"I would rather be a glad I did than a wish I had"
Sarah Hagkull
Adventurer. Enthusiast. Game Changer.
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Sarah is a Support Consultant at Berlineaton. She was born in Vancouver, BC and was raised overseas in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. She was fully immersed in the diverse and rich culture that the Emirates has to offer until she was thirteen years old when her family moved to Victoria, BC. She is an avid traveler and has visited more than 30 countries. These experiences have contributed to her unique and compassionate world view.

Sarah attended and graduated from St. Michaels University School (SMUS). As a keen student-athlete she played volleyball, basketball, and softball, as well as taking a leadership role as rowing team captain. Sarah was involved in community outreach and service projects that encouraged her continuing passion for helping to create positive change in both her global and immediate community. After graduating from SMUS, Sarah made another big move, across the continent, to enroll at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma. She was recruited to compete as a member of Tulsa's NCAA Division 1 women’s rowing team, where she was a competitive athlete for three seasons before retiring in late 2018. 

As Sarah begins the last year of her undergrad, joining the Berlineaton team is allowing her to continue to experience a wide range of opportunities as she continues to plan for the next phase of her life. This chance to explore the field of management consulting, guided by the inspiring individuals that make up the Berlineaton team is a unique opportunity that Sarah feels incredibly lucky to be able to experience. She is looking forward to being challenged, encouraged to think outside the box and learn important life skills in assisting the Berlineaton team serve its valued clients and partners.

Q and A with Sarah Hagkull

Q. As a child, what did you “want to be” when you grew up? 

I was a very curious child, fostering an openness to trying new things and exploring a variety of different interests.  Growing up I wanted to be everything from a ballerina, a vet, even a firefighter. Although my chosen profession often changed, the common theme of helping to make other peoples lives more meaningful and positive was always in the forefront guiding my path. 

Q. Who do you admire as someone who contributes actively towards creating “a world of courageous endeavours?” 

I admire individuals that are willing to speak out about typically ‘tough’ issues that our society faces daily. These people are passionate about what they believe needs to change and are willing to do whatever it takes to advocate for positive change in their communities or society.  Without these people that lead the way for change, the world we live in will never reach its immense potential. 
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Q and A with Sarah Hagkull

Q. As a child, what did you “want to be” when you grew up? 

I was a very curious child, fostering an openness to trying new things and exploring a variety of different interests. Growing up I wanted to be everything from a ballerina, a vet, even a firefighter. Although my chosen profession often changed, the common theme of helping to make other peoples lives more meaningful and positive was always in the forefront guiding my path. 

Q. Who do you admire as someone who contributes actively towards creating “a world of courageous endeavours?” 

I admire individuals that are willing to speak out about typically ‘tough’ issues that our society faces daily. These people are passionate about what they believe needs to change and are willing to do whatever it takes to advocate for positive change in their communities or society. Without these people that lead the way for change, the world we live in will never reach its immense potential. 

Q. Rock concert, jazz festival, school play or something entirely different?

It is somewhat ironic, as I spend most of my time landlocked, in the middle of a city in Oklahoma, but exploring nature is when I am the happiest. Hiking beside a lake or the ocean or deep in a forest exploring. While I do value my one-on-one time with nature, being able to share the fresh air with the ones I love makes any adventure even better – that is my recipe for a perfect day! 

Q. What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done, personally and/or professionally?  

When I think of the scariest thing I have ever done, there are two decisions that stick out in my mind. Moving from Dubai to Victoria when I was thirteen years old and taking a leave of absence after the third semester of my undergrad. 

Both moving and taking a break from school, to prioritize my overall well-being, helped shape me into the confident person I am today. I learned to rely on others to help facilitate my journey, but also to depend on myself and foster my growth, independence and self-advocacy. Although I initially didn’t fully embrace the challenges that came along with both events, over time I learned to appreciate what each experience could teach me and how I could use those lessons to prepare me for my future.
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