Senior Profile: Sarah Kirk

(Photo courtesy of Sarah Kirk).

What is your major and minor? What other academic programs were you a part of?

Psychology and Sociology majors with a concentration in Criminal Justice. 

What are some of the jobs you held while at McDaniel?

SASS tutor and Step Ahead Mentor for the SASS Program 

What organizations were you a part of at McDaniel? What positions did you hold?

Alpha Phi Omega

Have you enjoyed your time at McDaniel? If so, what did you enjoy the most?

Yes. I’ve enjoyed the research projects I’ve conducted here. I was able to collect my own data and then put it into a capstone presentation. 

Who do you think was/is your best mentor?

My advisor, Dr. Chalk

Describe your favorite memory at McDaniel.

My favorite memory would was step ahead and getting to live in North Village with my friends. 

What are some of the challenges you encountered and how did you overcome them?

I’ve faced challenges such as finding where my friend group was and how to adjust to college content classes. I’ve also had to adjust the way I approach organizing and to learn how to ask for help because teachers are more than willing to help. 

What are your plans for after graduation?

To get a job in the forensic psychology field and to continue to get a masters and a PhD in forensic psychology. 

What would you tell yourself as a first-year student at McDaniel?

Do what you want whether it be hobbies, events on campus, take classes you normally wouldn’t take. Step out of your comfort zone because now is the time to recreate yourself. It’s four years of making yourself who your future self wants you to be. 

Where do you see the world in 10 years?

Hopefully more cohesive with people who are better understanding of each other’s points of view and I hope people from different communities and cultures can learn to listen and respect one another. 

How do you reflect on your senior year during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic?

It felt very different than I expected, a little cut off from the real world but I had friends to support me and we all are going through it together so it makes the experience easier. 

Is there anything else you’d like to share with the McDaniel community?

I’d like to thank all my mentors for helping me learn in my classes and who have helped me grow in my academic interests.