A North Carolina native, Sarah Michelle grew up in Hickory where she was the president of her school’s first Gay-Straight Alliance. She was excited by Guilford’s inclusive community and felt encouraged by Coach Charlotte Dixon-Graves. Charlotte not only gave Sarah Michelle the opportunity to further her lacrosse career but gave a black female a platform to play, which is rare in the lacrosse community, Sarah Michelle says.
“If people saw the community within Guilford, where people are not just tolerant but are comfortable and okay with human rights, they could apply that to our outside world,” she says. “We live so comfortably with each other — everyone is celebrated at Guilford — and it's very peaceful.”
Sarah Michelle values the relationships she’s built at Guilford. There’s the housekeeping staff in the Athletics building who are always there during her morning practice. There are also the Dining Hall employees, a number of professors, her Guilford Guide, and many others.
She says it’s those little connections every day that she looks forward to, and she credits her time as a student athlete with giving her the opportunity to cultivate these unique friendships. “That's the heart of a small school like Guilford,” she says.