Thursday, August 23, 2012

VISTA Profile: Sara Brown

Sara is a 2012-2013 NC Campus Compact VISTA serving at UNC-Asheville. Although she is an alumna of Appalachian State University and claims New London, NC, as her hometown, Sara grew up in the North in New York and New Jersey and is excited to experience city life once more.

SP: What previous work or volunteer experience led you to becoming a VISTA?
SB: I worked a lot with the ACT (Appalachian and the Community Together) at Appalachian State University. We planned major service events across campus, such as Dance Marathon, MLK Challenge, and coordinated Alternative Breaks. We also attended outside service events and maintained and built new relationships with community partners. I decided to do VISTA because instead of it just being an extracurricular activity, I wanted to be able to dedicate all of my time to projects and work with college aged students.

SP: What are you most looking forward to during your term of service?
SB: I'm excited to get a new perspective of how projects are completed and events are executed. I want to be able to work with students who are in positions that I was once in, and be able to offer advice as well as learn a different university's ways!

SP: What is the primary focus of your project? What community partner(s) or populations will you serve?
SB: I will be working with UNC-A's Key Center, community service office. Our community partner is William Randolph School which is an alternative high school that serves low income students and provides them with holistic and vocational education to prepare them for college.

Other fun facts about Sara!
Favorite food: Mac and cheese
Favorite band: Red Hot Chili Peppers