Professional Portrait

Taken in Oct. 2017, Lincoln, Oregon. Photographer: Sarah Smallwood

My name is Sarah Smallwood. I am a Norman, Oklahoma native currently attending college at the University of Oklahoma. I am pursuing a degree in public relations with a minor in environmental studies.

Being a junior in college, I have narrowed down my future goals to include working as a public relations agent for an organization working with the environment, either in marine conservation or outdoor gear and clothing. My hobbies include photography, video-gaming, and a multitude of outdoor activities.

My passion for the environment and conservation is what drives most of the fundamental decisions I make. I believe that climate change is simultaneously one of the largest threats to society, while also the most overlooked. I want to advance the cause of conservation and wildlife advocacy by managing the relationship between the public and wild-life related entities, whether that is a conservation firm or a clothing company which sells hiking and camping gear.

As a public relations major, I am expected to combine effective writing and communication skills with research and strategic thinking. In a world that increasingly relies on personal devices for sources of content, the area of design is becoming vital to public relations specialists. Currently, I am a novice to design and all that it entails, still learning how to use an advanced camera and editing tools.

I look forward to attempting to master various design tools and techniques, and learning how to apply these to my career goals.

Ilha da Inhaca

A week after we arrived in Mozambique, we took a three-hour journey in a tugboat with the kids to a tiny island off the coast of Maputo. The tugboat was cramped and, like most things in Mozambique, had a scent that was less-than-pleasing to the nose. Those things were forgotten, though, in the thrill of being out on the Indian Ocean with some of the people that I love the most in the world, heading to an island for an adventure. We hopped (literally) out of the tugboat into a motor boat in the middle of the ocean for the ride to the shore, which contrasted stunningly with the cliffs behind it. The island was breathtaking and the water was crystal clear, making it easy to spot starfish on the bottom of the ocean. The day was spent splashing, catching crabs, playing soccer on the beach, picnicking, and relaxing, and it ended much too quickly. The return journey was tiring but the picture of the sun setting over the Maputo skyline made it worth it. Words aren’t sufficient to describe the amount of fun we had or to accurately capture the beauty of the island, so hopefully these pictures will be worth more than a thousand words and will offer a glimpse into the adventure of traveling to Ilha de Inhaca.  Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with t1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with g3 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with p5 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with m5 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with x1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with p5 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with g3 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 presetIMG_0063Processed with VSCOcam with m5 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 preset