Get to Know Alpha O with Sara Masaschi! Sara is a sophomore from Greenville, South Caroline, majoring in industrial design. She was nominated by her friend, Elizabeth Clardy, who said, "Sara is one of my very favorite humans. She's extremely talented and is killing it in her industrial design program. Although she's very dedicated to school, she always has time for her friends. She's extremely loyal, and I know that whenever I need her, she's there, ready to go. My life would be a lot less sunny without her killer dad jokes and GNO playlists. Wherever Sara goes she brings joy and love: evidence of how she allows the Lord to work through her life. She's doing big things and I'm so blessed to call her my best friend."
Describe yourself in 3 words.
"I had to ask my friends to help me with this one! They came up with compassionate, outgoing, and funny."
Why did you choose Industrial Design as your major?
"I actually originally applied to Auburn as an engineering major, but I knew that I wanted more creativity in my major. When I came and toured Auburn, I stayed with my neighbor from home who was in industrial design, and I realized that it was something I was really interested in. I went through the summer program and was accepted into the industrial design program this fall, and I love it. I spend all my time in studio, but I don’t mind because it’s something that I love to do and I’m with a ton of other people who have the same creative mindset I have."
Tell us about your love of art.
"My love for art really started in high school with photography. I joined yearbook and became editor, and I absolutely loved photographing different events for it. I then started going out and taking pictures on my own and fell in love with the creativity of it. I then got really into painting and would paint on my own all throughout high school. Art has always been a way for me to relax. This summer, with the Industrial Design Summer-op, I worked with materials that I had never tried before which was challenging, but I loved it. We did lots of sketching, but my favorite was the marker rendering section. We drew different objects with Copic or Prismacolor markers, which I had so much fun with. With my major being a design major, I am lucky enough to get to have that creativity in my everyday!"
What is your favorite thing you’re involved with?
"Outside of AOII, my favorite thing I’m involved in is Highlands Church. Being from South Carolina, I didn’t know what Highlands was, but I quickly found my home there. This semester, I have had the privilege of doing the 252 Internship there, and I have made the greatest friendships and grown in my faith more than I could have imagined. I’m so sad for it to be over next semester, but I will continue to be involved in Highlands because it’s the place that I love the most in Auburn."
What’s your favorite AOII memory?
"My favorite memory was spring break last year. A bunch of us rented a huge house in Seaside, and we had the most relaxing break ever. We sat on the beach all day, and then at night, we would have movie nights/dance parties. I have never laughed so hard because of how bad Olivia Trehern and I were at dancing. Everyone else that was there had been dancers in high school, so they actually looked good, but Olivia and I looked like complete dorks trying to dance. It was an amazing time and I got so close with the girls there. Definitely one of my absolute favorite memories."
"To me AOII is my home away from home. Being from out-of-state, joining AOII was one of the biggest blessings I have had at Auburn. I’ve met my life long friends in AOII and I’m so so thankful for them. AOII is the most supportive group of girls and I wouldn’t have found my place at Auburn without them!"