After becoming unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sabrina Wilks knew she wanted to go back to school. She just didn’t want the debt. But one fateful day, she saw a job listing for a General Insurance Apprentice with Zurich North America, an opportunity that would allow her to gain on-the-job learning experiences while taking job-related credit courses at Harper College. A new job and a path to a degree? It was too good to be true. To her excitement, she got the job and has stepped into her new roles as Harper student and claims adjuster apprentice with confidence, gratitude and determination. Sabrina recently discussed her apprenticeship experience, as well as her passion for baking with her family in the winter.
Sometimes I feel like I’m alone in this, but I love winter! So my perfect day is a winter day, there’s snow on the ground and I’m baking with my family.
Joan Clayton from the show Girlfriends. I grew up with this show. I chose Joan because she’s very organized, very neat and very high-strung. We’d probably get on each other’s nerves, but we’re alike in so many ways!
My mom. She was a pillar of resilience and optimism, which as an adult, are the two traits that I strive for the most.
Love Actually. It’s just so good! It’s whimsical, it’s over the top and it’s not afraid to be indulgent and corny.
Nowhere in particular, I just love being on the beach. I don’t want to see the attractions, just give me a beach.
I think they would say that I’m genuine and intentional. I try to be sincere in my interactions and not say things I don’t mean or can’t follow through on.
I wonder about what the year ahead is going to look like as we put more distance between us and the pandemic.
I’m hopeful that I can maintain straight A’s leading up to graduation! I’m in such a privileged position to have my school 100% paid for, so it’s important to me to work hard and keep up my end of the bargain.
I’ve loved being a student again. It’s given me something to focus on with clear markers of personal and professional progress. When the pandemic hit, it felt like the world was falling apart outside, but my world wasn’t. This program really gave me a sense of purpose and pride when I needed it most.