Lauren Underwood

Lauren Underwood

Major:  Civil Engineering

Hometown: Danvers, MA

"Come in with an open mind and get involved!"
What makes UMass Dartmouth special?

The professors here really care about their students. I've never been "just a number" in any of my classes. My professors have always gone out of their way not just to learn my name, but to get to know me as a person. They've helped me network and find job opportunities—and always answer my questions.

What's one thing that no student should miss?

Make it a point to study abroad. The staff members in the International Programs Office are some of the nicest and friendliest people I have ever met, and they'll happily go out of their way to find the study abroad program that will be best for you.


Going to Germany this past winter was easily one of the highlights of my time here at UMD. I was able to experience a different culture for the first time in my life, and I met students from all over the world who will now be some of my lifelong friends. I just wish that I could have stayed longer!

Any advice for future students?

Come in with an open mind and get involved! It's the best way to make friends with similar interests to you, and to have fun outside of class. This school has tons of opportunities for students to get involved and have fun, so get out there and take advantage of them!

Tell us about a club you were involved with here and how it's changed you.

I've been involved in the UMD Outdoor Club since my freshman year. During my first semester, I participated in their ALPS program which allowed me to become a trip leader the following spring.


Being so actively involved in the Outdoor Club has given me the opportunity to go on adventures and participate in activities that I had never experienced before, such as whitewater rafting and backpacking. Being a trip leader also allowed me to work on my leadership skills and become an overall more confident person.

What has been your greatest challenge?

My greatest challenge here has definitely been efficiently managing my time. Being so involved in leadership positions within my clubs, working in Admissions, and staying ahead in my classes, I often felt like there just weren’t enough hours in the day. However, with practice, I've been able to work on my time management and scheduling, and I'm now better at balancing work with fun.