This month's Alumni Spotlight is Sarah Miller.
What are you doing now?
I am a producer and writer with NBC's Weekend Today show.
What made you choose the field that you are now in?
I've always loved talking to people and hearing their stories, so I decided to figure out a way to do that full-time. When I started out in local news at WRGB, it was truly an honor for me to put together a newscast every day. I loved knowing that the news we were reporting... was going into the homes of people around the area, especially in my hometown. I always took my job very seriously, but now that I work at the national level(for a tv show that goes into millions of people's homes every weekend) I have an even bigger responsibility to get it right and to help tell the stories that matter. I am in awe of so many people in this world, and I'm honored to be able to share their lives with the rest of the country.
What was the most important thing you learned at the Hudson City School District?
A couple of things. First off - how to communicate well and get along with pretty much anyone. Hudson is so diverse with so many different types of people and personalities. People aren't always going to get along, but if you are kind and considerate to everyone... You will get that in return. I am so glad that I was able to learn at an early age that you can be friends, or at the very least friendly, with anyone... It's served me very well over the years.
Hudson also taught me that you can be anything or do anything... As long as you put in the hard work, time and effort. Nothing was ever handed to me. I worked incredibly hard throughout high school and then college and even still in my career to get where I am. I never stopped trying to learn. That started in hudson, and continues to this day.
If you could give any advice to Hudson students, what would it be?
Don't be afraid to go for what you want. If you're willing to put in the hard work, you should absolutely be rewarded with whatever it is you are going after. Things might not always go exactly the way you want them to, but that's what makes life so fun. It's rolling with whatever gets thrown your way, and still making it work for you.