Where were you born?
In Gainesville, Florida, and I have lived there all of my life.
Where did you go for college and what did you study?
I went to the University of Florida and I majored in History. I decided to pursue my PhD right after graduation.
What are you studying right now?
I am studying the comparative history of Puerto Rican and Palestinian activists in the United States.
What made you come to GW to pursue your PhD?
The professors were so approachable and I felt that the environment fostered the right type of intellectual development. I feel comfortable admitting if I'm not good at something and I know the faculty is always there to help.
What has been your favorite part of being in D.C. so far?
Having actual seasons, which we don't really have in Florida. Although I'm sure in a month I won't be too happy with the weather anymore.
What is your favorite book?
On the Road by Jack Kerouac, probably because it is an escape into a world that is very different from mine.
Do you have any hobbies?
I love to bake. I've had friends call me "Grandma Sara" because of my baking, and I completely embrace the nickname.
What are your future career goals?
I'm not sure what I want to do yet, but I know studying history has been a source of empowerment for me as a minority. I want to help other minority students empower their historical identities.