Building A Foundation
Lauren Spencer knows firsthand the work that students must put in to obtain a diploma from Westminster Schools of Augusta.
“I tell a lot of my friends who attend Westminster now, ‘I know it is hard, but it is worth it,’” said Spencer, a graduate of the Class of 2018. “It was so worth it for me. I learned how to study. I learned how to write. I still keep in contact with some of my former teachers. I really miss Westminster and am grateful for how well it prepared me for college and life.”
Currently a junior nursing student at Samford University, Spencer said she loves every aspect of the work she is doing, from the small jobs such as drawing blood to the opportunity of possibly administering COVID-19 vaccines.
Spencer, who plans to obtain her nurse practitioner license after she graduates, said she always knew that she wanted to go into the medical field and chose nursing because of the opportunity to interact and help patients on a deeper level.
She said her time at Westminster, particularly Bible classes, has helped her connect with patients.
“I definitely feel like Westminster strengthened my faith, and helped me empathize with, and if they are religious, pray with my patients when I go into their room,” she said.
Spencer said that is the most rewarding part of her work.
“They are so happy to have someone to talk to, and hearing them tell me that I helped them feel better and made their day makes me feel like all my hard work is worth it and this is my calling,” she said.
Spencer said it is the small moments like those that get her excited about what she is doing and make her want to continue to get better.
“I am usually not much of a morning person, but every day I am excited to wake up at 5:30 in the morning and go into the hospital to see my patients for the day because I know that I am making a difference in their lives,” she said.
As a student at Westminster, Spencer served as class president her senior year, played soccer, ran cross country, was a member of the Honors Council, and led the Interact Club as president.
She is the daughter of Mark and Tracy Spencer of Augusta.