Sarah Parr ’20

Where are you from?Sarah Parr

Metuchen, New Jersey

What is your major?

English, Theater Arts (acting concentration), and Cognitive Science.

What is your minor(s)

I hope I’m not crazy enough to pick up a minor. But stranger things have happened.

Why did you choose to study these subjects?

The simple answer is that, as a lifelong learner, I like to push myself. The more complex answer is that the human experience fascinates me; my three majors allow me to examine why we do what we do, and how, from different perspectives.

What is your favorite class and/or faculty member, and why?

I’ve had a lot of awesome professors and classes in different departments. But, college has taught me that my favorite professor is the one who embraces learning and making discoveries with his students, and isn’t afraid to adapt his pedagogy based on what he finds. And, generally, acting classes are my favorite because you’re constantly doing, practicing, and experimenting—you’re constantly learning. You are encouraged to make bold choices and are almost never penalized for making mistakes; sometimes the best art comes from mistakes. #ThinkBeyondThePossible

Why did you choose CWRU?

There are a few driving factors that led me to CWRU, including its brilliantly curious student body and how lovely the campus can be. But, if I had to pick one overarching reason, it’d be the acting class I visited as a prospective student. Not only were the students in the class talented, but the students’ and professor’s constructive criticisms and observations of the performances (dress rehearsals for the final presentations) were advanced. And yet, I was asked to contribute to class discussion. It was then that I knew I wanted to be a part of this passionate, inclusive and caring community that would push me to be the best I could be.

What do you like best about CWRU?

I like that CWRU is the best of both worlds: a defined college campus when you want one, and an urban exploration when you want to break out of the bubble.

What do you like best about living in Cleveland?

I love living in Cleveland because it’s home to one of the best arts scenes in the country; those in the Cleveland arts community never cease to inspire me.

Describe any research projects, study abroad, internship or other unique experiences and opportunities you have had as a result of being a CWRU student.

I am currently a marketing and communications intern for the College of Arts and Sciences (I swear, this spotlight has nothing to do with it). I also had the chance to work on a few different projects in a psychology lab last year, which is something I never really thought I’d do until I got here and had research opportunities at my fingertips.

What extracurricular activities are you involved in?

I’ve always been interested in lots of things, so I tried to get involved with as much as I could as soon as I stepped on campus. I started writing for our campus newspaper, The Observer, my first semester, and eventually became social media editor. Now, I am the Director of Business Operations (and have no background in business whatsoever). I also dance with the Spartan Tappers and Urban Elementz (our hip hop dance club), and usually work on theatrical productions in some capacity, whether with the theater department, Players’ Theatre Group or The CWRU Footlighters. I am also a proud Orientation Leader and member of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society.

What are some of your other interests and hobbies?

This summer, I was a digital media intern for Cleveland Scene Magazine. Fast forward a couple weeks, and I’m freelancing for the weekly every now and then. I also partake in the Cleveland dance and film communities, sometimes. This involvement actually afforded me the opportunity to turn someone into a donut (I never used to have a “fun fact,” but I think I finally found a good one).

What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment so far?

My biggest accomplishment so far? Getting asked to be in the CAS student spotlight, obviously.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

I like to take everything as it comes. In five years, I hope I can look back on my life and say that I don’t regret anything and have seized every opportunity.