Lawren Wooten (she/her) is a 3rd year MD student in Washington DC. She received her BS in Human Biology, Health and Society from Cornell University and her MS in Integrative Medicine from George Washington University SMHS. Lawren is also an activist who can be found advocating and protesting on Capitol Hill for several causes including human rights, gun control and detention camp closure. She is also a semi-professional cellist with ~25 years of experience/training and loves to play at the local children’s hospital. Lawren has always loved science especially human anatomy. In fact, as a child, she collected anatomy atlases and operated on her miniature anatomy model as a young surgeon. She even tutors anatomy now! Lawren hopes to become a pediatrician in Washington, DC.

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Night owl

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?

Pro-pun

3 Do you have any pets?

My cat Mozart Duke died in 2019. He was 19 years old and I loved him for his whole life.

4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?

No

5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?

Cooking

6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?

Sweet

7 Do you speak any other languages?

French

8 If you could switch professions, what would you do?

I would be a lawyer

9 If you could switch science fields, what field would you want to work in?

In college, I took a lot of child development courses, so I would probably become a psychologist who studied infant and child development. I’m not sure if that’s really switching science fields, but its not medicine, so I think it counts.

10 If you got a plane ticket right now, where would it go?

If there wasn’t a pandemic going on right now, I would go to Egypt.

11 If you had one superpower, what would it be?

The ability to instantly give someone exactly what they need.

12 Is there anything you strongly recommend we watch and/or read and/or listen to?

I strongly recommend reading In Shock by Rana Awdish, listening to Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings and Lizzo’s Juice, and watching The Watchmen.

13 It’s your day off. What do you want to do?

Go to the beach (assuming its warm enough and sunny!)

14 What are three things you can’t live without?

Oxygen (lol), my cello, caffeine

15 What beverage gives you life?

Coffee

16 What book did you read in school that positively shaped you?

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein was one of my first introductions to poetry and led me to start writing my own poetry from a young age.

17 What did you want to be when you grew up?

A doctor, though the specialty frequently changed, I always wanted to be a doctor. Though at one point I wanted to be a doctor who also was an olympic gymnast and swimmer.

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

The opportunity to make other humans feel better and improve human lives.

19 What got you excited in science?

My mom! She bought me crystal growing kits, chemistry sets, scientific games and taught me to question everything! She also happily gave in to my demands that she tell me my birth story multiple times a week when I was a kid.

20 What excites you about science now?

It explains anything and everything. It can solve small and large problems and connect us with other living things.

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

Chocolate

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

I’m ridiculously good at getting babies to go to sleep.

23 What is your favorite game?

The Sims

24 What is the last book you read?

The Body Keeps Score

25 What is one of the best pieces of advice you’ve received?

Everything will be ok in the end, if its not ok, its not the end

26 What is something you’ve always wanted to try but you’ve been too scared to do?

To be honest, I’m actually scared of doing most things and push myself to do them anyway. So I don’t think there’s something that fear kept me from doing eventually.

27 What is the best advice for your 18 year old self?

You are stronger than you realize.

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

For me, its playing cello or listening to music

29 What is the last thing you watched?

MIndy Kaling’s Never Have I Ever (it was great!)

30 What is the weirdest thing you’ve had in your bag?

I can’t think of anything weird I’ve had in my bag…

31 What is your favorite animal?

Cat

32 What is your favorite book?

I don’t know that I have one favorite book, but I did read Are You There God its Me Margaret at least a hundred times.

33 What is your favorite comfort food?

Cheesy grits with scrambled eggs and bacon mixed in. I’ve been a vegetarian for a few years, so now I mix in veggie maple sausage.

34 What is your favorite day of the year?

January first- beginning of a new year

35 What is your favorite plant?

I guess a tree?

36 What is your favorite science fact?

There is a man-made element called Lawrencium (note the spelling), whose atomic number is 103 and my birthday is October 3rd…so I like to claim that I’m on the periodic table.

37 What is your favorite season?

Summer

38 What is your favorite smell?

Water coming out of a water hose, there’s a plant in AZ that also produces that smell

39 What is your favorite sound?

Cello laughing

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

My willingness to help others

41 What is your favorite word (in any language)?

Pamplemousse- it means grapefruit in french and is my cello’s name

42 What is your proudest moment?

Getting into medical school

43 What kind of tree would you be?

American Elm

44 What’s the best thing about where you live?

People come here to do any and every type of profession so we have a lot of different types of people living here.

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

I was a preemie born at 27 weeks, so my first graduation was from the NICU.

46 Who would you like to see 46 Questions interview next?

Dr. Ayana Jordan @Drayanajordan