Sarah Boutwell
For Sarah Boutwell, fun of college is in doing and learning

This week’s Spotlight shines on Sarah Boutwell, a sophomore wellness management major in the pre-med program. She volunteers with disability services and career services.

Sarah Boutwell.Q. What is your hometown, and where do you live now?
I’m from Baldwinsville. I live on campus, and I’m an RA in Cayuga Hall, on fourth floor southeast.

Q. What do you hope to do with your majors?
I want to go into pediatric oncology and hematology. We’ve had a lot of cancer in my family, so I knew that was definitely something I wanted to do. Growing up around cousins who were significantly younger than me, I love children. So I wanted to mix those two things together.

Q. What do you like best about SUNY Oswego?
The people and the support system we have here. You can always go to your professors for help. And even if you don’t, there’s always somewhere you can turn. You can go to the Compass or find other services. Even if you’re lost and think you’re completely alone, someone is going to be there for you always.

Q. You’re part of the support. Why do you work with career services?
I work for the Sophomore Year Experience in career services. It’s becoming a really strong program. In your freshman year, people are saying, “Try this, try this,” to try to make your college experience really exciting. When you get to sophomore year, you say, “What am I going to do now?” With this program, you get timelines of where you should be, what courses you should be taking. It helps you wrap your mind around how much time do I have left to do what I want to do.

Q. What do you like best about career services?
I think my biggest role is being a student advocate. I’m on a committee of people who work in the Compass, residential life and so on. They may have an idea and they think it’s a great idea, but they don’t know how students will respond to it, so they ask me for my opinion.

Q. Why did you choose Oswego?
I was aiming for bigger schools. I always thought that’s where I wanted to be, then I visited them and found that’s not what I wanted. Those bigger schools lacked compassion, I guess. Coming here, everyone was friendly. I like the smaller class sizes. I like just being on the lake.

Q. How would you describe Oswego students?
I’d say we’re very energetic. I think for the most part we have a “go big or go home” attitude. When there’s a big event, there are always excited people getting everyone else motivated. It’s never boring on campus—you can always find something to do.

Q. What do you like about being a resident assistant?
It’s fun. It doesn’t feel like a job, because you get really close with your residents. We hang out together, we color together—I’ve got coloring books. It really relaxes you. You’re focusing, but it’s just fun.

Q. What achievement so far at SUNY Oswego are you most proud of?
I think I’m most proud of being on President’s List after my first semester. I went about my first semester completely wrong—I didn’t talk to a lot of people, kind of stayed by myself. I didn’t know that this was where I wanted to be. I came back in the spring and rethought through everything. And I grew to love it. I think we all need that kick in the butt.

Q. Do you have any specific goals for the rest of your time at Oswego?
I would love to study abroad, but I don’t know if that’s going to work with all my pre-med courses. So I’ll try to do that in the summer. Every adult I’ve talked to has said if they had one regret from college, they didn’t study abroad. 

Q. Do you have any particular passions we haven’t talked about?
I have a real passion for learning. I love to learn things on my own, even if it’s not for school, like picking up a textbook that’s not from something I’m taking and just learning from it. I’m doing an independent study for myself. It’s about student use of alcohol and things like if you drink a certain kind of beer, you can gain up to two pounds a week. It’s kind of like a big eye-opener. So my passion with learning is mixed up with my passion for people.

(Posted: Feb 14, 2011)