Sarah's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    TEACH Roadtrip

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Columbus, OH

SARAH LYLE

Senior Corps Member
City Year

“Be present. Don't let the fear of the future block out the light that you could be shining today.”

INTERESTS:

Education Non-Profit Organizations

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Experience Success Struggle Community Dedication Education Fear Support & Encouragement Acceptance Doubt Failure Goals Confidence Hard Work Inspiration

FOUNDATION:

Teaching / Mentoring

TAGS:

acceptance, afraid, ambitious, anger, beginning, change, committed, community, content, doubt, education, fear, goal, influence, negativity, reactions, relationships, students, succeed, trust

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Always knew that she wanted to help people, and that she liked kids, so she entered college as an education major.
  • Realized she didn't want to teach the same curriculum year after year; switched her major to biology-thought she'd help people through the sciences instead.
  • Eventually fell into psychology, where she had a supervisor who had participated in City Year.
  • City Year is a national nonprofit that helps at-risk students improve their attendance records, class performance, and behavior.
  • She applied and was accepted to the program; went directly into City Year after she graduated, has been there for two years.
  • Works with a lot of students who grow up in stressful environments, are angry with their home lives and don't know how to express it.
  • Says kids' initial reaction to her is often one of suspicion; they're reluctant to admit they need help, want to do everything on their own.
  • Now she goes into schools with the understanding that she's fighting uphill battles, but knowing that ultimately, her work will pay off.

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