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Meet Sarah Rudasill

Rudasill works at a Habitat for Humanity work site in Winston-Salem with the SPARC pre-orientation service group.

Sarah Rudasill says she and Wake Forest are a great match because she wants to get to know her professors on a deeper level and that the teacher-scholar model resonates with her. “I also love the fact that Wake Forest is a smaller school with a more intimate feel, but the student body still maintains significant Demon Deacon pride.”

What is something your peers may not know about you?
I grew up in rural New Oxford, Penn., which features sprawling farms and a general lack of activities that requires us to create our own fun. I’m an adventurous person, so I have already accomplished a quarter of my ever-growing bucket list, including skydiving, whitewater rafting, riding in a hot air balloon and learning to ride a motorcycle.

What most excites you about the journey you’re about to begin?
Throughout high school, I focused on learning information; in college, I will conduct research with professors and debate ideas that can be used to improve the world. College provides a terrific opportunity to build upon and use the knowledge that I’ve gained over the years, and I am excited to make an impact.

If you could travel back in time, where would you go?
I would travel back in time to be present for the moon landing in 1969 (of course, I would put myself directly in the Apollo 11 spacecraft). The concept of space is fascinating to the scientist in me, and my government side is amazed that our nation rallied around a common goal. The moon landing was the culmination of a decade’s worth of work, marked by the blending of cutting-edge science and effective policy.

Tell us about your involvement in student council.
My biggest life-changing event was definitely joining student council. I made, what I thought was a seemingly simple decision in 5th grade, but four years later I was traveling across the United States to speak to thousands of student leaders about making a difference. My 10-year-old mind did not foresee the opportunity to work with student leaders from the Bronx to solve drug and gang problems, and I also never imagined strolling up to a podium in front of an audience of thousands.  However, I ultimately experienced incredible diversity, gained confidence and developed political empowerment as the national representative for five, Mid-Atlantic states.

Are you planning on joining any clubs or organizations?
There are too many organizations at Wake Forest that I want to join! There’s the Euzelian Society, Campus Kitchen, Student Union, and intramural sports teams, and there are certainly more activities that I do not even know about at this time. I know that I definitely want to get involved in research at Wake Forest, so I just need to find balance in my extracurricular pursuits.

What would the title of your autobiography be?
“Robotics, Rocketry, and Representative Democracy: One Woman’s Quest to Unite Science and Policy”

Imagine yourself in four years at graduation. What will you be thinking?
I’ll certainly be reflecting upon my transition from a nervous college freshman to a confident senior. I’ll reminisce about the relationships that I formed with my peers and professors, the activities that redefined or refocused my career and life goals, and the challenges that I was forced to overcome to achieve my goals. Most of all, I will be thanking my family, friends and professors for making this amazing journey at Wake Forest possible.