Aggie Spotlight: Lauren & Collin Mulcahy
Welcome to the second spotlight y’all! Today we’re meeting Lauren and Collin Mulcahy, who both serve as physicians in DC. Talk about power couples. They live in Dupont, enjoy hosting friends on their rooftop, and refer to their home as the ‘Texas Embassy’.
This Dallas girl and Houston boy have different versions of how they met, but started dating in Med School at UT Health Science Center at Houston. Lauren is a Pediatrician at Children’s National, and Collin is an ENT (ear/nose/throat) specialist at GW. But we appreciate them for more than their professions–even if that’s saving lives.
Meet the Mulcahys!
ON TEXAS A&M
Why did you choose TAMU for your studies?
LBM: Both of my parents were Aggies (’86 and ’87) and always brought us along to Aggie events when I was a kid. By the time it came to making my own decision, I was impressed by the emphasis on leadership, and the camaraderie of the University.
CM: I loved the atmosphere when I first visited the campus when I was in high school. Also, the biomedical science (BIMS) program was very good, which is what I wanted to study.
What’s your favorite DC Aggie event to attend?
LBM: Football game watching parties.
CM: I love the game-watching parties, but Aggie Muster in DC is incredible
What’s your favorite Aggie tradition? Has that changed since you were in school?
LBM: Aggie Muster. I love how it brings people together to celebrate our University. Yes. In school my favorite traditions were football games and The Big Event.
CM: Silver Taps; now I would go with Aggie Muster, which was a close second when I was in school.
What advice would you give yourself as a Fish if you could go back? As a Senior?
LBM: It’s okay to be authentic and vulnerable. As a Senior: stop worrying about graduating without a plan, the adventure is worth it.
CM: Don’t sweat the small stuff, get involved, love people, and enjoy the journey that’s ahead. As a Senior: enjoy this year, your lack of responsibility, flexible schedule, and invest in meaningful relationships with your friends.
What’s the best lesson you’ve learned on the job?
LBM: You will never stop learning and that’s okay.
CM: I’ve learned (and am still learning) to work hard on what you can control and try not to stress about the rest.
What’s your favorite DC gem you’d like to share?
Bar: Pizzeria Paradiso, The Codmother (grungy 90s jams, cheap PBR)
Restaurant: Republic Cantina… Google it, opening soon
Venue: 9:30 Club
Activity: biking the Potomac
Museum: Newseum, Flight simulator at the National Air and Space Museum
How do you occupy your time outside of work?
LBM: Taking weekend trips in Virginia and along the east coast, reading, practicing yoga (Epic Yoga on Connecticut), crafting, football watching, bike riding, enjoying happy hours, watching Netflix.
CM: My wife and I love to travel, and try to whenever we get the chance. In town, we like to explore new restaurants, old bookstores, and breweries.
ON PERSONAL LIFE
How would you describe your hometown?
LBM: Southlake, TX – where perfection is the expectation.
CM: I’m from Houston. It’s the most diverse city in the country, which is pretty amazing. Lots to love, though I’d say it’s relatively polarizing; you either like Houston or you’re not a huge fan.
How has the married/dating life been for you?
Married life has been so great for us.
How did you meet your spouse?
LBM: Collin will tell you we met in med school and some girl he didn’t know walked up to him and said “hey, good to see you again.” We really met at A&M through mutual friends at Logan’s. After we “re-met” in Houston we started watching Aggie games together and the rest is history.
CM: I met my wife in medical school while I was having lunch with a mutual friend.
What’s been the hardest part about living in the district?
LBM: Being away from family and most of “our people,” especially when big events come up.
CM: It’s expensive, and not the friendliest place in the world.
What’s been the best part?
LBM: The seasons, being able to walk everywhere, and being around people from all over the country. I can’t choose just one!
CM: I’d say it’s a tie between being able to walk everywhere and getting to experience the seasons.
Describe a perfect Sunday for you?
LBM: Morning coffee with Collin’s breakfast tacos, church at Passion City DC, wandering through the city and ending at Kramer books, dinner on the rooftop at sunset with a bottle of wine and good friends.
CM: Wake up relatively early, have hot tea with my wife, head to church, and spend the rest of the day relaxing at home reading a good book or watching Netflix.
What’s the most ‘Texas’ thing you’ve ever said or done?
On Embassy Day, my wife and I hosted friends for breakfast tacos and mimosas at our apartment, aka ‘The Texas Embassy’.
What brings you the most satisfaction here in DC?
Making connections with people that are different from me.
What accomplishment are you most proud of in your life?
CM: One of the things I’m most proud of is getting healthy and completing a small sprint triathlon when I was in medical school.
RANDOM FACTS FOR THE FAMILY
Would you rather be yourself in another era, or someone else right now?
LBM: Me in another era, I’m fascinated by the 1940s
CM: I think it would be awesome to be in Texas in the 1880s… yes, this answer was influenced by Radney Foster
What would your walk-up song be?
LBM: Watch me whip – Silento
CM: I’m the One – J Biebs
If you could have any superpower in the world, what would you choose?
LBM: Photographic (Eidetic) memory
CM: I would love to be able to speak/understand all languages
What are you reading right now?
LBM :”The Deepest Well” by Nadine Burke Harris
CM: Under the Knife: A History of Surgery in 28 Remarkable Operations
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Both: The Bachelor
What’s your biggest pet peeve?
LBM: People not understanding the concept of age. Friend turning 30: Can’t wait for my 30th year! Me: it’s actually your 31st year of life…
CM: This isn’t a sports town. I walked into a “sports bar” during GAME 7 of the World Series and they were showing CNN pre-election coverage and would not change the channel…
Did you have a nickname growing up?
LB (maiden name is Brooks); Mulchy, C-Mulch, The Janitor, to name a few
Who is your favorite Texas celebrity?
LBM: Eva Longoria
CM: Red Duke; a world-renowned trauma surgeon
Rangers or Astros? Cowboys or Texans? Spurs, Rockets, or Mavs?
LBM: All Dallas Everything.
CM: H-town for life
Best Texas Foods
BBQ: Luther’s in Houston, Terry Black’s in ATX, Hammonds BBQ in Glen Rose
Tacos: Fuego, Torchy’s
Favorite beer: Karbach (specifically Staycation)
Topo Chico or La Croix?: La Croix (Pat Green convinced me)
Whole Foods, Fiesta or HEB: HEB