Women of Distinction


Sarah Shier (Far Right)

Jian, Lamb, Barnard and Shier


  • Center for Community Outreach Co-Director for "Into the Streets Week," 2010-‘11
  • Student Senate Student Rights Committee Chair 2010-‘11; Student Senator, 2008-‘11
  • Hall Center for the Humanities Scholar
  • Center for Community Outreach Co-Director for "Into the Streets Week," 2010-2011
  • Student Senate, Student Rights Committee Chair (2010-2011); Student Senator (2008-2011)
  • Watkins-Berger Scholar
  • Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, Vice-President, 2009-2010
  • Lambda Sigma Sophomore Honor Society, Secretary, 2009-2010
  • University Senate, Vice-President and Student Representative, 2009-2010
  • Alternative Winter Break, Chicago—Teach for America, 2010
  • Honors Ambassador, 2009 to Present
  • Study Abroad—South Korea (Spring Break 2010), Hong Kong (Fall 2011)
  • Chi Omega Sorority
  • Mortar Board Honor Society
  • Hall Center for the Humanities Scholar

How I became interested in my field:

As a curious youngster, I watched the news every night to learn about the world around me. I became aware of the challenges facing society at an early age and aspired to work in government and politics. I firmly believe in the importance of giving back to the community through my future career. Public service is important to me because it creates an avenue to address current societal problems and improve quality of life for future citizens.

Someone who has been a role model for me and why:

My dad serves as an important role model in my life. He is one of the hardest working people I know and has always encouraged me to focus on my education and future. He is a source of constant support for my dreams and aspirations. His dedication and perseverance inspires me to follow through on my own goals.

My favorite KU memory:

My most memorable experience at KU was serving as co-coordinator for last year’s Into the Streets Week. Into the Streets Week is an annual volunteer event that encourages philanthropy, activism and service among students. With help from many sponsors across campus, we brought best-selling author and philanthropist Greg Mortenson to speak at the kick-off event. Mortenson’s story reminded us all of the need for service in our local and global communities. I was inspired by the involvement and enthusiasm of my peers, who actively participated in events throughout the entire week.

An important life lesson I have learned:

I have learned to live each day to its fullest. Instead of concerning myself over the future, I try to savor the triumphs and challenges of the present. The future is unpredictable and largely out of your control. Take steps to reach your goals each day, but also sit back and enjoy the journey.

If I had a sister just entering college, I would want her to know…

I would tell my sister to work hard, but also take time to enjoy college and grow as a person. The most important lessons I’ve learned in college have come from real life experience rather than the classroom. College provides vast opportunities to explore your interests and learn from others around you. Don’t be afraid to try new things, take risks and challenge yourself.

A favorite quote or saying and why it is meaningful to me:

Mark Twain once said,

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

This quote reminds me to take advantage of every opportunity for growth and discovery. I’ve learned that trying new things may seem uncomfortable at first, but it’s always worthwhile in the end!