Student Spotlight: Sarah Lapp
Major: Library and Information
Sarah Lapp admits to being an outspoken person.
"I have strong opinions on all manner of subjects," she said. "When I was younger, my lack of a filter would often get me into trouble. Now I am much more proficient at choosing what thoughts I want to communicate."
Lapp is selecting both library science and theology as majors that will allow her to explore and communicate subjects that interest her.
"I've always been passionate about the meaningfulness of all religions and I believe that as a library specialist I can make a difference," she said. "Recently, the Library Technical Assistant program at College of DuPage partnered with Dominican University so that not only do our credits transfer we also get a discount on our tuition for their master's program. After finding out about the LTA program and Dominican, I knew I had found my calling and I plan on getting dual degrees."
One of her inspirations is Eboo Patel, a former College of DuPage student who is the Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a Chicago-based organization building the interfaith movement on college campuses. He also served on the inaugural Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
Lapp is passionate about the subject of equality, whether it is an issue of race, gender, sexual orientation or religion.
"When I read Mr. Patel's books 'Acts of Faith' and 'Sacred Ground,' I realized that more than equality I yearned for pluralism," she said. "Pluralism, specifically religious pluralism, is defined as the active seeking of understanding between very different circles. It advocates a relationship between diverse people based on, not despite of, their own cultural conceptions. Because of Mr. Patel, I am confident that I can stay true to my beliefs while still engaging respectfully with others, and furthermore that I can learn from them with an open mind and open heart."
Lapp, who works at the Winfield Public Library, also is a Presidential Scholar, which includes a full-tuition scholarship and enrollment in COD's Honors program and the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society. She believes the 20 hours of community service that is required of scholars is a great way to give back to the community.
Regardless of whether someone knows what they want to study or is unsure, Lapp has definite opinions about what they should do.
"Definitely come take classes at College of DuPage! Do what interests you and look into the bigger programs that surround those courses. I'd recommend using your time at COD to make lasting connections as well," she said.
"COD is also just a really great community and I'm thoroughly enjoying college life. I feel like it's easier to connect with people here through the various clubs and activities than it was in high school."
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