Name: Laura Alton

Age: 20

Hometown: Chatsworth

High school: North Murray

Major: Accounting with double minors in forensic accounting and criminal justice

Expected graduation date: December 2020

Why did you choose Dalton State? How I got to Dalton State is kind of a funny story. I was enrolled elsewhere as an agriculture major. A month before I graduated high school my plans fell through. I scrambled to apply to various local colleges, and Dalton State was the one I ended up choosing. Even though Dalton State was not my first choice, I believe that God placed me here for a reason, and I do not want to be a student anywhere else!

What does it mean to you to be part of the Roadrunner Nation? Being a part of Roadrunner Nation means being involved and making a difference on campus and in the community. I am glad to be a part of the Roadrunner Nation because I feel like I am part of the family.

What do you plan to do after graduation? I plan to use my criminal justice and forensic accounting skills to work for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Law enforcement is a family legacy, so I want to carry on that tradition.

Who is/was your favorite professor and why? Dr. John Gulledge is my favorite professor by far. I took his Intro to Psychology class, and his class taught me not only about the amazing subject of psychology but a lot about myself as well. Dr. Gulledge has made me believe that I am capable of greatness in my college and professional careers, and he has been and continues to be one of my greatest supporters. I know that if I ever need help with anything, I have a professor I can go to.

What activities are you involved in on campus? I am the newly-elected Student Government Association vice president, a volunteer psychology tutor, member of Beta Gamma Sigma, and I work part-time in the bookstore.

What are some of your favorite activities in and around Dalton? Definitely eating and trying all the places Dalton has to offer!

Where is your favorite study spot? Upper Pope at a table beside the windows overlooking the patio.

Favorite comfort food? Pizza from Cherokee Brewing Company

Favorite line from a movie? "Hakuna Matata!"

What is your guilty pleasure? Binge-watching true crime documentaries

What is a skill you’d like to learn and why? I would love to learn to play the piano. It's something that really fascinates me. I sing in church as well, so it would be a great skill to have.

What cheers you up? Any Disney movie

What is your favorite book? The Bible

If you could go back in history, who would you like to meet? Ronald Reagan

What is your favorite app? Facebook

Where is your favorite place to eat? Chick-fil-A

What did you want to be when you were a kid? A veterinarian

As a Roadrunner, what does it mean to Run Boldly? To run boldly means to never be afraid to take the risk. Believe in yourself and conquer the world.