I’ve seen these posts going around on Instagram and have loved reading everyone’s responses, so I thought I’d write my (lengthier answers) down here! I know that personal posts tend to be a favorite and it’s always fun to share tidbits with you all since many of you don’t know me in real life (funny how that works…I can barely get my family to read here!). Here we go:
1) I’m named after my mom’s college roommate, who’s also a Sarah with an “h.” (I think my parents were conflicted about whether or not to include the “h”–my mom liked it and my dad didn’t as much, but I’m glad they went for it!). My mom and Sarah were paired as freshman roommates and went on to room together again after that, living in a house with a few other girls their senior year. They were always super close, but here’s the weird part…my parents didn’t tell anyone the name they had picked for me until I was born (not even their own parents), but in the meantime, my mom’s mom apparently started referring to me as “baby Sarah,” much to my mom’s surprise! As an aside: My grandmother had also gone to a liberal arts college and was really excited that I was the first grandchild to be interested in a similar place. She passed away right before I applied to college early decision, but because of her intuition about my name, I like to think she “knows” where I ended up.
2) Speaking of my mom’s side of the family–and my grandmother, who loved genealogy–we can actually trace our ancestry back to pre-Mayflower times and have also done some research on our Mayflower ancestor, Richard Warren. Our ancestors settled in Massachusetts in the 1600s and I’m so curious to learn more about them and that time–I always wanted my mom to stop in Salem, where several of them lived, when driving up to Colby, but we never made it happen. We also have an ancestor who signed the Declaration of Independence, and my middle name, Ingersoll, comes from him. Alternatively, my dad’s dad immigrated here during WWII when he was a young adult, which is equally fascinating. I think genealogy is so interesting and am thankful that my grandmother took the time to research her heritage and make books of information for each grandchild!
3) I wore either braces or Invisalign three out of my four years of college following my jaw surgery, and yes, life went on (though don’t get me wrong, there were a lot of tears involved). Thankfully by senior spring I was only wearing the Invisalign at night and didn’t have to worry about confining my eating/drinking into a two-hour period each day. I feel like there’s never really a good time to have to deal with wearing stuff on your teeth, but I’ve had several coworkers with Invisalign and really don’t think it’s that big of a deal (aside from only being allowed to take it off for short periods of time). Fortunately, I didn’t have to deal with any of this freshman year, which I think made the whole process a little easier! I’m really happy with how my teeth look now, but more importantly my jaw FEELS a million times better!
4) I grew up in the same neighborhood as my cousins on my dad’s side (who are slightly older), so we all went to the same high school and graduated between 2002 and 2015 (ending with my sister). Basically from the time I was 8 until the time I was 23, there was always someone from our family at the school!
5) I had tea with Julie Andrews! I’ll back up…it was part of a press event that I got to attend while working at American Baby magazine (Julie Andrews and her daughter Emma, who was also there, write children’s books!). Julie Andrews’s voice sounded exactly like her voice in movies and as soon as I stepped into the room I was in starstruck. The press event involved like 20 of us having tea and treats and fangirling over Julie and her daughter.