Bear Pause: Sarah Carthen Watson '11

Sarah Carthen Watson Bear Pause

Sarah Carthen Watson '11 is a fair housing attorney for the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington, D.C. She spends her free time reading, baking and chasing her escape artist puppy who is always trying to eat things he shouldn't. 

Q: What is the most important room in your home?
A: The kitchen! I love to cook and bake so I'm slowly accumulating fancy cookware, gadgets and recipes to try out.

Q: If you had a theme song, what would it be?

A: “Schoolin' Life” by Beyoncé

Q: How would your friends describe you?
A: Maternal, sarcastic and the friend who can't stay out past midnight

Q: What's your favorite family tradition?
A: Game nights, decorating the Christmas tree and going to the local movie theater in our family's hometown where we clap and sing along with the theme song.

Q: What story does your family always tell about you?
A: I used to play lawyer in my mom's office. She gave me an old keyboard and phone, and I had a fake client list with whom I conducted fake interviews. Foreshadowing, I guess.

Q: What is one goal you’d like to accomplish during your lifetime?
A: Argue (and win!) a case in front of the Supreme Court.

Q: What teacher inspired you the most? How?
A: Ms. Long, third grade, nurtured my curiosity and love of learning. Profe Kahle, high school Spanish, for not only teaching me Spanish and being the best Cuernavaca chaperone, but for also teaching me how to be an advocate.

Q: Is there anything you wished would come back into fashion?
A: They're still in fashion in Minnesota, but I wish D.C. folks would catch on to the joy and comfort of Uggs.

Q: If you had a warning label, what would yours say?
A: Approach with caution and research.

Q: If you could join any past or current music group which would you want to join?
A: Destiny's Child, hands down.

Q: What is one thing you will never do again?
A: Take the bar exam.

Q: What’s the weirdest talent you have?
A: I'm terrible at math, but I can remember very long strings of numbers — I used to practice memorizing barcodes.

Q: Would you rather explore a new planet or the deepest parts of the ocean and why?
A: The ocean, because it's quicker and easier to get back to safety if something goes wrong.

Q: In what ways are you the same as your childhood self?
A: I still LOVE purple.

Q: Tell us about a unique or quirky habit of yours.
A: I read magazines backwards. I don't like starting with 15 pages of ads.

Q: Based on something you’ve already done, how might you make it into the Guinness Book of World Records?
A: Longest binge of a TV show