Q&A With Professor Sarah Allen

TeElle Carlson
Social Media Editor

1. What brought you to Rochester College?

I began my teaching career at Cornerstone University at the Troy campus. After speaking with a woman at my church (Troy Baptist) about Rochester College, I knew RC was where I wanted to be. I have been teaching at RC for just over five years now. As a former GM executive, I have a passion for my students and sharing my story of being a Christian in the corporate world.

2. Where did you grow up? Is it different from Michigan/ where you live now?

I grew up in the little town of Delton, Michigan— right outside of Kalamazoo. Delton is a very small town… I think they just got their first stop light this year! I lived across the street from the lake and had a horse.

I now live in Metamora, Michigan, which still has the same small town feel. I have several acres with a pond, horse, rabbits, cats, etc.

3. What do you do at Rochester College and what do you like most about it?

I teach two online classes: Business Ethics and Business Communication. I love that I am able to teach at a Christian college. I think of my teaching as a ministry and try to be a good Christian mentor to my students.

4. What is your favorite thing to do in the city of Rochester?

I lived in Rochester before moving to Metamora. My favorite thing to do was to take my daughter to the park to play and have picnics. I also enjoy going to Thai Inn with my daughter for dinner.

5. Where did you go to college?

I started my college career as a 21-year-old freshman. I went to Taylor University in Indiana for my first two years, and finished my last two at Central Michigan University. I have my Bachelors of Science in business administration from Central and received my MBA from Notre Dame.

6. What is the biggest obstacle you overcame?

I wouldn’t really say this was an obstacle, but since my parents came from a generation that did not put a strong emphasis on higher education; they were not very supportive of my decision to go to college nor did they help me to decide on a career path.

7. What is your most embarrassing moment?

I honestly can’t think of one. I’ve suppressed them deep in my mind!

8. What are your hobbies?

I love doing anything outdoors— kayaking, gardening, having a horse. Being outside and enjoying God’s beauty is so important to me. I also love to read and spend time with my daughter.

9. What is most important to you in your life/ What is your most prized possession? 

First and foremost is my faith. My family is extremely important to me and my photographs and memories are my most prized possessions.

10. Who is your biggest influence?

My biggest influences are my mom and my grandmother (on my mom’s side.) My mom is a positive woman who is loved by everyone who meets her. She is strong and tenacious and has always been a hard worker. She worked as a mail clerk for many years and after she turned 50 she became Postmaster of her own post office.

My grandmother was always a woman of integrity and a strong faith. I was very close with her and from her learned how to be a woman of Christ.