“Sarah has been able to accomplish an incredible amount of work since she started in her position. She is largely the reason we have metrics, key performance indicators, and dashboards. These data points formed the basis for many decisions that we’ve made in User Services over the past 2 years. In addition, Sarah has brought a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and positivity to all of her work and her relationships in User Services.” – Brandon Bernier
DoIT User Services is saying goodbye to another of its student-to-staff prodigies. After working as a student, and being hired on as a full-time staff member in User Services, Sarah Buszka is leaving US in pursuit of a new, promising position as the Critical Infrastructure Service Lead in Customer Application Support, for SEO. I caught up with Sarah on May 3 to talk about her past, passion, and purpose in life.
Of her past, Sarah strongly believes that being a twin has helped to shape the way she thinks and behaves. When Sarah and her twin sister were born there were significant complications and her sister needed to remain in the ICU and receive a lot of supplemental care. As a result, Sarah’s sister received a lot more nurturing and care, and this trend continued throughout her childhood. This caused Sarah to mature more quickly, at a younger age than most, and she learned very early on how to figure out things for herself. She also wanted to be around her sister, and to be there to support her, and this has developed into Sarah’s passion for wanting to help others.
Sarah has a passion for the growth and development of others, and of herself. She says that adversity and failure are excellent teachers. If we don’t ever fail, or face adversity, we miss out on valuable and important learning opportunities.
Sarah’s purpose in life is to continue to self-improve, be a lifelong learner, and foster a learner mindset in others. Sarah takes pride in elevating others up and seeing their true potential, and helping others realize that it’s okay to fail. Sarah’s formula for success: believe first that you can achieve change, after that anything is possible.
Then, Sarah answered some of my most important questions:
Bret: “At which store would you love to max out your credit card?”
Sarah: “Ikea. I love interior design and the thought and planning behind it, and coordinating it and putting it all together and the thought and the detail, and making something feel like home. I redecorate my space in some capacity every year, this year I did my bedroom.”
B: “Favorite toy as a kid?”
S: “My bike. I’m a huge, avid biker today and always have been and always will be.”
B: “Can you play any instruments?”
S: “Violin, and I dabble in cello, and viola.”
B: “Which Hogwarts house do you belong to?”
S: *after taking the online test* “Gryffindor – Unparalleled in their bravery and courage, you are a natural leader and are usually the first to step up to the plate in a crisis. You like to take risks, and are often rewarded by your ability to go where others cannot. However, you can be a little reckless, so be wary of situations in which you might be out of your depth!”
B: “What is the nerdiest thing you do in your spare time?”
S: “I love to clean & organize things; I use a Dream Home app and design floor spaces, and others judge my designs online. Also, I read a lot of things like Harvard Business Review books (you can learn so much!)”
B: “What is your favorite breakfast food?”
S: “I hate eggs! I love waffles, Belgian waffles – love!”
B: “What was your childhood nickname?”
S: “Bunny, and Princess”
B: “Any strange phobias?”
S: “Small spaces…, and losing my teeth! I’m terrified of losing my teeth! And needles.”
B: “Three things on your bucket list?”
S: “Traveling to Thailand; becoming a homeowner because I really want to design the perfect space; writing a book”
B: “Worst pet?”
S: “My mom’s a vet, so we’ve had a lot of pets. She brought home a weird rodent with a puff-ball at the end of its tail and it bit me and my sister all the time and we hated it but we kept it because it was ‘cute.’ A Libyan Jird”
Then I asked Sarah if there was anything else she wanted me to put in her farewell article, and here’s what she said:
“One of the biggest things I’ve learned in my tenure in DoIT is that you can do anything you put your mind to. And it was having that belief that I could, and believing that I could affect positive change. I could help shape what this looks like. This paired with a balance of being willing to take a step back and listen and learn and realize that you could learn something from anyone, and being intentional about that and incorporating other’s perspectives into your philosophy. The mentality of ‘We’re in this together.’ And recognizing the power in the room, and the combined intelligence and collective wisdom, to solve big complex, organizational problems. There is a place in DoIT for people who think like that.” – Sarah Buszka
Best wishes in your new role Sarah, we’ll miss you in User Services!