Sarah Hyer

From Brighton, MI

Highschool: Brighton High School

Class of 2016
Future Alma Mater:
Spring Arbor University

Independent Student of the Day

Sarah Hyer is a senior at Spring Arbor University majoring in marketing.

Selecting a major can be a difficult decision for many students, but Sarah knew marketing was the field for her from a young age.  She got her feet wet in both print and electronic marketing by volunteering, beginning at the age of seven, for the Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce.  Sarah’s engagement with the chamber has continued and she advises on the latest and greatest ways to market to community members.

Sarah has continued her marketing growth through two internships with Stryker.  As a Marketing Intern in the summer of 2015, Sarah used her skills developed through the Gainey School of Business to create efficient event communication plans, brand guides and more.  She returned to Stryker for a second internship in the fall of 2015, this time as a Business Development Intern.

On campus, Sarah is involved with the Spring Arbor University Forensics and Debate team, where she is a competitive speechwriter and speaker.  She also has co-coordinated a history symposium for three years and was previously a member of the Spring Arbor University band.  Sarah also works on campus in the Hugh and Edna White Library as a circulation assistant.

Sarah enjoys exercising, playing with her six year old rescue pup, Sammy, and is an avid reader (she owns more than 275 books and reads most of them at least twice).

My motivation

My primary motivations are my faith, my family, and the fulfillment of my personal mission statement. I know that I was put on this earth to do something good and I have always been taught to believe that I can change the world. Never once was I allowed to doubt that I am a strong, capable woman.

My latest accomplishments

In October of this past year I was given the opportunity to speak at a luncheon at my school. It was a relatively small event, with about 100-150 people in attendance, but it was an amazing gift to share my experience at Spring Arbor University. The luncheon was for graduating seniors and their parents and it was my duty to emphasize what I have learned at SAU, as well as to honor the part my parents have played in bringing me to where I am today.

Next big goal

My next big goal is to graduate and start my career. With graduation so close, I am beginning to feel the pressure of adulthood and what it means to be truly independent. I am thrilled to reach this goal and I am comforted in knowing that I have so much support in all that I do. I have spent the last four years building myself up to this point; growing my strengths, abandoning my fears, stretching myself to the limits and getting comfortable with the uncomfortable. With all of this change and education, I cannot wait to experience what the post-graduation life holds for me, in my career and beyond.

Why is choosing your own path important?

My roots will always be in how I was raised, my faith, and my hometown. I love the woods I grew up in, my church, and my family. However, I know that I was meant to go and grow into who I am as an individual. I am the start of a whole new world, as long as I make the decision to know who I am and run into my future.

The way I see it, is that we are all like little house plants. We build our roots strong in our first little pot, but after a while we can no longer grow because we have run out of room to expand. So, we have to go through the uncomfortable, but needed, change of pots. We shouldn't be afraid of the change - we will only benefit from it. If we refuse to ever change or move forward in our life and into who we are as individuals, we will never grow into who we are meant to be.

Favorite place on campus

Hugh & Edna White Library

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