Sarah Betzwieser

Joining the Tradition of Giving

Sarah Betzwieser (Engineering ’04) takes a thoughtful approach to life’s decisions. Whether she’s choosing where to work or applying to graduate schools, she weighs the known factors, and, when it’s called for, embraces the unknown. When the Hickory, North Carolina, native was considering where to go to college, she wanted a university with a strong engineering school and an equally distinguished liberal arts program. U.Va. proved an excellent fit.

As a first-year, Ms. Betzwieser immersed herself in the University’s culture, studying, making friends, and pursuing volunteer activities through Madison House, a student-run organization that promotes community service. She also served as an honor educator, counseling other students about the University’s Honor System.

After graduating, Ms. Betzwieser worked as a mergers and acquisitions analyst in Charlotte, North Carolina, before joining a private equity firm in New York. Weighing those experiences, she prefers working for a smaller company because “it forces you outside your comfort zone and allows you to grow more professionally.”

Her next step is to pursue an M.B.A. degree at Stanford University. In preparing for that experience, she reflects on why supporting U.Va. matters so much to her. “I am a big proponent of higher education as the great equalizer. I give back to U.Va. because I want future students to have as great an experience as I had.”