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Sarah Bechtel

Sarah Bechtel

Sarah Bechtel, who is set to graduate in December with a degree in English and minor in women's studies, is crossing and stitching borders while at the College of Saint Elizabeth.

For Bechtel, going to CSE was drastically different from what she expected. From orientation to present, everyone was happy. Bechtel said, "I was surprised that so many people were smiling."

Bechtel, from Shamong, N.J., knew she always wanted to attend a private school, and felt that moving from a co-ed school would be an interesting shift. Her first experience at the College confirmed this decision. She said, "It made you feel that you belonged."

An English major, Bechtel has spent much of her time at CSE seeking out unique opportunities. One of these instances was Bechtel's introduction to what would become one of her minors: women's studies. Bechtel said that she never thought she would choose this path, but since her honors introduction course was such a great experience, Bechtel jumped right in. She said, "why not minor in this?"

During her years at CSE, Bechtel has been hand-stitching a quilt, comprised completely of her college t-shirts. Bechtel said that this hobby provides her with special memories, and she will remember her achievements in college each time she looks at the quilt

Many of these memories have come to fruition through Bechtel's women's studies minor. She enhanced her leadership skills through the leadership program and is now completing the leadership minor. Bechtel was invited to join the honors program, which has allowed her to participate in three conferences with the Northeast Regional Honors Council. Bechtel said that this has "changed my view of school in general" as these are types of opportunities she did not have in high school. In addition, Bechtel said that the women's studies minor are very inspiring, and helping her to learn more about other people and ways to become a better leader.

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