Sarah Stephens

Meet Sarah Stephens
The McLaughlin Hall Director


Undergraduate Degree:

B.A. Art History and B.F.A. Pottery (Colorado State University)


Graduate Degree:

M.S. Student Affairs in Higher Education (Colorado State University)


Why did you become a Hall Director?
I am thankful for my five-and-a-half years living and learning within a service-based themed community at my alma mater; it not only catered to my early persistence in college, but contributed to my understanding and celebration of residential life.  For life after grad school, I longed for a job blending together my values of leadership, service, diversity, community, adventure, and education – being a hall director at UNH easily met this criteria.  It offers an array of opportunities including the ability to integrate my love for student development, mentoring, and experiential learning into McLaughlin Hall.  As a hall director I hope to enable, support, and challenge students to expand their comfort zones, laugh with new friends, respect strangers, discover new passions, create great memories, celebrate differences, cultivate strengths, act with integrity, gain direction, and reflect on growth.    


Why did you choose UNH?
Where I choose to live impacts what I can do; hence I sought jobs at universities with a fun outdoor spirit and a wholesome community feel, and colleagues who were encouraging, challenging, inclusive, and fun.  Considering how I remained at my alma mater for many years, I knew change was on the horizon, but familiarity was desired.  Surprisingly, I found this combination located 30 hours away and more than 2,100 miles from home.  The welcoming atmosphere and truly awesome people I met at UNH caught my attention.  Its Res Life department and staff were unlike anything I knew, and thus I wanted to join this great bunch of people who shared similar passions for working with students, experiencing difference, and enjoying life, which most certainly is reflected in synergy of our student-centered work.  I have already enjoyed some great experiences at UNH and look forward to the many adventures ahead!! 


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