Interview with Sarah Basilion

Washington Mentorship Student Sarah Basilion
What was your major?
History with a minor in American Studies
What school did you attend?
College of Arts and Sciences
What are you passionate about?
Travel, international education, human rights issues
Your career ambition?
I’m still figuring that out!
What did you do next after the Cornerstone DC/AU?
After my Cornerstone DC internship at the National Coalition for the Homeless, I interned at a women’s shelter and the National Archives and Records Administration. My senior year, I began working at the Cornerstone Office. Cornerstone DC was a fantastic experience for me, and I enjoyed helping other students have a similarly great experience.
What are you doing now?
I continued working with the Cornestone office after graduating, and served as in-country advisor for Cornestone Abroad in Greece.
Why did you choose Cornerstone DC?
I knew I wanted to go to AU and be in DC, and Cornerstone DC offered the opportunity to start my professional career while beginning a new chapter of my academic career.
Where was your internship and what did you do there?
I interned at the National Coalition for the Homeless. I mainly worked with other interns to compile information about meal services for people experiencing homelessness in the DC-Metro area and disseminate that information to people in need.
Favorite experience in the program?
Definitely the sites my class visited with our professors. We went to the Capitol Building, Supreme Court, National Archives, and even observed animals at the National Zoo.
What do you want the world to know about Cornestone DC?
The program is a great transition from high school into college, especially for students from smaller high schools or those who are a bit nervous to begin college. Your cohort becomes your family, and that support is vital while adjusting to college life.
Cornerstone DC also teaches invaluable skills, like collaboration, how to write a resume and interview, conflict resolution, and others that translate both professionally and personally.
Favorite course of study (Cornerstone DC and/or AU)?
My favorite AU course was History, Memory, and the Changeable past. It discussed how perspective and time affect memory, and thus affect the historical record.
What did you do for fun in DC and on the weekends?
I’m a big film buff, so I’ve spent many weekends at the movies with friends or trying to find theaters showing independent films. I also love night monumenting. The monuments are beautiful lit up at night!
Who is/has been the biggest influence on your AU experience so far?
Professor Findlay in the history department. After taking a class with her freshman year I decided to major in history. She became my degree advisor, I took three classes with her and even wrote my capstone under her guidance. Dr. Findlay was there for me from beginning to end, and I owe much of my success to her support.
How did Cornerstone DC change your life?
Cornerstone DC set me up for success from my first semester at AU. I firmly believe that without my experiences in Cornerstone DC, it would have been much harder for me to land other internships and jobs.
What inspires you?
Feeling like something I am doing is helping someone else really inspires me. It also inspires me to be around other people who are passionate about what they are doing.
What is your favorite quote?
"To live long and achieve happiness, cultivate the art of radiating happiness." - Malcolm Forbes
What is your favorite quote?
"To live long and achieve happiness, cultivate the art of radiating happiness." - Malcolm Forbes
How did Cornerstone DC change your life?
Cornerstone DC changed my life because it gave me the opportunity to jump-start my career and begin building resume experience as soon as I arrived in DC. Cornerstone DC helped me transform from a young-adult with no work experience to a young-professional ready to enter the workforce.