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Student Spotlight: Sarah Wizner '14



Hometown: Wethersfield, Conn.
Major
: Sociology and Psychology (Interdepartmental)
Minor: German 

Why Union:
I had that “at home” feeling the minute I stepped onto campus. 

Most inspiring class:
“Human Services and Social Work,” a sociology class. I’ve wanted to help people since I was very young, but I didn’t know in what capacity. In this class, I was able to gain hands-on experience in social work, which made me realize that there are many different opportunities available in the field.

Also excited about:
The Becker Career Center Community Service Grant I received. This summer grant allowed me to create and participate in my dream internship – working at HARC in Hartford, Conn., with children of all ages who have been diagnosed with intellectual disabilities.

Activities:
Women’s Crew, Minerva Mentor for Sorum House, Sorum student representative, vice president of philanthropy and programming of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK, the National Leadership Honor Society)

Favorite study spot:
The third floor of the Nott Memorial. Not only is it always quiet, but I also enjoy the lights of the intricate dome ceiling.

Three things I'm passionate about at Union:

  • The beautiful campus.
  • Study abroad. I spent a term in Germany with Professor Erika Nelson and really enjoyed the experience of learning a foreign language and becoming completely immersed in a non-English speaking country. 
  • The professors.

How I'm making Union a better place:
Through my role as a Minerva Mentor, I help students excel in academics and adjust to college life. There is a Minerva Mentor affiliated with each Minerva house. We’re there to support and guide students, especially first-years, through the transition to college and help them excel.

Looking into the future:
While studying in Germany, I fell in love with Berlin, and I hope I can return someday. I also hope to pursue a master’s degree in social work and continue working with children who may be struggling with disabilities.

Advice for incoming students:
Step out of the box. Do what you’re passionate about without worrying about what others think. You might be surprised where it will take you.