Fem Talks Forum - 02/08/2021

My name is Sara Crockett. I have lived in Graz, Austria since 2004 and am originally from the United States. In the U.S., I earned bachelor's and master's degrees in botany (B.S., M.S.) and molecular biology and biochemistry (B.S.), as well as a Ph.D. in pharmacognosy. I came to Europe for love after marrying a man from Germany.

When I first came to Austria in 2004, my life was suddenly very different: I had no family, no friends to support money of my own, no job, and I couldn't speak German. I was lucky enough to get a postdoctoral position at the university in natural products chemistry later that year. There I slowly built up a circle of friends and improved my language skills. But then in 2012, the position was gone...1 ½ years of unemployment and more than 150 applications later, I decided to start my own business. In 2013, I started a small business (Sara's Scientific Translations, and currently offer workshops, proofreading, editing (academic English) and translations from German to English. But these last years have been an uphill struggle that have left scars. Again and again, I encounter situations or people who see me only as a 'foreigner', and it is as if I am thrown back to the starting position.

Through my work, I met the team at InterACT and was excited when I learned about the FemTalks Forum. I loved the idea of being able to participate in a Forum Theatre workshop, as well as getting personalized support in the mentoring circle! Since 2007, I have volunteered my time in several associations, especially the 'International Women's Association of Graz' ( I have seen how difficult arriving and 'integrating' can be for people from other countries in Austria… especially for the women who often come here because of their husbands. I also found the idea of learning more about digital storytelling fascinating! I am very happy that I could participate in the FemTalks Forum project, because it gave me more motivation, strength, and a chance to meet new girlfriends!

Posted in Testimonials on Aug 02, 2021

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