Class of 2017
Majors: Marketing and communication sciences and disorders
Hometown: Allentown, Pennsylvania
Having a unique combination of interests, Sarah Whittaker was concerned at first about being able to incorporate all of her passions into her college experience. Now a senior at Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management and the College of Arts and Sciences, Whitaker feels that she has been able to do just that.
“My advisors, mentors and professors have all been so encouraging and helpful in assisting me with combining my two passions and helping me figure out the different routes I could take in my future to combine both audiology and marketing,” said Whitaker.
On campus, Whittaker was recently selected to represent Stephen J. Boland as a 2016-2017 Remembrance Scholar. The scholarships awarded to Remembrance Scholars were founded as a tribute to the 35 students who were among the 270 people who perished in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 on Dec. 21, 1988.
Whitaker is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the business honors fraternity and a member of Alpha Xi Delta, a Panhellenic sorority. She also works as an audiology student clinician in the Gebbie Speech, Language and Hearing clinic, where she works side by side with the audiologists, seeing and treating patients weekly.
Last spring while she was abroad in Madrid, Spain, Whittaker had to opportunity to pursue her passion of audiology. While in Madrid, she volunteered every week with T-Oigo, a program that helps children with hearing loss learn English. With T-Ogio, Whittaker was given the opportunity to put some of her undergraduate CSD skills to use. Her job was to play with Irene, a four-year-old girl with double cochlear implants, each week while incorporating different lessons into their games to expand Irene’s vocabulary and work on her grammar.
“This experience, as well as my frequent traveling around Europe while abroad truly gave me a more global outlook on life and showed me that our neighbors, no matter how distant, lead lives just likes the rest of us,” said Whitaker.
This past summer, Whittaker interned for Zeta Interactive, a customer lifecycle marketing company based in New York City. As a summer marketing intern, Whittaker was tasked with the development of key email initiatives and account management. She also provided statistical-based feedback through detailed Excel reports with a focus on yield and optimization. Whittaker continues to work for Zeta Interactive remotely.
“My classes in Whitman really prepared me and gave me the skills to be able to succeed in my internship and offer my team valuable input on our projects,” said Whittaker.
Whittaker is currently in the process of applying to graduate schools to pursue her doctorate in audiology. She is excited to see how she will be able to incorporate her business acumen and marketing background into her plans.