Sarah Hinkel, Candidate, President
Master’s Student, Economics (full-time student)
Expected Graduation Date: May 2018
Brief biography and candidate statement about why you would be qualified for this position:
My name is Sarah Hinkel and I am a second semester M.A. Economics student. While my program is based on the Arlington campus, I live near the Fairfax campus and spend a good portion of my time studying in the library or working out in the gym. When I’m not studying or working out, I work three part time jobs. Currently I am researching the adoption of economic modeling in the State Department for a local author and nanny three children from two families throughout the week. As a full-time student, I welcome the structure that my schedule demands.
I am no student government amateur. I actively participated in student government in high school and college. Additionally, I had the privilege of serving as the Student Body President my senior year at Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana. During my tenure at Grace, I oversaw the relocation and addition of campus dining options, managed club budgets, led weekly senate meetings and semi-annual Town Hall meetings. I also encouraged student initiatives to better campus life, served as the intermediary between the students and administration, spoke on behalf of the graduating class at commencement in May 2015, and completed many other projects not listed.
In 2015, I completed my B.A. in mathematics at Grace College. After graduating in Indiana, I moved to Florida on a leap of faith. Shortly later, I began working in the finance department for the City of St. Petersburg. I stayed at this post for a year, all the while knowing I wanted to do more than accounts payable for the rest of my life. With that in mind, I moved to Fairfax in August 2016 and started the pursuit of my master’s degree.
If elected your GAPSA President, I will work diligently to bridge the gap between students and faculty. Speaking from personal experience, we can learn so much more from our professors outside of the classroom than we can bounded by a lecture hall. As president, I will draw upon my past student organization, educational, and professional experiences to ensure that you, as a professional, are set up for success in the workforce after the completion of your advanced degree.
Will you be able to meet the time commitments and expectations of the position? Describe your availability for Fall 2017, as well as other on-going time commitments (e.g., classes, work, organizational involvement).
The only definite commitment I have in Fall 2017 is full-time coursework. Currently I am registered for 9 credit hours, but if elected as President, I will drop one class so I can devote 20 hours per week to the graduate professional assistantship. I will also be playing in a tennis community league on the weekends. This will not interfere with my GAPSA responsibilities.