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An Olivetian in Paris: Lauren Beatty ’13

Posted: Aug 22, 2013


Studying in one of her favorite cities, Paris, is a dream come true for Olivet alumna Lauren Beatty. (Photo submitted by Lauren Beatty)


"My family has traveled a lot, and everyone is supportive of my new adventure," Lauren shares. (Photo submitted by Lauren Beatty)

When she graduated from Olivet in May 2013, Lauren Beatty was uncertain about the future. She’d been searching for a job, but nothing was coming together for her. She’d considered graduate school, but hadn’t taken the GMAT yet. Then, with a Google search, everything changed.

An international business and political science major, with a minor in French, Lauren was open to a new adventure. In 2011, she was part of the International Business Institute’s intensive 10-week summer study opportunity in Europe. “Of all the cities we were in that summer, I liked Paris the best,” she says.

Finding the open door

Not surprisingly, when she was looking for jobs and also considering summer immersion or master’s programs, she included France in her search. When she discovered the full-year master’s program at The American University of Paris, she applied right away.

That was the only school where she applied. She was one of only 100 international students — and the first student from Olivet — accepted into the program.

Receiving a grant for her tuition and investigating the possibility of living with a French family while she completes the program, Lauren is living the dream. She will have her master’s degree in cross-cultural and sustainable business management by the end of summer 2014.

She has also applied for a paid internship with the International Chamber of Commerce in the social responsibility and anti-corruption department. As an Olivet Honors Program student, she did her senior capstone project on social responsibility.

Taking the next step

Lauren admits to a little anxiety about this adventure. ““Many of my friends are moving away from home, but not this far away,” she says. “Every aspect of my life is changing. I don’t know anyone else in the program. It’s like being a freshman all over again.”

Her parents, Steven ’82 and Constance (DiPietro) ’81/’87 MAE/’13 MAE Beatty, and her grandfather, Charles Beatty ’58, are very supportive of Lauren’s overseas study opportunity. Constance — an adjunct professor in Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies — has also studied overseas in Spain and traveled for business in Europe.

“My experiences at Olivet, especially overseas travel and the Honors Program, helped me hone in on what I want to do,” Lauren says. “God’s hand is so big in everything, and his timing is perfect.”