Rosa Stern-Pait

Rosa Stern-Pait
Brookline High School ‘16

Time on The Sagamore: three years
Job(s): Opinions and Centerspread editor as a J2 and a Co-Editor-in-Chief as a J3.

What is your favorite Sagamore memory?
My favorite Sagamore memory was the first Sag retreat the fall of my J3 year. It was my first big project as Editor-in-Chief and had been a dream of mine for the Sag for a while, so it was amazing to see it happen and feel the effects of a weekend of bonding during the rest of the year. My absolute favorite moment was telling stories and joking around the campfire.

What are you doing now?
Currently I’m in my third year at Tufts University, studying International Literary and Visual Studies with a concentration in Latin American literature. I was studying abroad in Mexico City, but now I’m finishing the semester online from Brookline.

What did you gain from being on The Sagamore?
Being empowered as a young person. On The Sag I felt like I really owned all of the projects I worked on, and that there was nothing I couldn’t do. I felt really respected as a “professional” and the bar was high, which always made me feel responsible for the outcome of a project.

What was something challenging about being on The Sagamore?
Balancing being friends and also “coworkers,” being a “boss” but also a peer, staying friends with people outside the Sag even when we weren’t getting along. My Editor-in-Chief year, I took on a lot of the human-resources-type responsibilities, which included talking to people who weren’t fulfilling the expectations of their roles and working with them to figure out how to fulfill their needs so they could do a better job. That was really hard, especially as a peer, and I wasn’t always successful. But, I learned a lot about being patient, being humble and not assuming that you know best, and not giving up on people.

Do you use any of the skills you learned in The Sag in your current day life? If so, what?
Channeling your passion into a concrete project, and maximizing people’s potential while fulfilling their and the project’s needs.

What is one of the most important lessons you’ve learned from The Sag?
I learned about making a project your own and making a place/community your home.

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