Student Spotlight: Lauren Resnikoff Actress, social butterfly, patriot and ray of sunshine

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By Ananya Delzom

Lauren Resnikoff ’15 is performing in this month’s play at Union, Rhino. She is performing as “the housewife with the cat.” And yes, that is actually the name of her character.

“My cat gets run over by a rhino and I’m very upset. And the play is extremely challenging,” said Resnikoff.

When asked why she likes this play so much she answered, “It is unique from anything else I have ever done! So everyone should come see it!” (Shameless advertising).

She also jokingly added that she “doesn’t want to be too much like the last Student Spotlight … Will Balta.”

Other plays in which Resnikoff has been featured at Union are: Waiting for Lefty, Wonders of the World, Orestes, Gorey Stories, Sylvia and Urinetown.

Out of all these plays, Resnikoff does not have a favorite one, and says she enjoyed them all.

Resnikoff confided in me that “the best part about all the characters in these plays is that not one of these are like the others. They are all very different from each other, so I get an opportunity to play all sorts of different characters, which is very cool!”

Resnikoff is involved with other activities on campus, as well, including Chabad — she even made the Matzah Scavenger Hunt.

She tried to be in Baja Club for a day, but she claims that she can’t be trusted with power tools.

Resnikoff loves trying new and different things. “Maybe I won’t like it, but at least I try it.”

In her free time, she likes to bake cupcakes in the shapes of animals, such as ducks, and go on outdoors excursions.

Her favorite outdoor excursion while at Union was the “dope rope course” she went to last year.

She also plays the ukulele and sings. In the past, she has performed in a variety of places, such as Jamnesty, open mic nights and sometimes even dorm rooms — but those performances are personal invite only.

Resnikoff likes all sorts of different types of music, “Except for rap.”

“I don’t know why. However, I do know the T.I. part to ‘Blurred Lines.’” She also knows all the other lyrics to “Blurred Lines,” and is unsure whether that is a good or a bad thing.

Her favorite holiday is Christmas, despite the fact that she does not celebrate the holiday. Last year for Hanukkah all she got was a onesie pajama set and the Peanuts Holiday Collection, including A Charlie Brown Christmas, and she couldn’t have been happier.

You could also call Resnikoff an all-American girl. You might see her rocking a sweatshirt with an American flag on it, or her shoes with the American flag on them, or maybe even both.

“I love my country”, she said in a very serious tone.

She was born in the U.S. and plans on staying here for her whole life.

Resnikoff oozes American patriotism. Sometimes she leaves the house and thinks to herself, “It looks like I’m going to an American-themed party because I’m wearing so much American-themed clothing.”

I asked Lauren what she thought about wearing the American flag for themed parties.

Her response was a mixture of confusion and anger.

“Oh, my God. For a toga-themed party, someone told me they were going to wear the flag as a toga and I could not imagine something more disrespectful in my life. I have one hanging in my room and it will never touch the ground,” she stated.

Resnikoff relayed the story of an unfortunate flag incident that occurred when enjoying the company of a friend, saying, “One time, my friend had a flag and it touched the ground, and for the rest of the night, I kept telling her we needed to have a flag burning ceremony.”

Resnikoff loves America and would not be happier in any other country.

If you know Resnikoff, you may also know that she doesn’t sleep very regularly, but is somehow always full of energy.

In regards to her sleep habits, she said, “Sometimes I sleep a lot. Other times, I just won’t. And I don’t think it matters very much. I feel the same when I do sleep a lot versus not a lot.”

Later during our interview, she changed her mind and said, “Maybe I would feel differently if I slept consistently. Because I don’t sleep consistently, I’m used to running on two or three hours per night!

“Sometimes I sleep, though. I do want to stop the rumors that I never sleep. Sometimes I sleep.”

When she was abroad in London, she claims to have slept really well.

Her reasoning for that? “I feel like I’m more accustomed to their time schedule, which is really weird because I love America.”

Resnikoff is friends with a variety of people on campus. If you’re not friends with her, you probably will be soon.

She stated, “I do wave hi to people, even if they don’t know me that well.

“Maybe they’ll be a little uncomfortable, but in the end I probably put a smile on their face.” If you’re having a conversation with Resnikoff, expect many other people to come up to her and say hi as well.

On Steinmetz Day, I witnessed her running around campus, trying to make it to each one of her friends’ presentations to see all the hard work they put into their presentations. I don’t think you can see any more dedication and support than that.

With Resnikoff’s carefree, outgoing and bubbly personality, I asked her what advice she could give to others. Her response?

“I think everyone should be doing their own thing, because individuality is the bomb! I think you should do you, but don’t just do you, because there are other people in the world.”

People like Resnikoff make the world a better place. Whether it’s a small act of kindness or even a simple hello, following her example could make someone’s day a little bit brighter.

We could all take a cue from Lauren Resnikoff!

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