Sarah, a dual citizen of Germany and the United States, was born and raised in the Midwest. Despite being a small-town girl, she has lived in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany and has studied over 5 languages in the last 6 years. Sarah graduated cum laude from Barnard College of Columbia University, where she majored in English and completed a minor in European History. During her junior year, Sarah studied abroad at the University of Oxford, England. After working with Impact America, Sarah plans to pursue job opportunities within the U.S. Government.
What was your most meaningful service experience or extracurricular activity in college and why?
I just finished my spring semester of senior year interning at She’s the First, a non-profit organization committed to fostering global leaders by giving scholarships to women in low-income countries who will be the first out of their families to graduate from secondary school. It was incredibly meaningful being part of the STF team because I had a chance to take on the reigns as their new fundraiser, and I ended up fundraising over $1200 for a STF Scholar with whom I was matched in Uganda. Getting to know the international STF Scholars through their letters and biographies was empowering, because being a woman dedicated to strong education myself, I was not only able to give back to She’s the First but also in turn give back to the STF Scholars. I strive to make a difference through my work, and being an STF intern gave me this chance just as Impact Alabama will.
What’s something that most people don’t know about you?
A lot of people do not know that when I was young, I wanted to become a veterinarian. Being an only child, I was very close to my childhood dog, Milo. I am a dog person despite my love for all animals. Although I am allergic to cats, it does not prevent me from cuddling with them! Prior to wanting to be a vet, I was convinced I would be a pediatrician. My parents bought me a working stethoscope when I was 7 years old, which I proceeded to carry with me everywhere I went in my red, plastic doctor’s kit. One of my friends once had an asthma attack at my house, and I was able to pull out my stethoscope in order to help her mom who was a doctor to treat her daughter correctly.