Name: Lauren Rowe
School: Aurora High School
Hobbies and Interests: Softball, card games, science
Appearance: Lauren is tall for a female at 5 feet 10 inches, and weighs 155 pounds. She is a relatively thin individual, with toned arm and leg muscles from softball. In general, though, her body appears to be nothing special.
Her skin is a little tan, especially during the summer, but she is unmistakably Caucasian. Her face is somewhat thin, and she has a slightly pointed chin. Her thin nose has a small upward tilt, with a straight bridge. Little makeup can be seen on her face, but she does use small amounts to cover some imperfections. She has long eyelashes, and light brown eyes. Lastly, she has long, dark brown hair reaching to about the middle of her back - sometimes tied up in a ponytail, due to sports and scientific experiments.
While an occasional person might consider her pretty, the word that probably most describes her is dignified. Her attire reflects that; she often wears knee-length skirts, cardigans, sweaters, and pea coats, though not often all at the same time. On occasion, though, especially when with close friends, she'll settle for a T-shirt and jeans.
Biography: Lauren was born to Michelle and Christopher Rowe in Seattle. Her younger sister, Kaitlyn, is three years younger than her. She was a eager, active child, intent on exploring the world around her. This sometimes got her into trouble, but her parents watched her very closely, as she was their first child, so she never got into more trouble than she could handle.
Elementary school went well for her, both academically and socially. Academically, she learned about as fast as most of her peers. Her parents were always willing to help with what she couldn't figure out, and she was always willing to listen. Socially, she made several friends, barring a few setbacks. Fifth grade was the first time that Lauren experienced rejection from her peers, when some girls decided not to let her play with their group. Her parents helped her come to terms with this; the girls hadn't known her very well, despite having been in her class, and just hadn't felt like letting her play with them. It was no act of malice. Lauren understood, but she became a little more reserved after this event.
Her grades remained as high as ever in middle school, for the most part. She had some trouble with English essays, feeling as if the interpretations of texts were just her teachers making things up. What she lacked in English, she made up for in science, consistently scoring high on evaluations. Socially, she stuck with a group of close friends, making forays into the larger crowd occasionally.
High school didn't change much. While she could still maintain a reasonable grade in English, usually a B, she grew disillusioned with the concept of the class as a whole. She couldn't really see why literary analysis helped her understand the world - for the sake of grades, though, she faked her way through. She didn't participate much in class discussions. History, she found, was mostly memorization, which took her some study time but not much. As for math, she was average - good enough to take advanced classes and understand the concepts, but not particularly fast or well. She continued excelling in science. It was something that she could understand well; the sciences explained how the world worked. Sometimes, she even took to performing experiments on her own time. Nothing serious, dangerous, or complex, but she found it fun to design experiments and test out scientific concepts - mainly physics ones, since those were usually the least messy and easiest to repeat.
She plans on going to college after graduation; she's applied under a physics major, but is considering switching to biology or chemistry as well.
Socially, she's become somewhat closed. Although loyal to her friends, she's usually quite reserved to others. She'll answer questions, but not talk unless spoken to. Generally, she doesn't offer help, either. This can result as her coming off as somewhat cold. With friends, it's different. She'll be, if not talkative, at least a fairly active member of most conversations, though she does have moments where she prefers to retreat and listen as the conversational topics flow onward. She's not known for letting her emotions take hold of her to an undue extent, so she makes a pretty good mediator for her friends. She's okay with not being popular; after all, she feels quality of friendships matters more than quantity.
She's on relatively good terms with her parents, though she's not particularly close to them. She's closer to her sister, who she's rather protective of, especially now that Kaitlyn is in high school as a freshman. Lauren doesn't want Kaitlyn to be bullied or feel out of place, especially while Kaitlyn is still trying to find her place in a new school. Every Friday night, the Rowes have a family game night, which mainly consists of competitive board games and card games. Lauren prefers the card games, because Kaitlyn always trounces her soundly in Candyland.
Although her parents have never seen fit to involve themselves in who their daughter associates with socially or in her grades at school, they had a lasting effect on Lauren when they pushed her into team sports in elementary school, specifically softball. Currently, on the school team, Lauren plays left field. She tends to be more cordial than usual towards her teammates, mostly because she knows them better than most of her other classmates.
Advantages: She's fit and has arm strength. She also has a fairly level head.
Disadvantages: Not having a large circle of friends and having a closed demeanor to most makes her a unknown quantity. Others may judge her as a threat because of this. She's also not great at reaching outside her social circle, because of lack of practice, rendering it more difficult to ally with others or create groups.
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