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Sarah Kay Stephens

Austin, Texas
Sarah Kay Stephens


Architecture ~ May 2023

Short-Term Goals

My short-term goals revolve around finding a balance between personal and academic life. I have valued knowledge for as long as I can remember, but I have learned that pushing myself academically is only part of my over-arching goal. I love being surrounded by new people and deepening relationships with the people I already know. Currently, I am working on this balance as I pursue a degree in architecture. College can be a huge adjustment, but surrounding yourself with positive and inspiring people pushes you to work harder and develop yourself, not only as a leader, but also as a human being. I wake up every day hoping to find inspiration that pushes me to become a better designer, as I work through discovering what architecture means to me, and how I want to use my experiences to change the world. I believe that conquering your short-term goals and daily challenges help you grow the most as a person and they help you learn what you are capable of accomplishing. Personally, I value hard work above all else and I try to put 100% of myself into everything that I do in both personal life situations and academic settings. My current favorite moto reflects these values of incorporating as much of yourself as possible: work hard, play hard.

Long-Term Goals

My long-term goal is to positively impact as many people as possible. Over the past five years, I have gotten a high-level view of a variety of non-profits while I have worked with Girls Giving Grants. This organization of 80+ girls is engaged in collective giving where every girl donates 100 dollars, reviews approximately 20 grant applications from local non-profits, and determines how to responsibly award a single nonprofit with our $8,000 grant. Through experiences such as this, I have learned that I want the goals in my life to incorporate helping others to have the best life possible. Over Thanksgiving break last year, I went to Houston, TX to volunteer with an organization known as Hurricane Harvey Recovery , and our team installed new drywall in a family’s home. From this, I learned how terrible it is to be displaced from your home. I have chosen to pursue architecture because I want to help people feel safe in their homes, and believe that this can be accomplished through well designed and built spaces. My end goal is to run a non-profit that works to create structures in both developing countries and here in the United States that provides people with safe places to work, sleep, and play.

Leadership Experience

Leadership Academy Scholar- 2018-Present
Co-Fabrication Chair- Freedom by Design- 2018-Present
President- Royale Court Players (thespian troupe)- 2017-2018
Academy Ambassador- McCallum Fine Arts Academy- 2017-2018
Vice President- Girls Giving Grants- 2017-2018
Mentor- Peer Assisted Learning System- 2016-2018
Writing Tutor- McCallum Writing Center- 2016-2018