May 2, 2018

Belong and Be You — 2018 Senior Q&A


Sarah Sedaghat ’18 is off to continue her work toward becoming a physical therapist. She has enrolled in a Doctor of Physical Therapy program at East Carolina University, beginning just 10 days after graduation.

When I visited Guilford, I saw the sense of community, the push for social justice and the intimate education. I knew that this was where I belonged.

To that we say, “Wowza!” (It’s Sarah’s favorite phrase)

A Raleigh native, Sarah double majored in Exercise Science and Health Science here at Guilford. She also played lacrosse. On the field, in the classroom and everywhere on campus that’s in between, Sarah has grown a lot throughout her college journey. 

What is the biggest lesson that Guilford College taught you? 

Check your privilege. Guilford taught be so much about how much more work we have to do as a society in order to treat everyone equally.  

Tell us about any faculty or staff mentors you had. What did they teach you? 

Charlotte Dixon, the coach for the women’s lacrosse team, has taught me so much about hard work, leadership and compassion. She teaches through example and truly touches all of her players lives in the best way possible. 

What are you reading, watching or playing right now? 

I’m reading a whole bunch of textbooks right now, it’s finals week! I’m watching The Office for the first time — yes, I know I’m late to the trend. And I’m playing a lot of Uno and Werewolf these days (Google it, if you’ve never played).

Why did you choose Guilford College? 

When I was looking at colleges, I was looking for a school that reached out and grabbed me and said, ‘This is where you belong.’ When I visited Guilford, I saw the sense of community, the push for social justice and the intimate education. I knew that this was where I belonged. 

Guilford encourages the real you to come out!

What’s one thing that a Guilford student shouldn’t miss?

Serendipity. By far the best week of events at Guilford College. 

How have you changed since you were a First Year and what role do you think Guilford College played in that transformation?

I feel so much more comfortable just being the person that I am. Guilford encourages the real you to come out and since my freshman year, I have become so much more confident —  in every setting —  to allow who I really am to shine through.