Meet PINC Intern Sarah Olivo!

Meet PINC Intern Sarah Olivo!

Sarah Olivo

Baruch College

Minoring in Art History & English, Undecided Major 

We are so excited to welcome Sarah Olivo to the PINC 3-week Summer Immersion Program! She is a freshman at Baruch College in NYC. Sarah always speaks with a smile and so delicately, but don't let that fool you. Sarah was born in the Dominican Republic and grew up in Queens. This fabulous chica has got a lot of edge to her! Sarah was introduced to Lisette when they both attended a breakfast fundraiser hosted by their Junior High School Spanish Teacher! Look at the power of connection, they sat in the same Spanish class with the same FABULOUS  teacher a decade apart.  We are so excited that Sarah will be joining us this summer. We compiled some facts about Sarah for you to get to know her and see her generous personality.


What are you most excited about? I’m super excited to intern with other amazing young ladies and experience Spain at the same time! I’ve never been out of the US for more than a few days, so living in a different country is definitely a step towards adulthood and being independent which is nerve wracking but all the more exciting!

1.     Which groups/sorority/organization are you currently affiliated with?

Currently I am a part of Compassion International. Compassion works towards ending child poverty while also educating children in the Bible. I sponsor 5 year old Anderson Coulybaly from Guinea, Africa. By sponsoring Anderson, he and his family have access to fresh water, an education, food, and doctors. A few months ago, Anderson wrote me a letter with a drawing of a dog because it’s his favorite animal, my heart melted. 

2.     Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

10 years from now I hope to have a stable career and be working in something that I’m happy in, as well as live in my own place. Maybe I’ll be married by then, who knows? (He better be really cute and really funny!) There are so many things I want to do in these next 10 years! I want to travel more and do things I never thought I would. Something that I’ve always wanted to do is to model, its incredibly difficult to achieve a long and lasting career in the area, but 10 years from now I hope to be able to look back and say that I modeled in some way.

3.     When are you the happiest?

It may sound strange, but I’m the happiest whenever I’m outside on a beautiful day. 75 degrees and sunny is PERFECT. Lying down on the grass without worrying about classes or papers is just a delight. (It’s the little things people!)

4.     What are looking forward to do most in Madrid?

I’m definitely looking forward to wine tasting. Currently I work in a restaurant that has one of the best wine lists in NYC but I can’t taste any of it! Dang age restrictions. I hear guests and coworkers saying things like, “This is spicy,” “This one has a citrus taste,” “That one is very sweet,” “This wine is as old as I am!” “This one is full bodied,” “That wine paring tastes great,” and I have NO idea what they’re talking about! Let's not even mention the amazing Tapas & Wine menu that is served all day.

5.     What is one of your proudest accomplishments to date?

One of my proudest accomplishments to date is definitely my job. I work as a hostess at a restaurant in the Upper West Side and although it may not sound like much, I absolutely love my job. I have a great time working with other people and engaging in conversations with our wonderful guests. The best part definitely has to be the kind of people that walk in to dine with us such as Gossip Girl’s Wallace Shawn, Keanu Reeves, renowned poet Frederick Seidel, fashion icon Anna Wintour, all time weirdo Allen Woody, Chef Daniel Boulud, photographer Nigel Barker, among many others. Not just big time all stars, but even the guests that come in regularly and recognize us and genuinely ask us how we’re doing, how school is going, and if we have any summer plans (to which I have a wonderful answer to ;-).

6.     What characteristic do you most admire in others?

A very admirable characteristic in others is when they are genuine. Working with people has been wonderful because it exposes me to a wide range of fantastic people that care, but there have been others that have a really bad sense of entitlement that is not pleasant to work with or be around. It’s great when someone that is very important and highly regarded is also very down to earth and knows that status is something that they have but not something that should be used. 

7.     If you could sit and have coffee with one celebrity dead or alive who would it be?

If I could sit down with any celebrity it’d definitely be Mick Jagger. The reason? To apologize for not recognizing him and denying him service on a night when he popped up 30 minutes after we had closed. Sorry MJ!


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