February 12, 2013
Debra Sabia, a political science professor at Georgia Southern University, is not the typical professor.
The Wappingers Falls, N.Y., native’s experiences have much to do with how she understands her students.
“My sophomore year I got very sick, and I ended up hospitalized. I missed my psychology midterm. The professor would not let me take it; I ended up failing the course,” Sabia said. “I promised I would never do that to a student. It’s why I am understanding as a professor.”
Sabia, an avid watcher of “True Blood” and “The Newsroom,” insists that she loves her television shows but would rather live in a different era.
“If I could, I would have loved to live in the 1800s, sometime before the civil war. It’s the magical thought of living in an age of simplicity,” she said.
When the professor is not teaching, she enjoys riding horses, spending time with her pets and whipping up dishes in the kitchen, which Sabia deems a huge passion of hers.
“I love cooking, especially ethnic dishes,” she said. “I like to cook Greek, Thai, Vietnamese, Mexican and Indian meals.”
When Sabia is not in her office, her favorite place to be on campus is at the heart of Georgia Southern.
“I love Sweetheart Circle,” she said. “I love being surrounded by the trees, the grass and the green space.”
Sabia says she seeks to inspire her students with lessons she has learned from her own life experiences.
“One thing that I have learned is that life will break your heart, but you have to keep going through the challenges.”