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Sara Harris

December 7, 2015

Sara Harris has a strong desire to make people and the world better. She thought a career as a doctor would be the avenue to achieve her goal, but her experiences at UNCW led her on a different path.

Harris worked as an intern or volunteer with various organizations, including the Red Cross, New Hanover Regional Medical Center and the Miracle League.

“I absolutely fell head over heels in love,” said Harris, who served as the Miracle League’s volunteer coordinator. “It was there that I realized that I would rather do nonprofit work more than anything else.”

Harris, who will receive her bachelor’s degree in biology with a concentration in human sciences on Dec. 12, eventually plans to continue her education by obtaining a certificate or master’s degree in nonprofit management. She hopes to go into the nonprofit health field.

“Biology will be helpful in what I want to do,” she said. “I can go into it seeing the humanitarian side and the science side.”

Continuing her education is on hold for now, though, as Harris embarks on a new adventure in Mexico, where she will teach English to youth and adults. She also plans to establish a community-supported agriculture project with the aid of friends.  

“We want to be invested in the community,” she said.

One valuable lesson Harris learned during her undergraduate studies is the importance of getting involved and making a difference in the community, she said.

“You get so much more out of life when you are engaged,” she said. “The one thing I love about UNCW is that the campus is so philanthropic and volunteer-oriented. I have had the opportunity to do so many things. My resume is great because of all these experiences.”

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