Hey all! My name is Sarah, and I’ll admit, this bio was harder to write than my first blog post, the application to this job AND my final history essay last year. It’s weird, but for some reason I just can’t seem to pull myself out of the icebreaker mindset. “Hey, I’m Sarah, and I love reading, dogs and arts and crafts! :)”

But that’s all true, and I stand by it: dogs own me. Let’s see if I can get a bit deeper, though.

Two dogs on a beach with a mountain in the background

Ginny and Pippin, who I miss very much.

I’m a relatively new Torontonian, having spent most of my life in Johannesburg, South Africa. I was born in Singapore, and I spent some time in California as well — I’m basically the perpetual immigrant and citizen of the world! I’m loving it here in Canada, though. Toronto’s stolen my heart, despite the long, freezing winters.

I’m lucky enough to be doing a double major in International Relations and Classical Civilizations. It’s a little degree I like to call “business in the front, party in the back,” because I’m a total nerd who cannot get enough of learning about the ancient world. Has anybody here taken CLA233? Yeah, it changed my life. (If anybody is interested, I’m always happy to talk Rome in the comments and have a bunch of podcast recommendations.)

Blonde girl in a classroom (from Elle Woods)

Me in class.

After school, I’m often found working with Woodsworth Inclusive, the equity group at Woodsworth College (I’m actually a student there . . . but I promise not to be biased! I love you, New College!), knitting and embroidering (I know this sounds old-fashioned, but they’re both super relaxing and rewarding) and tending to my indoor herb garden. Of course, I’m also always found with a novel in my bag, but if you know me at all, that goes without saying. Hopefully, I’ll get to expand on those hobbies on this blog and convert at least a few of you to the (not so) dark side of fiber arts.

Beyond this, I hope to be using this platform to chat about my experiences as an almost-adult. University is hard, and I’m living on my own a long way from home. Luckily, I have good friends and family here, but that doesn’t mean I’m not struggling through living in my first apartment, cooking on a budget, being eco-friendly on said budget, managing my own finances and life in general! I’m sure a lot of you are in the same boat! Remember, this blog isn’t all about me. I want to make sure you all find content that’s helpful and relatable — so if you have any questions for me, I’ll try to answer them, and if you have a topic you’d like me to talk about, just let me know!  Let’s take this journey together.

 

Animation of fish in plastic bags swimming atop water, with the words "Now What?" (From Finding Nemo)