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Student Spotlight: Sarah Wizner '14

Hometown: Wethersfield, Conn.
: 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.

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.