Originally hailing from the Motor City, Lauren is a writer and editor with extensive experience in the automotive and driver's education realms. In a past life, she was an Elizabethan and early American literature scholar, and has been published in academic journals such as "The Laureate" and online publications that include USA Today and LiveSTRONG. Lauren graduated magna cum laude from Western Michigan University in 2008 with a Bachelor's in English, and went on to earn a Master's degree from Oakland University in 2011. After moving from Detroit to San Diego, CA, she worked in marketing communications before joining the DMV.org team in 2011. Lauren is a proud member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi, and lists "professional hockey fan" as one of her foremost talents and skills.