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Penn State sophomore takes on challenges

| Thursday, April 3, 2003

Lauren Novick manages to be all business. Although she is only a sophomore, she is ready to graduate soon from Pennsylvania State University.

She has five minors including prelaw, environmental studies, legalities of environments, economics, and comparative literature.

A professional business fraternity and a service group have helped her make new friends. She has managed this while taking almost 30 credit hours, working, and even starting an internship.

"I just wanted to do everything I could in the time I was there," Lauren said.

Novick manages to keep up her busy schedule by limiting the amount of time she sleeps. Starting classes early in the morning, the Aspinwall native begins her part-time job about nine o'clock at night.

The young woman is an escort at the University Park campus. Whenever anyone wants to walk around the campus at night, escorts like Lauren provide safety.

Sometimes she ends her safety patrol at 3 a.m.

"I've learned to go on two to three hours of sleep a night," she said.

One of the reasons that keeps her working like the Energizer Bunny is the enjoyment she gets from her courses and the goals she has set for herself.

Lauren's goal is to become an investment banker. She found her future thanks to the help of a professor. She said she often questioned how -- and more importantly why -- things were being done in her accounting class. She sees a future managing mergers and acquisitions and bringing together companies and buyers.

An investment banker has "a lot of roles, that's why I like it a lot. It's always changing."

The college student has a number of classroom experiences which have given her practice trading stocks, and she has done well in the simulations.

"(The school) sets it up so you can affect your grade with how you trade."

In February, Lauren started an internship organizing a business in the Lower Valley. Called Tuition Painters, the 20-year-old is building a business from the base. She did have a little help. She went to a weekend seminar in Washington D.C. which told her how to merchandise and gave her a binder of information. Also, the company gave a mind-grabbing telephone number 1-800-PAY FOR COLLEGE.

The training provided Lauren with work that she comes home each weekend to perform. At first she concentrated on recruiting the painters. She has the summer to do estimates and other managing.

"I may use the time to get more jobs for painters and increase production," Lauren said.

With good management, Lauren is keeping her options open for the summer and for the future. She must study abroad as part of the Penn State curriculum, so she is considering Singapore or Cape Town. And she might spend time in the Peace Corps.

Whatever her future, Lauren Novick will manage it and manage well. Additional Information:

Lauren Novick

  • Age: 20.
  • Of note: Internship managing Tuition Painters.
  • Class: Sophomore at Pennsylvania State University.
  • Family: Parents Shelley and Steve, sisters Tracey Novick Miller, 27, and Danielle, 35, and brother Stephen ,27.
  • Collection: Perfume.
  • Stress reliever: Late night walks.
  • Recommend book: 'Stuff You Need to Know That Your Teachers Won?t Tell You.'
  • Favorite food: Steamed broccoli.
  • Favorite vice: Music.
  • Trivial talent: Popping her shoulder.

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