Honors student Sarah Eng Selected as Outstanding Graduate for 2013
Sarah Eng an honors student, member of the swim team, and a Physical Education major is the 2013 Outstanding Graduate of the Year. Following graduation, Eng will continue her studies at Cypress College as a Diagnostic Medical Sonography major.
"One of the best things that I have learned from my college experience at Cypress College is to always try my hardest in everything and to strive for excellence," said Eng, a 4.0 student, who earned the Robert Thomas Gober Memorial Scholarship in 2012 and the Boeing Company Scholarship in 2013.
Eng said that as the oldest daughter in a family of 10 children, it was her responsibility of "setting the bar" of academic achievement high. Her younger sisters are also currently enrolled at Cypress College and are also exploring careers in the Health Sciences. "Being in a big family has been very rewarding and has also given me opportunities to do things I would not normally be able to do," said Eng. "My responsibilities at home include helping feed 12 people, shopping for 12 people, (helping home-school) my eight younger siblings, and other such essential tasks."
A home-schooled student herself, Eng passed the California High School Proficiency Exam in October 2010, at the age of 15. She enrolled at Cypress College's sister campus, Fullerton College, the following spring.
It was while volunteering at La Leche League, which supports breastfeeding mothers, that Eng met an ultrasound technician and she became interested in the field. Eng researched educational opportunities and eventually enrolled at Cypress College. Eng also noted that she was impressed with the college's accreditation and the success rates graduates had in obtaining jobs.
Each week, Eng prepares and teaches a Bible lesson to early elementary school children at Cresent Baptist Church. She has also taught her younger siblings how to read music and directs her family's handbell choir, which has performed for a variety of audiences, including those at area nursing homes and at local churches during the year. She has participated in medical missions in Yucatan and Tijuana.
"Being at Cypress College has taught me the real result of working hard and striving for excellence," Eng said. "It has also given me practical knowledge about sports, healthcare, and other various topics from the classes that I took and the wonderful professors that I met."
Posted by Marc S. Posner