"I am so grateful I had this opportunity and I feel more prepared for the real world after everything I learn...
Editor, Knox Magazine
2 East South Street
Galesburg, IL 61401-4999
Hometown: Jakarta, Indonesia
Major/Minor: Chemistry major, Creative Writing minor
Campus Clubs & Organizations: Chemistry Club, Islamic Club, Asian Student Association, Mortar Board
Class Year: 2017
Three Facts About Sarah
How did you decide to come to Knox?
I graduated from an international school in Bali that prepares students to study abroad for their college years. I knew I wanted to go to a small liberal arts college with a good reputation in science and writing because those are my two main passions. Diversity was also an important factor, because I wanted to have an easier time fitting in among other people who are different than me. So, naturally, Knox was a great fit.
Being an international student is tough, no question. Committing four years of my life in a foreign country without my family is one of the wildest decisions that I've ever made. There is a lot that comes with it, including culture shock, homesickness, and the pressure of representing your whole nation. I am very proud of my cultural background, and so I bring it to Knox by performing at I-Fair, teaching Balinese dance classes, and bringing up social/political issues from Indonesia to be discussed among my peers. My friends, classmates, and professors have made me feel really comfortable here. Knox has become a second home, and a place for me to thrive.
What do you hope to do with your Knox degree?
I am really interested in renewable energy. As a global citizen, I think we can all agree that energy is one of the biggest problems we have to tackle. As an Indonesian, I know that my country's biggest challenge is access. Indonesia is the world's largest archipelago nation; therefore, you can imagine how difficult it is for all of the islands to get equal access to electricity. My dream is to find a way where each family can be independent in harnessing energy for their own use.
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