An HCC program, partnering with local high schools, allowed her to take college courses as a teenager, which she continued at HCC after graduation.
She made the most of her time at HCC, studying life sciences and pre-medicine while joining the STEM learning community, Phi Theta Kappa, and the Student Program Board.
After graduating in December 2014, Sarah transferred to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) to study biochemistry and molecular biology. She was accepted to the Honors College at UMBC and the MARC U*STAR Program, an undergraduate scholarship program in biomedical and behavioral research. She also performed campus research in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Department of Health Policy and Management.
Sarah presented her research at the annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in Seattle, Washington, and at UMBC’s Undergraduate Research Symposium, the Summer Undergraduate Research Fest, and at Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day.
She graduated from UMBC in May 2017 with a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry and molecular biology and is now working as a research program assistant at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine.
“I am helping to carry out clinical trials that aim to improve the physical health of people with serious mental illness,” she said. “I plan to work for at least two years, then apply to MPH programs.”
Sarah’s long-term academic goal is to obtain a PhD in health policy or social and behavioral sciences.
“HCC definitely helped lead me to where I am today,” she said. “I received a very high quality education, which equipped me with the skills and knowledge to transfer to a four-year university. I particularly enjoyed my humanities courses, because they opened my eyes to social justice issues and were focused on global awareness.
“I loved being a student at HCC, and I am incredible grateful for the support and assistance I received.”
She said HCC is making a mark as an outstanding community college.
“Students have access to many resources to help them succeed,” she said. “The college provides a warm and dynamic environment and is the ideal place to grow as a student, make connections with faculty and staff, and discover passions and interests.
“No matter the type of student, HCC has something to offer.”
Read about JumpStart, the college's current partnership with the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) to help high school students earn college credit, similar to the program Sarah took while still in high school.