Summer@Stonehill Jefferson Awards Liaison Sarah Varadian '10 Jefferson Awards Liaison EDUCATION B.A., Stonehill College Why did you decide to pursue a career in nonprofit work? After September 11, 2001, I learned that girls in Afghanistan were being denied the opportunity for an education. As an 8th grade student at an all-girls’ school, I felt a kinship and responsibility to these girls and was determined to make a difference in their lives. Just a few months later, the “Wee Care Bears” initiative was born, and we raised enough money the first year to open two girls’ schools in Afghanistan. Seeing what could be accomplished with a little effort and a lot of passion, I was inspired to pursue a career in the nonprofit sector. What has been your greatest experience in service and nonprofit advocacy?I have been fortunate in my career to be able to interact each day with students who share my passion for service. Now, as part of the Jefferson Awards Foundation, I am able to recognize students for their incredible service and give them the tools they need to maximize their impact; while at the same time, connecting them to a nation-wide network of other change-makers, just like each of them. Watching my students grow and surprise themselves with the impact they make – in both their community and on the world – is the most rewarding aspect of my job. Who is your favorite author? Dr. Seuss, because I enjoyed his books as a little girl first learning to read, and now read them to my own little girl. As I revisit some of his stories, I see how his messages transcend the generations, and inspire me always. What is your favorite movie? The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but if I am forced to pick one… The Fellowship of the Ring. Where did you go to high school?Ursuline Academy, Dedham MA whose motto is “Serviam,” or, “I will serve”!