I’m Sarah, and this is my bio page.
Glad you dropped in!
I’ll cut right to the chase.
I’m a words person. As my husband likes to tease me, “words, words, words.”
So what does that mean, exactly?
Well, basically, I’ve devoted my whole life so far to language. Language, and education, and people (preferably all mixed together): that’s what lights me up! I’m completing a PhD in English Literature at Northwestern University, so I’ve spent a lot of time studying the greats: Charles Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, Elizabeth Gaskell… (I could go on.)
But you know what excites me the most? Self-expression. And there’s no better vehicle than language for sharing who you are—and reaching out for what you want—in the clearest and most inspiring way possible.
There’s just no greater experience in my book (see what I did there?) than helping someone find their way to express just what they wanted to say in the perfect words. The “yes! that’s it!” moment? The twinkly light in their eyes? I live for that stuff.
Can you elaborate a little more? What’s your background?
Sure! Here’s a collection of my greatest hits:
- PhD Candidate, Department of English, Northwestern University
- M.A., English, Northwestern University
- B.A., English & History, The University of Texas at Austin
Places I’ve worked:
Northwestern University, Instructor
At Northwestern, I taught ENG 105: Expository Writing, which (you guessed it!) is all about writing composition. I guided undergraduates through the process of writing—and, even more importantly, revising—for everything from personal narratives and argumentative essays to research papers. I was also an instructor for English courses like Introduction to Fiction (my personal fav!), British Literary Traditions, and American Literary Traditions. So for all things writing: I’ve got you!
Collin College Writing Center, Writing Consultant
Our theme continues! As a writing consultant for Collin College, I helped students of all ages and backgrounds strengthen and revise their writing. I spent a lot of time with Collin College’s many international students and non-native English speakers and loved every minute of it!
Plano Independent School District, AVID Tutor
AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, which, when you think about it, rocks! AVID’s mission is to “close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.” So as tutor, I got to help students from challenging backgrounds shine at school by working with them on core subjects like English and Math.
University of Texas, Intercollegiate Athletics Department, Content Tutor
My work as a tutor and writing instructor began before I even graduated from college myself. During my junior and senior years, I tutored University of Texas athletes in writing, English literature, philosophy, American studies, U.S. history, and German. I logged a lot of hours over at the UT stadium and met some really inspiring people.
Oooh, so you’re like a professor! Does that mean my work will come back covered in red?
Let me tell you what it’s like to work with me.
I focus on three main things in your writing:
- Authenticity: Does it sound like you? Do I get a sense of who you are, in all your uniqueness, just by reading this? Or does it ring hollow because you’re trying to fit a mold or sound like someone else?
- Clarity: Does your voice shine through, or am I too busy trying to figure out what the heck you’re saying to even listen? Can I follow where you lead, or am I so lost in a maze of convoluted sentences that I don’t know which way is up?
- Vibrancy: Do your words reach out from the page? Am I caught up in the vividness, aliveness, and realness of your narrative? Do I feel the ups and the downs with you? Do I care about what you’re saying?
As Angela (and her book!) will tell you, this is all part of good storytelling. And if we’ve done our work together well, you’ll knock this out of the park! And not just in your essays – the skill of storytelling will be yours forever.
Next things next: I don’t line edit too much. While I do know my semi-colon from my period, I don’t go looking for fault. I’ll help you make sure the finished product is polished and professional, but mainly, I’m here to help you discover your own expression.
Years of working with students at every imaginable stage of skill development has made me uniquely equipped to meet you wherever you may be. Whether you love writing about yourself or avoid it with the deepest dread, whether you’re a word whiz or frequently fumbling, whether English is your first language or not, together we’ll tone up that storytelling muscle and hone your personal voice. Before you know it, you’ll be expressing yourself so fully that you’ll inspire and connect with everyone you meet. And that’s a pretty rare skill!!
But you don’t exactly have a business background… should I be worried about that?
Heck no! I may not hail from the world of business, but I have a vested interest (and more than a half-decade of experience) in higher education helping students reach their potential. It’s my absolute passion. Subject material can be learned; passions can’t.
Here’s a secret that we believe at Career Protocol: Business is just a human thing. The rules of business are the rules of human relationships. If you know how to connect with people, you can succeed in business, you can inspire the adcom, and you can win a spot at your dream school.
We have lots of insider info about MBA programs at Career Protocol, but that’s not what’s gonna get you in. You are what’s gonna get you in. My expertise is in helping you be you in writing in the most compelling way possible. I’m pretty good at it. And more importantly, I love it. And that means you’re gonna love it too.
Got any other tricks up your sleeve?
In addition to loving language, I also love detail, and planning, and coordinating. I’m the person who color coordinates her to-do list on her daily planner and then cross-references it with her monthly calendar. I’m the person who can’t stand unfinished business or Apple’s tiny red notification circles, and thus checks her email relentlessly. I’m that person. And I’ll marshal all of this in helping you put together applications that represent the best and truest expression of YOU.
I know from experience how daunting graduate school applications can be. I applied to ten PhD programs when I decided to continue my education, and while it threatened to upend me at times, I discovered so much about myself in the process. I remember sitting on the curb outside my house, bawling my eyes out because I felt stretched so utterly thin. I had a mountain of revisions to do on my writing sample and how in the beejesus was I supposed to sum myself up in 300 words? By the end though, I learned how to share who I was—my core—in a single page.
There’s nothing quite like opening yourself up on paper for all the world to see (or, at least, all the admissions committees to see)! It’s terrifying and exhilarating all at once, and having a partner through those stages of envisioning, crafting, cutting, and shaping eases that feeling of exposure and your uncertainty about the process. I’ll make sure you don’t procrastinate yourself into a pickle, forget a key detail (or deadline), or overlook some stomach-dropping error once you’ve already hit submit. Not gonna happen.
If enthusiasm is contagious—and I think it is—you’ll be all kinds of lit up about the details and deadlines of your application. But even if you aren’t, I’ll be jazzed enough for both of us.
Any more questions?
If you have any more questions or you want to consider working with me, sign up for a free MBA Strategy Session with our team! In the meantime, here are a few more facts about me!
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What’s your Myers Briggs type?
ESFJ all the way!
Top 5 Strengthsfinder strengths?
- I’m from Kentucky & Texas (I claim both as home states, work with me here). I moved to Texas at a young age and fell in love with the sunshine, the friendliness, and the breakfast tacos, but my roots (and much of my family) are in the Bluegrass State.
- These days I freeze—I mean live—in Chicago.
- I ask a whoooooooooole lotta questions (ask anyone), because I am one curious person.
- I love collecting knowledge and sharing it with others—one fun fact, helpful tip, or “did you know?” at a time. If I could know everything there is to know about everything, I’d be a happy camper. In the meantime, I’ll just keep on learning.
- Bread is my love language. Like, if I’ve had a hard day and my husband is at the supermarket deciding between flowers and bread, he’s gonna pick bread.
- And I’m writing a dissertation about silence (how’s that for irony?), because I’m fascinated by how much the Victorians valued silence and how they used it for social means.
Finally, if I had to describe myself in one word, I’d say: dependable.