Sarah Johnson began her academic career at Elmira College. Feeling confused about her future there, she began to research other programs at colleges closer to her home. She knew she always wanted to help people. After speaking with visiting associate professor Debra Faria, she found a great fit in the social work program at The College at Brockport. After meeting with Dr. Faria, she knew social work was the perfect blend of sociology, psychology and human services. “Debra really showed me the path to follow.”
As a transfer student, Sarah had a lot of questions. Erin Rickman, Transfer Year Experience Coordinator for the College, made her transition seamless. “Any and every question I had about transferring, she answered. Erin helped me get my first work-study job in undergraduate admissions and from there I became a tour guide. Now I get to help transfers as the student director of transfer admissions.” All those that Sarah came into contact with were overwhelmingly supportive. Her goal is to create even more resources for incoming transfer students.
Sarah defines herself as an equalist and takes a special interest in women’s rights. Last semester, she worked diligently on the “Take Back the Night” which is an event aimed at domestic violence awareness. She helped make flyers, posters, wrote speeches, researched statistics, made playlists and collaborated weekly to make the event possible. The rally had over 200 participants come out to show their support. The campus community reached out to “shatter the silence!”
Embracing her program of study and finding the support she needed as a transfer student, Sarah’s time here at Brockport has been a huge success. She transferred in not knowing anyone and has made many close friends. She has grown academically as well as professionally. “My Brockport journey has been a whirl wind experience!”