“I don’t really remember life without SABIS,” says Audrey Straw, reflecting on the impact SABIS has had on her life over the past decade. “Everything that I’ve pretty much built for myself is based on what I’ve learned at SABIS.”
And it seems that she learned quite a lot at SABIS! Audrey loves to read and write, especially free verse. She also loves math because she enjoys analyzing things, and physics because “it’s applied and that it makes sense of what the world is.”
Thanks to her active participation in the SABIS Student Life Organization®, Audrey has also become an aspiring activist. As the Deputy Head Prefect in the SLO® Sports and Health Department, Audrey organized several initiatives within the school to raise awareness about important health issues that affected her peers such as dealing with stress during exam time. She is also the co-president of the Model Congress team, an experience that has had a huge impact on her self-confidence and public speaking skills and ultimately propelled her to establish the SABIS Women in Leadership club earlier this year.
Audrey comments, “SABIS showed me that I need to be active. If I want to see a change, I should be the change. I shouldn’t wait for someone to do it for me. I should do it myself.”
With this positive attitude, Audrey’s career of choice makes total sense. “I want to go into UN work, specifically in regard to women,” says Audrey. “I want to help with economic empowerment. The way you can really ensure that women are equal in society is to make sure that they are economically equal, not just socially.” It’s no wonder that Audrey was named the recipient of the Women in Public Finance scholarship.
Before Audrey takes on women’s issues, she is heading to UMASS Boston with a Chancellor’s Scholarship. This fall, she plans to major in International Relations, with possible minors in economics or finance.
“SABIS showed me that I need to be active. If I want to see a change, I should be the change. I shouldn’t wait for someone to do it for me. I should do it myself.”