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Northeast student works to make a positive difference in people’s lives

Northeast student works to make a positive difference in people’s lives

NORFOLK, Neb. – A Northeast Community College student is focused on others and is happy making a positive difference in the lives of those she serves.

Sarah Harlow, of Norfolk, a sophomore studying Human Services, has a desire to continue her work with helping people recover from their addictions. She has a strong passion for the line of work and enjoys seeing the day-by-day progress made by those she supports.

“Sarah is currently gaining valuable knowledge and experience in her career field working in the Norfolk community in helping others make positive changes in their lives,” said Matt Sazama, TRIO advisor at Northeast. “She attributes her success to her ability to ask for assistance when she needs it, in academics and life in general. One piece of advice she offers to other students is that it’s okay to ask for help.”

Harlow credits her ability to ask for support as the cornerstone to her success. Sazama said asking for help has allowed Harlow to develop key relationships with college employees who connected her with the resources that helped her keep on track with her goals. In addition to Sazama, Harlow credits Disability Services Advisor Connie Meyer in offering support and guidance along her journey.

At Northeast, Harlow has participated in the TRIO academic enrichment program which is designed to help students succeed. TRIO Student Support Services focuses on career exploration, cultural and social enrichment, self-awareness, and personal support. To be eligible for the program, a student must be one of the following: a first-generation college student, income-eligible, or have a documented disability.

As well as TRIO, Harlow has been involved with the Disability Services program and has been a member of the Students Activities Council. In addition, she was employed on the Norfolk campus at Jazzy’s Corner convenience store.

Harlow was invited to join Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international academic honor society for two-year colleges. She was able to meet PTK’s standards of excellence through hard work and dedication.

For her perseverance, Harlow was named TRIO Support Services Student of the Month at Northeast in September, a recognition of outstanding students who excel both in and out of the classroom.

“Sarah has met life on life’s terms and persevered with the ability to reach out and ask for help from those around her who want to see her succeed,” Sazama said, “and by remaining determined and focused on achieving her goals.”