Shannon Sayer

Dirigo High School, 1996
Colby College, 2000
University of Massachusetts Boston, 2013
Current town: Bangor

“Take every opportunity available to you—you never know what other possibilities it will lead to.”

Though she moved away for a while, Shannon always knew she wanted to come back to Maine for the state’s outdoor beauty, sense of community, and pace of life. Now a staff R.N. at St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor, Shannon loves her job working on the surgical floor with knee and hip replacement patients, where she gets to see immediate, major impacts on patients’ lives.

How are you having an impact on your community, through leadership roles or otherwise?
I train new nurses at work and am involved with a local support program for new Mainers called “Welcoming Immigrant Neighbors.” Small groups pair with new Mainers to help them through the logistical issues of moving to the state and help include them in the social life of the community. I also play violin with the University of Maine orchestra when they’re in session, and with some other fiddle groups.

How has receiving the Mitchell Scholarship influenced your post-grad years?
It opened up a whole world—going to Colby meant I got to study abroad, live in Boston, and work at Harvard… My love of travel started with college, which the Scholarship made possible. As a 1996 Alumna, it is so exciting to see how the Scholarship has grown over time.