Student Profile: Sara Sawinski
Sara Sawinksi’s first taste of philanthropy began as a child when her family volunteered with a church ministry to help homeless families. Since then, her passion for service has only grown.
The sociology major has used her time at Alma College to figure out which areas of service she likes most, and she says she has found no shortage of opportunities to help others.
“This past summer, I volunteered at a women’s shelter, which really confirmed my desire to go into social work,” she says. “I also became a board member for United Way in Gratiot County, volunteered at Gratiot County Mental Health, and went on an Alternative Break. College has been a great time for me to explore different areas of social work.”
Sawinksi, a Grand Rapids senior, says faculty members like sociology professor Catherine Fobes inspire her in the classroom as much as service does outside of the classroom.
“Dr. Fobes is my favorite professor and also my advisor,” she says. “She wants to make sure that you succeed, and I love the way she teaches. We have really good class discussion, and you can always tell that she’s so passionate about sociology and gender studies.”
On campus, Sawinski lives in the Service Learning House, which allows her to get even more involved in the community. She also is a member of the Kiltie Marching Band and Alpha Gamma Delta. She is confident that each experience will prepare her to be the best possible social worker, she says.
“I’ve learned so much at Alma,” she says. “I’ve gotten a lot of resources through the organizations I’ve volunteered at around the community. The liberal arts education also has given me a wide range of knowledge.”