Politically Minded Alumna Credits UHD with Second Chance
According to Sarah Hirsch, UHD was a second chance and the key to her success.
Hirsch, who graduated in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in political science, came to UHD after attending a large university in another state. As a native Houstonian, Hirsch soon became overwhelmed and homesick, and decided to return to Texas to finish her education close to home. She applied to UHD on the suggestion of her boyfriend, now fiance, and soon fell in love with the University.
"It didn't take me long to fall in love with this school," she said. "My experience with the professors was incredible, they really facilitated a cooperative learning environment that helped me be the best I could be. And everyone is so welcoming, too. It really feels like a community at UHD."
Hirsch also appreciated the University's flexibility, as she soon became involved with the Harris County Democratic Party - rising from a volunteer coordinator to the executive coordinator in a short time. UHD even sparked her interest in law, although both of her parents are lawyers.
"Both of my parents are attorneys," she said. "But it took attending a pre-law information session at UHD to really pique my interest. Now, I'm in my last year of law school and loving it!"
And this rising political star hasn't slowed down since. This summer, Hirsch was able to intern for the Supreme Court of Texas, which she says afforded her many "teachable moments."
"This internship, as well as my time at UHD, allowed me to work with people from all different backgrounds. I learned just as much from the people I interacted with as I did from the subjects or lessons I was being taught," she said.
Following graduation from law school, Hirsch will take the bar exam and hopefully enter a career that combines her passions for politics and education.
UHD alumna Sarah Hirsch is pictured here (second row, second on the left) with the current class of interns with the Supreme Court of Texas.