Hello everyone! My name is Sarah and I’ll be working on some regional guides of all the cool and fun things there are to do in New Hampshire for Stay Work Play – so if you’ve got anything in your area I should know about, let me know! Right now I’m a senior at the University of NH, so I’ll be graduating in May. This internship is at a perfect time for me because just as I’ll be leaving the UNH “bubble,” I’ll know all the cool places to go no matter where I end up in NH.
I grew up in Merrimack, where I’ve lived pretty much my whole life, but after graduation I’m hoping to move to the Seacoast area. As a kid, the place in NH I liked going was the beach. Even though the water is always freezing and I always get a sunburn, I always remember it being a lot of fun.
When I’m not in class, I like to keep myself really busy. I play trumpet in UNH’s pep and concert bands, I work at Coffee Craving in Lee, and I do work for this internship. I’ve been playing trumpet since the fifth grade, and I actually almost majored in Music Education at UNH (I applied, got in, got a scholarship, and switched to a business major about a month before classes started). I like to stay active in the music department because that’s where I made most (if not all) of my college friends. We band nerds tend to form a really tight knit group.
I was a pretty artsy kid growing up. In addition to playing trumpet, I took ballet classes. I started dancing at the age of three, and I loved it. When I was 12 or 13, I saved every penny of my allowance money so that I could take one more dance class. During high school, I was taking between 2-3 nights of dance classes. Since I graduated high school, I’ve done a little less dance – I took a couple of classes at UNH and did some of the alumni performances my old dance school does every year, but that’s about it.
I’m also pretty into baking. If my family (or friends) need a birthday cake, I’m usually the one to be asked. I’ve always loved baking, and I have a bunch of early memories of baking brownies with my grandma. I even took a baking and pastry class at UNH just because, and I’m always telling people that in another life I might have been a culinary major (I wasn’t because I’m a vegetarian and taking a butchery class sounds like a nightmare to me). I learned later that a major in just baking was totally an option, but I digress. My friends are always asking me what I’ve made recently (empanadas and spanakopita, if you’re wondering), so I set up a dedicated Instagram account for all of my baking projects (it’s @sweetnotescakeshoppe if you want to follow it).
At UNH, I spent a semester living and working in Boston doing a full time internship for a nonprofit. I loved living in the city; there’s so much to do and see, and I wish I’d had more time just to explore all there is to do there. I lived off of a stipend while I was there, so I mostly explored the free places to visit like Boston Common, and a few museums here and there. Even now, I like to go back every once in a while to visit some new places that I wanted to see while I was there but didn’t get the chance to.
This is my fourth internship experience while being in college, so I’ve been really fortunate in that I’ve been able to test out different companies dealing in different companies and management styles. That said, I’ve learned what I do want in a full time place to work, and what I don’t want. I won’t go into much more detail about that here though. I will say that I’ve learned that I like working with social media, developing campaigns, and just generally internet-y stuff so I’d like to be able to do that for a company in the future. Five years from now, I’d like to be a social media coordinator at a company based out of the Seacoast area.
Thanks for taking the time to get to know me! We’ll see where this half of the semester takes me!