Sarah Kurian

Wakefield High School

Class of 2017

What extracurricular activities and hobbies do you enjoy?

I play field hockey and love to swim! I'm a thespian leader in my theater department and participate in many shows! I love to bake and draw Disney characters. Right now I am in the middle of writing a play that I will direct and have performed later this school year! 

If you played Major League Baseball, what would be your walk-out song?

Lock Me Up by The Cab 

What has been your proudest moment?

My proudest moment was when I made the decision to transfer high schools. For the first time I was thinking about my own well being and happiness and I knew that I needed to transfer to enhance my own personal growth. 

What would the title of your autobiography be?

The Constant Battle with The Universe

Why are you committing to the Inspired Year?

I believe that it is super important to voice your opinion. A lot of teenagers don't believe their vote matters or that adults take them seriously. However, we were given the responsibility and privilege to vote at 18 and we shouldn't take it for granted. For our own sakes, and for the good of the country, everybody needs to vote.

What does civic engagement mean to you?

Civic engagement means to interact and socialize with your fellow Americans. You get to go out there and just listen to what is bothering people and possibly voice your own solutions and ideas. It is just that constant flow of communication between people. 

What's your favorite thing about Virginia?

Virginia is such a special place. We border our nation's capital, the Atlantic Ocean, but we're also a good part of the south. There are so many different types of people internationally, ethnically, and religiously that it can be hard to keep track. We are diverse and Virginia uses that to its advantage and recognizes how special, and sometimes difficult, that is. 

Where would you like to see Virginia in 20 years?

Although we are very diverse, we are also very split. In NOVA we refer to the Stafford line and if you cross it, you enter a whole different world filled with southern values, rural area, and a different view of life. In elections VA is in a constant battle within itself voting in completely different directions. While we used to be Republican, the growing NOVA population has turned Democrat and consist of a lot of the votes in VA. In 20 years I would like to see VA on the same page on politics and not so divided. Sometimes I feel like NOVA scorns the southern part of VA, but that is not something we should do! We need to work together, compliment each other, and balance our differences into a united front. 

Is there anything else you would like people to know about you?

I am half Swedish and half Indian (India) so I call myself a Swindian.