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Carolyn Laubender

Thousand Oaks, CA
Gender Studies in Literature / Philosophy
Courses TRAC'ed: 
ENGL 124 - Intro to American Literature, IR 305 - Theories of International Relations, and IR 345 - External Dimensions of Democratization

Interesting internships, activities, hobbies, or experiences:

I'm in South mountain College and, outside of lehigh, I ride horses and work at my barn.


What does TRAC mean to you?


As a double major in Gender Studies and English with an (overdeveloped!) minor in Philosophy, saying that writing has been and continues to be an important part of my Lehigh experience is an understatement. From the single paragraph blackboard posts to the 30-page analytic essays, writing structures and defines my education, often times becoming the deciding factor in the battle between my metaphorical "sink or swim." The TRAC Writing Fellowship offers the uncommon opportunity for me to expand my own self-awareness as a writer and then use that extended knowledge to help other writers struggle successfully through the same difficulties with writing that I have encountered over the years. In my opinion, the kind of collaboration that TRAC creates is the strongest tool for effective writing because it establishes clarity though multiple perspectives and has the potential to turn a stereotypically solitary and stressful process into a dynamic social one.