Sara Hachey, 2015 HEAA Outstanding Senior Awardee
Sara Hachey ’15 has thoroughly enjoyed taking advantage of Cornell’s amazing opportunities over the past four years. She studied Human Biology, Health, and Society, on a pre-medical track, with a minor in gerontology. Pursuing her interest in the study of aging, she has been actively involved with related research and coursework within the College of Human Ecology and as a volunteer in the local community since her freshman year. She served as a research assistant and Lab Manager in Human Ecology’s Healthy Aging Laboratory and as a research assistant at both Weill Cornell Medical College’s Division of Geriatrics and University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Memory Center, studying subjects ranging from social isolation and decisionmaking patterns among older adults to imaging techniques and outcomes for patients with neurodegenerative diseases. She also organized weekly volunteer visits to local nursing homes as Visits Coordinator for Cornell Elderly Partnership and was a walking companion for an elderly Ithaca resident.
Sara broadened her educational experience as a Teaching Assistant for Human Anatomy and Physiology lecture and lab in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and for Social Gerontology in the Department of Human Development. She also represented Human Ecology for four years as a Student Ambassador and as a member of the Dean’s Undergraduate Advisory Council. Additionally, she was Events Director and Vice President of Cornell Health International and a Team Leader for Pre-Orientation Service Trips. Sara plans to attend medical school pursuing a career in geriatric medicine to serve the elderly population and looks forward to giving back to Human Ecology as an alumna.