Success Story: Sarah Louise Oliveri

Sarah Louise Oliveri
Chi Omega Chapter
Cuyahoga Community College - Western Campus

Empowerment is an understatement to describe how Phi Theta Kappa has helped shape, change, and direct my life. I started college at a community college when I was a lost 23 year old with very limited self respect, and only had a GED. As a survivor of childhood sexual assault, I had a very hard time seeing potential in myself or the world around me. Someone special saw something alive inside of me - my history professor who is our Phi Theta Kappa advisor. She ignited in me a confidence and budding self respect I never expected to have. I was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, elected chapter President, won a Coca-Cola scholarship, and placed on the All Ohio 3rd Academic Team. Our chapter was also recognized as a the top 25 chapter in Leadership and Service, and I was recognized as one of the top chapter presidents. Phi Theta Kappa empowered me so much that it allowed me to go from a high school drop out to a beginning Teaching Fellow at Kent State University where I am set to start my PhD (fully funded) in August. Without Phi Theta Kappa, I would have never met my mentor and friend, advisor Mary Hovenac. Without Phi Theta Kappa, I would have never found me.