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Real People Profiles: Sarah Lilly

May 17, 2017 10:53 AM
We're asking some of the people you might encounter on the UMBC campus, including students, faculty, staff and alumni, to answer a few questions about themselves and their experiences. These are their responses.

Name: Sarah Lilly

Hometown: Pasadena, MD

Major: Information Systems

Q: How long have you been at UMBC?

 This is my eighth semester at UMBC.

Q: What is your current title (job or student organization position)?

  I just finished serving as the Speaker of the SGA Senate.

Q: In 12 words or less, what role(s) do you play on campus? 

A:  Full time cat herder, student, hilarious person, slinky untangler, and activist. 

Q: What aspect of your UMBC role(s) do you enjoy most?

A:  I really love answering other people's questions! I have somehow become an encyclopedia of sorts for UMBC. You can ask me about anything on campus and I have an answer for you! From dining to activism to academic policies, I am your gal! 

Q: What is the most important or memorable thing you learned in college/have learned at UMBC?

If I had to sum up my experience in one phrase, it would be; give it a go. There is nothing conventional about UMBC. If you want something to happen, just do it. This campus was built by us, and there is always room for improvements. We have such a sense of community at UMBC, which just makes everything that much more real. There is no way to fail on our campus, aside from not doing something.

Q: What is one way you have worked with others to make a positive difference at UMBC or in another community?

I've been around the block a few times! I have helped organize and been a part of Elect Her, Take Back the Night, Election Night Extravaganza, STRiVE, Stress Free Zone, LeadingOrgs, CelebratingOrgs, Shared Governance, Involvement Fest, Playfair, and a few other things since coming to UMBC, most of them more than once. These things all had the goal of educating students through community, outside of the classroom. That's really where I found my passion to be at UMBC - empowerment through education. Throughout these events I've interacted with thousands of students, and I can't think of a better way to have spent these past 4 years.

Q: Complete this sentence: "I am a big fan of __________"

A: passionate leadership, pizza, the people who work in Student Life, technology, and myself.

Q: Do you have any UMBC stories, little-known facts about UMBC, favorite spots on campus, or anything else you’d like to share?

A: Every circle of friends needs someone that likes wacky music, a photographer, a person that is into politics, a scientist, an artist, a person obsessed with technology, a lover, a fighter, and a comedian. 


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