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Lauren Baird

BA Communication - Public Relations, Class of 2015

"It is fun to be back studying for me, especially when I can see the end result of what my degree will be used for."

I started my degree at a local university where I studied for three years, and I absolutely loved every minute of it. However, after studying abroad to pursue my passion of working in the fashion industry, and an internship for an international fashion designer in Milan, I found myself falling behind with completing my degree. I was then offered a job that brought me overseas. I could not turn the job down, so I moved to Australia where I lived for three-and-a-half years. I am currently living in the Maldives with my boyfriend, running a luxury surfing company. During the day I have a bit of time on my hands and thought it was the perfect opportunity to finish my degree. I love surfing, but it is more my boyfriend’s passion than mine, as my heart lies in the fashion industry. Completing my degree is something I am very much looking forward to doing, and so useful to where I see myself going in the next few years. I am currently also working on developing a fashion line with my cousin, which will combine community development with high-end fashion pieces. My PR degree will help us to get our brand out there and into the public eye. It is fun to be back studying for me, especially when I can see the end result of what my degree will be used for.