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Sara Burns

Name: Sara Burns
Year: Senior
Major/Minor: Public Relations/Music
Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Why did you choose Belmont?
There are multiple reasons I chose Belmont, and I can go through all of them but you’d be reading a full page if I did. So I am going to go with the main reason and that is I knew this was the place I wanted to call home. I applied to eight colleges and was accepted to five out of the eight. I knew that the five I was between all were great schools with unique opportunities for me to grow, but Belmont always stood out. On Belmont’s Preview Day I saw myself coming here, I saw myself walking around campus, I saw myself sitting in these classrooms and learning. I knew that I would grow more here then at the other universities and I always say that on that Preview Day I left a bit of my heart at Belmont. That’s the main reason I chose Belmont.

Why did you choose to be a Tour Guide?
Before choosing Belmont as the university I wanted to attend I already knew I wanted to be a tour guide for whatever university I ended up at. I wanted to love my university so much to a point where I shared that love with prospective families. So when I chose Belmont and began to fall even more in love with my new home then when I toured it I knew I had to become a tour guide.

What is your favorite on-campus event?
St. Jude’s Up Til Dawn and Greek Week are by far my favorite on-campus events. Both are built to donate so much money to such an amazing cause while also having an incredible amount of fun!

What is your favorite movie?
Hands down, Pride and Prejudice with Kiera Knightly. I don’t know about y’all but I swoon over Mr. Darcy every time.

What is your favorite song & artist/band?
Favorite song is a song by one of my best friends here at Belmont Billy Stonecipher called Embers (you can hear it on Soundcloud!) Favorite artist/band is a tie between Jon Bellion and Mumford & Sons.

What would you want to be your last meal on earth?
Hattie B’s Hot chicken with a side of their pimento mac and cheese and a large sweet tea.

What is your favorite Nashville experience?
Since being here in Nashville there are two experiences that have been my favorite. One is Live on the Green that happens every year. It’s a large, free music festival right here in Nashville. I’ve seen Cold War Kids, Cage the Elephant, Ingrid Michaelson, Moon Taxi and so much more. What’s great is that it is getting bigger every year so it’s been amazing to see its growth. My second was the NHL All-Star Weekend that happened this past year here in Nashville. At the time I was interning with the Nashville Predators so not only did I get the chance to attend it but I also got to work it and get some amazing experience from it!

What is your dream career after graduating from Belmont?
I have many different careers that I want to do at some point in my life. With my major being PR, I am highly interested in that field and what’s so great about PR is that everyone needs it so I can work for any company I want. Currently I am highly interested in sports public relations, entertainment public relations or event planning. I am also highly interested in student affairs at the college level. I am involved with admissions, Greek life and residence life here at Belmont and it has made me love the field of higher education.

What is your favorite class that you have taken at Belmont and why?
I recently just took public relations research and I absolutely loved it because I finally found the part of PR that I love the most. It was very hands on and I learned more through the application of it rather then just sitting and listening to my professor lecture. I had a group project where we had to do research for an organization and our project was so well done that the organization is going to use it for the upcoming years. It’s more fulfilling to see that what we did in class is what we will be doing in our job field.

If you could go back in time and give advice about college to 16-17 year old you, what would you say?
1. Take every opportunity that comes your way.
2. Create meaningful relationships with your classmates, professors and faculty members.
3. Get involved on campus.
4. Remember self-care. Your health is more important then an A in a class.
5. Study abroad. Whether it is a Maymester or a full semester.
6. Don’t be afraid of change, embrace it.
7. Explore Nashville, it truly is an amazing city.
8. Don’t be afraid to reach for an internship away from home and Nashville. Living in a new city is an incredible learning experience.
9. Swallow your pride and ask for help.
10. Live life for the stories later on.