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Sarah Zanabli

PSA student Sarah Zanabli standing outside in front of a tree smiling at camera.


WVU is the perfect distance from home- it is far enough to have the college experience by living independently but close enough to link up with my family on the weekends in Charleston, WV. It is also the most affordable college that I applied to. Lastly, the large size of the institution allows me to meet people from all over the world but it's small enough to get to know Mountaineers personally; this really helped me feel a sense of community and belonging as a second-generation immigrant.

  • What is the BEST reason to attend WVU?

The best reason to attend WVU is the fact that it is large enough to host a diverse student body but small enough to get to know them personally. The people here are what make this University home. 

  • What is your favorite Mountaineer memory?

During the snow blizzard about a year ago, class was cancelled but students took to the streets and the hills behind Woodburn hall to sled on pizza boxes and backpacks. Students joined and cheered each other on, as if we knew each other. The sense of community, adventure, and fun is always present at WVU because of the quality of the students that attend this institution. 

  •  Why did you want to become a PSA?

I wanted to become a PSA because I think it is my responsibility to represent Muslims, first generation immigrants, and minorities who attend this wonderful university by sharing my stories that they may be able to relate to.