In a world where people seem to be more interested in collecting than connecting, we thought it would be nice to get to know some of the fans who “like” us on Facebook a little better. So let’s “Meet Your Everyday People.”
Sara Burkhart has been a hospital social worker for almost twelve years, and while continuing to work, has started down the road towards receiving her master’s degree. She loves to help the folks in her hometown community of Martinsburg, WV, and proudly says, “It’s a very rewarding job.”
Q&A for Sara
YEP: Where do you live and why do you live there?
SB: I live in Martinsburg and have my whole life; I was born and raised here. Soon, I’ll be moving to California, so I am quite excited about all of the new adventures that lie ahead for me. One of my favorite things to do is travel and explore new places, food, art, music, etc. I’m hoping that learning about a new area will broaden my horizons, and allow me to see and do new and interesting things!
YEP: Tell us something lovely/surprising about where you live that people may not be aware of.
SB: One of the greatest things about our area, in my opinion, is the multitude of historical sights so close to home. When people visit from out of town, they are amazed at all of the wonderful history that is all around us. Harpers Ferry, Gettysburg, Antietam…these are just a few of the beautiful places to visit and learn about our local history—and how much of an impact it all played in the development of our nation. Another great thing about our area is the proximity to bigger cities. You can take a weekend trip to NYC, Philly, D.C./Baltimore, and many other places. It’s nice to have these cities, with so many cultural advantages, so close to home.
YEP: What inspires you every day?
SB: What inspires me everyday depends on the day. It might be reconnecting with an old friend, or the feeling of satisfaction from helping one of the patients I work with. It might be reading a great book, or spending time with my grandfather. Of course, my family and my boyfriend inspire me everyday, as well, with their love and generosity.
YEP: Where do you go when you want to slow down, relax, and reconnect?
SB: When I want to slow down and reconnect, I usually end up going for a walk, preferably somewhere like the C&O Canal in Shepherdstown. It’s where I can feel refocused and peaceful.
YEP: Tell us what YEP means to you and/or the community.
SB: YEP is a great tool for learning about and connecting with the community—and keeping up to date on what is new and exciting. In this day and age, we are often so busy with work and family and kids. It’s nice to get a fresh perspective on what is going on locally, and have an input into what matters.
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