Lauren Ruddy was raised in southeastern Massachusetts. She graduated from Colby College in 2020 with a B.A. in Psychology and in French Studies, although she has always known she wanted to pursue a career in the healthcare field. Her undergraduate thesis focused on the ways in which French history and society make the French debate surrounding access to assisted reproductive technology a political issue. After an internship in the Pathology department at Boston Children’s Hospital, she decided to pursue a career as a pathologists’ assistant and applied to the Tulane PA program. She is also considering the possibility of teaching and research following graduation. In her free time, Lauren enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and dogs, as well as baking red velvet cupcakes (with homemade cream cheese frosting), traveling, and watching (only the old) episodes of Spongebob. Her simple pleasures include cilantro, the extra French fries at the bottom of the bag, and cold pillows.