Dancer Profile: Laura Hassold
Environmental policy major Laura Hassold is so environmentally conscious, she recycled her mother’s kilt to wear as her own while she highland dances!
After spending nearly a decade dancing ballet, the Flushing freshman quit to try highland dance. The verdict? She liked it and stuck with it.
Laura Hassold ’15
“TheThe first time I competed, everyone told me to not expect to place because it’s rare to get anything your first time,” she says. “I wanted a pink ribbon, though, which was sixth place. You’re supposed to dream for first, but I dreamed for pink. And I got it.”
While in high school, Hassold spent an exchange year in Germany, where she noticed a difference in recycling practices. She says this experience has inspired her to help people become more aware of environmental issues.
“The Earth will only be here as long as we take care of it,” she says. “I think people are generally interested in being environmentally conscious, but they’re not necessarily informed. I want to help them recycle.”
In addition to her memberships in Students for a Sustainable Future and German Club, Hassold participates in the Swing Dance Club. She also takes Zumba classes.
“I love to dance,” she says. “I plan to continue dancing in some form for the rest of my life: performing, sharing or teaching. I’ll actually be taking a Spring Term course this year to get my highland dance teaching certificate!”