Greetings BRAVE humans!
My name is Sarah and I am taking over for Andrea as the AmeriCorps VISTA resource for the 2017-18 year. Andrea spent a good amount of time preparing me and making this transition as smooth as possible, which I appreciate immensely. I hope to continue the success of this partnership position with UConn that she has worked so hard to cultivate and establish.
I graduated from UConn in May 2017 with a B.S. in Pathobiology. I was planning on attending veterinary school, but changed my mind half way through college because I craved a more direct way to make a difference. One of the places this path brought me was to an internship in student affairs at USJ last semester. This is where I met Shelby, who happily invited me to lunch after just one meeting. She introduced me to BRAVE and connected me with Andrea and Meaghan. The rest is herstory. I hope to make a future in the social sciences with the help of BRAVE. I am considering going to graduate school, perhaps through UConn, to earn a masters in social work because of the positive experiences I have had with mental health therapists. In fact, I will be co-facilitating a support group for queer youth in the coming months and I am so excited to see what I can learn.
Outside of my emerging career, I am an instructor at Valentin Karate. I have been a proud student for 7 years, and I have earned a black belt in the martial art of Tang Soo Do. This is the main experience that helped me discover my path in life. I get to teach humans of all ages and identities. My youngest student is 3 years old and my oldest is 70. I learn from them, too, and I am extremely thankful to the martial arts family that has supported me during the transitional period of life that is high school, college, and emerging adulthood.
I am honestly an open book, so ask me anything. I value visibility, diversity, and advocacy for what one understands to be right. I bet you’re awesome and I want to get to know you too. I can think of nothing more inspiring or empowering than learning about the journey behind the name and face.
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P.S. Remember, that reflection in the mirror may be distorted by socially constructed ideals.