Get to Know Sarah Castillo
Sarah is a graduate from South Eastern University with a Bachelors in Excercise Science and was also a College Athlete. She now wants to experience the other side of athletics and academics by helping students reach the next chapter of their lives.
USP: Tell us about your background. Where are you from? Where did you grow up?
Sarah: I come from a Venezuelan family but I was raised in South Florida. I grew up in Davie, FL and played volleyball at Florida Suns and Western High School.
USP: Where did you go to college?
Sarah: I played 2 years of college volleyball at South Florida State College. After my two years I continued playing in Lakeland, Florida at Southeastern University while getting my Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology: Exercise Science. I am currently enrolled at St. Thomas University completing my Master’s degree in Sports Administration.
USP: Who have been your strongest influences in life?
Sarah: The biggest influence in my life is my mom. If it wasn’t for her I do not think I would have started playing volleyball at a competitive level. She played on the Venezuelan national team and always was my biggest inspiration. She pushes me to be better everyday in every area of my life. She is also my biggest fan, she is on every sideline cheering me on no matter the team or position.
USP: What led you to this career?
Sarah: My college experience was such an influential process for me. I was able to be at a great school and meet amazing people all while playing the sport that I love so much. I was overwhelmed by the recruiting process my senior year of high school, I wish I would’ve known of USP when I was looking for schools. I want to help as many students go to their best school and get the same or even better college experience that I was fortunate to have.
USP: When people ask you what you do for a living, how do you respond?
Sarah: I help students find the best school for them with the help of athletics and academics.
USP: What is it that you look forward to with USP?
Sarah: I look forward to helping students and their family fulfill their dreams and place them in the best university possible for them to succeed.
USP: What is your advice for students and their parents?
Sarah: As I am sure you are aware, reaching your dreams doesn’t happen in a day and it takes a lot of hard work and discipline but we are here to help. Being a retired athlete I would advise students to be persistent with their dreams. For parents I would say to encourage your student through this new stage of their athletic and academic career. Lastly, don’t be nervous about the process of recruiting, with USP you are in the right hands.