Alumni Tale: Sarah Abkowitz ’11 | Co-President

What did you study at UNH?

Major: Health Management and Policy (HMP)

Double Minor: Spanish, Sociology

What were you doing 1 year out of college?

One year out of college, I was working at Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, MA, first as the Coordinator of Educational Services before being promoted to Project Manager of Clinical Operations. I gained wonderful experience there and was fortunate to also work for a UNH alum who became my mentor.

What are you doing now?

I am currently working in the Emergency Department at Boston Children’s Hospital as the Patient Services Administrator, which is an extremely rewarding experience. While working full-time, I have been going to grad school part-time and will graduate in May 2018 with a Healthcare MBA. I love staying involved with UNH and am the Vice President of the UNH Boston Alumni Network, where I help lead committee meetings and plan various events throughout the year. In addition, I have remained involved with the UNH Health Management and Policy program and have co-led the annual UNH HMP Boston Day at Boston Children’s Hospital for the past three years. In my free time, you can catch me at a Red Sox Game, or on my roof deck with friends watching the sun set over the Boston skyline.

How do you feel your time at UNH has had an impact on where you are today?

I have amazing memories from being at UNH and can’t imagine having gone anywhere else. I would not have had the same start to my career without my experiences there. Healthcare management is a unique field and I value the relationships and friendships I have developed with other alumni of the program. While at UNH, I gained more confidence both personally and professionally, and made many lifelong friends.

Why do you believe in UNH?

I believe in UNH because it offers endless possibilities – four years of college are just the beginning, because we are Wildcats for life. UNH not only had an impact on where I am today, but also impacted the person I have become. I wouldn’t change my experience at UNH for anything.

Sarah is president of the Boston alumni network.