Hello, and welcome to SarahTalaat.com. I’m Sarah.
I am a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a double major in journalism and psychology and a minor in Spanish. I also received a Bridging Disciplines Certificate in Media, Culture & Identities. People often wonder why I chose these particular areas of study, but to me, the decision was evident: I love writing, and I love talking to people. What better majors exist than journalism and psychology? However, my love of communication was not the only draw for me — I also hope to incorporate international travel into my career path. I have an everlasting case of wanderlust.
I believe that knowledge of psychology will greatly aid in my understanding of the people I meet, even if we do not speak the same language. My fluency in French and my proficiency in Spanish will allow me to communicate with a large percentage of the world’s population.
After spending my junior year of high school in France through a program called School Year Abroad (SYA), I saw what I wanted for my future: to travel anywhere and everywhere, to really live in the many wonderful cultures in the world, and to share all of my experiences with others. That year, I created another place for myself in the world where I could learn about other cultures and who I am. My hope is to never stop finding new homes for myself.
I interned for a lifestyle website, Girl Around Town, where I designed the layout template for their Summer 2012 Shopping Guide and assisted with events and marketing. In the fall of my freshman year, I interned with Fons PR in Austin where I aggregated news mentions for clients and assisted with event production. As an intern for travel journalist Stirling Kelso in the Spring of my sophomore year, I was able to learn valuable research and travel writing skills. During the Fall of 2014, I interned with the Texas Standard team at NPR affiliate KUT Austin where I expanded my skills in online content creation and audio production. I interned with Austin Monthly as an editorial intern in the Spring of my junior year which proved to be invaluable as I learned the ins and outs of magazine writing and production. For the spring semester of my senior year I interned with the Texas Historical Commission as a Historical Marker Intern. Those big markers you see on the side of the highway? I wrote 39 of those.
I studied abroad in the summer and fall of 2015 in Vienna, Austria, and Santiago, Chile, respectively. They were amazing experiences and I found that I still felt just as at home in those two distinctly different places as I had while in France.
I interned as a reporter with the Rivard Report in San Antonio, Texas (my hometown), during the summer of 2016. It’s a fast-paced non-profit news site that is shaking up the local journalism landscape. I learned many lessons about daily digital publishing and social media management and I wrote around 50 articles about the myriad of ways my city is changing and growing.
Currently, I am pursuing a master’s in Global Business Journalism at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. I am excited about each component of this program because I truly cannot think of a better time to study the world’s second-biggest economy. This opportunity to study and live in China in invaluable, and I hope to offer an exceptional level of local and economic knowledge in my future career as a business journalist.
I have loved each and every one of my experiences, so I think I can safely say that I continue to feel drawn to journalism that takes me anywhere and everywhere.
I blame the wanderlust.
Portrait by Lumiere Tintype Photography