Sarah Jenison

Sarah Jenison

Philadelphia, PA, USA


Last updated December 11, 2020

Who I Am  

A Little About Me

Having been born in China and adopted by a white American family, my upbringing in suburban Pennsylvania was quite a diversifying experience. Despite the cross-cultural experiences and challenges I faced as a result of my upbringing, there was always that one thing that kept me grounded in my Chinese identity – chopsticks! At the heart of every Chinese meal was a pair of chopsticks that delivered delectable morsels to each mouth at the table. At least that’s what they were supposed to do. At the age of seven, my feeble attempts to pick up a single piece of food off my plate were discouraging and I yearned to be like the other Asian children around me who connected confidently with that part of their culture. Elder Moon, one of the leaders at the Korean church I attended, witnessed me fumbling with my chopsticks at an annual church meal. At fifty-five, Elder Moon had a lifetime’s experience with chopsticks and chose to pass his knowledge onto me, opening my world – and palette – to endless possibilities. With practice and determination, I grew adept at using chopsticks, and my growing skill served as a rite of passage into a community remarkably unlike my American upbringing. And for me, Elder Moon’s tutelage in chopsticks became the catalyst to welcoming diverse people and practices into my life. No longer ashamed of my lack of skill, I grew eager to try foods of all cultures and took pride in teaching my friends how to use chopsticks as well. Although they would rarely use that skill, the ability to use chopsticks allowed me to introduce an intimate part of my life and culture to different people. In return, I was eager to receive insights from other cultures in my community and often enjoyed meals with friends that connected to their way of life, thinking, and practices. In the end, the ancient art of chopsticks helped bring me closer to my Chinese identity and Elder Moon helped me realize the importance of introducing others to practices that foster cultural identity and a diverse sense of community.

Interesting Factoid

Meek Mill used to be my neighbor, not because he lived next door, but because he was incarcerated in the prison down the street from me.


Languages

English (fluent)

Countries Visited

Map View

Spain
Italy
China
Japan
Germany
Austria
Switzerland
United Kingdom
Canada

What I Do  


Professional Expertise

Algebra
Differential Calculus
Integral Calculus
Chemical Principles
Biological Principles
JAVA
CAD
Adobe InDesign

Professional Interests

Medicine
Sustainable Development

What I Stand For  

Social Causes

Climate Change
Recycling
Reduce Waste
Food Ecosystem
Renewable Energy
Sustainable Development
Sustainability

Volunteer Experience

Lansdale, PA, USA

Sep 2019 - Feb 2020
Transport needed drugs between wings, label newly arrived shipments, check the inventory and expiration dates of drugs, package drugs in disposable cartridges, and fill prescription lists.

What Inspires Me  

Favorites  

Hobbies

Traveling
Sewing
Reading
Puzzles
Thrifting
Tailoring
Walking
Roller skating
Cooking
Baking

Food & Drinks

Sushi
Tteokboki
Matcha Latte
Grilled Cheese
Soup
Cookie Dough
Vegetables

Games

Minecraft
Sims
Sudoku
Lego Batman
Overcooked

Music Genres, Groups & Artists

Pop
R&B
Rap
80's Hits

Travis Scott
Post Malone
TMG
Taylor Swift

Sports, Teams, Athletes

Basketball
Football
Curling
Soccer

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Philadelphia Eagles

Education  

School

Bachelor's Degree, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Aug 2020 - Present

Clubs and Communities

American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Nov 2020 - Present
A professional organization of engineers and I am a part of the Georgia Tech AIChE association.

Academic Interests

Medicine
Environmental Engineering
Math
Chemistry
Biology
Chinese