KUWomenofDistinction

2012/2013

Sarah Stern (Far Right)

Sarah Stern (Far Right)

Honors, achievements, and special recognition:

  • Howard Turtle Journalism Scholarship – May 2011
  • American Advertising Federation of Kansas City Scholarship – April 2011
  • Kansas Paraguay Partners Scholarship Recipient – March 2011
  • Outstanding Woman of the Scholarship Halls-- April 2010
  • McKelvey Entrepreneurship Scholar
  • University of Kansas Watkins-Berger Scholar – 2009-Present

How I became interested in my area of study:

After graduating high school I went on a three-week student exchange program to Paraguay where I fell in love with the people and the culture. When I came back to KU I wanted to dive deeper into the culture, and Latin American studies led me further into the history behind the everyday culture I saw on the street. I choose to pursue Strategic Communications because I love to be creative, but still be part of the business/marketing world.

An honor, achievement or accomplishment that is most meaningful to me and why:

Being a Glamour College Woman of 2012 was a huge honor for me. Everything I’ve worked so hard for, and everything that makes me who I am won me that award. It was a culmination of many experiences and a lot of courage.

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

My mom inspires me. Her mom died when she was 5, and she raised herself. She wanted to be the mom for us she never had, and her strength and love for my family amaze me. Apart from her amazing mothering skills, she has taught me to communicate in every aspect of my life.

Someone who has been influential or had a significant impact on my life:

The people I come across in my path when I’m traveling have significantly influence me. Some more memorable than others, someone will say something to me that catches me off guard, makes me reconsider, re-look at something. I come across people all the time like this in my travels.

My favorite KU memory:

I love anything that the ECM hosts. I’ll never forget an Alternative Break I went on with the ECM.

An important life lesson I have learned:

You have to do things your way. I can ask a million people for advice, but at the end of the day I’m not happy unless I’m doing what I think is right, which I end up learning a lot from!

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

I do have a sister entering college, and I would want her to know that she should try a little bit of everything. And she should travel.

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

I have two favorite Mark Twain quotes:

“Don't let school interfere with your education.”

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that 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.”

They are both meaningful because experiences are so important. Doing this away from the “safe harbor” is scary, but very rewarding. I like the first one because a lot of my learning has been outside of a traditional campus setting.