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Opening a Door for Sara

Leslie Brown

Senior projects in colleges or universities, are supposed to be a culmination of a student’s learning, and or preparation for the “real world”.

There are some scintillating project topics out there such as , “Enlightenment Transformation of the Maja: Francisco Goya’s Los Caprichos and Fernando de Rojas’ La Celestina” to “Afghanistan, Pakistan, Pashtunistan: A Study of Ethnic Nationalism in Post-Colonial Central Asia.”, or how about studying abroad for a senior project?

Well, a professor at Jewish, Stern College for Women in New York, challenged his students to think outside the box occupied by themselves, and focus on doing something for others by implementing their classroom learning about social media to conduct on online fundraiser for a worthy cause of their choosing.

These students decided to focus their efforts on making the life of Sara Bezaley of Great Neck, New York a little easier. Sarah had suffered a devastating bout of swine flu that progressed to the point of damaging her heart (for which she had to have a transplant), and losing one of her legs. The project undertaken was to raise funds to make Sarah’s family home wheel-chair accessible for her after her four year stay in the hospital.

“This started out as just another project with a grade and it became something we’re all so invested in, I think that’s when you know you’re really a team—when it’s no longer about the grade, but about helping this beautiful girl live a better life.” Liran Weizman

More professors like the one at Stern College for Women who challenge their students to think of others would result in not only higher education, but a higher calling as well.

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