THE LIVES YOU CHANGE
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20 Questions with Sara Muren '12
By Erin Jansen | January 17, 2012
1. What is your class year and major?
History major, Class of 2012.
2. Describe where you’re from in one sentence.
Nashville/Nashvegas/Ca$hville, Tennessee: home to country music, Titans football, Centennial Park, a beautiful skyline, and me.
3. Why Centre?
One visit to campus was all it took—I’m a sucker for a sunset behind Old Centre.
(on studying abroad in Strasbourg in 2011)
Sara and her German class at
the "drei Göttinnen" fountain.
4. Where is your favorite place on Centre’s campus?
The drei Göttinnen fountain, as Dr. Keffer calls it, in the middle of Benefactors Plaza—it was stop one of a campus tour my first year in German 110.
5. When you’re not studying (even if you’re supposed to be), what are you doing?
Most likely still sitting in Cowan, coffee drinking, Netflix watching, or pretending to study in the library.
6. Did you study abroad? If so, describe your experience.
Yes! Strasbourg, France—fall of 2011. There’s no way to sum it up here, but let’s just say that I made a new best friend, started blogging, became a wine and cheese connoisseur, and visited 7 countries in what was a wonderful whirlwind of a semester.
Sara at a Christmas market
7. Favorite book (or author)?
Let’s do authors: JD Salinger, David Sedaris, and Billy Collins.
8. What is the single most valuable lesson you have learned so far at Centre?
Checking the weather every morning and suiting up appropriately is crucial to a good day.
9. All-time favorite movie and why?
Amélie, a French film from 2001 because the title character is incredible and I want to be her. She is spunky, yet lovely—and above all, she believes in the power of kindness to strangers.
10. Best class you’ve taken at Centre so far?
Music 110 with Dr. Nathan Link because of the lessons in California Girls, Esstopsirrr, and Wah.
11. If you could have lived in a different time era, what would it be?
Definitely Enlightenment era. The growth of knowledge about our world was incredible, and it would be so cool to rub elbows with the likes of Locke, Newton, or Voltaire.
12. Dream career after graduation?
TBD. The good news is my Centre Experience has left me feeling completely well rounded and ready to take on anything in the world—I just need to figure out what that thing is. Now accepting offers.
13. Person – fictional, living or deceased – who you would most like to be for a day?
Leslie Knope from Parks and Rec, so that I could have the love and admiration of Ron Swanson.
14. What are you involved in on campus?
I kind of took “The more things you do, the more things you can do” and ran with it! I’m an RA, the president of Student Activities Council/VP of Programming for SGA, VP of Kappa Kappa Gamma, and I currently serve on the Student Advancement Board.
15. Place in the world you would most like to visit?
Dubrovnik, Croatia— take a gander at some photos, and you’ll become a believer too.
(on the impact of donors' generosity to the Centre Experience)
16. Which member of Centre’s faculty has had the biggest impact on your Centre Experience?
Purveyor of knowledge and defender of the Brits—the one, the only, Dr. Amos Tubb.
17. If someone was to meet you for the first time, what one thing do they need to know about you?
I tell a lot of stories, some good and some that crash and burn. I’ll probably always laugh at my own efforts, but I won’t be sad if you don’t.
18. What is your most prized possession?
A tiny pair of ruby red slippers from my mom, reminding me there’s no place like home.
19. What one thing about Centre would you never change?
Speaking as a hopeless crossword addict: the free New York Times (courtesy of the Parent Fund).
20. As you know, thousands of donors make gifts to Centre every year. How do you feel you have benefitted from their generosity?
My scholarships are the reason I’m able to attend Centre, so that is the greatest gift of all. Additionally, the donors have set an amazing precedent with giving that makes me so hopeful for the growth of the College and students like me in years to come.