Alumni Throwback: Sarah Gifford

Sarah Gifford, ’12

UPC Traditions Coordinator, 2011 – 2012


What was your fondest memory at UPC?

When we put together Eagle Insomnia for Fall 2011. It was a lot of work, but it was rewarding to see all the students have a good time. I really liked event planning.

What was your favorite project or assignment?

I liked most of the projects that I worked on, I liked being able to bring something new to each event. I enjoyed Boo Bash for Halloween a lot. I loved that the kids could come and get their faces painted and have fun in a safe area. Boo Bash was one of my favorite events to work on. It was a lot of hard work, but it was awesome to provide for the community.

What would you say had the greatest impact on you at UPC?

Probably learning to manage my time in a professional setting, because I had to go to different meetings and speak with different department heads. I learned that this is the real world and it prepared me for what I would do.

Where did you go after graduating?

I decided to go back to school for nutrition, which is the opposite of what my undergrad was in. During that time, I traveled the world. In 2015, I went to 14 or 15 different countries. I came back and now I am a teacher. I teach at a Chater school in Arlington. I teach speech to seventh graders and P.E. to sixth graders.

What is your favorite thing about your job now?

I really like building connections and relationships with students. I like being able to give them guidance and extra attention they may need. I like building students up and develop their character.

How did working for UPC prepare you for your role now?

At UPC, there was always something to work on. There was never any down-time. As a teacher, you wear many hats and have many things to work on at once. UPC gave me experience with working with so many different people. I have so many different kinds of students. It was helpful getting that exposure at UPC and even volunteers.

What’s one thing you miss about UNT?

I miss being able to go on campus and see your friends. There was always something going on on campus. I think that UNT became my home and I miss my home. I would love to relive it, I love our campus.

What advice do you have for current students?

Just figure out what you really enjoy doing. See if there’s a connection between that and a career choice. If you’re doing what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. If you can get a job on campus, especially in the Union, you should take it.

If you could be an animal, which would you be?


What’s something you could not live without?

Chocolate milk.

What is on your music playlist?

Mat Kearney and Manchester Orchestra.

What is your favorite color?


What can you not leave the house without?


If you could do anything in the world, what would you do?

I’d be a stunt-woman. Maybe I should’ve gone off and do that with my life because that would be the coolest job in the world.