Sarah Weidman '15

Sarah Weidman '15

Twenty First Century Scholar

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

Likely major: It could be anything from neuroscience to film studies to international relations. At the moment, psychology is most likely.

Quotation: "The most wasted of all days is one without laughter." —ee cummings

Research experience: I spent a summer as a research assistant at the National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research in Portland. I learned the process of turning an idea into a grant, a grant into a study, and how a study can make a difference in people's lives.

Making music: I studied trumpet, then my middle school music teacher encouraged me to consider the trombone. She pointed out how few trombone players there are and that even fewer of them are female. Thankfully, I later took her advice.

Favorite jazz song: The first that comes to mind is Duke Ellington’s "Moon over Cuba," but that may have something to do with the fact that it is a wonderful trombone feature.

To-do list: Hike Machu Picchu, go zip lining in Brazil, take a ski tour around America, skydive out of a plane, and eat authentic thin crust pizza in Italy.

Why MHC: Initially, the location, size, and academics attracted me. I also loved the idea of a consortium of schools. However, the real reason I chose Mount Holyoke is the people. I love how open-minded the campus is.