I try to eat clean 80% of the time and indulge 20% of the time. I also aim to use all-natural health and beauty products (you can see everything I’m currently using here).
In my spare time, you can find me on or near the water, screaming “Roll Tide!” at a television near you. My goals after graduation are to get a job that makes me excited to get out of bed in the morning (if that’s possible…), pursue Masters rowing, pay off my student loans ASAP, travel often, and continue to work my butt off to live near the water and give my cat a better life.
I adopted Baby from a woman who was giving her away only because of the cost of her pet deposit. She’s almost 4 and loves cuddles to a stifling degree. Some days, even after all this work to get to this point in my life, I still wonder: “Can I just be a stay-at-home cat mom?”