Meet Sara Essember
B.A. in Psychology at The University of Vermont
M.S. in College Student Personnel Administration from Canisius College
Why did you become a Hall Director?
I am all about people not only figuring out who they are but creating who they are along the way. And what better time to do that than in college? Nothing stands still, something is always happening, and there is always a chance to learn something new around the corner. That is what draws me to being a hall director. Nothing is static. I love the energy and the environment of a college campus. During my time in college, I had a few mentors who inspired me, supported me, and shared many life lessons with me during those years. Ever since then, I have always said that if I could do for others what they have done for me then my career and life work would be meaningful and worthwhile...that and it is fun!
Why did you choose UNH?
The people, the location, the overall vibe. The most important thing for me when I set out to be a hall director was to find a place where I felt comfortable and valued in my own skin as well as an environment that I knew I could positively contribute towards and would challenge me to grow and do bigger things. Social Justice is a big thing, a big concept, and affects everyone. I love that it is something that UNH emphasizes and is committed to.
Also, there are gluten free stations in the dining halls, which means I can eat! (Which is an activity I enjoy immensely).
Advice for first-year students...
Here is you (imagine yourself).
Here is your comfort zone (imagine squiggly line of comfort and familiarity around yourself).
I challenge you to step out of it.
Get out of your room, find something you like or love or maybe even something you’ve never heard of and give it a chance. It’s never too late to start something new. Stepping out of your comfort zone could mean anything because it is a personal thing. Maybe that means voting for the first time. Maybe it means saying hi to your neighbor for the first time. Whatever it is for you, make the best of it and believe that good things will come from it.
Have questions about living in McLaughlin? Contact our main office at 862-2268.