Sarah is a senior at Mountain View High School.
Q: What does receiving this scholarship mean to you?
A: Receiving this scholarship means that hard work and constant determination can be recognized. It also means that Allen & Allen will become part of my continuing success story as I move into the next chapter of my life. It also provides me with an example of how important it is to give back to the community and people who provided me with the opportunities to succeed.
Q: Is there someone in your life that has inspired you to achieve your goals?
A: My mother is an inspiration because she taught me to never give up on my dreams and always encourages me to work hard. Not only does my mother encourage me but gives me all the tools necessary to be successful among my hearing peers.
Q: What are your hobbies? What do you do for fun?
A: I enjoy drawing and photography, along with running, playing the oboe, and hosting exchange students.
Q: What organizations are you involved in? Do you hold any leadership roles?
A: I am a patient advocate and conference speaker for Earicles Microtia and Atresia, which is a nonprofit organization designed to help provide surgical repair to children born with craniofacial deformities; and a patient advocate and conference speaker for Oticon Medical who provide state of the art hearing solutions for atresia patients.
Q: Where will you be attending college?
A: I will be attending Rochester Institute of Technology.
Q: Have you decided on a major? If so, do you have any specific career plans?
A: I plan on majoring in either business or engineering as I have an interest in both career fields. Once I decide on a specific major I will then begin looking at career plans.
Q: What advice would you give to younger students who may be facing similar challenges as you?
A: The best advice I would give to younger students who may be facing similar challenges is to dream big, never give up and to self-advocate. I purposed early on never to let my disability become an excuse but a reminder to work as hard as it takes to achieve success.
Q: What do you consider your strongest character trait?
A: Determined defines who I am because I never give up on the challenges life brings my way. Once I set a goal and prepare a plan to achieve it, I work as hard as possible to complete that goal without excuse.
Q: How do you feel that overcoming an obstacle like this one has changed you? What lessons have you learned along the way?
A: It changed me from being a hopeless orphan without a future to a hopeful student who through hard work and determination can and will reach my goals.