One of this week’s featured seniors is our two-term president… Sarah Leahy!
Sarah joined the SAA in fall 2009 and chaired the newsletter committee her first semester. She was a part of the first-ever Project LEAP committee in spring 2010 before she began her e-board career. In March 2010, she chaired the CCIS 5 Under 25 event (yup, a communication major chairing CCIS – it happens). For the 2010-2011 academic year, she served as the V.P. of Alumni Relations and from 2011-2013, she has served as the president of the SAA. Sarah has been able to attend four district conferences at UMass, UConn, WPI and Bryant, as well as two national conferences in Nashville and Indianapolis.
We cannot thank Sarah enough for all of the hard work and endless effort she has put into SAA over the past four years. Her contributions have certainly shaped SAA into the organization it is today. The self-professed “Mom” of SAA will be missed by all. Thank you for everything, Sarah!
Hometown: Dorchester, MA
Major: Communication Studies, minor in Journalism
Co-ops: First two co-ops were with the Boston Bruins Foundation – the philantrhopic arm of the Bruins organization. Third co-op was with Staples, Inc.
How does the feeling of graduating from college compare/contrast to graduating from high school?
It’s unbelievably scary! At least when I graduated from high school, I knew Northeastern would have structures in place to help me succeed and reach my potential; graduating from college means the real word – real job, real bills and real responsibilities … and Wednesday night trips to Conor’s are no longer socially acceptable.
If Ben & Jerry hired you to come up with a new flavor of ice cream, what would it be?
Oh boy – it’s hard to beat their Half Baked flavor, but I’ll try: chocolate, hot fudge, caramel, cookie dough, mint chocolate, peanut butter cups, marshmallow –> I call it “Heaven.”
If you could describe yourself with a single song lyric, what would it be?
Easy – storming through the party like my name was El Nino.
If you could go back in time and witness any event, which would you choose?
Hmm, in 1985 when Doc Brown turned the DeLorean into the time machine. With some extra plutonium I could see other things I missed.
Pulling out of your driveway, you accidentally hit a traveling gypsy. The gypsy is noticeably upset. As retribution, she decides to curse you, but gives you a choice: Either every word you say is said in song, or you never speak again. Which do you choose?
Definitely the song lyrics to up my chances of winning a Grammy. And if I did win a Grammy, that acceptance speech would be unreal.
You are humanity’s last hope. Earth’s cumulative military efforts have fallen short of stopping the alien invasion. As the leader of the rebellion alliance, you are captured by the Z’loktin forces and brought in for questioning. With your hands laser-cuffed together (like hand-cuffed, only with lasers) you are brought before the General. As you walk into the room, he laughs a dry, heinous laugh, marveling at how easy it was to find the mighty Sarah Leahy. Suddenly, the room falls silent. He turns around, and you know he’s about to ask you a question. A question where the answer determines the fate of your planet. He looks you square in the eye and asks, “Starbursts… or Skittles?”
Hands down Skittle (get it??) – choosing Starbursts would be silly considering my hands are laser-cuffed together and the wrappers could create a serious pollution problem given the current state of the planet.
How has SAA contributed to your Northeastern experience?
A better question would be how hasn’t it contributed?! SAA has allowed me to find my passion in philanthropy, student advancement and giving back, in general. Not only have I been able to represent Northeastern at regional and national conferences, but I’ve been able to share that with some amazing people because of my involvement in SAA.
How do you hope to give back to the Northeastern community as an alumna?
As an alumna, I plan to remain activity within the young alumni community, including the SAA! Whether that’s giving a gift to the university, giving time to a current student or attending the SAA events, I can’t wait to see how the organization evolves in the coming years!
* shout out to Andrew Cloud for coming up with these awesome questions!