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Why I Volunteer

As a student, Sarah Clarin was guided by countless volunteers and mentors who give back to Elmhurst. Now Clarin is doing the same.

I chose Elmhurst because I wanted to be part of a college whose values reflected the values I’d grown up with. I also wanted a place that was going to prepare me to start a career and allow me to make a difference, so the mentoring and internship experiences offered by the Center for Professional Excellence were very attractive. I also chose Elmhurst because I thought it would challenge my thinking and broaden my perspective. And I chose well. 

I knew I wanted to go into human resources, and my freshman advisor’s wife was an HR professional. They strongly encouraged me to explore the business side of things so I could understand P&L statements and strategic plans. And they were right. I’m a much better advocate for employees and a much more effective champion for ethical employment practices at my company because I understand my employer’s business and the competitive landscape they operate in. 

Every one of us in the Alumni Association has a similar story of success inspired by the support of Elmhurst’s faculty and staff. That’s why we remain so engaged with the College—returning as speakers and mentors and even adjunct faculty. Through the Alumni Association we bring alumni back together to remember these unique experiences and share in how we can continue to live the values Elmhurst instilled in us. So many people at Elmhurst gave us so much. It’s our responsibility to give back what we’ve been given.

Sarah (Kiefer) Clarin ’04 is a human resources director at SunSource. President of the Elmhurst College Alumni Association, she also serves as an adjunct faculty member for the College’s Center for Professional Excellence.

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