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Alumni Spotlight: Sarah E. McManus '13

sarah e. mcmanus '13

BA Anthropology/Minor African & African-American Studies

Other Degrees

Master of Social Work, May 2016


Norristown, PA

Current Position

Graduate Student
Widener University

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My Widener Experience

why did you decide to major in anthropology and minor in african and african-american studies and pursue a master of social work?

I chose to major in anthropology and minor in African and African-American studies because I wanted to make a difference in the world, and I thought it would be a good idea to get to know the people of the world first by studying them. After studying humans and African-American culture, I chose to pursue a graduate degree in social work to apply my knowledge about people to help them overcome some of life's most difficult challenges.

what made you choose widener?

As much as this may sound cheesy, I felt at home the moment I stepped on Widener's campus for Accepted Students Day. The students, staff, and administration were so friendly and welcoming. It was the people I met that day and the impressions they left on me that made me choose Widener.

My Professional Experience

how have leadership skills learned at widener helped you to succeed?

As an undergraduate at Widener, I was involved in many clubs and organizations, everything from the activities council, AmeriCorps, Pride Mentoring, and working as a PAW Tour Guide. All of these experiences provided me with the most amazing opportunities for leadership. It is Widener that shaped me into the leader I am today through positions, workshops, training, and guidance from administrators. I have taken these skills into the field and graduate school. When I receive compliments on my leadership abilities, I always give credit to Widener. 

what advice would you give a prospective student considering the same programs that you pursued at widener?

Do not let other people challenge your confidence in choosing anthropology, African and African-American studies, or social work. There were plenty of times people told me I was making a poor choice in deciding what to major and minor in, but what matters most is choosing a field that you will be proud to be a part of and happy to work in. Even better, do not let others tell you that you won't make any money in these fields. You will be great, and you will make money!